Did you know the Metropolitan Police have an online brochure selling branded merchandise, entitled MetGifts?
I only know this, because I’m a member of the Crime Writers’ Association (I’m ‘Featured Author of the month’ in March!) and Joan Lock mentioned MetGifts in the CWA magazine, Red Herrings. Joan used to be a policewoman in London's West End during the 1950s and seems to know a lot about what the police get up to when they’re not chasing criminals.
The Met aren't doing a great deal to promote their gifts – there is only one mention on Google where you can view the PDF brochure, but there’s no online order form. You have to either ring to put in your order, send a cheque or turn up at the Heritage Centre in Earls Court. Being a bit of a sucker for author- or crime-related gifts, I ordered the tiny handcuffs and the Met crest pins (left) – both a ‘steal’ at £1.50 each!
You can also get a Bobby Bear with his own warrant card – with the new addition this year of Lady Bear and Traffic Bear, but only if they become popular will you be able to get the accompanying warrant cards!
The first book-related merchandise I ever came across were the Penguin mugs: with the iconic original book covers. There is something satisfying about this logo on a mug - still surely a staple in any self-respecting bibliophile/authors’ residence.
Now, from a specialist company, you can get a typewriter teapot (I’m tempted).
You can also find a Book Clock (definitely not tempted) - but check out other gifts from this company:
There's also a ‘Careful or you'll end up in my novel’ T-shirt (mmm).
I'd love to know if you've found any author/crime related Gifts worth having a look at!
Both books went to Number One in 'Murder' and 'Psychological Thrillers' in the UK Kindle charts.