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Big Sites

  • The Mystery Reader
    Lots of reviews that can be located by author name or type of mystery. Forthcoming books are listed in the "Eagerly Awaited" section. Author addresses and author giveaways too.
  • Poisoned Pen
    One of the largest mystery bookstores in North America. Great reading lists, including staff picks, monthly picks, classic crimes, award winners, etc.
  • ClueLass
    Includes the Deadly Directory Online, a searchable database of entries for authors, publishers, events, awards, and much more. And the Blood Stained Bookshelf, a directory of new and forthcoming titles. Also mystery news and more. Includes Mysterious Home page.
  • Murder on the Internet
    Links to major Web resources for mystery and detective fiction from the Springfield (MA) Public Library.
  • Stop, You're Killing Me
    "A resource for the lovers of mystery, intrigue and suspense books. Stop! has hundreds of authors, with complete, chronological lists of their books in this sub-genre."
  • The Thrilling Detective Web Site
    Online magazine focuses on "private eyes & other tough guys". Reviews, short stories and more.

Books in MVLS Libraries

  • MVLS/SALS Catalog
    Connect to your library catalog and select your library.
    Select Keywords in Subject search and search by the type of mystery you enjoy
    and add the word mystery. For example: Catering Mystery, Medical Mystery, Legal
    Mystery, Police Mystery, Time Travel Mystery
  • Limit by date: When you search, select a date to get books from a particular year.
  • Request a title: To reserve a book, click on the "Place Request" link of a specific book. A library card and PIN number (last 4 digits of your phone number) are needed.

Reviews, Forthcoming, Reading Lists, Awards

  • The Bloodstained Bookshelf
    The Bloodstained Bookshelf is a (more-or-less) monthly list of recent and forthcoming print mysteries published in the US. Archives from 1995-2008.
  • Mostly Fiction : Mystery & Suspense
    Reviews, latest releases, upcoming titles. Good place to get a quick look at lots of recent titles. Check out the Detectives & Sleuths page too.
  • Series Character Index
    Sleuths by Occupation, Mysteries by job, diversity and location. From the Stop, You're Killing Me site.
  • Bibliomysteries
    Love books? Love mysteries? This site covers mysteries that have settings, plots, and characters "related to the world of books, writers, archives, and libraries."
  • Mysteries by country, city and state
    From 2008. Based on criteria that an author has written several books set in the same place, and that the place itself contributes to the interest of the book.


  • Dorothy-L
    Great discussion group for mystery lovers. Readers, authors, librarians - anyone interested in mysteries can find a treasure trove here.

Learn more about Mysteries

  • History of the Mystery
    From Cicero to Alfred Hitchcock, learn more about the mystery writing through the centuries.
  • Mystery Definitions
    Mystery sub-genre definitions. Originally written by staff at Queens Borough Public Library.


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Booktalk: Updated: November 18, 2010