It's a Mystery 4/14/08

Mystery Readers' Resources

Where can a mystery reader go to find answers to questions, such as "What title is next in the Maisie Dobbs mystery series?  Who writes the mysteries featuring the character Jack Daniels?  Does my favorite author have a new mystery coming out soon?  What authors write police procedurals?"

There are a number of print and online resources that can answer these questions, as well as many others about the mystery genre.  One of my favorites is Stop, You're Killing Me!   (  This website provides a wealth of information about mysteries, authors, series, and read-alikes.  The main search is by author or character and provides a link to the author's website (if available), a brief description of the series the author writes, and then lists the titles in chronological order.  There are also great links on the left side of the page - mysteries by location, occupation, historical time period, genres, read-alikes, etc.

Another good site for books in a series is What's Next, which is maintained by the Kent District Library system in Michigan.  (  Here you can refine your search by author, series name, book title, and genre.  This site includes many genres, not just mystery.

Author websites normally include a chronological bibliography of their books, as well as biographical information, news of new releases and upcoming tours, and other information the author wishes to share, often in a blog.  A simple way to find author websites is to use a search engine, such as Google.  Type in the author's name and, if they have a website, it usually comes up first in the search results.

Print resources here at Westlake Porter Public Library include Detecting Men, Detecting Women, Sequels: An Annotated Guide to Novels in a Series, and What Do I Read Next?  These titles can be found at the Popular Materials Desk or in the Reference area.  Unfortunately, these books are not updated and printed every year, so they are not as current as websites.  I also maintain Mystery series notebooks, copies of which can be found at the Information Desk and the Readers' Advisory Patron Station near the Popular Materials Desk.  I include the most popular series in our collection and update the notebooks when new titles are added.

I hope these resources will be helpful in answering your questions.


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