For me, the ultimate staycation consists of new pjs, a cup of tea and an Agatha Christie book. I love anything Agatha Christie. I love the books. I love the movies and television shows. I once dragged my husband to a production of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap at a local theater. To his amusement, the audience consisted of us and a bunch of senior citizens. I didn't care. I loved every second of it.
I love Agatha Christie books because they are well-written cozy mysteries. Sure there's murder, but there's never undue gruesomeness. The characters are amusingly drawn and the towns are often quintessential English villages. If set in London or the Middle East, you still have lots of tea and crazy British characters. The most important point is that the books are well-written. Christie writes beautifully in a perfectly light tone, while always being in control of her plot.
During our recent trip to New England, we stopped at a favorite bookstore, The Book Barn in Niantic, Connecticut. I was terribly disappointed that their mystery section had been moved from their Haunted Bookstore building to another location in the town. First, I missed the ambiance of the little building. Second, our family of five was scattered all over Niantic trying to find the genres we wanted. That being said, I was thrilled to find a coffee table book entitled, Agatha Christie at Home.
I have also recently discovered several fun editions of Agatha Christie's books. I simply adore this Harper Collins edition of 4:50 From Paddington, which happens to be one of my favorite Christie mysteries. Lucy Eyelesbarrow is an absolutely fantastic character.