Everyone knows about and maybe occasionally overindulges on "comfort food", but what about "comfort books"? You know, the literary equivalent of macaroni and cheese. Comfort books, like comfort food, soothe us with their familiarity, distracting us from our troubles with a happy visit to old friends. People can find escape from their cares by drinking, drug taking,or over-eating, but a much more benign way is to pick up a proven favorite book and get lost in the pages. Mystery Scene's Holiday 2010 issue asked mystery writers for their own comfort reads and traditional mysteries seem to be the overwhelming choice. Who wouldn't find solace in a well-loved mystery with a favorite sleuth? And who ever remembers whodunnit it anyway? So, in these hectic December days, in between shopping, cookie baking, present wrapping and bill paying, take a brief respite with a book. Curl up with an old favorite or choose one of the other suggested authors from below. Happy holidays to you all!