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Make Mine a Mystery II

A Reader's Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction

by Gary Warren Niebuhr

 

It's no "mystery" why hundreds of new titles in this category are published each year: readers of all ages cannot get enough of these books. Mystery and detective fiction is second only to romance books by category. This guide is an essential resource for readers' advisors that categorizes and describes popular, contemporary mystery novels within the private-eye/detective subgenre.

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August 2011

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 292
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Reference and Information Services and Tools/Readers' Advisory and Leisure Reading
  Reference and Information Services and Tools/Arts and Humanities Literature Reference Tools
Description

A valuable reference and collection development tool designed to assist readers' advisors in helping readers find modern "detective" mysteries they will enjoy.

In this follow-up and companion to the author's previous title, Make Mine a Mystery: A Reader's Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction, renowned expert on the mystery and detective genre Gary Warren Niebuhr brings readers' advisors and librarians a new resource guide that categorizes and describes recently published mystery novels.

Make Mine a Mystery II examines works by prominent established authors and includes books from new writers not in the previous edition. Organizing some 700 titles in popular mystery series, the books within are divided into the broader types—amateur, public, and private detective. Each of the selections within these groups is further categorized by the type of protagonist: classic, eccentric, lone wolf, police, lawyer, and so on. The author even notes whether each detective is of the "hardboiled," "softboiled" (cozy), or traditional type, enabling users to easily identify read-alikes for mystery fans. This book will be especially helpful for collection development specialists seeking to create a balanced collection of titles.

Features

  • Covers authors that represent best contributors to the mystery series fiction genre
  • Provides a broad bibliography of mystery series fiction
  • Includes an index that references authors, titles, characters, settings, and locations

Highlights

  • Provides an invaluable guide to the best mystery series fiction authors and characters
  • Effectively highlights the appeal factors of each series for the reader's advisory librarian
  • Supplies an authoritative collection development guide for libraries that want the best in mystery series fiction
Series Description

Genreflecting Advisory Series


Significantly expanded and updated, the titles in this highly acclaimed series are designed to help you quickly locate the kind of fiction your library patrons are looking for. Each title includes the latest reads and reading trends within a genre and identifies subgenres, similar titles, read-alikes, and relevant online resources. Annotations describe and evaluate the best, the most popular, and the most representative books in a genre, noting special features of the works and referencing or comparing them to related publications. Brief historical overviews, award information, section tabs for quick reference, and practical guidelines for advising readers are just some of the features you will find in these useful guides. Designed for easy access, these books are compact enough to be carried into the stacks and simple enough to be used by general readers. Essential for readers' advisory and ready-reference, they are also excellent tools for acquisitions and collection development.
Author Info

Gary Warren Niebuhr is library director for the Village of Greendale, WI. His published works include Libraries Unlimited's original Make Mine a Mystery, which received the Anthony, Macavity, and Kenneth Kingery Awards; Read 'Em Their Writes: A Handbook for Mystery and Crime Fiction Book Discussions; and Caught Up in Crime: A Reader's Guide to Crime Fiction and Nonfiction.

Reviews/Endorsements

Reviews

"Each entry includes author, title, publisher, date, annotation, and subject listings, with the annotations giving the reader an excellent feel for the books. The authors included give a good representation of popular writers today. The bibliographies have also been updated. This is an excellent companion to the original volume and an essential readers’-advisory tool."
—Booklist Online

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