Make Mine a Mystery: A Reader's Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction

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This unique book describes and organizes nearly 2,500 mystery titles. Divided into sections-amateur, public, and private detective-titles are then categorized as traditional classic, eccentric, lone wolf, and so on. Niebuhr even notes whether each detective is of the hardboiled, softboiled (cozy), or traditional type. Author, title, subject, character, and location indexes offer further access. With more than 2,500 titles and more than 200 authors, this book provides an excellent understanding of the genre. An ...

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Overview

This unique book describes and organizes nearly 2,500 mystery titles. Divided into sections-amateur, public, and private detective-titles are then categorized as traditional classic, eccentric, lone wolf, and so on. Niebuhr even notes whether each detective is of the hardboiled, softboiled (cozy), or traditional type. Author, title, subject, character, and location indexes offer further access. With more than 2,500 titles and more than 200 authors, this book provides an excellent understanding of the genre. An indispensable resource for librarians and mystery fans.

If you've been searching for a comprehensive readers' advisory guide for mystery and detective fiction, look no further. With more than 2,500 titles and more than 200 authors, this book will provide you with an excellent overview and a thorough understanding of the genre, from topics of interest, a history of mystery fiction, and subgenres, to hints for advising readers, and a discussion of collection development and preservation techniques. Even with no prior knowledge about the genre, with this guide you will find it easy to answer questions raised by readers. And if you're an avid reader of mystery and detective fiction, you will love this book as you explore titles and gain an even deeper insight into the genre. Books can be searched by author, title, character, subject, and location. An indispensable resource for library professionals, educators, and mystery fans!

Winner of the 2004 Anthony Award for Nonfiction

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563087844
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
  • Publication date: 4/30/2003
  • Series: Genreflecting Advisory Series
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 1,387,553
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

GARY WARREN NIEBUHR is Library Director, Greendale Public Library, Greendale, Wisconsin.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. 1 Introduction to Mystery Fiction
Ch. 1 Advising the Mystery Reader 3
Ch. 2 Collection Development and Preservation 15
Ch. 3 The History of the Mystery 21
Pt. 2 The Literature
Ch. 4 Amateur Detectives 31
Traditional Classic Detectives 31
Eccentric Detectives 37
Amateur Detectives 64
Ch. 5 Public Detectives 141
Police Detectives 143
Lone Wolf Police 251
Detectives Who Support the Police 276
Lawyer Detectives 289
Ch. 6 Private Detectives 311
Private Detectives 313
Crime Specialist Detectives 402
Ex-Cop Detectives 420
Rogue Detectives 440
Appendix 473
Author Index 489
Title Index 493
Character Index 545
Subject Index 549
Locations Index 577
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