by Julia Buckley
The Season of Giving is in full swing. While I'm not one of those who will join the throngs at malls or elbow my way to sales on "Black Friday," I do enjoy perusing the Net in the silence of my home to find unexpected joy gifts for those on my list. Perhaps you'll enjoy some of my finds enough to purchase them for your mystery-loving friends and family.
1. Just a few dollars will get you this fun bookmark from the Sherlock Holmes Museum Shop in London.fun site has all sorts of neat Holmes-related items that might please the Classical Mystery lover in your home (and of course there's no harm in getting the occasional stocking-stuffer for yourself, is there?).
2. If you're willing to spend more money, ZAZZLE has fun gifts for mystery lovers, like this Marple-inspired tee:fun tee-shirt.
3. If you're a fan of the classics, how about this homage to Dostoevsky and his great work CRIME AND PUNISHMENT?on the link to see all of the text behind the little Dostoevsky figure.
4. Jane Hornung's book THE MYSTERY LOVER'S BOOK OF QUOTATIONS was published in 1989 (and I bought it then), but it's still a nice gift for a mystery lover. review on Amazon.
5. Check out the Edward Gorey store for some of his mysterious art. You can stuff a stocking with one of his castle notepads for only seven dollars!
6. How about a classic mystery DVD? On Amazon, you can get Hitchcock's DIAL M FOR MURDER for as low as 9 dollars!
Even if you don't like these gifts, you might enjoy browsing the sites to which I sent you. Shopping online has many advantages for a crowd-avoiding shopper like me--but aside from the lack of crowds, there is so much more shelf space in the virtual world, and that's why you might find treasures that they can't carry in a store.
Happy Shopping, and happy mysteries.