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Make Mine a Mystery
A Reader's Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction
Gary Warren Niebuhr

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Gary Warren Niebuhr

Make Mine a Mystery

A Reader's Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction

Gary Warren Niebuhr Gary Warren Niebuhr

April 2003

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Series: Genreflecting Advisory Series

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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 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!
[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

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