Unusual Suspects

Holiday Gift Guide for Mystery Fans!

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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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:

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 clue game box cover image of all 4 actresses from the showThe Golden Girls Edition! (It was Sophia–always Sophia!)

watercolor art print of colonel mustard in a house entryway hall




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.


a handpainted and sewn standing doll of Agatha Christie's character Parker PyneThese one of a kind artist made dolls (only 1 of each): Dorothy Sayers Crime Writer Doll; Hercule Poirot dollAgatha 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:

hand painted russian nesting dolls as characters from SherlockSherlock 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.

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)

a black and white coloring book page of Benedict Cumberbatch the actor playing Sherlock on BBCSherlock: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:

cover image: a black and white coloring page of a ribcage with rosesMurderino: A coloring book for fans of the My Favorite Murder podcast

True Crime Planner Stickers – SSDGM – Murderino Stickers

True Detective Pin & Sticker Pack

Partners in Crime friendship heart necklaces

magnets cut to have one word on each square or an image of the hosts from the podcastMy Favorite Murder Magnetic Story Poetry

My Favorite Murder Flair Pins

Murder She Wrote Cross Stitch Pattern PDF download

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 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:

book cover image: an orange sky with a mountain and lakeA Midsummer’s Equation (Detective Galileo #6) by Keigo Higashino, Alexander O. Smith (Translator) (I love Higashino)

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

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

And I am ridiculously excited: Attica Locke’s Bluebird, Bluebird will be an FX series titled Highway 59. *muppet arms

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.”)

And looks like there will be a followup film to Murder on the Orient Express: Fox is developing Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile.

Kindle Deal

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.



Browse all the books recommended in Unusual Suspects previous newsletters on this shelf. And if you like to put a pin in things here’s an Unusual Suspects board.

Until next time, keep investigating! And in the meantime come talk books with me on Twitter, Instagram, and Litsy–you can find me under Jamie Canaves.