Introducing our new Mystery Books subscription. Building upon the great success of our standalone Mystery Books, our subscription service offers great value. See what it's all about below!

Mystery Book

Each month, choose from a curated selection of 5  Mystery Books and have it delivered to your door. Try something new and expand your tastes or go for a tried and tested genre.

Pen Pal

Each member will be assigned a Pen Pal, to whom you can write about your book, life and everything in between. Just use the enclosed note card, and send it back to us. See below.

Gift Box

Each book arrives at your door in our gorgeous Gift Box, which is usually £2.99. Enjoy the little treat of opening up a carefully prepared parcel, just for you, each month.


Be the first to get your hands on each design of our bookmarks, before the general public. Featuring a quote by a female author, they are the perfect book companion.


You will receive 15% off any additional orders placed with How Novel on our other products, rising in line with how long you have been a subscriber, up to 25% off.

Only £9.99/month

£9.99 automatically renews monthly. Cancel anytime. Additional international delivery charge.

I am delighted and very pleased with your choice of books. Thank you for your help!

Jelena, Belgrade, Serbia

Last ordered 26th February

Only £9.99/month

£9.99 automatically renews monthly. Cancel anytime. Additional international delivery charge.

Pen Pal

Every subscriber will have one of the How Novel team as their own, personal Pen Pal to whom they can write each month to discuss the Mystery Book they have received, life and everything in between.

Every box will feature a handwritten note from your personal Pen Pal. Enclosed will be a blank copy of one of our gorgeous note cards. All you need to do is apply the relevant postage and send it back to us. Alternatively, you can email it direct to your Pen Pal who will remain the same for the duration of your subscription. Your Pen Pal will respond to your note with a bespoke reply the following month, allowing you to then continue the conversation.

We are champions of the written word and do not want to see the art form of letter writing die out. Help us keep this vital form of communication going and have a little fun along the way.

Frequently asked questions

Am I tied into a long contract?

No! We hate contracts as much as you, which is why you can pause your subscription at any time and not be billed until you're ready. Equally, if you do want to leave us you can cancel at any time, too. We'll still be friends! To do either of the above, all you need to do is before your next rebilling date and we will sort the rest!

When will it be delivered?

Monthly. We dispatch all parcels on or before the 15th of each month. For UK delivery, it usually takes two business days for your parcel to reach you. International customers should expect to wait around a week from the dispatch date. You will be notified via email of your order being dispatched! If you have any questions on this (we know it can be confusing) please contact us via email

When will I be billed?

When you initially sign up, you will be billed immediately once you have completed checkout so we can get to work on your first box! Subsequent months will be billed on the 1st of each calendar month.

What Mystery Books are available and how do I choose them?

During the inital sign up you will be able to specify genres you enjoy, which may influence our picks each month. Then each month, in the week following billing, you will recieve an email directing you to a page on our website which will show you which Mystery Books you can choose from that month. There are usually 5-10 from a range of genres. You will be able to choose your Mystery Book directly from the page. Many of these options will be exclusive to subscribers, who will be the first to get their hands on most of our new releases!

Do you ship internationally?

Yes! We would love to have subscribers from across the globe, as we do now for our standalone Mystery Books. There is an additional charge for delivery outside of the UK, but is heavily subsidised. The exact cost will depend on your region and be shown at checkout when you sign up. Plus, every time a customer from a country new to us orders, we mark it on the map in our office!

Can I refer a friend?

Certainly! In each box, you will find a referral card with details of how to do just that. Every time a friend signs up, you recieve the equaivalent of 50% off your next month's box. So, if you referred two friends each month, you wouldn't pay for your subscription at all! All you have to do is share your personal referral link with them. If they use it to sign up, your account will automatically be credited. Better yet, they get 50% off their first month! If you cannot find your referral link using the steps mentioned in your sign up email or frst shipment, drop us a line ( and we will give you a hand.

Can I gift a subscription?

Yes! Select subscribe on our website and go through the sign up process as normal. Select 'This is a gift' and fill in the required fields. You can choose the date at which the subscription will start, as well as how many months you wish to gift. To receive the first shipment as early as possible, select the first available date. Please note, the minimum number of months for a gifted subscription is 3; any orders placed for less will be cancelled.

What if I already have the Mystery Book?

If you have already read the Mystery Book you receive, as with our standalone Mystery Books, you can return it to us and we will swap it for a new one of your choosing. In practice, we will add an additional book to the shipment following the date we recieve the book you wish to replace. So, if you let us know on the 23 June, we will add an extra book to your July shipment. To request this, please get in touch with us via the Live Chat at the bottom right of you screen.

When will I recieve my first shipment?

If you sign up prior to the 8th of the month, your first shipment will be dispatched the same month. If you sign up after the 8th of the month, your first shipment will be the following month. For example: You sign up on the 14th of September. Your first shipment will be sent in October on the standard shipping day. All subscription shipments are dispatched on the 15th of each calendar month.

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