Sunday, January 27, 2019

Up in the Air Over Airplane Reading -- @LeslieBudewitz

Up in the Air Over Airplane Reading

by Erin Murphy, from the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz

Finally, Adam let me in on his big secret: where we’re headed for our belated honeymoon. My passport’s ready. I’m packed, although finding a new bathing suit in Montana in January was a bit of a challenge. Shoes are always a pain to pack, but I figured I could get by with a pair of dressy-but-flat sandals, some flip-flops, and lightweight hiking shoes.

The shop is ready, too. January in Jewel Bay is pretty quiet, and Tracy and Lou Mary can manage easily without me. If something totally unexpected pops up, they can always call Fresca, my mother and the Merc’s manager emerita. Jimmy Vang got the soffit out front fixed before the last snow, thank goodness, and my door sweep surgery on our back door seems to have turned out fine. And much as I love the white stuff, I won't mind escaping it for a bit. 

But jiminy Christmas, what to read on the plane and the beach? I’m not one of those travelers content to nap the afternoon away, although I appreciate a good siesta now and then. My sister gave me an e-book reader for Christmas, loaded with her favorite food memoirs, including Anthony Bourdain and MFK Fisher. My mother added a couple of foodie mysteries—she’s a big fan of Krista Davis and Cleo Coyle.

I’ve still got room in my backpack for a couple of paperbacks. The beach just screams for a big fat paperback. You can’t charge an e-reader on the beach. Plus, what if the light isn’t right under the umbrella? And tell the truth: You can never have too many books when you travel, right? What if you finish them all, or you don’t like one?

What makes a great vacation read for you? A mystery? A book set in your destination? A nice, fat paperback you can leave behind when you head home? Do tell—we’re leaving in just a few days!

Even on her honeymoon, Erin can’t stay away from murder. Watch for “A Death in Yelapa: A Food Lovers’ Village Short Story,” in the forthcoming anthology Murder Most Edible, published by Malice Domestic and Wildside Press (May 2019). 


"Budewitz's finely drawn characters, sharp ear for dialogue, and well-paced puzzle make Jewel Bay a destination for every cozy fan." - Kirkus Reviews


From the cover of AS THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE CRUMBLES, Food Lovers' Village Mystery #5 (Midnight Ink/Tantor Audio, available in trade paper, e-book, and audio): 

Jewel Bay---Montana's Christmas Village---all is merry and bright. At Murphy’s Mercantile, AKA the Merc, manager Erin Murphy is ringing in the holiday season with food, drink, and a new friend: Merrily Thornton. A local girl gone wrong, Merrily’s turned her life around. But her parents have publicly shunned her, and they nurse a bitterness that chills Erin.

When Merrily goes missing and her boss discovers he’s been robbed, fingers point to Merrily—until she’s found dead, a string of lights around her neck. The clues and danger snowball from there. Can Erin nab the killer—and keep herself in one piece—in time for a special Christmas Eve?

Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. A past president of Sisters in Crime, she lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat, an avid bird-watcher.

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15 comments:

  1. I don't think I would bring my iPad to the beach and risk it getting mucked up with sand -- maybe a Kindle Oasis is in my future (I wish!) ~ So, I would probably bring a thick paperback or even a James Patterson thriller or two since they are such fast reads. I'm looking forward to reading your short story in Murder Most Edible!

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    1. Erin from Jewel BayJanuary 27, 2019 at 11:34 AM

      Celia, that is so smart! I hear there's a cafe in Puerto Vallarta with tons of paperbacks in English where you can trade, but we'll only be there a couple of days. Adam has other adventures in mind...

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  2. I usually take a couple of books that I've been wanting to reading for a while and the beach is a nice, peaceful place to catch up of some of my favorite series. Also bring my Kindle with me.

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    1. Erin from Jewel BayJanuary 27, 2019 at 1:48 PM

      I haven't taken a vacation in so long that I have lots to catch up on!

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  3. My Kindle app is always filled with plenty of unread books. When on vacation, I usually pick a couple of titles set in the city/state/country I am visiting to get in the mood while on the plane. It's also fun to see the landmarks mentioned in the book in real life. Maybe I will also take 1 paperback book but that's all since I only take carry-on luggage when flying and physical books take up a lot of space in the suitcase. Have fun, Erin!

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    1. Erin from Jewel BayJanuary 27, 2019 at 1:50 PM

      Thanks, Grace! Since I only just found out where we're going, I haven't had time to stock up -- off to the e-book shop for me!

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  4. If I try to sit in the sun for any length of time, I turn into a lobster--I don't have the right complexion. But when I was younger, I read a LOT of Nancy Drews at the shore. (My mother wouldn't allow us any television while on vacation.)

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    1. Erin from Jewel BayJanuary 27, 2019 at 1:51 PM

      Right -- vacation reads don't have to be read actually ON the beach! I think our casita has a little porch...

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  5. Congratulations on your wedding to Adam and YAY on the warm honeymoon! As for books to bring, I always pack books first then clothes and shoes. Almost always paperbacks as they don't take up as much room and I can pack more. I read the book and leave it behind then there is room for whatever I buy at my location. When I was active duty Air Force, I always asked for room on the pallet for my books. I was also the library when we got to our deployment.
    I do love my Nook, but not sure I'd bring it to the beach. I love mysteries of all kinds, amateur sleuth, cozy, historical for the beach or any vacation time. Maybe some nifty paranormal/UF.
    I know you will have fun. Looking forward to reading the story.

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    1. Erin from Jewel BayJanuary 27, 2019 at 1:52 PM

      Thanks, Vixen! I'm not sure about the e-reader on the beach, either, but there should be some comfy chairs on the front porch of the casita!

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  6. I'm not sure I would take my kindle to the beach. The light, the sun, the sand could all be harmful. A good cozy mystery or a sweet romance - either contemporary or historical, are good beach reads for me. Nothing too gruesome as I want to relax, not tense up.

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    1. Good ideas -- and Erin definitely has romance on her mind!

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  7. My Kindle has made many trips to the beach and has never suffered from sun or sand. I do find my Kobo easier to read in the sun. I pack three ebook readers 2 kobos and 1 kindle so one is always charged. My kobo charge also lasts longer than the kindle so it can last all day at the beach. I enjoy reading mysteries and sprawling family sagas at the beach. I used to pack a suitcase full of books now I do not miss lugging those books.

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    1. The best part about e-readers, right? Now there's room for that third pair of shoes! Glad to hear your readers survive the beach with ease.

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  8. I take a small tote of cozies when we go on vacation. I use the Kindle for car reading when it's not super bright--the Fire isn't that great for daylight reading in the car, which is where real books come in. We haven't been on a beach vacation in a lot of years, must fix that soon lol!

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