Saturday, March 28, 2009

Themed Mystery Series

As a genre, mystery series have been exploding in recent years, and it seems that no matter what interest or hobby a person may have, there may just be a mystery series based on that theme. If someone whose stocking you plan to fill has a hobby, why not see if there's a mystery series to go with it? If you go on Amazon and put in "knitting" and "mysteries", for example, you won't have any trouble finding several knitting mystery series to choose from!

The other plus is that mass market paperbacks usually fit in a stocking, and tend to run either $6.99 or $7.99, making them fairly affordable. Just make sure you get the first book in the series -- the website Stop, You're Killing Me! may be some help there -- once you've found an author's name, find it on the site and you'll get a list of books in their order of publication.

Here are some examples of hobbies and interests that have sprouted mystery series:

  • Sarah Atwell's Glassblowing Mysteries

  • Deb Baker's Dolls to Die For Mystery series

  • Lorna Barrett's Booktown Mysteries (bookstore owner)

  • Sammi Carter's Candy Shop Mysteries

  • Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse Mysteries

  • Deborah Donnelly's Wedding Planner Mysteries

  • Margaret Grace's Minatures Mysteries (dollhouses and miniature crafts)

  • Kate Collins' Flower Shop Mysteries

  • Joyce and Jim Lavene's Peggy Lee Garden Mystery series

  • Joyce and Jim Lavene's Renaissance Faire Mystery series

  • Sheila Lowe's Forensic Handwriting Mysteries

  • Natalie M. Roberts' Jenny T. Partridge Dance Mysteries

  • Maggie Sefton's Knitting Mysteries

  • Terri Thayers' Stamping Sisters Mysteries (ink stamping/crafts)

  • Elaine Viets' Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper series

Have fun!

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