100 Most Popular Contemporary Mystery Authors

Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies

by Bernard A. Drew


Who doesn't love a good mystery novel? Mystery titles frequently top best-seller lists and appeal to a wide range of readers. For enthusiastic fans of this genre, the backgrounds of the authors of today's best mystery and crime books can be just as engrossing as the stories they tell.

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May 2011

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 439
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Reference and Information Services and Tools/Readers' Advisory and Leisure Reading
  Children's and Young Adult Services

Provide your mystery fans with background information on their favorite writers and series characters, and use this as a guide for adding contemporary titles to your collections.

This book examines 100 of today's top mystery novels and mystery authors hailing from countries such as the United States, Great Britain, France, Italy, South Africa, and Australia. Equally valuable to students writing research papers, readers craving new authors or more information about their favorite authors, and teachers seeking specific types of fiction to support curricula, 100 Most Popular Contemporary Mystery Authors: Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies provides revealing information about today's best mysteries and authors—without any "spoilers."

Each of the accomplished writers included in this guide has established a broad audience and is recognized for work that is imaginative and innovative. The rising stars of 21st century mystery will also be included, as will authors who have won the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award.


  • Provides interesting and informative profiles of 100 popular, contemporary mystery and crime writers as well as overviews of their series characters
  • Contains over 60 author photographs
  • A bibliography lists information on each author's works as well as supporting source materials for the profiles


  • Provides librarians with a valuable research aid for filling collection gaps or trying new authors, gives students sound reference material for reports and presentations, and offers academics supportive material for coursework
  • Illuminates pertinent details about each author's formative years, education, initial writing experiences, and writing habits
  • Serves as a perfect companion to the author's 100 Most Popular Thriller and Suspense Authors: Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies
Author Info

Bernard A. Drew is a journalist, local historian, and freelance writer/editor. His published works include Libraries Unlimited's 100 Most Popular Genre Fiction Authors: Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies; If They Close the Door on You, Go in the Window: Origins of the African American Community in Sheffield, Great Barrington and Stockbridge; Literary Afterlife: The Posthumous Continuations of 325 Authors' Fictional Characters; and Dr. Du Bois Rebuilds His Dream House. Drew is associate editor for the Lakeville Journal Company's three weekly newspapers in Lakeville, CT.



"Although this work is not intended as a reader’s-advisory tool, the numerous subcategories Drew designates within the mystery genre will be useful for readers seeking a particular type of series book. Mysteries are a very popular genre, and this inexpensive book can be used for both research and selection."

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