As a rookie in the crime slash mystery business I'm beginning to realise that it pays to be appropriately accessorised. At a recent launch for the Harrogate Crime Festival a number of my new peers were sporting comedy crime accessories of one sort or another: a miniature handcuff tie pin here, a dagger-print shirt there. The greats have their signature accessories. Look at James Ellroy and his weapon dog (and, by the way, here’s my review of Ellroy’s The Hilliker Curse), Agatha Christie and her permanent wave, Carl Hiassen’s teeth. Clearly, if I have any hope of being taken seriously, it is time I get one of my own. But what? A google search offered up dagger heel nylons and the Kelsi dagger shoe, neither of which appear to have been entirely well–named. Eventually I settle on a bullet pendant. Not the most subtle of insignias, a little tacky even, but in the matter of motifs, or even of accessories to live by who, frankly, has room for subtlety? So, a bullet pendant it is. Any better suggestions (c'mon there must be hundreds) under £50 warmly welcomed.