The Mitford series is a set of novels that consists of 10 installments as of 2014. The series, which takes place in a fictional town, Mitford, N.C., began in 1994 with "At Home in Mitford." "Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good" is the most recent installment, published in 2014.
The novels feature a recurring character, an Episcopal priest named Father Tim Kavanagh. In 2005, Karon announced that the ninth novel, "Light From Heaven," would be the last of the Mitford series. Following that, she wrote two novels featuring Father Tim away from Mitford, but wrote his return with "Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good." Karon has cited Agatha Christie's character Hercule Poirot as an inspiration for keeping Father Tim in her novels. In addition to the series, Karon has released several Mitford-themed holiday gift books and cookbooks