Killer Books; A Reader's Guide to Exploring the Popular World of Mystery and Suspense

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Winner of the Agatha Award for Best Mystery Nonfiction, By a Woman's Hand was "a tour de force of a reference source on contemporary women mystery writers" (Nancy Pickard). Now Jean Swanson and Dean James have written a mystery guide with even broader appeal-by reflecting current trends in film, television, and mainstream fiction. Killer Books is the perfect guide for discovering favorite mystery writers based upon readers' personal preferences. For instance: If you liked the movies The Silence of the Lambs or ...
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1998 Trade paperback Berkley Prime Crime ed. New. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 358 p. Audience: General/trade. Bibliographies & Indexes; Bio-bibliography; Canada; ... Detective and mystery stories, American; Detective and mystery stories, Canadian; Detective and mystery stories, English; England; Non-Fiction; Reference; Stories, plots, etc; United States Read more Show Less

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1998 Trade paperback 2nd printing. New. Remainder mark. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 358 p. Audience: General/trade. Mystery Fiction Reference / Pop Culture: Subtitled, ... "The best mystery writers cross-referenced by your favorite books, movies, and TV shows". Some special sections: Cops; Private Eyes; Legal Thrillers; Psychological Suspense; Historical Mysteries; Romantic Suspense; Capers & Criminals; Amateur Sleuths; Reporters, Writers, Filmmakers; Sci-Fi / Horror Mysteries. Read more Show Less

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Winner of the Agatha Award for Best Mystery Nonfiction, By a Woman's Hand was "a tour de force of a reference source on contemporary women mystery writers" (Nancy Pickard). Now Jean Swanson and Dean James have written a mystery guide with even broader appeal-by reflecting current trends in film, television, and mainstream fiction. Killer Books is the perfect guide for discovering favorite mystery writers based upon readers' personal preferences. For instance: If you liked the movies The Silence of the Lambs or The Usual Suspects, or TV's "The X-Files¼" or "Murder, She Wrote," this cross-referenced sourcebook will guide you to the types of writers and books you'd most enjoy. Brilliantly organized and indexed, with complete descriptions, author profiles and awards, Killer Books is the mystery guide that lets you navigate the maze of mystery-and find the books that you'll like best. Includes special sections on: • cops • private eyes • legal thrillers • psychological suspense • historical mysteries • romantic suspense • capers and criminals • amateur sleuths • reporters, writers, filmmakers • sci -fi/horror mysteries • and more.
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Gr 9 Up--The authors of By a Woman's Hand: A Guide to Mystery Fiction (Berkley, 1996) have produced another guide to mysteries that is sure to send teens to libraries and bookstores with a long list of books they just have to read. Each chapter covers a different subgenre: private eyes, historical mysteries, etc., and includes a wide variety of authors with a fairly detailed description of their writing style, series, and character(s). For each subgenre, there are overviews, books for further reading, and a list of films and television shows. Scattered throughout are asides, e.g., mysteries with musical themes or a listing of authors of detectives who like to fish. Titles are indexed by character, geographic location, and author. Libraries that own Willetta L. Heising's Detecting Women (1994), Detecting Women 2 (1996), and Detecting Men (1997, all Purple Moon) will find that Killer Books complements but does not replace those titles. A fun-to-read introduction to mysteries, this can be enjoyed on its own or used as a readers' advisory tool.--Peggy Bercher, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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  • ISBN-13: 9780425162187
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/1/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 358
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.01 (d)

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