Hi fellow mystery fans! The holiday season has arrived so I thought I’d roundup a bunch of awesome gift ideas for mystery fans. Whether that means you’re buying gifts for someone else or for yourself is totally up to you. (News links and Kindle deals at bottom!)
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If you are looking for a brassy, independent female protagonist, you’ll love Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum. If you want an experienced ex-CIA man turned President, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is the man for you. Or, perhaps you’d like a Victorian-era detective; then Clive Cussler’s Isaac Bell is a character you’ll enjoy.
Let’s start with Clue:
Not only is this fun game a great gift for fans of the movie and Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None there are so many editions:
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.
Speaking of Agatha Christie:
Writer’s Block: Agatha Christie (has option to be converted into Xmas ornament)
For Nancy Drew fans:
For Sherlock fans:
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 Holmes socks (can’t catch a perp without proper socks.)
For Crime & Detective fans:
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)
For Die Hard fans (an adaptation of the thriller Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp): Die Hard: The Authorized Coloring and Activity Book and there’s 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:
The Mistletoe Murder: And Other Stories by P.D. James
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.)
Time is almost up to enter Book Riot’s giveaway of $500 to a book store of your choice! (That’s a lot of mula for gift giving!)
Rioters talking mysteries: 10 minutes of Liberty talking about backlist mysteries on All the Backlist!
Rioter Tasha Brandstatter with The Most Mysterious Edgar Allan Poe Story You’ve Never Heard Of
Rioter Jen Sherman with Crime Fiction Novels Make Excellent Travel Guides
Rioter Kristy Pasquariello with 8 Thriller Missing Person Mysteries on Audio
More to be excited about: Mahershala Ali will executive produce and star in the movie adaptation of the upcoming true-crime thriller Burn by A.J. Wolfe. (The book rights are being shopped and the book is about “the incredible true story of a Northern California detective who destroyed a cartel while keeping his undercover life secret from his family.”)
A Front Page Affair (Kitty Weeks Mystery Book 1) by Radha Vatsal is $3.14 and the sequel Murder Between the Lines is $5.59 (my review here and here) A good series for fans of historical fiction, cozy mysteries, and awesome women.