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While putting together a jigsaw puzzle the other day, it hit me that my love of puzzles and of mystery novels are more alike than I thought. It’s satisfying to scratch your head over something that at first seems too complex to figure out and then, piece by piece, come to a solution. In a strange way, mysteries are relaxing to me, especially after a day of real-life struggles that don’t have neat solutions.
I’m far from alone in this. Recently, fellow Book Riot contributor, Carolina Ciucci, wrote a personal essay on how reading Agatha Christie books helped her with her anxiety because she found the guaranteed solutions comforting. Other reasons for loving mysteries vary as much as the rich genre and the novels that define it. There is so much about the genre to enjoy that it’s hard to find someone that can’t think of at least one mystery novel or movie that they like.
This round-up of bookish merch includes goodies that reference a specific mystery series (Sherlock Holmes, for example) as well as ones that celebrate the genre as a whole. Whether you’re looking for clothes, around-the-house decor, or even games to test your mystery-solving skills for yourself, you’re sure to find something that delights you.
Armchair sleuths unite! With this pajama shirt, you can stay comfy while solving the crime in your latest mystery read. Available in 18 different colors and 8 sizes. $22+
This magnifying glass necklace is perfect for when you’re solving a mystery on the go and want to look stylish while doing it. $24+
IDK about you but I would absolutely trust the little cat on this holographic sticker to solve a murder. $3
Life getting you down? This Poe T-shirt can help you ease off some of the stress with a pun and a little grim humor. Available in eight sizes. $17+
Upcycled from vintage books, these mystery bookmarks come in a variety of themes including Agatha Christie, The Hardy Boys, and The Boxcar Children. $3+
If you’re looking for a subtle, yet stylish way to share your love of mystery reads, these Miss Marple earrings are delightful. $12+
To make an evening spent reading even more atmospheric, check out this mystery-themed bookish candle! Its scent is described as leather and patchouli, and it’s meant to evoke the vibes of a room filled with leather-bound books. $27
You can use this journal, upcycled from a classic Nancy Drew book, to record anything from your TBR list to favorite quotes you find while reading. $18
This Sherlock Holmes-themed bookscape contains hidden clues and puzzles in its design, allowing you to piece together a hidden mystery. Perfect for bringing a little flair to your bookshelf! $89+
For many mystery lovers (myself included), Scooby Doo was their introduction to the genre. With this fun patch, you can finally be one of those meddling kids that if it wasn’t for, the bad guys would have gotten away with it all! $8+
Of course a mystery lover would never fall for this coffee mug… but it could make for a great conversation piece with guests (preferably ones you’d like to scare off). $23
This mini skein set comes in five colors inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Perfect for when you’re in the mood to settle down with a mystery audiobook and knit for a truly cozy evening. $30
Looking for more bookish swag? We have plenty.