Coffee and Crime Book Subscription – review

I love the idea of a book box or book subscription. A surprise parcel in the post every month or so, packed with books, treats and edible goodies? Yes please! However, I’m always fearful that I’ll receive a book I already have so I’ve stopped short of actually signing up to any.

Then I found out about the book subscription boxes sold by vintage crime blogger Kate Jackson. She also happens to be the complier of two puzzle books published by The British Library; The Pocket Detectives I and II. Her vintage crime book subscription boxes are sold on Etsy.

Each month the box features two vintage crime novels, along with chocolate, surprise treats and your choice of tea, coffee or hot chocolate.

I decided to treat myself to a one off box priced at £19.99 plus £3.00 delivery.

Soon after placing my order I received a message from Kate, asking which drink I’d like to be included. She also provided an estimate of when the box would be posted and received.

The box arrived before the estimated date, which is always a good thing. Whilst I had bought this for myself, I still didn’t know what was in the box, so this really was a surprise.

On opening the parcel I was greeted by two lovely wrapped books, with handwritten evidence tags to give clues as to the story within. There was also the additional treats and an informative news.

On unwrapping the books I discovered I had bought She Shall Have Murder by Delano Ames and Another Little Christmas Murder by Lorna Nicholl Morgan, neither of which I own or have read.

Also included was a newsletter with a puzzle and news of latest re-issues of classic crime novels, a fold out Bram Stoker story, a bar of chocolate, a sachet of hot chocolate, a beautiful smelling soap and a Sherlock Holmes card game.

Prices start at £19.99 for a one month subscription in the UK or £29.50 to the USA.

A three month UK subscription is £60.42, USA is £82.53, Australia is £82.53 and to the EU is £73.02.

A six month UK subscription is £124.00, USA is £169.06, and to the EU is £155.55.

A twelve month UK subscription is £245.59, USA is £334.01 and to the EU is £324.50. Prices don’t include postage which will vary dependent on the country.

Do I think the subscription box is worth the money? As a one off treat, I certainly do. I’m not sure I could justify a monthly subscription for myself but I can certainly see the appeal as a gift. For any bookworm who loves vintage crime then receiving this each month or even once would be a lovely, thoughtful surprise. I also love the fact that it’s highly unlikely that a recipient has already got the books sent, and that there is the opportunity to discover authors that may have passed a reader by.

A box for someone who isn’t necessarily looking out for the latest reads, but who would love to discover hidden gems from the past.

You can find out more on the Coffee and Crime page on Etsy, including examples of past boxes.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Karen says:

    This is something rather different and books that I’m unlikely to own. Like you, I’ve noticed that many of the monthly book subscriptions feature books that I already have.

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    1. janetemson says:

      That is the worry. With this one I thought there’d be less of a risk. I may treat myself to another one at some point 🙂

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  2. Sounds like a real treat, Janet! I’m a bit wary of books subs as I have so many books already – but this would be a good one for me. I probably wouldn’t do it monthly as I’d never keep up, but it would be fun as a one-off treat or gift!

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    1. janetemson says:

      I agree, as a one off, now and then they are great. I’m sure you’d be able to specify vegan products too.

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  3. heavenali says:

    Wow, that looks like a great value subscription box. I have read Another Little Christmas Murder – which I remember enjoying, though I don’t think the whole book is set at Christmas.

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    1. janetemson says:

      I thought this might be one that appeals. I do like the sound of Another Little Christmas Murder. Glad to hear you enjoyed it 🙂

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  4. MarinaSofia says:

    This does sound very appealing. I have just subscribed to an independent bookshops who will do a customised monthly package for me based on my tastes, but for a one-off I think this sounds absolutely lovely.

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    1. janetemson says:

      Your subscription sounds interesting too. I’m thinking about getting a Persephone Books one, I can choose the books in that so I can make sure I don’t duplicate any. Hope you enjoy all the books you get.

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      1. MarinaSofia says:

        Another one I’d recommend (now that I am no longer working with them, I have no vested interest) is the Asymptote Book Club if you are interested in literature in translation. They choose books that have only just come out or are about to come out and from independent publishers, so the chances of getting doubles are very slim indeed (I subscribed for 2 years and never got ones I already had).

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