Criminally Thoughtful: 12 Gifts for the Mystery Lover

Okay, shoppers, there’s only some ever-decreasing number of shopping days left until your chosen holiday celebration! If you have a mystery lover on your list, here are 12 ideas under $30 that will help keep you on their good side.

Crime Scene Scarf – $20.29
Nothing says “I care” like wearable crime scene tape.
Gingerdead Men Cookie Cutters – $5.50
Is being delicious a crime?
Browser History Mug – $10
Oh, the number of times I’ve thought, “I hope no one ever subpoenas my laptop!”
Dead Fred Pen Holder – $8.99
Oooh! Right through the left ventricle!
Nancy Drew Stationery – $7.97
Send your penpal a good old-fashioned hello from you and the Girl Detective.
Agatha Christie Cards – $9.95
Play a little Texas Hold ‘Em with the Queen of Crime.
Magnifying Glass Necklace – $12
Because you never know when you might need to do a little impromptu sleuthing.
Teacup with Book Saucer – $12.99
Perfect for the cozy reader who likes to curl up with a nice cup of tea and a good book.
Handmade Crime Scene Quilt — Priceless
This quilt was won by thriller writer Elin Barnes at Writers Police Academy. It can’t be bought, so get to sewing!
Vintage Due Date Coasters – $28.45 (set of six)
What better way to say, “We’re overdue for cocktails!”
Nancy Drew Pencils – $10 for 6
Perfect for jotting down lists of suspects. Can also be used as a weapon when properly sharpened.


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The Cozy Cookbook — $16
Over 100 recipes from bestselling mystery authors for cooks who want to kill it in the kitchen.

Marla Cooper

Marla Cooper is the author of Terror in Taffeta, a humorous mystery about a destination wedding planner who is forced to investigate when one of the bridesmaids drops over in the middle of the ceremony. Coming March 22, 2016 from Minotaur Books.



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