Yes, you read that blog post title correctly. At long last there is an advent calendar designed for the lover of classic crime and detective fiction. I’ve been ruminating on this idea for quite some time and have used many a friend as a sound board for fine tuning the product. Much thanks to those people. But the day has finally arrived for it to be launched! And yes, I am a little bit excited!

Note: The chest and basket are for display purposes only.

Each advent calendar will contain:

  • 12 Books (Preloved but in good condition. I have a wide variety of titles in various imprints.)
  • 8 Chocolate Treats
  • 4 Mystery themed gifts
Use Number 79 for Green Penguin Books…

Each item will have a mystery themed tag attached which shows which day it is be opened or consumed. Gift it to a friend or better still treat yourself to a Christmas of classic crime!

If this sounds like your dream come true, then here is the link to my Etsy Listing:

Or alternatively search for: Advent Calendar: Countdown to Christmas with a Vintage Confection of Crime Fiction

Important Information

This product is only available for those in the UK. Apologies to those living elsewhere, but the postage costs are too prohibitive. However, my book box subscription service is more widely available, (and is having a sale at the moment), so do check that out with this link:


In order to keep postage costs down this item will be dispatched in two parcels. One half of the calendar will go in one package and the second half in the other.

Both parcels will be dispatched via second class post. Bear this in mind when purchasing this order, as if you buy this item at the very end of November, then it may not arrive in time for 1st December.

Food Allergies

If you have a food allergy please contact me via the button on the Etsy listing, before purchasing this item, so I can make sure I don’t send you any inappropriate chocolate treats.


  1. Reblogged this on In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel and commented:
    Now in general, this blog is an advert free zone. I do get requests on occasion to promote something or other, sometimes even mystery fiction related and I say no – or ignore the request if there’s no sign that they’ve even read the blog in the first place.

    This is different. First off, Kate hasn’t asked me to repost this. Second of all – any self-respecting crime fiction fan (based in the U.K.) is going to want this. So read on…

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Looks creative and lovely, Kate! 🤩 I hail from overseas, and so will have no first-hand experience of the package… But they do look lovely! All the best. 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Reblogged this on Bedford Bookshelf and commented:
    Please note that I do not normally advertise on my site…this is something different. My fellow blogger Kate, at crossexaminingcrime, has put together a great gift idea for those of you lucky enough to live in the UK. If you, or someone you know, loves great mysteries, read on…

    Liked by 2 people

    • The irony is that in the USA, books are literally the cheapest thing you can ship by mail. There is a special rate for books shipped 4th class. A bookseller friend told me about it years ago.


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