Gifts

20 Christmas Gift Ideas for Mystery Lovers

Games

Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist Board Game, Stack The Bones Wood Block Game, Murder Mystery Party Game

Books

Whodunit Puzzle Book, Cheddar Gorge: A Book of English Cheeses

Pins / Magnets

Laura Magnet Set, Cinema Marquee Brooch, Bear in Sherpa Pin

Puzzles

Edward Gorey’s Dracula Puzzle, Mars Puzzle, Captain Marvel Puzzle

Art

The Fatal Intermission Print

Food

Housewares

Symphony Frogs Shower Curtain, Mystery Cutting Board, Let it Snow Globe Cup, Day at the Beach Towel, Otter Ornament, Christmas in Connecticut Ornament

Clothes

Flip’em the Bird Fingerless Gloves

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Room Cosplay

Room Cosplay: Harlan’s Writing Room from Knives Out

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Room Extras:

Knives Out Record, Clue Game, Othello Game, Agatha Christie Game, Personalized Rose Stationery, Knife Bookmark

To see Knives Out is to fall in love with the house in which it is set. Every room is packed with so many details. It is chock full of mystery lore and love. The room I set out to recreate is Harlan’s writing room. It is so warm and full of life, weirdly. As a mystery writer, Harlan has references to murder throughout his house. He is of the fun murder genre. The rest of his family are from back stabby noir, and they do not deserve him.

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review

Review: Last Christmas

*Spoilers*

First off: The trailer for this movie is an absolute lie. This is not unusual for trailers, which is why I prefer to avoid them. Why did I not do this for Last Christmas? Because the damn thing was everywhere. Everywhere, shilling its’ lies. Rude.

Trailer Lies:

  • Emilia Clarke¬†is a horrible singer yet gets standing ovations cause Christmas
  • Michelle Yeoh will barely be in this, we are going to waste her talent
  • Emma Thompson is going to be a reasonable funny mum
  • Henry Golding is an angel, coming back to earth after giving this mess of an Emilia his heart to save her a second time cause Christmas
  • The tone of this movie will be Girl Stops Drinking Because She is Mesmerized by Christmas Angel Dick

The Truth:

This is absolutely is sweet Christmas movie, that is for sure. A Christmas cinnamon bun but instead of cinnamon they used George Michael. If you are not on board for that, obviously, you will not like this movie.

The Rest:

Emilia and her huge emotive eyes are not the bad guy here. Yes, she has been a wandering mess until wearing out her welcome at all fronts. Before I could become too annoyed by this behavior, the movie lets loose that it has only been a year. Up to a year ago, she has been a model citizen and daughter. And a brunette. Then last Christmas she had a sudden need for a heart transplant. Yes, she got incredibly lucky that Henry’s heart became available (not everything in the trailer was a lie, it just happened in the movie to a different tone) but something like that will still affect a person. She drinks. She sleeps with people. She does not look out for herself properly. She is not upset that she is alive, there is just a part of herself that does not feel like her. Until she literally gets a chance to know it. She makes friends with her heart. Yes, it’s low stakes here. Again, this is a Christmas movie.

Along this journey, there are gifts. Michelle Yeoh as more than a passing character. She is boss. She is Santa. She is the true romantic lead in her own sweet story. Emma Thompson is a panicked and needy mother. She is not perfect, but she is loved. Henry plays his role a bit sly. There was a time in the film I doubted his sneaky self was dead. I thought maybe he was alive and her heart was from a relative of his. You almost got me, you sneaky ghost prince.

Verdict: Pure champagne bubbles. As sweet a crowd pleaser as you will find in these here parts.

Oh, and Emilia has a beautiful singing voice.

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Last Minute Halloween: Diana Bishop from A Discovery of Witches

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Shirt, Pants, Blazer, Belt, Shoes, Bishop Necklace

 

Happy Halloween! It’s down to the wire time so let’s do another closet shop.

Diana Costume:

  • Button up shirt
  • Tweed or denim pants
  • Boxy overcoat if you have one
  • Sneakers or oxford shoes
  • French braid
  • Bonus: Carry around the oldest looking book you have
  • Bonus Bonus: Have your significant other or friend dress up as Matthew.

Matthew Costume:

  • Black button up
  • Black Pants
  • Black Shoes
  • Black Belt
  • Dark professor jacket with elbow patches if you have
  • Bonus: Carry around a glass of red wine and describe it in vast detail as you sip it.

 

If you want to be Matthew instead, by all means do so. Dress up as you like, and have an excellent Halloween:)

Steph

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Last Minute Halloween: Carol Peterson from The Burbs

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Earrings, Dress, Necklace, French Bulldog Cookie Jar, Sandals

Hello, almost Halloween Day is here. This means Official Halloween is tomorrow. Do you need a costume? Have you been like “I don’t wanna” this whole time but now you kinda feel like going to a party? Let’s play shop that closet:)

Grab a floral dress. Is it not a halter or white with red flowers? Who cares. Is it a halter but not flowery? So what. Do you have a halter shirt and some kind of skirt? Use it. Add gold jewelry. None of that available? Ok weirdo, find some Halloween jewelry. Shop your moms’ closet if possible. Put sandals on. You done. Channel some Carrie Fisher energy to fully pull this off.

Bonus level: Bake some brownies in a neighborly fashion and then put them in this French Bulldog Cookie jar (a’la Carrie’s puppy Gary). Yes, you can fill it with Halloween candy instead. No it does not have to be this exact jar. Or do a plate with saran wrap, whatever works.

Not going to a party? This is still a fun outfit for passing out candy or watching Halloween movies. Yes, Netflix has removed The Burbs just in time for the season. Nope, not available on Amazon Prime either. Evil. Evilllll streaming platforms. You can still rent it on YouTube. Or you have a DVD of it and are more of a prepared person than I am.

Steph

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Lady Halloween Cosplay: Brisco County Jr.

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Jacket, Shirt, Pants, Hat, Kerchief, Suspenders, Gun Belt, Cap Pistol, Sheriff Socks, Boots

Long, long ago Brisco County Jr. began its’ one and criminally only season. It is a gem. The only way to watch this is to get the DVDs, so Hulu and Netflix have dropped the ball here. Bad streaming platforms. Shame.

As much as I love the Evil Dead movies, Brisco is my favorite role from Bruce Campbell. Why? Part of that is the sweet lightness. Then the sci fi and western genres blending so well. Then all of the well rounded and fun character work. Lord Bowler. Dixie Cousins. Pistol Pete is a full on treasure. It’s hard to find a better time in a tv show.

Steph

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Lady Halloween Cosplay: Agatha Raisin

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Sun Hat, Bee Necklace, Purse, Sandals, Jumpsuit (Sizes 4-16), Jumpsuit (Sizes 14-24)

Jumpsuit Alternatives:

Jumpsuit, Jumpsuit with Cutouts

Agatha Raisin is a bright and lovely mystery comedy. There are so many grimy crime shows out there, and Agatha is a welcome change. The third season has finally dropped with a new episode on Acorn TV today so I am celebrating with the best of double features: Season 2 Episode 1 Wizard of Evesham (My absolute favorite and the inspiration for this cosplay) and the new Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House.

Steph