The Readers' Advisory Guide to Mystery, Second Edition--eEditions e-book

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  • Table of Contents
  • About the authors

Something sinister is afoot out there—and this newly updated readers' advisory has all the clues to help librarians solve the mystery of which titles readers should check out next. Equally useful for novice librarians and seasoned gumshoes, this handbook

  • Summarizes the history of mystery fiction, highlighting key figures in its development
  • Covers the latest and most popular classic titles in the genre, as well select suspense and thriller fiction with crossover appeal
  • Offers examples of how library staff can help readers move back and forth from fiction to nonfiction
  • Suggests ways to conduct an effective readers' advisory interview

With several well-chosen booklists, practical programming ideas, and a brand new compendium of print and web-based resources, your only crime would be not adding this guide to your collection!

Series Introduction by Joyce Saricks and Neil Wyatt

Chapter 1 Detecting the Enduring Appeal of the Mystery Novel
Chapter 2 The History of Mystery
Chapter 3 Crash Course in Mystery Readers' Advisory Work
Chapter 4 Amateur Sleuths: Where's Jessica Fletcher When You Need Her?
Chapter 5 Private Investigators: Well-Worn Trench Coats, Smoking Gats, and Deadly Dames
Chapter 6 Police Procedurals: They Got the Beat
Chapter 7 Historical Sleuths: Crime through Time
Chapter 8 Genre-Blended Mysteries: Torn between Two Genres
Chapter 9 The Mystery Readers' Advisory Interview
Chapter 10 Mystery Resources
Chapter 11 Collection Development: Buy It and They Will Come
Chapter 12 Merchandising Your Mystery Collection



Appendix A Mysteries for a Book Discussion
Appendix B Mystery Movies
Appendix C Twenty-Five Mystery Television Series

Selected Bibliography



John Charles

John Charles has worked as a reference librarian and fiction selector for the Scottsdale Public Library System since 1991. He has coauthored articles on collection development and genre fiction for Library Journal and Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) and has twice received the Romance Writer's of America Veritas award. A reviewer for Library Journal, VOYA, and Booklist, he and Joanna Morrison write an annual article on the "Best Adult Mysteries for Young Adults" for VOYA. Charles received a master's degree in library science from the University of Arizona.

Candace Clark

Candace Clark began working for the Scottsdale Public Library System in 1975. Since 1986, she has worked as a youth services librarian where, in addition to selecting materials for the youth services collection, she is involved in programming for children, teens, and adults. She is cohost of "Booktalk," a Scottsdale-based cable television show for which she reviews new adult fiction and nonfiction and interviews a variety of local and nationally recognized authors. Clark has served as chair of the Children's Services Roundtable for the Arizona Library Association and has presented programs at its annual conference as well as for the Maricopa County Library Council's Continuing Education program.

Joanne Hamilton-Selway

After 28 years with the Scottsdale Public Library, Joanne Hamilton-Selway retired in 2008. She served as Senior Coordinator for Collection Development. She was the co-host and producer of Booktalk, the library's first cable television show from 1985-1996, and the host of @ Your Library from 1996-2008. Associate editor and co-author of numerous readers' advisory books, she has presented book talks and programs for Arizona State Library Association, the Public Library Association, the Romance Writers of America, the National Kidney Foundation, and the Mountain Plains Library Association conference.

Joanna Morrison

Joanna Morrison is a reference librarian and nonfiction selector for the Scottsdale Public Library System in Scottsdale, Arizona. She spent five years as a high school English and literature teacher and has been a librarian for ten years. She reviews mysteries for VOYA and joins John Charles in creating an annual VOYA survey of the year's best adult mysteries for young adults. Morrison has presented readers' advisory programs for Arizona State Library Association conferences and received her master's degree in library science from the University of Arizona.