Make Mine a Mystery II
A Reader's Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction
by Gary Warren Niebuhr
August 2011, 292pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Hardcover: 978-1-59884-589-1
$60, £45, 50€, A86

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.

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.


  • 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
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.


"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, December 15, 2011
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