With the arrival of the holiday season I recently rounded up gifts for mystery fans in the Unusual Suspects newsletter. Since there is so much great stuff, and I thought of even more gifts to add, I decided to make it a post. So whether you’re buying gifts for someone else or for yourself—no judging, treat yo self!—here are 66 gifts for mystery fans.
Let’s start with some mail order subscriptions:
Mail Order Mystery: Perplexing puzzles. Curious clues. Twisting plots. Adventure and intrigue. No batteries required. Extraordinary stories for extraordinary kids. Check the mailbox and expect the unexpected.
Hunt a Killer: WHAT IF A SERIAL KILLER DELIVERED A PACKAGE TO YOUR DOORSTEP EACH MONTH? “It’s like a real-world escape room.” Are you ready to put your detective skills to the test in one of the most immersive, fun games of your life?
Coffee House Press has an awesome grab bag option and one of the selections is Murder, They Wrote ($10 for 3 surprise mystery books is awesome)
For fans of Clue and murder mystery parties/games:
Not only is this fun game a great gift for fans of the movie and Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, but there are so many editions:
There’s the Classic, Retro 1986, and Junior Edition.
A Harry Potter Edition!
A Star Wars Edition!
A Game of Thrones Edition!
And (drum roll, please)
The Golden Girls Edition! (It was Sophia–always Sophia!)
There’s this Clue art print: Colonel Mustard, with the spanner, in the hall
There’s even a Hallmark Keepsake 2017 Family Game Night Clue Christmas Ornament.
Speaking of ornaments here’s one for fans of Richard Castle.
These one of a kind artist-made dolls (only 1 of each): Dorothy Sayers Crime Writer Doll; Hercule Poirot doll; Agatha Christie Mystery Writer Doll; Agatha Christie’s Parker Pyne Detective
Speaking of Agatha Christie:
The Queen of Mystery (Agatha Christie) T-shirt (available in Unisex xs–3xl) Also comes in Women’s Dolman (xs–3xl)
Ideal Bookshelf 822: Agatha Christie Print
Writer’s Block: Agatha Christie (has option to be converted into Xmas ornament)
For Nancy Drew fans:
Nancy Drew enamel pin
Nancy Drew wrapped pencils
500 piece Nancy Drew puzzle or a 1,000 piece Nancy Drew puzzle
“Read in Color” Nail Polish—Nancy Drew’s Red Herring
Nancy Drew tote bag (adorable pocket inside)
For Sherlock fans:
Sherlock and Watson Russian Nesting Dolls
A charm keychain
BBC Sherlock 221B Door Wooden Ornament
For Sherlock, audiobook, and Stephen Fry fans: Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection by Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry (Narrator) (my review) Especially great gift for those who like to reread.
Detective Sherlock 221B Baker Street Door Passport Holder Travel Flip Cover Case
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson Enamel Pin Set
A Sherlock Holmes Literary Glass
A 221B Baker Street Literary Candle (Smelling a dude’s Victorican flat wouldn’t be my first choice but who knows!)
Sherlock Comic Tshirt (Available for men and women, xs–xl, 20+ colors)
Sherlock:The Mind Palace: A Coloring Book Adventure
Sherlock Library Tote bag
Sherlock Holmes socks (can’t catch a perp without proper socks.)
Sherlock Holmes rubber stamp
Sherlock Holmes nail decals
Holmes Is Where The Heart Is—Sherlock Cross Stitch Pattern Digital Download PDF File
For Crime & Detective fans:
Murderino: A coloring book for fans of the My Favorite Murder podcast (There is a coloring book for everything!)
True Crime Planner Stickers—SSDGM—Murderino Stickers
True Detective Pin & Sticker Pack
Partners in Crime friendship heart necklaces
My Favorite Murder Magnetic Story Poetry
Murder She Wrote Cross Stitch Pattern PDF download
J.B. Fletcher Murder She Wrote A4 Print
SVU Detectives Cross Stitch
Murder She Did Jessica Killed Them All T-Shirt (If you thought it was super suspicious that murders just always happened around Jessica Fletcher…) (available in: 7 colors, unisex, s–xxl)
Flavia de Luce print (perfect for fans of Alan Bradley‘s series)
Law & Order SVU intro text mug
Saint Angela Lansbury // Murder, She Wrote Prayer Candle
For Die Hard fans (an adaptation of the thriller Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp):
Die Hard: The Authorized Coloring and Activity Book
A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic
Pushing Daisies season 1: This show is utterly delightful, quirky, unique, with beautiful sets and costumes, AND every episode is a mystery. Ned has a secret gift: if he touches something dead it comes back to life. But there’s a catch (isn’t there always?!): if he touches it a second time it is dead forever, and if he doesn’t touch it dead again then something nearby will die in its place. Naturally a local detective figures out Ned’s gift and uses him to help him solve crimes (for reward money) by touching the recently deceased. The show is never streaming anywhere so it’s a great DVD or digital gift. And there’s a 2nd season.
For Paperback Readers Here are Recent Releases:
A Midsummer’s Equation (Detective Galileo #6) by Keigo Higashino, Alexander O. Smith (Translator)
also Higashino’s Under the Midnight Sun (Best of 2016 Mystery)
I See You by Clare Mackintosh (my review)
IQ by Joe Ide (The first in a great series.)
The Mistletoe Murder: And Other Stories by P.D. James (Great whodunit short stories with twists!)
The Last Day of Emily Lindsey by Nic Joseph (my review)
Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d (A Flavia de Luce Novel) by Alan Bradley
Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta (Best of 2016 Mystery)
And for Fans of Movie Tie-in Paperbacks:
Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) by Agatha Christie
The Snowman by Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett (Translator) (For fans of dark Scandinavian thrillers.)