In which I discuss the fact that I love having books on my phone so I don’t have to lug an enormous tome with me everywhere I go, and also admit that what I’m reading on my phone is likely not what I’m reading at home. Hence the joys of the easy reads, which I can dip in and out of and come back to three months later still knowing what’s going on.
Which brings me to the cosy mysteries of M.C. Beaton, and the fact that I’ve discovered that her Hamish MacBeth series ticks all the boxes for my occasional reading. Interesting (and not entirely above board, for a village policeman) main character? Check! A whole host of potential murder suspects, all with possible dastardly motives? Check! Meddlesome superior policemen coming from the big city to mess with Hamish’s investigation and try to kick him off the case? Check! Gorgeous Scottish countryside as a backdrop to murderous goings-on? Check! Love interest that isn’t readily available? Well, that’s not on the checklist, but it didn’t seem too intrusive in the stories I’ve read so far, so we’ll check it off anyway.
With all of this, you’d think I’d read more of it, but for whatever reason these have really become my go-to books for reading when I don’t have time to pay a lot of attention, or something to grab when I’m in a waiting room or the pick-up area at the airport. I can put it down mid-sentence and come back to it at any time, even months later, and I still have the characters and storyline in my head. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all. I think it’s really rather handy.
How about you, lovely people? Do you have go-to books for easy reading, or for dipping in and out of? Do you have any cosy mysteries you’d recommend? Let me know below!