Make Mine a Mystery

A Reader's Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction

by Gary Warren Niebuhr

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April 2003

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 624
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

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!

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.


[a]dvises how to become familiar with the mystery genre in order to become a reader's advisor and how to build a mystery fiction collection, and describes mystery fiction during the 19th and 20th centuries....lists more than 2,500 titles, arranged by broad categories of Amateur, Public, and Private Detectives, then by such subcategories as eccentric detectives, lone wolf police, and lawyer detectives. Where possible, plot summaries are supplied, and for series by an author (e.g., V.I. Warshawsky mysteries), all titles are listed....In a crowded field, Niebuhr's source is a worthwhile addition. Recommended. All libraries.—Choice

[A] worthy book for those seeking an introduction to the genre ...—Crime and Detective Stories

In a reference aimed at readers' advisory librarians, Niebuhr covers considerable ground in knowledgeable, readable, and generally accurate fashion.—Mystery Scene

Sub-genres, tag lines and icons informing the browser of the relative level of violence, sexuality, and general theme matter of individual titles, and more, set ^IMake Mine a Mystery^R apart into a class of its own as a distinctive and first-rate resource for librarians and dedicated mystery readers.—Midwest Book Review

Niebuhr's type-of-detective approach is a useful way of classifying the factors that appeal to mystery readers, and the indexes offer alternative pointers to titles that readers might like....Among guides to mystery fiction, this one stands out as being thorough and current. Essential for public libraries.—Booklist

This is a very useful volume, both for the librarian working in a readers' advisory capacity and for the mystery reader searching for new books.—Reference Reviews


Council for Wisconsin Writers, Inc. Kenneth Kingery Scholarly Book Award, 2004 2

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