Crime Novels & Mystery Fiction



To learn more about crime fiction, and readers advisory as it applies to crime fiction, check out Springfield (MA) City Library's excellent Murder in the Stacks: Reader's Advisory for Mystery and Detective Fiction for an outline of the history of the mystery.

Mysteries featuring Amateur Detectives

See also Cozies.

Mostly Fiction: Detectives and Amateur Sleuths: Excellent resource for the authors listed. Not comprehensive, but provides depth of information on sleuths, bibliography, biography, web links, and reviews for 200+ authors. Note that detectives and amateur sleuths are all lumped together on this list.

If You Like Amateur Sleuths - Female (Hennepin County Library, MN): Author, title, publication year, summary, webcat link for about 23 books featuring female amateur sleuths.

If You Like Amateur Sleuths - Male (Hennepin County Library, MN): Author, title, publication year, summary, webcat link for about 15 books featuring male amateur sleuths.

Amateur Sleuths (Overbooked): Author, title, publication info, and summary for 7 titles, all with starred reviews from reviewing journals.

Amateur Sleuths (Reader's Advice): 'Mysteries featuring detectives who are not professionals.' Author, title, and Amazon link for about 80 series and some single titles, from Donna Andrews' You've Got Murder to Elizabeth Zelvin's Death Will Get You Sober. Compiled Dec. 2000, updated regularly. See also the separate lists of Amateur Sleuths: Couples; Amateur Sleuths: Housewives; and Amateur Sleuths: Seniors and Sweet Old Ladies.

Amateur Detectives (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA): Author, title, webcat link, and summary for 10 books, by Sara Rosett, Sarah Strohmeyer, Carola Dunn, GK Chesterton, et al. Updated Aug. 2009.

If You Like ... Amateur Sleuths (Deschutes PL, OR): Author, title, webcat link, cover image (most), and subject listings for 10 titles. Updated Dec. 2009

Mysteries Featuring Bumbling Detectives (Karen Kleckner and Frances Miller, Fiction-L): (Not necessarily amateur detectives, just detectives acting amateurishly.) Author and titles or series name for about 20 titles/series featuring bumbling detectives, from M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series to Ayelet Waldman's Juliet Applebaum series. Compiled April 2002.


Mysteries Featuring Animals

Mystery Readers International: Not much online here, but if you have a strong interest in the topic, you might want to back order a copy of the Mystery Readers International journal on Animal Mysteries (Volume 14, No. 4), from Winter 1998-99 or the issue called Beastly Murders (Vol. 6, Number 4, Winter 1990). Lots of articles, essays, and lists featuring crime novels with animals.

Wildlife Crime Booklist (Overbooked): 'Crime Fiction featuring the great outdoors and wild life.' Author, title, publication info, and summary for 16 titles by 8 authors, all with starred reviews from reviewing journals.

Animal Mysteries (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA): Author, title, webcat link, and summary for 9 books about rats, cats, dogs, a gorilla, a horse, and animal rights activists. Updated Aug. 2009.

Equestrian (Cozy) Mysteries (Cozy Mystery List): Brief info, with links, about 10 cozy series featuring horses. Posted Nov. 2007 and updated occasionally.

Bird and Birdwatcher (Cozy) Mysteries (Cozy Mystery List): Brief info, with links, about 8 cozy series featuring birds. Posted Sept. 2007 and updated occasionally.

Mysterious Animals (Kent District Library, MI): Author, title, webcat link, cover image and summary for 9 titles featuring mostly dogs and cats, plus a horse and an endangered species.

Animal Mysteries (non-cat) (Reader's Advice): 'Mysteries dealing with animals other than cats.' Author, title, and Amazon link for about 110 dog titles, 100 horse and horseracing titles, and about 40 titles featuring other animals. Compiled Aug. 1999, updated regularly.

Human and Animal Teams (Supper Sleuths, Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): Author, title, publication year, and webcat link for about 20 series, by authors from Lydia Adamson to Davis Norbert. Updated July 2008.

If You Like ... Animal Mysteries (Deschutes PL, OR): Author, title, webcat link, cover image (most), and subject listings for 12 titles involving dogs, cats, and horses. Updated Dec. 2009.

Veterinarian Cozy Mysteries (Cozy Mystery List): Brief info, with links, about 8 cozy series featuring veterinarians. Posted Oct. 2007 and updated occasionally.

Pet Store and Pet Sitting (Cozy) Mysteries (Cozy Mystery List): Brief info, with links, about 4 cozy series featuring pet stores and pet sitting. Posted Sept. 2007.

DOGS

Dogs are Cozy, Too (Cozy Mystery List): Brief info, with links, about more than 20 cozy series featuring dogs. Posted Aug. 2007.

Mysteries featuring Dogs (Williamsburg PL, VA): Author, title, webcat link, and summary for 12 series and stand-alones.

Fiction for Dog Lovers (Multnomah County Library, OR): Includes many mysteries. Author, title, pub. year, webcat link, and summary for about 30 books, of which about 15 are crime novels.

Dog Lover Mysteries (Terry Frey Weingart, Suite 101.Com): Excellent narrative list and description of mysteries featuring dogs, with detailed info on three series, a reading list with more authors and titles, a couple of collections, and some website suggestions. (Skip past ads!). 2001.

Canine Capers (Addison Public Library, IL): Title, author, summary, and webcatalog link for 12 mysteries involving dogs. Updated Jan. 2010.

Taking a Bite Out of Crime: Barking Good Mysteries (Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): Author, titles, publication info, and summary for each of 7 series and one lone mystery featuring dogs. Also list of short stories. Updated Dec. 2006.

Mysteries Featuring Dogs (Arlington PL, TX): Author, (first) title, webcat link, summary of series for 7 series featuring dogs.

A Nose for Crime (Manchester Public Library, Manchester, CT): Lists 9 authors and their dog mystery titles, with short summary of dog and/or sleuth. Updated Nov. 2006.

CATS

Mysteries featuring Cats (Williamsburg PL, VA): Author, title, webcat link, and summary for 12 series, plus about 12 more anthologies and stand-alones.

Cat Fancy (Mesa Library, AZ): Author, title/series name, and summary for about 20 titles or mystery series about felines. Updated July 2006.

Cat Cozies (Cozy Mystery List): Brief info, with links, about more than 15 cozy series featuring cats, plus anthologies and several stand-alones. Posted Aug. 2007.

Simply Pu-u-u-u-rfect Mysteries (Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): Author, titles, publication info, and summary for each of 12 series featuring cats. Also list of short stories. Updated Nov. 2007.

Cats and Crime (Addison Public Library, IL): Title, author, summary, and webcatalog link for 11 such novels. Updated Jan. 2010.

Cat Mysteries (InfoSoup - OwlsNet Library Consortium, WI): Author, some series description, and links to titles with webcat links for about 25 cat series.

Purrfect Crimestoppers (Manchester Public Library, Manchester, CT): Lists 10 authors and their cat mystery titles, with short summary of cat and/or sleuth. Updated April 2007.

Mysteries Featuring Cats (Arlington PL, TX): Author, (first) title, webcat link, summary of series for 8 series featuring cats.

Mystery Book Cats (Mystery Book Cats.com): Lists 23 series, with author's name, titles and publication years, and links to Powells for each. Description of each cat also linked. (Some of the series may include a cat but don't really showcase them, like Nevada Barr's series, or Martha Grimes'.)

Meow Mysteries (Reader's Advice): 'Mysteries dealing with cats, or in which cats are companions of the detective.' Author, title, and Amazon link for about 200 titles, from Lydia Adamson's Alice Nesleton series to Clea Simon's Theda Krakow series. Compiled Aug. 1999, updated regularly.

Cat Mysteries (Plymouth District Libraries, MI): Author, title, webcat link for almost 30 mysteries featuring cats, from A Cat Called Amnesia by E.W. Hildick to Seeing a Large Cat by Elizabeth Peters. Updated June 2002.


The Arts and Entertainment in Mystery

Mystery Readers International: Art Mysteries: Not much online here, but if you have a strong interest in the topic, you might want to back order a copy of the Mystery Readers International journal on Art Mysteries I (Volume 21, No. 1), from Spring 2005 or Art Mysteries II (Volume 21, No. 2, Summer 2005). Lots of articles, essays, and lists featuring crime novels and visual art and architecture.

Nazi Art Thefts: Crime Novels (M. Williams): Author, title, publication year and summary for about 60 crime novels. Also a short list of non-fiction on the same topic.

Museums and Mysteries (Springfield Greene County Library, MO): Author, title, webcat link, and summary for about 10 novels, by PD James, Tony Hillerman, Aaron Elkins, Elizabeth Peters, Agatha Christie, et al.

Art Mysteries (Downers Grove Public Library, IL): Author, title, publication year, page count, summary for about 15 art mysteries, including Aaron Elkins' Loot, Michael Frayn's Headlong, and Nicholas Kilmer's Harmony in Flesh and Black. Updated 2002.

Art Mysteries (Supper Sleuths, Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): Author, title, publication year, and webcat link for about 100 books, from Margery Allingham's Death of a Ghost to Collin Wilcox's Full Circle. Updated 2006.

Art Mysteries (Winter Park PL, FL): Lists author, title, webcat link for about 80 single titles and about a dozen art mystery series. Updated Nov. 2010.

Art Mysteries (Nevins Memorial Library, Methuen, MA): Author, title, pub. year and webcat link for about 115 titles. Posted July 2007.

Mystery Is An Art (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Author and title only for 23 mysteries featuring art. Compiled July 1999.

Antiquing Cozy Mysteries (Cozy Mystery List): Brief info, with links, about 15 cozy series featuring antiques and antique collecting. Posted Sept. 2007.

Old and Valuable: Mysteries Featuring Art and Antiques Dealers (Wilmette Public Library, IL): Author, title, pub. year, and webcat link for about a dozen novels, from Aaron Elkins' Loot to Margaret Truman's Murder at the National Gallery. Compiled 2000.

Antiques Crime Fiction Booklist (Overbooked): Author, title, publication info, and summary for 40 titles by 15 authors, some with starred reviews from reviewing journals. Updated Aug. 2008.

Murder Among the Artifacts (AART, Rolling Meadows Library, IL): Author, title, publication year, and page count, for 12 mysteries featuring archaeology, from Agatha Christie's Murder In Mesopotamia to M. K. Shuman's The Maya Stone Murders.

Antiques Mysteries (Reader's Advice): 'Mystery stories set in and around the world of antiques appraisers, collectors, and traders.' Author, title, and Amazon link for about 10 series and a few single titles. Compiled Aug. 2005, regularly updated.

Mystery, Music, Murder, Mayhem (Lincoln City Libraries, NE): Author, title, and webcat link for about 100 musically themed mystery novels and short story collections, from Ace Atkins' Crossroad Blues: A Nick Travers mystery to Barbara Wilson's The Case of the Orphaned Bassoonists. Compiled Aug. 2003, updated Dec. 2008.

Music Mysteries (Winter Park PL, FL): Lists author, title, webcat link for about 120 single titles and about 35 series involving music. Updated March 2010.

Mystery Readers International: Music and Mysteries: Overture: Not much online here, but if you have a strong interest in the topic, you might want to back order a copy of the Mystery Readers International journal Music and Mysteries: Overture (Volume 19, No. 2), from Summer 2003 or Music and Mysteries: Finale (Volume 19, No. 3, Fall 2003). Lots of articles, essays, and lists featuring musically inclined crime novels.

Musical Mysteries (Reader's Advice): Mysteries involving music or musicians. Author, title, and Amazon link for about 80 titles, from Paul Adam's The Rainaldi Quartet to Karen Sturges' Phoebe Mullins series. Created 2000, regularly updated.

Music in English Detective Fiction (Phillip Scowcroft, MusicWeb): Narrative discussion of music in English detective novels, from about 1900 to 1985. Fun reading if this is your thing.

Death at the Theater: Mysteries with Drama (M. Williams): Titles, publication years, and summaries for books by about 100 authors of mysteries, suspense novels, thrillers, and crime novels involving plays, playwriting, acting, actors and actresses, opera, theatrical drama, and other elements relating to the theater. Authors from Lydia Adamson to Ursula Zilinsky.

Death Takes A Bow: Theatrical Mysteries (Evanston PL, IL): Author, title, pub. year, summary and webcat link for about 35 mysteries, from Thomas Adcock's Grief Street: A Neil Hockaday Mystery to Chuck Zito's A Habit For Death: A Nicky D'Amico Mystery.

Theatre Mysteries (Reader's Advice): Author, title, and Amazon link for about 15 titles, including Michael Craft's Claire Gray series and Deborah Nicholson's Kate Carpenter series. Compiled Dec. 2000, updated regularly.


Bibliomystery/Academic Mysteries

Bibliomysteries (Evanston PL, IL): 'Mysteries related to the world of books, in which manuscripts, libraries, publishing houses, booksellers, or writers occupy a prominent role.' Author, title, pub. year, webcat link, and summary for about 50 novels, organised by category: Bookstore/Booksellers, Libraries/Librarians, Publishers/Writers, and Manuscript/Book-Related Plots. Plus four short story collections, and author, title, pub. year, and webcat link (no summary) for dozens more books in each category.

Mystery Readers International: Bibliomysteries: Not much online here, but if you have a strong interest in the topic, you might want to back order a copy of the Mystery Readers International journal titled Bibliomysteries (Volume 21, No. 3), from Fall 2005. Lots of articles, essays, and lists featuring 'mysteries that have settings, plots or substantial characters in them related to the world of books, writers, bookstores, and libraries.'

Bibliomysteries (Supper Sleuths, Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): Mysteries about libraries, booksellers, and authors. Author, title, publication year, protagonist name or occupation, and webcat link for about 60 series or single books, from Jeff Abbott's Do Unto Others to N.L. Zaroulis's Poe Papers: A Tale of Passion. Updated May 2004.

Mystery Readers International: Academic Mysteries 101: Not much online here, but if you have a strong interest in the topic, you might want to back order a copy of the Mystery Readers International journal titled Academic Mysteries 101 (Volume 22, No. 3), from Fall 2006; Academic Mysteries 202 (Volume 22, No. 4, Winter 2006-07); or the earlier Academic Mysteries (Volume 12, No. 4, Winter 1996-1997). Lots of articles, essays, and lists featuring crime on campus.

A List of Suggested Academic Mystery Novels (A History of the Mystery): Author, title, pub. year, and summary for about 40 academic mysteries.

Academic Mysteries (Clues Unlimited Mystery Bookstore, Tucson, AZ): Concise but illuminating listing of about 25 authors with titles or series revolving around an academic setting.

A Bit of Whimsey: Mysteries and Academia: A-H (Eden Kuhlenschmidt - Western Kentucky University): Most books set on college or university campuses; academic fields provided if known. Listed in a chart by alphabetical order by author's last name, includes titles, main characters, publication info, location/academic institutions. Continues with Authors I-Z on this page.

Campus Crimes (Supper Sleuths, Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): Mysteries about libraries, booksellers, and authors. Author, title, publication year, protagonist name or occupation, and webcat link for about 50 series or single books, from Catherine Aird's Parting Breath to Mark Zubro's Here Comes the Corpse. Updated March 2005.

Academic Mysteries (Terry Frey Weingart, Suite 101.Com): Narrative list and description of academic mysteries, focusing on English professors, continued on her Academic Mysteries 2 page, featuring non-English professors and school teachers. (Scroll past ads.)

Death Among the Books: Bibliomysteries for Booklovers (Manchester Public Library, Manchester, CT): Over 25 bibliomystery titles/series listed and summarised, plus another dozen simply listed. Updated Oct. 2006.

Academic Mysteries (Ricki Nordmeyer, Skokie PL, IL): Author, title, publication year, and webcat link for about 40 titles, from Robert Barnard's Death of an Old Goat to Jincy Willett's The Writing Class.

Academic Mysteries (Winter Park PL, FL): Set on campus or featuring professors, grad students, etc. Lists author, title, webcat link for about 50 single titles and about 65 series. Updated Nov. 2010.

Academic Mysteries (Reader's Advice): 'Mysteries set in and about Colleges, Universities, and the academic world in general.' Author, title, and Amazon link for about 150 titles, from Lou Allin's A Little Learning is a Murderous Thing to Sally Wright's Ben Reese series. Compiled Dec. 2000, updated regularly.

Bibiomysteries (Winter Park PL, FL): Lists author, title, webcat link for about 25 single titles and about 25 bibliomystery series. Updated Nov. 2010.

Book Store Owner Cozy Mysteries (Cozy Mystery List): Brief info, with links, about a dozen cozy series featuring book store owners. Posted Feb. 2008.

Book and Book Publishing Mysteries (Reader's Advice): 'Mysteries set in and around the worlds of publishing, book selling & collecting, and libraries.' Author, title, and Amazon link for about 130 titles, from Isaac Asimov's Murder at the ABA to Kate White's Bailey Weggins series. Compiled Dec. 2000, updated regularly.

Mysteries Involving Libraries and Librarians (Simmons College - Boston, MA): Extensive list of library-related mysteries with their publication info and one-line synopsis of plot. Excellent. Look also at their Wishlist of similar books. Updated Jan. 2008.

Libraries Can Be Murder: Mysteries Featuring Libraries (Wilmette Public Library, IL): Author, title, pub. year, and webcat link for about 20 books, from Lawrence Block's The burglar in the library to Jonathan Valin's Final Notice. Compiled 2006.

Libraries and Librarians in Fiction (Kitchener Public Library, Ontario, Canada): Authors, titles, webcat links for about 100 crime novels featuring libraries or librarians, from Peter Ackroyd's Chatterton to P. G. Wodehouse's Leave it to Psmith.

Cozy Mystery Librarians (Cozy Mystery List): Brief info, with links, about 20 cozy series featuring librarians. Posted Feb. 2008.

Librarian and Other Bookish People (Lake County Public Library, Merrillville, IN): Books featuring librarians and libraries. Author, titles, type of librarian or library (usually with setting) for 13 mystery series, 5 stand-alone mysteries, 3 sci-fi/fantasy books/series, and about 20 fiction titles. Updated March 2007.

Library and Book World Mystery Series (Oxford County Library, Ontario, Canada): List of 10 mystery series featuring books, with author's name and series sleuth only, from Jo Dereske's Librarian Miss Zukas to Elizabeth Peters' Author/Librarian Jacqueline Kirby.


Cozies and Domestic Mysteries

Cozies contain generally a minimum of violence and graphic unpleasantness (blunt instruments and poisons are popular weapons), and they often take place in a house, village, small town, academic setting, or other benign, familiar and conventional social setting, with characters who are usually civilised and mannerly. The mystery is usually solved by an amateur detective who understands human nature and is gifted in observation and deduction. 'Cozy' is pretty much the opposite of 'hard-boiled.'

COZIES: A SELECTIVE LIST (Helene Androski, University of Wisconsin): 'Each of the following authors wrote (or write) mysteries that contain most of the elements of a cozy: a minimum of violence, sex, and social relevance; the solution is arrived at by ratiocination or intuition rather than forensics and police procedure (or beating a confession out of someone); the murderer is indeed exposed and order restored at the end; the hero/ine is honorable and the other characters (often including the murderer) are well mannered and well-bred (except, of course, the servants); the setting is a closed community of some sort, such as a village, university, stately home.' Lists 60 authors, described their books generally. Not a list of titles.

Cozy Mysteries (Marin County Free Library, CA): Two-page PDF file. Lists about 25 mystery books and series, with author, title, publication year, and summary, from Catherine Aird's Little Knell to Michelle Spring's In the Midnight Hour. Compiled Jan. 2003, updated May 2007.

Cozy Mystery Authors (Madison Public Library, WI): Lists author, series sharacters, character's profession, and character's hometown, for about 100 authors. Based on a list created by Helene Androski, Reference Librarian at UW-Madison Memorial Library. Updated Jan. 2009.

A Selection of Cozy Mystery Authors & Their Sleuths (Windsor Locks Public Library, CT): Lists author and sleuth, and sometimes other info, for 45 cozy series, from Catherine Aird's Detective Inspector C.D. Sloan series to Dorothy Simpson's series featuring Luke Thanet (he's actually a detective inspector and the only one on the list, I believe, who's not an amateur!). Updated July 2008.

Cozy Mysteries (Mesa Library, AZ): Author, title, series name, and summary for 20 titles/series, all published in 2003, from Peter Abresch's Painted Lady (James P. Dandy Elderhostel Mystery Series) to Jill Paton Walsh's A Presumption of Death (continuing the Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery Series). Updated Aug. 2005.

Cozy Mysteries (Wake County PL, NC): Author, title, webcat link, and summary for 25 novels, by Mignon Franklin Ballard, Jonnie Jacobs, Leslie Meier, Anne George, Sarah Graves, Jeanne M. Dams, Nora DeLoach, et al. Updated Dec. 2010.

Gentle Reads: Crime (State Library of Tasmania): Author and title (most with brief summaries) for about 50 gentle mystery series/books.

Light Mysteries (Weber County PL, UT): Author, title, summary, webcat link, cover image for 26 titles, from Donna Andrews' No Nest for the Wicket to Phyllis Whitney's Amethyst Dreams.

Cozies (Reader's Advice): 'Mysteries with a minimum of direct action and little blood, solved by genteel detectives in comfortable surroundings.' Author, title, and Amazon link for about 35 series and a handful of other titles, from Peter E. Abresch's James P. Dandy series to Sally Wright's Ben Reese series. Compiled Dec. 1999, updated regularly.

Cozy Mystery Authors (Harris County Public Library, Houston, TX): Author, brief description of sleuth, and webcat link for first titles in about 45 cozy series, from Catherine Aird's series featuring C.D. Sloan, CID Department Head in West Calleshire, England to Patricia Wentworth's series with Miss Maud Silver, spinster private eye in London.

Cozy Mysteries (Winter Park PL, FL): Crime with 'interesting characters, a light-hearted tone, no graphic violence, and often features an amateur detective and animals.' Series author, brief description, and titles with webcat links for hundreds of cozy series, continuing at Cozies J-Q and Cozies R-Z. Updated Feb. 2010.

Genteel British Crime Novels (Winfield Public Library, IL): 'When You've Read All of Agatha Christie...' Author, title, summary, and webcat link for about a dozen mysteries, by timeframe (before WWI, Golden Age, and WWII and After). Includes authors such as Bentley, Carr, Marsh, Allingham, Atherton, Innes, etc.

Staff Picks: Cozy Mysteries (Harford County PL, MD): Author, title, publication info, cover image, summary and webcat link for about 15 titles by 9 authors, all published from 2007-2009.

Cozy Life (and Death) in a Village (Diane Brunson, Bay County Library System, MI): Newspaper column with a paragraph each on about a half dozen village cozies, including those by Agatha Christie, M.C. Beaton, and Rhys Bowen.

Mysteries on the Mild Side (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Authors and about 50 series listed (no summaries or individual titles). From Catherine Aird's C.D. Sloan series to Peter Tremayne's Sister Fidelma series. Compiled Nov. 1999, updated May 2004.

Cozies (Anderson Bookshop, Illinois): Lists over 30 authors of cozies (all female), their sleuth(s), and a quick description of the series, from Susan Wittig Albert's China Bayles series to Deborah Woodworth's Rose Callahan series.

ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE'S Sherlock Holmes Readalikes, Sequels, etc. are on the Series and Sequels page.


Holiday and Seasonal Mysteries

Murder on Holiday (Winter Park PL, FL): Author, title, webcat link for mysteries set at Christmas, Labor Day, Yom Kippur, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hannukah, New Year's, and Valentine's Day.

SPRING and SPRING HOLIDAYS

Springtime Can Be Murder (Eileen Pearce, MLS): List of 11 murder mysteries with spring holiday themes, including Passover, Lent, Easter, April Fool's Day, and Mothers' and Fathers' Days. Author and title only. Updated 2007.

Easter Cozy Mystery Book List (Cozy-Mystery.Com): Author, title and Amazon link for about 30 Easter (plus a few Mother's Day, Father's Day, Yom Kippur, Fourth of July, and Labor Day) mysteries.

My Shelf: Easter Mysteries (MyShelf.com) : Author and title only for about 15 Easter mysteries.

My Shelf: Mother's Day Mysteries (MyShelf.com) : Author and title only for 10 Mother's Day mysteries.

Wedding and Honeymoon Mysteries (Terry Frey Weingart, Suite 101.Com): Lots of detail on nine wedding and four honeymoon mysteries. Compiled June 2001. (Skip ads at top of page.)

SUMMER AND SUMMER HOLIDAYS

Summer Sleuthing (Terry Frey Weingart, Suite 101.Com): Detailed descriptions of over 20 mysteries set in summer, some on holidays. June 2001. (Skip ads at top of page.)

Mysteries Set in Hot Climates (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Author, title, summary of each of 40 books, from Steve Allen's Murder in Hawaii to Charles Willeford's Miami Blues.

Summer Thoughts (Ginny Ryan, Wolfner Library, Jefferson City, MO): 'In summer our thoughts turn to beaches, lakes, the seashore and other resort areas as we plan our vacations. The books in this list ... are set in these areas.' Most are mysteries. Author, title, and summary for books, in title order, from Beach House by James Patterson to Up Island by Anne Rivers Siddons. Violence, language and sex noted. Updated Jan. 2007.

Summer Can Be Murder (Eileen Pearce, MLS): List of 7 murder mysteries with Independence Day and Labor Day themes. Author and title only. Updated 2007.

My Shelf: Independence Day Mysteries (MyShelf.com) : Author and title for about 15 Fourth of July mysteries.

FALL AND FALL HOLIDAYS

Autumn Can Be Murder (Eileen Pearce, MLS): A compendium of about 30 murder mysteries with Autumn holiday themes, including Yom Kippur, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. Author and title only. Updated 2007.

Murder on Holiday: Labor Day (Winter Park PL, FL): Author, title, webcat link for 2 mysteries set on Labor Day (U.S.).

Murder on Holiday: Yom Kippur (Winter Park PL, FL): Author, title, webcat link for 3 mysteries set at Yom Kippur.

Halloween

Halloween Mysteries (Springfield City Library, MI): Author, title, pub. year, summary for about 45 novels and a few story collections, from Susan Wittig Albert's Witches Bane to Kathy Hogan Trochek's Strange Brew. Updated May 2006.

Halloween Cozy Mystery Book List (Cozy-Mystery.Com): Author, title and Amazon link for about 65 Halloween mysteries.

My Shelf: Halloween Mysteries (MyShelf.Com): Author and title for about 75 books.

Murder on Holiday: Halloween (Winter Park PL, FL): Author, title, webcat link for about 15 mysteries set at Halloween.

Halloween Mysteries (Salina PL, KS): Mysteries that take place during the Halloween season. Author and title for about 15 titles, from Hangman's Root by Susan Wittig Albert to Strange Brew by Kathy Hogan Trochek.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Cornucopia of Murder (Terry Frey Weingart, Suite 101.Com): Detailed description of nine Thanksgiving mysteries. Nov. 2001.

Thanksgiving Cozy Mystery Book List (Cozy-Mystery.Com): Author, title and Amazon link for more than 100 Halloween mysteries.

My Shelf: Thanksgiving Mysteries (MyShelf.com) : Author and title only for about 30 Thanksgiving mysteries.

Murder on Holiday: Thanksgiving (Winter Park PL, FL): Author, title, webcat link for 9 mysteries set at Thanksgiving.

WINTER AND WINTER HOLIDAYS

Winter and Snow

Mysteries Set in Cold Climates (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Author, title, summary of each of about 45 books, from Rosemary Aubert's The Feast of Stephen to Scott Young's Murder in a Cold Climate.

Wintertime Mysteries (Tompkins County PL, Ithaca NY): 'Winter, snowstorms, ice, and cold can ... be used in mysteries to help shape the story - not only can it be the setting, but winter may also influence the action and can be an important element in murder.' Author, title, pub. year, cover image and extensive summary for a dozen books, from The Alpine Pursuit by Mary Daheim to Sun Storm by Asa Larsson. Compiled Jan. 2007.

Winter Can Be Murder (Eileen Pearce, MLS): Author and title only for about a dozen murder mysteries with winter holiday themes, except Christmas; including Hannukah, New Year's Day, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day. Updated Nov. 2007.

Christmas

Mistletoe Mysteries (Lincoln City Libraries, NE): Set at Christmas, Hanukkah, or New Year's. Author, title, and webcat link for about 275 books. Compiled Nov. 2000; updated 2005.

Murder for Christmas (Downers Grove Public Library, IL): Author, title, publication year, page count, summary for more than 20 Christmas mysteries and anthologies, from Marian Babson's The Twelve Deaths of Christmas to Georges Simenon's Maigret's Christmas. List compiled 1983, revised 1993.

Holiday Whodunits (Winfield Public Library, IL): Christmas mysteries. Author, title, summary, and webcat link for about 15 mysteries, from Aunt Dimity's Christmas by Nancy Atherton to A Cold Christmas by Charlene Weir.

Merry Little Murder (Kaite Mediatore Stover, Kansas City PL, MO): Author, title, webcat link and summary for about 25 books, from A Cat Under the Mistletoe by Lydia Adamson to A Deadly Little Christmas by Mary Welk.

Merry Little Murder (Lansing PL, IL): 5-page PDF. Author, title, summary for about 20 crime novels set at Christmas, from A Cat Under the Mistletoe by Lydia Adamson to We Wish You A Merry Murder by Valerie Wolzien. Compiled Dec. 2004, updated Sept. 2005.

Christmas Can Be Murder (Eileen Pearce, MLS): A compendium of about 175 murder mysteries (novels and short stories) with Christmas themes. Author and title only, for authors whose last names begin with letters from A-H (about 110 titles listed); another page lists about 65 novels and stories by authors whose names begin with I-Z. Updated 2007.

Murder on Holiday: Christmas (Winter Park PL, FL): Author, title, webcat link for about 120 mysteries set at Christmas, from Lydia Adamson's A Cat in the Manger to Mom Meets Her Maker by James Yaffe.

Christmas Cozy Mystery Book List (Cozy-Mystery.Com): Author, title and Amazon link for lots of Christmas cozies (listed on separate pages by author's last name), plus some Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Hanukkah, and New Year's books.

My Shelf: Christmas Mysteries (MyShelf.Com): The plot of the books might be centered on the holiday or the holiday may be only in the background. Only author and title provided. Extensive list.

Christmas Fiction (Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): List of 50 Christmas mysteries, with author, title, publication data, and links to catalog information on each. Updated May 2004.

More Holiday Mystery Favorites (Terry Frey Weingart, Suite 101.Com): Lots of detail on about a dozen Christmas mysteries. And for two dozen more summaries of Christmas mysteries, try her Holidays Can Be Murder. And her descriptions of eight more 2001 Christmas mysteries! (Skip ads at top.)

'Tis the Season: Mysteries With a Christmas Theme (Madison Public Library, WI): Author, title, and publication year for 58 Christmas mysteries.

Season's Greetings With a Twist (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Authors and titles only (no summaries) for about 55 Christmas mysteries, by authors including Corinne Holt Sawyer, Lesley Egan, Janet Evanovich, Mary Higgins Clark, Nero Blanc, and many more. Compiled Dec. 2003.

Murder Most Merry (Marin County Free Library, CA): Two-page PDF file. Lists author, title, and publication year for about 45 books, from Lydia Adamson's A Cat on Jingle Bell Rock to Kathy H. Trocheck's Midnight Clear. Compiled Dec. 2002.

Christmas Mysteries for Fun (Wilmette PL, IL): Author, title, pub. year and webcat link for about 20 titles, from Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity's Christmas to Charlene Weir's A Cold Christmas. Updated Nov. 2006.

Christmas Mystery (Skokie Public Library, IL): Author, title, and webcat link for about 50 Christmas mysteries.

Christmas Mysteries (Mid-Continent PL, Independence, MO): Author and title only for about 30 Christmas mysteries, from Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity's Christmas to Michael Underwood's A Party to Murder.

Holiday Mysteries (Novi PL, MI): Author and title only for about 25 Christmas mystery titles.

New Year's Day

My Shelf: New Year's Day Mysteries (MyShelf.com) : Author and title only for about 40 New Year's mysteries.

Murder on Holiday: New Year's (Winter Park PL, FL): Author, title, webcat link for 8 mysteries set at New Year's.

Valentine's Day

Love Can Be Murder (Springfield City Library, MI): Author, title, pub. year, summary for about a dozen books, from The Saint Valentine's Day Murders by Ruth Dudley Edwards to Love and Death (short story collection) edited by Carolyn G. Hart. Updated May 2006.

My Shelf: Valentine's Day Mysteries (MyShelf.com) : Author and title only for about 25 Valentine's Day mysteries.

Murder on Holiday: Valentine's Day (Winter Park PL, FL): Author, title, webcat link for 7 mysteries set on Valentine's Day.


Humourous Mysteries

Funny Mysteries (Seattle Public Library): Author, title, short summary for about 30 books, from Donna Andrews' Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon to Sarah Strohmeyer's Bubbles a Broad.

Funny but Fatal (Anchorage Municipal Libraries, AK): 2-page PDF. Author, title, summary for about 25 titles, from Donna Andrews' No Nest for the Wicket to Denise Swanson's Murder of a Barbie and Ken: A Scumble River Mystery. June 2007.

Funny but Fatal (Ocean City PL, NJ): 2-page PDF. Author, title, summary for 18 titles (authors A-H only ?), from Donna Andrews's Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon to Charlaine Harris's Dead to the World. Nov. 2008.

Hilarious Homicides (Springfield-Greene County Library, MO): Author, title, webcat link, cover image and summary for 10 books by Dorothy Cannell, Michael Malone, Carl Hiaasen, Jane Heller, and others.

Humorous Mysteries (Winter Park PL, FL): Lists author, title, webcat link for about 12 single titles and 35 funny series. Updated Feb. 2010.

Humorous Mysteries (Reader's Advice): Author, title, and Amazon link for more than 200 series and titles, from Isaac Adamson's Billy Chaka series to Yeats is Dead, ed. by Joseph O'Connor.

Seriously Humorous Mysteries (Eric Robbins, Fiction-L): Compiled Aug. 1997. Author, titles, publication years. Over 25 authors.


If You Like ... Readalike Mysteries

(Skip to Individual mystery readlikes.)

If You Like ... Mysteries (San Francisco Mystery Bookstore, CA) : If You Like strong female leads, female leads in a lighter or more domestic vein, classic English mystery, really funny mysteries, the standard private eye novel, male leads of the amateur persuasion, tough crime novels, gritty (and often unpleasant) stories, big lawyer books, really good writers (that we feel have been undeservedly neglected in recent years), then this is the place for you. Simply lists lots of authors for each category, no titles, series, or links.

If You Like Thrillers/Adventure, Try (Mayo County Library, Ireland): Recommends 2 or 3 similar authors, if you like: Ted Allbeury; Eric Ambler; Evelyn Anthony; Geoffrey Archer; Campbell Armstrong; Desmond Bagley; David Baldacci; Dale Brown; James Buchan; Lee Child; Tom Clancy; James Clavell; Jon Cleary; Robin Cook; Stephen Coonts; Martin Cruz Smith; Clive Cussler; Lionel Davidson; Len Deighton; Nelson DeMille; Daniel Easterman; Clive Egleton; Ian Fleming; James Follett; Ken Follet; Byran Forbes; Frederick Forsyth; Clare Francis; Brian Freemantle; Alexander Fullerton; Alan Furst; Francis Gelleymore; John Gilstrap; Robert Goddard; Arthur Hailey; Robert Harris; Thomas Harris; Stuart Harrison; Mary Higgins Clark; Greg Iles; Hammond Innes; Philip Kerr; Andrew Klavan; Duncan Kyle; John Le Carré; Robert Littell; Robert Ludlum; Eric Lustbader; Patrick Lynch; Alistair MacLean; J K Mayo; Brad Meltzer; David Morrell; Julie Parsons; Anthony Price; A J Quinnell; Michael Ridpath; Gerald Seymour; Sidney Sheldon; Nevil Shute; Daniel Silva; Wilbur Smith; Craig Thomas; Gordon Thomas; John Trenhaile; and Nigel West.

If You Like Crime, Try (Mayo County Library, Ireland): Recommends 2 or 3 similar authors, if you like: Margery Allingham; Lawrence Block; Jay Brandon; James Lee Burke; W.J Burley; William J. Caunitz; James Hadley Chase; Agatha Christie; Susan Conant; Michael Connelly; Patricia Cornwell; John Creasey; Colin Dexter; Michael Dibdin; Janet Evanovich; Dick Francis; William Gerritsen; John Grisham; James Hadley Chase; Tami Hoag; Joan Hess; P.D. James; Jonathan Kellerman; Val McDermid; Diane Mott Davidson; Richard North Patterson; Carol O'Connell; Sara Paretsky; James Patterson; Ellis Peters; Kathy Reichs; Ruth Rendell; John Sandford; Scott Turow; and Minette Walters.


SPECIFIC IF YOU LIKE ...

In alphabetical order by author's last name.

If You Like David Baldacci... (Wake County PL, NC): 2-page PDF. Author, title, webcat link, cover image and summary for about 15 books, by James Grippando, Linda Fairstein, Jeffrey Deaver, James Patterson, Lee Child, et al. Updated March 2011.

If You Like Lilian Jackson Braun... (Vicki Nesting, Fiction-L): Lists about 25 other authors who write similar books to Braun's, with some discussion about how alike they are. Oct. 1999.

If You Like Lilian Jackson Braun, then you might like ... (San Antonio Public Library, TX): Author, title, publication year, summary for over 15 books similar to Braun's, from Lydia Adamson's A Cat on Stage Left to Shirley Rousseau Murphy's Cat Raise the Dead. Most are pet mysteries.


DAN BROWN'S THE DA VINCI CODE READALIKES AND SIMILAR

The Da Vinci Code (Harris County PL, TX): Author, title, webcat link, and summary for about 45 similar books.

If you liked ... The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (Hennepin County Library, MN): 'Perhaps you liked the thorough research and fast pace of The Da Vinci Code or maybe you were compelled by the book's religion, art history, or cryptography aspects.' Author, title, publication year, cover image, summary, and webcat link for about 25 books, from Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michel Baigent to Barbara Wood's The Prophetess. Updated March 2007.

Keys to the Treasure: Beyond the Da Vinci Code (Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, OH): Author, title, synopsis, and webcat and other links for each of 50 books for fans of The Da Vinci Code, from The Rainaldi Quartet by Paul Adam to The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon by Richard Zimler.

Beyond the Da Vinci Code (Sachem PL, Holbrook, NY): Author, title, publication info, summary for 50 books, from Wilton Barnhardt's Gospel to Barbara Wood's The Prophetess.

If you liked Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code ... (Springfield City Library, MI): Author, title, pub. year, summary for about 25 novels, by Donna Leon, Nick Tosches, Marianne MacDonald, Robert Ludlum, Michael Frayn, Martha Grimes, and others.

Da Vinci Code Readalikes (Tompkins County PL, Ithaca NY): Author, title, pub. year, cover image and extensive summary for about 20 books, plus another list of Da Vinci Code Non-Fiction, with 10 items listed.

If you enjoyed The Da Vinci Code, try these... (Saskatoon PL, Saskatchewan, CN): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link, and summary for about 25 books, by Thomas Gifford, Deborah Crombie, Alan Wall, David Hewson, Daniel Easterman, Yxta Maya Murray, Judith Koll Healey, et al. Updated Nov. 2004.

If you liked The Da Vinci Code ... Tales of history, art, mystery and betrayal (Portland Public Library, ME): Author, title, summary and webcat link for more than 15 books similar to Dan Brown's The Davinci Code, from John Case's The Eighth Day to Barbara Wood's The Prophetess.

The Da Vinci Code Read-alikes (Hamilton Public Library, Ontario, Canada): Authors, titles, summaries, webcatalog links for about 15 books, from The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry to The Music Lesson by Katharine Weber. Updated Dec. 2006.

If You Like The Da Vinci Code... (Ames PL, IA): Author, title, webcat link, summary for about 20 titles, in title order, from Brown's own Angels and Demons to The Story of B by Daniel Quinn. Compiled Aug. 2006.

If You Like Dan Brown ... (D. Brooks, Wake County PL, NC): 2-page PDF. 'atmospheric Suspense Stories, featuring deception, fast action, adventure, puzzles, and conspiracies' involving code-breaking. Author, title, webcat link, cover image and summary for about 20 books, by Ross King, Raymond Khoury, Ian Caldwell, Umberto Eco, John Case, Lynn Sholes, et al. Updated April 2011.

If you liked The Da Vinci Code, or, What to read while waiting for your copy (Timberland Regional Library, WA): Suggests Dan Brown's three other books, several non-fiction books on a similar topic, about a dozen intellectual thrillers with historical underpinnings, four series of fantasy fiction, and five other fiction readalikes.

If You Enjoyed Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, Try These ... (Marin County Free Library, CA): 2-page PDF file. Author, title, publication year, and summary for about 15 books, from The Assassini by Thomas Gifford to The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry. Updated Feb. 2006.

Captivated by The Da Vinci Code? (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA): Author, title, summary, webcat link for 8 books, from Matilde Asensi's The Last Cato: A Novel to Javier Sierra's The Secret Supper: A Novel. Updated June 2006. Also, Da Vinci Code Readalikes, another 10 suggestions.

The Da Vinci Code Read-alikes (Madison Public Library, WI): Author and title for more than 30 books similar in style or story to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, from Steve Berry's The Amber Room to Barbara Wood's The Prophetess Compiled July 2004.

Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) Read-alikes (Kathie Newsted, Fiction-L): Author and title for books by more than 20 authors, similar to Dan Brown's bestselling The Da Vinci Code, with description of factor that's similar. From John Case's The Genesis Code (mythological, religious aspect) to Barbara Wood's The Prophetess (feminine divine, suppression by Catholic Church).

If You Liked The Da Vinci Code ... (Bookreporter.com): A list of 20 books, fiction and non-fiction, that will appeal to readers who enjoyed Dan Brown's THE DA VINCI CODE. Author, title, summary, publisher, ISBN, Amazon link. In title order, from The Amber Room by Steve Berry to The Messianic Legacy by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln.

If You Liked The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown... (Multnomah County Library, OR): Author, title, publication year, summary for about 35 books similar to The Da Vinci Code, from Ann Benson's The Burning Road: A Novel to Cameron West's The Medici Dagger.

DaVinci Code Readalikes (Kitchener Public Library, Ontario, Canada): Authors, titles, webcat links for about 70 novels, from Ann Benson's The Plague Tales to Barbara Wood's The Prophetess.

Da Vinci Code Read-a-Likes (Ricki Nordmeyer, Skokie Public Library, IL): Author, title, and webcat link for about 25 readlikes.

If you liked The Da Vinci Code (Nancy E. Richard, Memorial Hall Library, Andover MA): Author, title, and webcat link for 6 similar books, and non-fiction about Secret Societies: Knights Templar and Opus Dei, Cryptology, The Holy Grail, the Louvre, Leonardo da Vinci, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Mary Magdalene, the Cult of the Feminine, Symbols. Updated May 2006.

Conspiracies (Hantsweb, Winchester, Hampshire, UK): Author, title, summary for six non-fiction titles related to The Da Vinci Code.


Chandler & Hammett Readalikes (Christine Jeffords, Fiction-L): About 45 similar authors listed, with series/titles by many noted. May 2000.

If You Like Lee Child ... (J. Lockhart, Wake County PL, NC): 2-page PDF. Author, title, webcat link, cover image and summary for a dozen books, by James Lee Burke, Robert Crais, Andrew Grant, Gregg Hurwitz, Barry Eisler et al. Updated May 2009.

If You Like Mary Higgins Clark, then you might like ... (San Antonio Public Library, TX): Author, title, publication year, summary for about 20 books, from Michael Allegretto's The Suitor to Phyllis Whitney's Woman Without a Past.

If You Like ... Mary Higgins Clark (Overbooked): 'If you like books with courageous and feisty heroines in jeopardy, engrossing stories and lots of suspense but minimal violence....' Many received starred reviews from reviewing journals. 35 books similar to Clark's, from Breaking Faith: Brodie Farrell by Jo Bannister to Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger.

Harlan Coben Read-a-Likes (Lukie Marriott, Skokie Public Library, IL): Author, title, and webcat link for about 12 readlikes for Coben's stand-alone suspense novels and about 10 for his Myron Bolitar series.

If You Liked Margaret Coel (Arapahoe Library District, Englewood, CO): 'Mystery and adventure books with a Native American theme.' Author, title, cover image, summary for 12 novels, by Kirk Mitchell, James Alexander Thom, Mike Blakely, Lucia St. Clair Robson, Susan Slater, etc.

ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE'S Sherlock Holmes READALIKES, SEQUELS, and PASTICHES is on the Series and Sequels page.

Medical Suspense (If You Like ROBIN COOK, Try ...) (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Lists about 25 titles, with author and summary of each title, from Greg Bear's Darwin's Radio to F. Paul Wilson's The Select.

If You Like Robin Cook, then you might like ... (San Antonio Public Library, TX): Author, title, publication year, summary for about 20 books, from Jack M. Bickham's Miracle-Worker to F. Paul Wilson's The Select.

If You Like Patricia Cornwell (Dan Brooks, Wake County PL, NC): 2-page PDF. Author, title, webcat link, and summary for about 20 'forensic and medical thrillers,' by Beverly Connor, Eileen Dreyer, Kathy Reichs, Aaron Elkins, Iris Johansen, Juris Jurjevics, Linda Fairstein, et al. Updated May 2010.

If You Like Michael Crichton (A. Funderburk, Wake County PL, NC): 2-page PDF. Author, title, webcat link, cover image, and summary for about 15 'high-tech or exotic-locale adventure thrillers,' by Steve Alten, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Matthew Reilly, Katherine Neville, Steve Berry, et al. Updated May 2010.

If You Like ... Michael Crichton Booklist (Overbooked): 'Books featuring a combination of action, adventure, speculative fiction, history, fierce creatures, technology, medicine, and scientific details.' Some received starred reviews from reviewing journals. Author, title, publication info, and summary/review for about 45 titles, from Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten to Bones of the Earth by Michael Swanwick.

If You Like Barbara D'Amato's Cat Marsala, You Might Also Like... (St. Charles Public Library, IL): If you like the Cat Marsala series, you might also like the dozen or so sleuths/series listed here. Compiled Oct. 1997.

If You Like Diane Mott Davidson... (Deborah Danzeiser, Wake County PL, NC): 2-page PDF. Author, title, webcat link, cover image and summary for about 15 books, by Janis Harrison, LL Washburn, Tamar Myers, Nancy Fairbanks, Sarah Graves, Kerry Greenwood, et al. Updated March 2011.

If You Like Jeffrey Deaver (A. Funderburk, Wake County PL, NC): Author, title, webcat link, cover image, and summary for about a dozen 'tightly plotted tales with interesting main characters and strong secondary casts, ... tension in every chapter,' by Keith Ablow, Kathy Reichs, Chris Mooney, Jonathan Kellerman, Dennis Lehane, Ridley Pearson, et al. Updated Jan. 2010.

Mrs. Danvers' Bedside Reading: Inspired by Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca (Albany PL, NY): Author, title, webcat link for books related to or inspired by Rebecca. Four fiction titles, 7 romance, 7 mystery, 1 science fiction, 1 fantasy, 3 historical fiction, and 4 non-fiction titles. Compiled Jan. 2006.

If You Like Janet Evanovich... (Multnomah County Library, OR): Author, title, publication year, summary for about 20 books similar to Evanovich's, from Donna Andrews Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos to Judith Viorst's Murdering Mr. Monti : A Merry Little Tale of Sex and Violence.

What Should I Read Now? If you like Janet Evanovich... (Tulsa City-County Library, OK): Provides titles, short summaries, and webcat links for books by 20 authors similar to Evanovich, including Jen Sacks, Gillian Roberts, Tamar Myers, Marissa Piesman, Lauren Henderson, Marne Davis Kellogg, Donna Andrews, Selma Eichler, Donald Westlake, and others.

If You Like Janet Evanovich... (J. Lockhart, Wake County PL, NC): 2-page PDF. Author, (first) title, webcat link, and brief summary about a dozen similar series and 9 more single titles, including books by Linda Barnes, Susan Sussman, Claire Hamner Matturro, Katy Munger, Sarah Strohmeyer, Marne Davis Kellogg, et al. Compiled May 2005, updated May 2010.

If You Like Janet Evanovich... (Ames PL, IA): Author, title, webcat link, summary for about 15 titles, in title order, from Compromising Positions by Susan Isaacs to This Pen for Hire by Laura Levine. Compiled Aug. 2006.

If You Like ... Janet Evanovich Booklist (Overbooked): 'Books featuring strong, sassy female leads, offbeat characters, bounty hunters, more than a hint of romance, and humor.' Many received starred reviews from reviewing journals. Author, title, publication info, and summary/review for about a dozen titles, from The Miracle Strip by Nancy Bartholomew to Bubbles a Broad by Sarah Strohmeyer.

If You Like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series... (Kansas City Public Library): If you like 'mysteries featuring sassy and sexy heroines who can handle themselves in any situation,' you might like these authors and titles. Provides author, title, summary for 10 similar series, from Linda Barnes's Carlotta Carlyle series to Noreen Wald's Ghostwriter series. Compiled Nov. 2003.

If You Like Janet Evanovich... (Laura Hohmann, Fiction-L): Lists 28 authors similar to Evanovich, most with details about books/series. April 1999.

Mysteries in the Manner of Elizabeth George (King County Library System, WA): 'English cozies with a psychological twist.' Title, author, and summary for 11 books.

If You Like Elizabeth George ... (J. Lockhart, Wake County PL, NC): 2-page PDF. Author, title, webcat link, cover image and summary for about 15 series, by Deborah Crombie, Erin Hart, Jim Kelly, Reginald Hill, PD James, Barry Maitland, et al. Updated May 2010.

If You Like Sue Grafton ... (K. Vernon, Wake County PL, NC): 2-page PDF. Author, title, webcat link, cover image and summary for about a dozen books with strong female leads, by Sara Paretsky, Marcia Muller, Edna Buchanan, JA Jance, Mary Logue, et al. Updated Feb. 2011.

If You Like John Grisham... (Kansas City Public Library): Author, title, summary for about 15 similar titles, from Hate Crime by William Bernhardt to Dirty Work by Stuart Woods. Compiled 2004.

If You Like John Grisham... (J Lockhart, Wake County PL, NC): Author, title, webcat link, cover image, and summary for about a dozen books, by David Baldacci, Kate Wilhelm, Lisa Socttoline, Perri O'Shaughnessy, et al. Updated Jan. 2009.

If You Like John Grisham, then you might like ... (San Antonio Public Library, TX): Author, title, publication year, summary for about a dozen books similar to Grisham's legal suspense novels, from David Baldacci's The Simple Truth to Sabin Willett's The Deal. Updated Sept. 2004.

Legal Thrillers (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : If You Like John Grisham, Try... Lists about 80 titles, with author and summaries of each title, from Reed Arvin's The Will to Shelby Yastrow's Undue Influence.

If You Like John Grisham ... (West Bloomfield Township Library, MI): Lists authors and titles for about 20 books similar to John Grisham's, from Jay Brandon's Executive Privilege to Gallatin Warfield's State v. Justice. Links to webcat descriptions.

If You Like John Grisham... (Ames PL, IA): Author, title, webcat link, summary for about 15 titles, in title order, from Angel of Death by Jay Brandon to Special Circumstances by Sheldon Siegel. Oct. 2006.

If You Liked Thomas Harris' Silence Of The Lambs... (Multnomah County Library, OR): Author, title, publication year, summary for about 30 similar books, from Ethan Black's Irresistible to Donald E. Westlake's The Ax.

If You Like Carl Hiassen Booklist (Overbooked): 'Fast paced fiction with an edge, a vivid local setting, crime fiction elements and tinged with black humor. Some Florida related nonfiction titles are included.' Many received starred reviews from reviewing journals. Author, title, publication info, and summary/review for about a dozen titles (besides Hiassen's own), from Big Trouble by Dave Barry to Virgin Heat by Laurence Shames.

If You Like Carl Hiassen... (Ames PL, IA): Author, title, webcat link, summary for about a dozen titles (most are fiction, not mystery), from The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey to The Heat Islands by Randy Wayne White. Compiled May 2007.

if You Like Tony Hillerman's Native American Mysteries, Try... (Manchester Public Library, Manchester, CT): Provides list of authors, books/series, and summaries. Lists about 40 titles (besides Hillerman's), from Peter Bowen's Coyote Wind to Scott Young's The Shaman's Knife.

If You Like ... Tony Hillerman Booklist (Overbooked): 'Books with components that may include a strong sense of place (New Mexico) and glimpses into Southwest or Indian culture.' An annotated list of about a dozen Hillerman readalikes, most of which have received starred reviews from Booklist, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, or Kirkus. From Zia Summer by Rudolfa A. Anaya to Tracking Bear by Aimee and David Thurlo.

If You Like PD James ... (J. Lockhart, Wake County PL, NC): 2-page PDF. Author, title, webcat link, cover image and summary for about 20 books, by Ann Cleeves, Michael Dibdin, C. Alan Bradley, Tana French, Arnaldur Indridason, Dorothy Sayers, Louise Penney, et al. Updated March 2011.

If You Like Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware series ... (Deborah Danzeiser, Wake County PL, NC): 2-page PDF. Author, series title, webcat link, cover image and summary for about a dozen series, including Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, Faye Kellerman’s Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series, Stephen White's Alan Gregory series, etc. Updated March 2011.

If You Like Margaret Maron... (K. Vernon, Wake County PL, NC): 2-page PDF. Author, first book, webcat link, cover image and summary for about 10 series, including Carolyn Hart's Henrie O series, Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon series, Jim and Joyce Lavene's Sharyn Howard series, Sarah Shaber's Simon Shaw series, et al. Updated Oct. 2010.

If You Like Alexander McCall Smith... (J. Lockhart, Wake County PL, NC): 2-page PDF. Author, title, webcat link, cover image and summary for about 15 books, by Rhys Bowen, M.C. Beaton, Rita Mae Brown, Tarquin Hall, Jane Isenberg, Tony Hillerman, et al. Updated March 2011.

If You Like Marcia Muller... (Live Oak PL, Savannah, GA): Author, title, webcat link and summary for 8 books similar to Marcia Muller's, by Zoe Sharp, Laura Lippman, Lynda LaPlante, Margaret Maron, et al.

If You Like Robert Parker ... (K. Knight, Wake County PL, NC): 2-page PDF. Author, title, webcat link, cover image and summary for about 15 books, by Henning Mankell, G.M. Malliet, Donald Westlake, Lisa Lutz, Richard Castle, et al. Updated March 2011.

If You Like James Patterson (T. Andrews, Wake County PL, NC): 2-page PDF. Author, title, webcat link, cover image and summary for more than 15 books, by Thomas Cook, Lisa Gardner, Catherine Coulter, Stuart Woods, P.J. Tracy, et al. Updated April 2011.

If You Like James Patterson, then you might like ... (San Antonio Public Library, TX): Author, title, publication year, summary for about 15 books similar to Patterson's, from Adam Barrow's Flawless to Mary Willis Walker's Red Scream.

If You Like Richard North Patterson, then you might like ... (San Antonio Public Library, TX): Author, title, publication year, summary for about a dozen books similar to Patterson's, from William Bernhardt's Cruel Justice to Kate Wilhelm's Malice Prepense.

If You Like Arturo Perez-Reverte... (Seattle Public Library): Author, title, short summary for about 25 literary thrillers, from Boris Akunin's The Winter Queen to Robert Wilson's The Blind Man of Seville.

If You Like Anne Perry... (Seattle Public Library): Author, title, short summary for about 25 Victorian mysteries, from Bruce Alexander's Person or Persons Unknown to Gerard Williams' Dr. Mortimer and the Aldgate Mystery.

What Should I Read Now? If you like Anne Perry and Elizabeth Peters... (Tulsa City-County Library, OK): Provides titles and webcat links for books by 12 authors of historical mysteries, including Emily Brightwell, Diane Day, Quinn Fawcett, Miriam Grace Monfredo, Robin Paige, Victoria Thompson, others.

If You Like Kathy Reichs... (Wake County PL, NC): 2-page PDF. Author, title, webcat link, cover image, and summary for about 15 books, by Susan Dunlap, Linda Fairstein, Carolyn Hart, Sharyn McCrumb, Carol O’Connell, et al. Updated March 2011.

If You Like Ruth Rendell... (Ann Lautner, Fiction-L): Lists 11 authors similar to Rendell. Nov. 1999.

If You Like Lisa Scottoline ... (Deborah Danzeiser, Wake County PL, NC): 2-page PDF. Author, title, webcat link, cover image, and summary for about 10 legal thrillers, by Linda Fairstein, Rose Connors, Jilliane Hoffman, Jonnie Jacobs, Michael Kahn, et al. Updated March 2011.

If You Like Stuart Woods ... (A. Funderburk, Wake County PL, NC): 2-page PDF. Author, title, webcat link, cover image, and summary for about a dozen books, by Stephen Frey, John Sandford, John Hart, Margate Coel, Mary Higgins Clark, et al. Updated Jan. 2010.

Stuart Woods Readalikes (Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, MO): About 45 other authors whose books are similar to Woods' are listed, with titles.


Inspirational and Religious Mysteries and Thrillers

Christian Mysteries and Thrillers (Kecia Greer, South Carolina State Library): Author, title, publication info, and summary for about 25 books/series (if series, titles are also listed). From the Hideaway Novels by Hannah Alexander to The Least of These My Brothers by Harold Bell Wright. Updated Jan. 2007.


Legal Mysteries and Thrillers

Scales of Justice: A Plethora of Legal Thrillers & Courtroom Dramas (Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): Multiple titles for each of 28 authors of the subgenre, with a total of over 155 titles in all, including publication info and summaries. All published since 1970 (most in the 1990s). And if you just can't get enough, there's also Back to the Bench: More Legal Thrillers & Courtroom Dramas, with another 33 titles.

Legal Stars Booklist (Overbooked): An annotated list of 'novels related to the legal system -- includes thrillers, drama, general fiction, etc.' that received a starred review from Booklist, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, or Kirkus. Author, title, pub. info., and summary for about 65 titles, from The Last Goodbye by Reed Arvin to No Defense by Kate Wilhelm.

Legal Thrillers (Cheryl Hassler, Wolfner Library, Jefferson City, MO): Author, title, summary for about 20 titles, by Robert K. Tannenbaum, Grif Stickley, Clifford Irving, Steve Martini, Scott Turow, William J. Coughlin, Jay Brandon, Nancy Taylor Rosenberg, et al. Compiled Nov. 2001.

Legal Fiction (Durham County Library, NC): Author, title, paragraph-length summaries for about 25 novels. From P. Ackroyd's The Trial of Elizabeth Cree to Kate Wilhelm's The Best Defense. Updated Nov. 2000.

Legal Thrillers (Marin County Free Library, CA): Two-page PDF file. Lists about 25 books (most published in 2005 and 2006), with author, title, publication year, and summary, from Wm. Bernhardt's Capitol Murder to Kate Wilhelm's Sleight of Hand. Updated Jan. 2007.

Guilt or Innocence (Harford County Public Library, MD): Legal mysteries and thrillers. Author, title, summary for 8 novels in title order, from Breach of Promise by Perri O Shaughnessy to Tell Me No Secrets by Joy Fielding.

Courtroom Dramas (Halton Hills Public Library -- Georgetown, Ontario, CAN): Author, title, webcat link for about 50 books, from Joseph Amiel's A Question of Proof to Kate Wilhelm's The Best Defense.

Legal Thrillers (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : If You Like John Grisham, Try... Lists about 80 titles, with author and summaries of each title, from Reed Arvin's The Will to Shelby Yastrow's Undue Influence.

Legal Thrillers (Manchester Public Library, Manchester, CT): Author and title only (additional info for some titles); almost 200 books listed, from Alex Abella's The Dead of Night to Sabin Willett's The Deal.

Detecting Lawyers (Supper Sleuths, Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): 'The emphasis of the legal thriller is less on detection and more on the attorney’s abilities to extricate him or herself and others from danger.' Lists dozens of books by about 55 authors, with author, title, pub. year, and webcat link for most. Series are noted. Updated May 2004.

Legal Thrillers: Beyond Perry Mason (Monroe County Public Library, IN): Author, title, publication year listed for about 65 books, by authors such as Wm. Bernhardt, Phillip Margolin, Richard North Patterson, Lisa Scottoline, Kate Wilhelm, Philip Friedman, Nancy T. Rosenberg, etc.

The Court is in Session: Law and Lawyers in Fiction (Williamsburg Public Library): Mysteries, thrillers, and simple legal fiction. About 80 books in all, from Jessica Auerbach's Catch Your Breath to Rafael Yglesias's The Murderer Next Door. Compiled Nov. 1998.

Lawyers & Mysteries (Winter Park PL, FL): Lists author, title, webcat link for about 45 single titles and about 60 legal series. Updated Jan. 2007.

Legal Thrillers (Reader's Advice): Author, title, and Amazon link for about 400 titles, from Reed Arvin's Blood of Angels to James Zagel's Money to Burn. Compiled Aug. 1999, updated regularly.

Corporate Thrillers (Reader's Advice): 'Like The Firm, but in other industries besides law. Also includes thrillers set in the world of high finance.' Author, title, and Amazon link for about 70 titles, from Evelyn Anthony's Bloodstones to Don Winslow's California Fire and Life. Type of business is occasionally noted.

Legal Thrillers (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Lists title and author of about 20 legal thrillers, from A Question of Proof by Joseph Amiel to Undue Influence by Shelby Yastrow.

Legally Speaking: Crime Fiction by Lawyers (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Lists about a dozen lawyer-authors and their crime titles, plus a list of 12 more lawyer-authors without title listing. Authors include Neil Albert, William Bernhardt, Kate Charles, Margaret Maron, Barry Reed, Carolyn Wheat, others.

If You Like David Baldacci... (Wake County PL, NC): 2-page PDF. Author, title, webcat link, cover image and summary for about 15 books, by James Grippando, Linda Fairstein, Jeffrey Deaver, James Patterson, Lee Child, et al. Updated March 2011.

If You Like John Grisham... (Kansas City Public Library): Author, title, summary for about 15 similar titles, from Hate Crime by William Bernhardt to Dirty Work by Stuart Woods. Compiled 2004.

If You Like John Grisham... (Ames PL, IA): Author, title, webcat link, summary for about 15 titles, in title order, from Angel of Death by Jay Brandon to Special Circumstances by Sheldon Siegel. Oct. 2006.

If You Like John Grisham... (J Lockhart, Wake County PL, NC): Author, title, webcat link, cover image, and summary for about a dozen books, by David Baldacci, Kate Wilhelm, Lisa Socttoline, Perri O'Shaughnessy, et al. Updated Jan. 2009.

If You Like John Grisham, then you might like ... (San Antonio Public Library, TX): Author, title, publication year, summary for about a dozen books similar to Grisham's legal suspense novels, from David Baldacci's The Simple Truth to Sabin Willett's The Deal. Updated Sept. 2004.

If You Like John Grisham ... (West Bloomfield Township Library, MI): Lists authors and titles for about 20 books similar to John Grisham's, from Jay Brandon's Executive Privilege to Gallatin Warfield's State v. Justice. Links to webcat descriptions.

Mystery Readers International: Legal Mysteries: Not much online here, but if you have a strong interest in the topic, you might want to back order a copy of the Mystery Readers International journal titled Legal Mysteries (Volume 16, No. 1), from Spring 2000. Lots of articles, essays, and lists of lawyerly crime fiction.


Medical Suspense and Forensic Mysteries

Medical Suspense and Thrillers

Medical Mysteries (Lansing PL, IL): 27-page PDF. Author, title, summary for about 70 crime novels set in 'medical facilities including nursing homes, physicians’ offices, hospitals and research laboratories' and with an investigator who is 'a doctor, nurse, medical examiner, scientist, lab technician or even a patient.' From Denial by Keith Ablow to The Select by F. Paul Wilson. Compiled Oct. 2004, updated Feb. 2006.

Deadly Medicine: Thrillers and Suspense Novels in the World of Medicine (Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): Author, title, pub. info, and summary for about 115 titles and a few series. From Gary Birken's Final Diagnosis to F. Paul Wilson's The Select. Updated 2005.

Medical Suspense (If You Like Robin Cook, Try ...) (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Lists about 25 titles, with author and summary of each title, from Greg Bear's Darwin's Radio to F. Paul Wilson's The Select.

If You Like Robin Cook, then you might like ... (San Antonio Public Library, TX): Author, title, publication year, summary for about 20 books, from Jack M. Bickham's Miracle-Worker to F. Paul Wilson's The Select.

Medical Suspense Fiction (Beth Radcliffe - Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): Suspense fiction that 'involves doctors or nurses or is set in hospitals or other medical settings.' Recommends 14 authors, then a list of about 60 more titles, along with authors, publication dates, and links to catalog data.

Medical Thrillers (Mesa Library, AZ): Author, title, pub. year (2004-2005), and summary for about 20 medical thrillers, from Jeffrey Anderson's Sleeper Cell to Allen R. Wyler's Deadly Errors.

Medical Thrillers (Park Ridge Public Library, IL): Author, title, publication year, and summary for 15 medical thrillers, from In Harms Way by Paul A. Breeze to The Select by F. Paul Wilson.

Medical Thrillers (Plymouth District Libraries, MI): Author, title, webcat link for about 50 medical mysteries, from The Cradle Will Fall by Mary Higgins Clark to The Select by F. Paul Wilson. Updated March 2005.

Medical Mysteries (Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): Brief description of the subgenre, accompanied by a table listing about 65 authors (varying widely from Val McDermid to Robin Cook to Mignon G. Eberhart), protagonist, theme, and book titles, with webcat links.

Medical Thrillers (Marin County Free Library, CA): Two-page PDF file. Lists 15 books, with author, title, publication year, and summary, in title order, from Do No Harm by Gregg Hurwitz to With a Vengeance by Eileen Dreyer. Updated May 2006.

More Harm Than Good: Medical Suspense Novels (Springfield Library, Springfield, MA): Author, title, and summary for 10 books, from Final Diagnosis by Gary Birken to The Center by David Shobin. Updated May 2006.

A Mystery A Day Keeps the Doctor Away! (Harford County Public Library, MD): Medical thrillers. Author, title, summary for 8 novels in alpha order by author, from A Vow of Compassion by Veronica Black to Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs.

Medical Thrillers (Kent District Library, Comstock Park, MI): PDF. Author, title, publication year, and summary for about 12 books, from Plague Tales by Ann Benson to The Cobra Event by Richard Preston. Compiled April 2005.

Medical Thrillers (Anne Hill, Williamsburg Public Library, Virginia): Author and title only for about 70 medical thrillers. Compiled April 2000.

Medical Suspense (Manchester Public Library, Manchester, CT): Author and title only for about 100 books, from Robin Cook's Vector to RD Zimmerman's Mindscream.

Medical Thrillers (Reader's Advice): Author, title, and Amazon link for about 175 medical thrillers, from Steven-Elliot Altman's Deprivers to Allen Wyler's Deadly Errors. Compiled Aug. 1999, updated regularly.

How're You Feeling? Medical Thrillers To Make You Wonder (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Lists about 25 titles with authors (no summaries) of medical thrillers, from The Burning Road by Ann Benson to Perfect Harmony by Barbara Wood. Updated May 2003.

Medical Thrillers (State Library of Tasmania): Author and title only for about 75 medical thrillers, from Keith Ablow's Denial to Barbara Wood's Vital Signs.

What to Read Next? Biothrillers (Tulsa City-County Library, OK): Titles and webcat links for about 30 books by about 15 authors, in categories of medical thrillers, plagues, genetics, biotech thrillers, and environmental thrillers.


Forensic Crime Fiction

Forensic Fiction (Lincoln City Libraries, NE): Author, title, protagonist's name, publication year, and webcat link for about 100 books and series, subdivided by scientific specialty (Forensic Artists or Photographers; Forensic Archaeologists/Anthropologists; Medical Examiners, Doctors/Pathologists, and Dentists; general forensics; Historical Forensic 'detectives'; Geologists and Historians; Psychologists and Psychiatrists. Updated Nov. 2005.

Crime Scene Investigations Booklist (Overbooked): These books have received starred reviews from the major reviewing sources. Author, title, publication info, summaries for about 35 fiction and 12 non-fiction books 'about Forensic Science, Forensic Psychology, Forensic Anthropology, Medical Examiners, Crime Scene Investigations, etc.' Fiction from Denial by Keith Ablow to Remote Control by Stephen White.

Forensics and Crime Scene Investigation (Lansing PL, IL): 18-page PDF. Author, title, summary for about 70 crime novels involving forensics, from Compulsion by Keith Ablow to Warning Signs by Stephen White. Compiled March 2005, updated Jan. 2006.

Forensic and Medical Mysteries (Winter Park PL, FL): Lists about 35 single titles and about 35 series, with author, title, and webcat link for each. Updated Sept. 2010.

Crime Scene Investigation ... Forensic Mysteries (Harris County Public Library, Houston, TX): Author, title, summary, and webcat link for about 20 forensic novels, from Sarah Andrews' Tensleep to Karin Slaughter's Blindsighted.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Winfield Public Library, IL): Titles featuring forensic specialists. Author, title, summary, and webcat link for about 15 books: 4 fiction, 4 mystery, and 6 non-fiction.

Forensic Mysteries (Bloomington Library, IL): Author, title, and summary for 15 books, from Patricia Cornwell's From Potter's Field to James Thayer's Terminal Event.

If You Like CSI... (Ames PL, IA): Author, title, webcat link, summary for about 15 titles, in title order, from 1st To Die by James Patterson to The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen. Oct. 2006.

Forensic Medicine (State Library of Tasmania): Author, title, and occupation of sleuth listed for 14 series featuring forensics.

Forensic Scientists in Mystery and Suspense (Wilmette PL, IL): 'The following authors write their stories from the viewpoint of forensic anthropologists and forensic pathologists.' Lists titles in 8 series, with pub. year and webcat link for each. Authors include Aaron Elkins, Sharyn McCrumb, Tess Gerritsen, Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, Leonard Goldberg et al.

Forensic Mysteries (Reader's Advice): 'Mysteries in which the detective works in forensics, or uses forensic evidence to solve the crime.' Author, title, and Amazon link for about 80 titles, from Keith Ablow's Compulsion to Robert W. Walker's Jessica Coran series.

If You Like CSI ... (Patti Cheney, Fiction-L) : List of authors -- with series character's name and profession for -- who write crime novels involving forensic medicine. Lists about 40 series and 3 stand-alones, plus about 15 non-fiction authors. Compiled Aug. 2004.

Forensic Mysteries (Wolfner Library, Jefferson City, MO): Author, title, and summary for 15 mysteries using forensic science to solve the crime(s), from A World the Color of Salt: A Smokey Brandon Mystery by Noreen Ayres to Death Du Jour by Kathy Reichs. Compiled March 2002.

Crime Scene Investigation: Fascinating Forensic Novels (Springfield Library, Springfield, MA): Author, title, and summary for 10 books, from Fault Line by Sarah Andrews to Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs. Updated May 2006.

If You Like Patricia Cornwell (Dan Brooks, Wake County PL, NC): 2-page PDF. Author, title, webcat link, and summary for about 20 'forensic and medical thrillers,' by Beverly Connor, Eileen Dreyer, Kathy Reichs, Aaron Elkins, Iris Johansen, Juris Jurjevics, Linda Fairstein, et al. Updated May 2010.

Forensics in Fiction (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Author, title (latest in series, if part of series), and one-line description of the forensic scientist for abut 35 novels/series. Compiled Sept. 2007.


Military Mysteries

See also Adventure / Military Fiction

Military Mysteries (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Lists 20 titles, with author and summaries, from Tim Binding's Lying with the Enemy to Michael White's A Brother's Blood (set in Maine).

Terrorism Thrillers (Reader's Advice): 'Extremists who use terror as a weapon, and those who fight them.' Author, titles, and Amazon link for about 200 titles, from John Altman's The Watchmen to Stephan Zimmermann's The Christmas Strike. Compiled Sept. 1999, updated regularly.

Military Thrillers (Auburn Hills Public Library, MI): Author and title only for about 55 thrillers dealing with the military, from David Baldacci's Last Man Standing to Joe Weber's Dancing with the Dragon. Updated Feb. 2007.

Military Thrillers (Jasper County Public Library, IN): Authors and titles for about 25 thrillers, from Cauldron by Larry Bond to Emperor's General by James Webb. Compiled Aug. 2006.


Multiple and Other Mystery Lists

100 Best Mysteries of the Century (Independent Mystery Booksellers Assoc.): As selected by independent mystery bookstore owners. Listed in alpha order by author's last name.

50 Greatest Mysteries of All Time (Internet Book List): This is a list of Otto Penzler's choices for '50 Greatest Mysteries of All Time,' compiled for a book of the same title.

Deadly Pleasures Best Crime Fiction of 2006 (Deadly Pleasures): 'A list of 2006 titles which have garnered excellent reviews from critics, booksellers and library journals.' In five sections: Best Novels (27 listed), Best First Novels (13), Best British Novels (11), and Best Paperback Originals (10), and Best Thrillers (7).

Award Winning Mysteries (Seattle Public Library): Author, title, short summary for about 30 'mysteries for every taste and mood, each with its own award, from the Shamuses (Private Eye Novels), to the Agathas (Domestic Mystery), to the Nero Wolfe's (Fair Play Mystery) to the Herodotus Awards (Historical Mystery). From Lawrence Block's The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling to Bob Truluk's Street Level.

Top 10 dead bodies in literature (The Guardian): Jon McGregor's list, from Dante to Raymond Carver, stories of lost lives that coalesce around a 'central absence.' Jan. 2011.

They Died in Vain (Neglected Books Page): The list from Jim Huang's book They Died in Vain: Overlooked, Underappreciated and Forgotten Mystery Books (2002). Author, title, and Amazon link for each of more than 100 titles, in title order, from According to the Evidence by Henry Cecil to The Zero Trap by Paula Gosling.

Mostly Fiction: Detectives and Amateur Sleuths: Excellent resource for the authors listed. Not comprehensive, but provides depth of information on sleuths, bibliography, biography, web links, and reviews for 200+ authors.

Mystery Bibliographies (Tangled Web): Lists of mystery bibliographies, in categories such as historical mysteries, women mystery writers (further divided), female P.I.s, cozies, the golden age, with author, sleuth, titles, and setting/time provided.

Books Too Good To Put Down: Murder Mysteries (Book Bytes): Detailed descriptions of lots of recommended murder mysteries, from Donna Andrews' Murder with Peacocks to James Yaffee's A Nice Murder for Mom. Updated Feb. 2003.

Break Out: Books About Crime (Wakefield Libraries, UK): PDF. 'All the books recommended here have a link with crime - or a criminal act - but there the similarity ends.' More than 20 books listed, with author, title, summary/review, including Some Kind of Black by Diran Adebayo, Asta's Book by Barbara Vine, Jazz by Toni Morrison, Quarantine by Jim Crace, Green River Rising by Tim Willocks, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, and The Good Terrorist by Doris Lessing.

Second Stringers - Mystery Writers You Might Not Know (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Lists over 25 books by one mystery writer apiece, with brief description of the author's featured sleuth. Some writers included are Margaret Coel, Carola Dunn, Marne Davis Kellogg, Gillian Linscott, Ian Morson, Connie Shelton, David Walker. Prepared August 2001.

TV and Film Detectives (Bundaberg Library, Queensland, Australia) : Lists about 50 TV/film sleuths and their authors, in order by sleuth/detective, from Ross MacDonald's Lew Archer to W.J. Burley's Wycliffe.

Mysteries Featuring Bumbling Detectives (Karen Kleckner and Frances Miller, Fiction-L): (Not necessarily amateur detectives, just detectives acting amateurishly.) Author and titles or series name for about 20 titles/series featuring bumbling detectives, from M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series to Ayelet Waldman's Juliet Applebaum series. Compiled April 2002.

Detecting Duos (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Lists a dozen authors and titles, with short description of the detecting duo who solves the cases. From Susan Wittig Albert's China Bayles series to Margaret Truman's Annabel and Mac Smith series.

Murder By Toaster: Mysteries With Surprisingly Lethal Weapons (M. Williams): Mysteries, suspense novels, thrillers, and crime novels in which relatively or usually harmless items are employed as effective murder weapons.

Best Mysteries for Book Discussions (Patti Cheney, Fiction-L): Compiled Jan. 2002. Almost 50 mysteries listed, from D.W. Buffa's The Defense to Donald Westlake's Bank Shot.


Mysterious Occupations

See also other sections on this page for occupations related to books, cooking, the arts, medicine, the law, forensic sciences, etc., and for books featuring specific mystery occupations like police procedurals, PIs, amateur sleuths, etc.

Job Index (Stop, You're Killing Me!): Lists crime novels and series -- with author, title(s), publication year(s), links to more details and Amazon listings -- by occupation, including academics, animal care, construction industry, farmers and ranchers, finance, high society (nice work if you can get it), interior designers, maritime industries, morticians, psychiatrists and psychologists, righters of wrongs, translators, etc.

Archaeology & Anthropology Mysteries (Winter Park PL, FL): Lists author, title, webcat link for about 30 single titles and about 15 series. Updated Oct. 2010.

Dig These Archaeological Mysteries! (Harford County PL, MD): 'Mysteries from the world of remote digs, exotic locales, and cutthroat rivalries in the quest for buried treasure.' Author, title, publication info, webcat link, and lengthy summary for six books.

Investigative Reporters (Supper Sleuths, Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): 'The investigative reporter may be considered a private detective (without license) and is often listed as an amateur with journalistic skills.' Author, protagonist's name, titles, pub. years, and webcat links for about 25 series and about 15 single titles featuring reporters.

All the Crime That's Fit to Print (Arlington Library, TX): Author, title, summary for about 10 series featuring reporters or columnists.


Police and Private Eyes

The hallmark of police procedurals is a realistic depiction of official investigations, emphasizing teamwork, methodical pavement-pounding, lucky breaks, administrative hassles, and paperwork. [adapted from Mysteryguide]

Calling Scotland Yard: Mysteries Featuring Britain's Elite Police Force (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Lists about 30 fiction titles, with author and summary for each, from Rennie Airth's River of Darkness to Pauline Winslow's The Witch Hill Murder. If you like these, you'll probably also like their Beyond Scotland Yard list (Mysteries featuring police forces around Britain and Ireland), with another 37 titles, each listing locale, from Catherine Aird's The Stately Home Murder (Castlemere, East Anglia) to R. D. Wingfield's A Touch of Frost (Denton). Only problem with this list is that books that are part of a series are not identified.

British Police Procedurals (Winter Park PL, FL): This is the first part of the list, from A-I (authors' last name). Lists author, title, webcat link for 9 single titles and about 80 series. Continued as authors J-Q and authors R-Z. Updated 2008-2010.

Cops Crime Fiction Booklist: Books about Cops - Police Procedurals. (Overbooked): Author, title, pub. info, summary for about 20 titles, most of which received starred reviews from Kirkus, Library Journal, or Booklist, by Ethan Black, Bob Sloane, Archer Mayor, Faye Kellerman, Ed McBain, et al.

Police Procedurals (Reader's Advice): 'Mysteries in which the detective is a member of a police force, and must work within the rules and procedures of the force.' Author, title, and Amazon link for over 550 titles (most in series), from Warren Adler's Fiona FitzGerald series to Thomas Zigal's Kurt Muller series. Compiled Aug. 1999, updated regularly.

British Police Crime Fiction Booklist (Overbooked): Author, title, pub. info, summary for about 20 titles, most of which received starred reviews from Kirkus, Library Journal, or Booklist, by Reginald Hill, Ruth Rendell, Ian Rankin, Barry Maitland (actually Australian), Peter Robinson, Deborah Crombie, PD James, Jill McGown, et al.

Mean Streets: Police Procedurals (Marin County Free Library, CA): Two-page PDF file. Lists 15 books, with author, title, publication year, and summary, from After the Flood by Peter Turnbull to Water Touching Stone by Eliot Pattison. Compiled April 2003.

COPS: Police Mysteries and Thrillers Around the U.S.A. (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Lists about 45 titles, with author and summary of each title from Robert Andrews' A Murder of Honor (Washington, D.C.) to Joseph Wambaugh's The Blue Knight (Los Angeles).

Crime in the Big City: Novels Featuring the LAPD and NYPD (Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): LAPD titles: over 80 by 9 authors; NYPD titles: over 220 by 36 authors. Author, publication info, and summary of series or title provided for each. Hard to read type against background.

Police Fiction (Reader's Advice): 'Not necessarily mysteries, but stories set in and around police departments, and involving police officers.' Author, title, and Amazon link for about 120 titles, from Kenneth Abel's Bait to John Westermann's The Honor Farm. About half the titles are from Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series.

Police Procedurals (Timberland Regional Library, western WA): Author, title, webcat link, cover image for about 35 titles, from Michael Connelly's The concrete blonde to Joseph Wambaugh's Finnegan's week. Compiled June 2007.

If You Like Mysteries - Private Investigators/Police Officers - Female (Hennepin County Library, MN): Author, title, summary for about 25 books featuring female PIs or police officers.

If You Like Mysteries - Police Officers - Male (Hennepin County Library, MN): Author, title, summary for about 20 titles featuring male police officers/detectives.

P.I. Crime Fiction Booklist (Overbooked): Author, title, pub. info, summary for about 70 titles, most of which received starred reviews from Kirkus, Library Journal, or Booklist, by Linda Barnes, Sara Paretsky, Dana Stabenow, SJ Rozan, John Shannon, Bill Pronzini, Rick Riordan, Laura Lippman, Marcia Muller, et al.

Male Private Investigators - Ex-Cops (Supper Sleuths, Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link for about 25 series and a handful of single titles featuring 'former police officers now working as private investigators.'

Female Private Investigators (Supper Sleuths, Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): 'The women in these private investigator stories are independent and self-reliant, but still feminine. The stories tend to be fast-paced, harder edged, and told in the first person narrative.' Author, first title in series, pub. year, and webcat link for about 30 series featuring female PIs.

Private Eye Mysteries (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Lists over 45 titles, with author and summary, for mysteries featuring private eyes. Most titles provided are the first in a series. From Linda Barnes' A Trouble of Fools to Valerie W. Wesley's When Death Comes Stealing.


Political Thrillers

See also Political Fiction

Political Thrillers (Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): 'Tales of assassins, terrorists, conspirators & power-hungry politicians.' About 50 titles, with authors, publication info, and summaries. All published since 1970 (most in the 1990s). Updated Oct. 2006.

Political Thrillers (Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Jefferson City, MO): Lists 24 titles, with author and summaries for each title. Compiled Aug. 2001.

Political Fiction (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Lists about 45 titles, with author and summaries, from Gary Aldrich and Mark Davis's Speak No Evil to Stuart Woods' The Run.

Political Thrillers (Kansas City PL, MO): Author, title, webcat link, summary for about 30 titles, from Blood of Patriots by Neil Abercrombie to Deep as the Marrow by F. Paul Wilson.

Fiction: Political and Financial Schemes (Bookbytes): Extensive summaries/reviews of over 15 recommended political and financial novels (most are political), from John Feinstein's Running Mates to Bonnie Ramthun's Earthquake Games.

Political Fiction (La Crosse Public Library, WI): Author, title, summary for more than 15 novels, most mysteries/thriller, from David Baldacci's Split Second to Stuart Woods' The Run.


Mysteries featuring Serial Killers/Psychopaths

Psychopaths and Serial Killers: Books to Keep You Up Nights (Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): A mix of horror books, thrillers, and mysteries. Author, titles, publication info, and summary for each of about 70 books. Some authors whose books are included are Anna Salter, James Patterson, Rochelle Majer Krich, Jonathan Kellerman, Tami Hoag, Thomas Harris, Bret Easton Ellis, Jeffrey Deaver, Catherine Coulter, Michael Connelly, John Connolly, and Caleb Carr.

Murder Multiplied: Recent Novels Featuring Serial Killers (Lansing PL, IL): 20-page PDF. Author, title, summary for about 100 crime novels, from Psychopath by Keith Albow to Blinded by Stephen White. Compiled Dec. 2004, updated Feb. 2006.

Murder Multiplied: Recent Novels Featuring Serial Killers (Lincoln City Libraries, NE): Most books published in or since 2000. Author, title, and webcat link for about 125 books, from Keith Ablow's Psychopath to Stephen White's Blinded. Compiled 1998; updated Mar. 2004.

Serial Killers and Other Twisted People (Bookbytes): Extensive summaries/reviews of over 30 recommended books featuring serial killers et al., from Michael Allegretto's The Watchmen to Michael Weaver's Impulse.

If You Like Psychopathic Criminals (Hennepin County Library, MN): (And who doesn't?) Author, title, webcat link, and summary for 22 novels featuring psychopaths, from Jan Burke's Bones: An Irene Kelly Mystery to SteveThayer's The Weatherman.

Serial Killer Fiction (Mesa Library, AZ): Author, title, pub. year, summary for about 20 titles, from Mark Billingham's Sleepyhead to PJ Tracy's Monkeewrench. Updated May 2003.

Psycho-Killer Thrillers (Reader's Advice): 'A lone killer, usually a gruesome serial murderer, and the person who hunts him/her down.' Author, title, and Amazon link for about 370 titles, from Lynn Abercrombie's Cold Case series to David Wiltse's John Becker series. Compiled Sept. 1999, updated regularly.

List of Fictional Serial Killers (Answers.com): If you're looking for a list of serial killers in literature, film, comics, anime/manga, and TV, try this list. For literature, the list names the serial killer, the author, and the book, series, play, or story in which the killer appears.


Mystery Series

Stop You're Killing Me: Character List: Lists authors, titles, publication years, character names, and provides Amazon links for hundreds of books. Browse by: author, character, location, job of series character, historical period, diversity of series character.

Mystery Series List (Leslie Ambedian): More of a mystery sleuths list. Listed by author, provides name of sleuth character, locale of series, and distinguishing features of the sleuth. Lists about 700 series. (Background colour poor.) Compiled 2000.

First in a Series #1 (Sunnyvale PL, CA): Author, first title, webcat link, and brief description of about 80 mystery series; followed by a href="http://sunnyvale.ca.gov/Departments/Library/First+in+a+Series+2.htm">First in a Series #2, with another 80 or so series listed.

Mystery and Detective Series (Ketchikan Public Library, AK): List of 20 mystery series, with links to titles in each series, with webcat links.


Sporting Mysteries

Golfing Mysteries (M. Williams): Author, title, publication year, and summary of about 120 mysteries involving golf, golf courses (a common place to find a body), golfers, professional golf, etc. From Herbert Adams' John Brand's Will (also published as The Golf House Murder) to Bruce Zimmerman's Crimson Green: A Quinn Parker Novel of Suspense

Sports Mysteries (Classic Crime Fiction): 'The titles mentioned feature the sport either as a main theme or at least strongly.' Author, title, publication year, and sometimes links to more info. Lists for cricket (about 20 books), football/soccer (about a dozen books), golf (about 20 books, no dates listed), and tennis (about 25 titles).

Sports Mysteries (Reader's Advice): Author, title, and Amazon link for about 120 titles, from Alina Adams' Figure Skating Mysteries series to Ronald Weber's Mercy and Fitzgerald series. Sport not listed. Compiled Feb. 2000, updated regularly. Also: Sports Thrillers, with another 35 titles plus a bunch of Dick Francis titles; these name the sport involved. Compiled Nov. 1999, updated regularly.

Murder Onboard: Cruising and Sailing Mysteries (Springfield Library, Springfield, MA): Author, title, and summary for about 50 titles. Updated Aug. 2006.

Fishing Mysteries (State Library of Tasmania): Author, title, summary for 7 mysteries.

Monday Night Murder: Football Widows (Lansing PL, IL): 5-page PDF. Author, title, summary for about 15 crime novels involving football, from Crossroad Blues by Ace Atkins to Lack of the Irish by Ralph McInerny. Compiled Dec. 2004.

Football Mysteries (Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, MO): Authors and titles only, no summaries. About 20 books listed.

Mystery Readers International: Sports Mysteries: Not much online here, but if you have a strong interest in the topic, you might want to back order a copy of the Mystery Readers International journal titled Sports Mysteries (Volume 12, No. 3), from Fall 1996. Lots of articles, essays, and lists of sports-related crime novels.


Travel and Place in Mystery

Mysteries Around the World (Tulsa City-County PL, OK): 'Mysteries Around the World is a sampling ... of mystery stories that are set in far-flung places around the globe. With few exceptions, the authors we selected are writers from the latter half of the 20th century and new authors making their debuts in the 21st century.' Separate lists for: Africa, Antarctica (only one title), Asia, Australia, Europe, North America (includes Caribbean and Central American, too; U.S. by state), South America (Brazil, Ecuador and Peru). Author, title, pub. year, and webcat link for each book.

World Mystery Tour (Manchester Public Library, Manchester, CT): Lists about 35 mysteries by country of setting, with author, title, brief summary. These locales are represented: Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and Sweden. Updated June 2003.

Regional Mysteries (Reader's Advice): 'Mysteries set in a particular city, town, or locality.' Places include Africa (sub-Saharan), Australia, Canada, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, Mideast and North Africa, South Asia, U.S. East/Northeast, U.S. Midwest, U.S. Northwest, U.S. South, U.S. West and Hawaii. Author, title, and Amazon link for lotsa titles. Compiled Dec. 1999, updated regularly.

Crime in Far Away Places (Auckland City Libraries, NZ): Author, title, webcat link, series name, setting and description for almost 20 series set in places such as Shanghai, Rome, Paris, Alaska, rural France, Botswana, Greece, Sweden, Venice, Reykjavik, Norway, Sicily, etc.

Mystery Readers International: Island Mysteries: Not much online here, but if you have a strong interest in the topic, you might want to back order a copy of the Mystery Readers International journal titled Island Mysteries (Volume 26, No. 3), from Fall 2010. Lots of articles, essays, and lists about mysteries set on islands -- includes Hawaii, Greek Isles, Skye and Shetland Isles, Martha's Vineyard, St. Croix, Key West, the Caribbean generally, and islands generally.

International Mysteries (Grand Rapids PL, MI): Author and title only for 30 mysteries, listed by country of setting.


Vacation Mysteries

Vacation Mysteries (Marin County Free Library, CA): Two-page PDF file. Lists about 25 mystery books set during a vacation or at a holiday location, with author, title, publication year, and summary, from MC Beaton's Death of a Nag to Eric Wright's Death of a Hired Man. Compiled July 2002.

Murder Takes A Vacation (Ellen Dark, Fiction-L): Compiled July 2000. Lists only author and title(s). Over 100 titles listed. Books are set in vacation spots or take place while the detective is on vacation.

Mysteries in Exotic Locales (Fairfax County Public Library, VA): Author, character name and brief description, first book of series (for most) and location of series, for about 40 series set in the following locales: Australia; Belgium; Botswana; China; Egypt; France; Germany; Hong Kong; India; Israel; Italy; Japan; Kenya; Mexico; Netherlands; Russia; Sicily; Spain; and Sweden.

Beach Mysteries: Location, Location, Location! (Supper Sleuths, Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): Author, sleuth, titles, pub. year, webcat link for books/series set at the beach, by about 85 authors.

Seaside Sleuths (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Author, title, and one-line summary for 18 mysteries that take place at the shore. Compiled June 1998.

Murder Under the Sun: Danger in Paradise (Linda Bova, Sachem PL, Holbrook NY): Author, title, publication year, summary for about 30 titles, from Steve Allen's Murder in Hawaii to Dorian Yeager's Summer Will End. Compiled 2002, updated 2006.

Sunshine Sleuths (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Author and title only for 20 mysteries set in a tropical climate, from Night of the Panther by E.C. Ayres to Orchid Beach by Stuart Woods. Compiled January 1999.

Some Like It Hot: Hot Crimes in Hot Climates (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Author and title listed for about 40 crime novels set in hot climates, from Chile Death by Susan Wittig Albert to Orchid Beach by Stuart Woods. Compiled Dec. 2000.


AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Mysteries in Africa and the Middle East (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Lists about 15 titles, by country or subregion, with author and summary for each book.

Mysteries Around the World: Africa (Tulsa City-County PL, OK): Author, title pub. year, and webcat link for series/titles set in: Algeria, Botswana, Congo, Egypt (many), Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Kenya (many), Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia, and Zanzibar.

Mysteries Set in Africa (Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, MO): Authors, titles, and publication dates only, no summaries. About 60 books listed.

Mysteries Set in Africa (Charlotte Bradshaw, Fiction-L): Author and title for about 30 single titles and 4 series. Compiled March 2000.

Africa (Stop, You're Killing Me!): Lists about 15 series set in Africa, with author, protagonist, and brief description of protagonist and setting. Links to titles and publication years.

Mystery Readers International: African Mysteries: Not much online here, but if you have a strong interest in the topic, you might want to back order a copy of the Mystery Readers International journal titled African Mysteries (Volume 26, No. 1), from Spring 2010. Lots of articles, essays, and lists about mysteries in Africa, Africa noir, safari mysteries, etc.

Middle East (Stop, You're Killing Me!): Lists about 15 series set in the Middle East (mostly Turkey, Egypt and Israel), with author, protagonist, and brief description of protagonist and setting. Links to titles and publication years.

Egypt

Ancient Egypt in Mysteries and Thrillers (Noreen Doyle): Short stories and novels with significant elements drawn from ancient and modern Egypt. Author, title, publication info, and brief summary. Dozens of listings.

Crime Novels Set in Egypt (MiddleEast Booklover): Author, title, publication date, and summary for crime novels set in Egypt by 9 authors.

Iraq

Crime Fiction Set in Iraq (MiddleEast Booklover): Author, title, publication date, page count, summary of 6 crime novels set in Iraq.

Israel

Crime Novels and Thrillers Set in Israel (MiddleEast Booklover): Author, title, publication date, page count, and summary for 10 crime novels set in Israel.

Lebanon

Crime Novels Set in Lebanon (MiddleEast Booklover): Author, title, publication date, page count, and summary for 5 crime novels set in Lebanon.

Palestine

Crime Novels and Thrillers Set in Palestine (MiddleEast Booklover): Author, title, publication date, page count, and summary for 6 crime novels set in Palestine, from Eliette Abécassis's The Qumran Mystery to Piers Paul Read's On the Third Day.

Saudi Arabia

Crime Novels Set in Saudi Arabia (MiddleEast Booklover): Author, title, publication date, page count, and summary for 4 crime novels set in Saudi Arabia.

Syria

Crime Novels Set in Syria (MiddleEast Booklover): Author, title, publication date, page count, and summary for 3 crime novels set in Syria.


THE AMERICAS

Including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, the Caribbean, and South America.

Mysteries Set in the Americas (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Lists about 20 titles, by country (Canada, Cuba, the Caribbean, Peru, Mexico, and Brazil) with author and summary for each book.

Canada

Canadian Mystery (Sandi Hall, Waterloo PL, ON, CN): Staff favourites. Author, title, webcat link, summary for 25 titles, from Lone Wolf by Linwood Barclay to The Deadly Slipper by Michelle Wan. Compiled March 2007.

Canada (Stop, You're Killing Me!): Listed by province, provides author, title, series or title protagonist, brief description of protagonist and setting for about 35 series in total. Links to series titles and publication years. Alberta: 3 series; British Columbia: 7 series; New Brunswick: 1 series; Newfoundland: 1 series; Ontario: about 25 series; Quebec: 3 series; Saskatchewan: 1 series; Canada in general: 3 series.

Canadian Mysteries (Julie Marks, Skokie PL, IL): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link for about 30 crime novels set in Canada, from Rosemary Aubert's The Ferryman Will Be There to Laurali Wright's Strangers Among Us.

Mysteries Around the World: Canada (Tulsa City-County PL, OK): Author, title pub. year, and webcat link for 7 series/titles set in Canada, listed by province, then city or town of setting.

Mystery Readers International: Cool Canadian Crime: Not much online here, but if you have a strong interest in the topic, you might want to back order a copy of the Mystery Readers International journal titled Cool Canadian Crime (Volume 19, No. 4), from Winter 2003-2004. Lots of articles, essays, and lists of crime novels set in Canada. Canadian crime also explored in the Pacific Northwest Mysteries issue (Volume 18, No. 1, Spring 2002).

Caribbean

Mysteries Around the World: Caribbean (Tulsa City-County PL, OK): Author, title pub. year, and webcat link for about a dozen series/titles set in the Bahamas, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Haiti, various islands, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico. Plus another 3 series/titles set in Bermuda.

Caribbean Islands (Stop, You're Killing Me!): Lists 7 series (one non-series), with author, protagonist, and brief description of protagonist and setting. Links to titles and publication years.

South and Central America, and Mexico

Mysteries Around the World: South America (Tulsa City-County PL, OK): Author, title pub. year, and webcat link for 7 series/titles set in Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru. Plus, one title set in Guatemala.

South America (Stop, You're Killing Me!): Lists 5 series set in South America, with author, protagonist, and brief description of protagonist and setting. Links to titles and publication years.

Mysteries Around the World: Mexico (Tulsa City-County PL, OK): Author, title pub. year, and webcat link for 5 series/titles set in Mexico.

Mexico (Stop, You're Killing Me!): Lists 2 series set in Mexico, with author, protagonist, and brief description of protagonist and setting. Links to titles and publication years.

The United States

United States (Stop, You're Killing Me!): Listed by state, author, title, series or title protagonist, brief description of protagonist and setting. Links to series titles and publication years.

Where Done It: Mysteries with a Strong Sense of Place (American Library Association): 17-page DOC file, listing author, title, summary of mysteries set in the U.S., listed by state (including D.C.).

Cops: Police Mysteries and Thrillers Around the U.S. (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Lists over 45 titles, with author and summary of each title from Robert Andrews' A Murder of Honor (Washington, D.C.) to Joseph Wambaugh's The Blue Knight (Los Angeles).

Crime in the Big City: Novels Featuring the LAPD and NYPD (Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): LAPD titles: over 80 by 9 authors; NYPD titles: over 220 by 36 authors. Author, publication info, and summary of series or title provided for each. Hard to read type against background.

Crime in the Great Outdoors (Lansing PL, IL): 5-page PDF. Author, title, summary for about 15 crime novels set outside, from Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr to Fire and Ice by Dana Stabenow. Compiled Nov. 2004, updated Jan. 2006.

Fictitious Characters U.S. Historical Mystery Series (Fairfax County Public Library, VA): Arranged by fictitious character, provides description of character, time/setting of books, first title in series with publication date, and author's name for a dozen or so series.

The South

Southern Mysteries (Winter Park PL, FL): Lists (by author, not place) author, title, webcat link for about 65 single titles and about 25 series set in the American South. Updated Jan. 2010.

Mystery Readers International: South of the Mason Dixon Line: Not much online here, but if you have a strong interest in the topic, you might want to back order a copy of the Mystery Readers International journal titled South of the Mason Dixon Line (Volume 18, No. 4), from Winter 2002-2003, and South of the Mason Dixon Line - II (Volume 19, No. 1, Spring 2003). Lots of articles, essays, and lists of crime novels set in the American South.

alabama

North Carolina (Stop, You're Killing Me!): Lists about 25 authors, with series or title protagonist, and brief description of protagonist and setting. Links to titles and publication years.

Mysteries Around the World: North Carolina (Tulsa City-County PL, OK): Author, title pub. year, webcat link, and town or region of setting for 9 series/titles.

south carolina

South Carolina (Stop, You're Killing Me!): Lists 9 authors, with series or title protagonist, and brief description of protagonist and setting. Links to titles and publication years.

Mysteries Around the World: South Carolina (Tulsa City-County PL, OK): Author, title pub. year, webcat link, and town or region of setting for 9 series/titles.

tennessee

Mysteries Around the World: Tennessee (Tulsa City-County PL, OK): Author, title pub. year, webcat link, and town or region of setting for 14 series/titles.

Tennessee (Stop, You're Killing Me!): Lists 9 authors, with series or title protagonist, and brief description of protagonist and setting. Links to titles and publication years.

virginia

Golden Gate Mysteries: A Bibliography of Crime Fiction Set in the San Francisco Bay Area (Randal Brandt, University of California): 'Bibliography contains over 900 titles of mystery, detective, and crime fiction with the action, or significant parts of the action, set in San Francisco and the Bay Area.' Listed alphabetically by author.

2001: An LA Odyssey (Art Libraries Society of North America): From a 2001 conference on Los Angeles and Southern California Mystery Writers, provides a couple of lists of authors whose books are set in LA and Southern California. Mostly lists of authors, but one list describes each series briefly.

pacific northwest U.S. (except Alaska)

Seattle Mysteries (Seattle Public Library): Author, title, webcat link and short summary for about 30 books, from Anne Argula's Homicide My Own to Wendy Roberts' Dating Can Be Deadly.

Killers in the Rain: Seattle Mysteries (Mystery Readers Journal): Article in the Spring 2002 issue of Mystery Writers Journal, detailing the Seattle-set mysteries of G.M. Ford, J.A. Jance, Earl Emerson, Richard Hoyt, and others.

idaho

France (Stop, You're Killing Me!): Lists about 20 series set in France, with author, title, series or title protagonist, brief description of protagonist and setting. Links to series titles and publication years.

Mysteries Set in France (Mystery Readers International): Not much online here, but if you have a strong interest in the topic, you might want to back order a copy of the Mystery Readers International journal titled Mysteries Set in France (Volume 16, No. 2), Summer 2000. Lots of articles, essays, and lists of crime novels set in France.

Italian-mysteries.com : 'The Definitive Website for English-language Mystery Novels Set in Italy,' with info on about 750 (mostly) mysteries set in Italy, including contemporary mystery series and non-series titles, historical mysteries (by time period), suspense and thrillers, action and adventure, literary fiction, and some non-fiction. Also author interviews, publishing news, lending library, etc. Also: Author index. And you can search by theme or location.

Fictional Cities: Venice (Jeff Cotton): Great site. List of more than 300 fiction titles set in (more than 300 titles), some with lush annotation. Also listing of non-fiction and films set in Venice. Includes crime fiction.

Fictional Cities: Florence (Jeff Cotton): List of about 100 fiction titles set in Florence, some with lush annotation. Also listing of non-fiction and films set in Florence. Includes crime fiction.

Italy (Stop, You're Killing Me!): Lists about 20 series set in Italy, with author, title, series or title protagonist, brief description of protagonist and setting. Links to series titles and publication years.

Italy Mysteries (Winter Park PL, FL): Lists about 90 single titles and 13 series set in Italy, with author, title, and webcat link for each. Updated Jan. 2009.

Mysteries Set in Italy (Primo) (Mystery Readers International): Not much online here, but if you have a strong interest in the topic, you might want to back order a copy of the Mystery Readers International journal titled Mysteries Set in Italy (Primo) (Volume 21, No. 4), Winter 2004-2005, and Mysteries Set in Italy (Secondo) (Volume 22, No. 1, Spring 2006). Lots of articles, essays, and lists of crime novels set in Italy.

Ireland and Northern Ireland (Stop, You're Killing Me!): Lists 15 series set in Ireland and No. Ireland, with author, title, series or title protagonist, brief description of protagonist and setting. Links to series titles and publication years.

Emerald Crime: Mystery and Suspense with an Irish Setting (Addison Public Library, IL): Title, author, summary, and webcatalog link for 11 such novels. Compiled Sept. 2001.

British Isles (Stop, You're Killing Me!): About 550 series in all, listed by country (and a separate list for London): England (about 300 series), London (about 200 series), Ireland and Northern Ireland (about 15 series), Scotland (about 30 series), Wales (7 series) Lists author, title, series or title protagonist, brief description of protagonist and setting. Links to series titles and publication years.

Fictional Cities: London (Jeff Cotton): List of about 65 fiction titles, with lush annotation, set in London, as well as a listing of non-fiction and films set in these cities. Includes crime fiction.

Mysteries in Great Britain (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Lists titles, by country, with author and summary for each book. Lists four for Ireland, and another Northbrook list adds six more (scroll down to Mysteries).

Mystery Tour: Great Britian & Ireland (Manchester Public Library, Manchester, CT): Lists author and title for 4 mysteries set in Ireland, 4 in Scotland, 1 in Wales, and about 45 set in England. Updated Oct. 2004.

Calling Scotland Yard: Mysteries Featuring Britain's Elite Police Force (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Lists about 30 fiction titles, with author and summary for each, from Rennie Airth's River of Darkness to Pauline Winslow's The Witch Hill Murder. If you like these, you'll probably also like their Beyond Scotland Yard list (Mysteries featuring police forces around Britain and Ireland), with another 37 titles, each listing locale, from Catherine Aird's The Stately Home Murder (Castlemere, East Anglia) to R. D. Wingfield's A Touch of Frost (Denton). Only problem with this list is that books that are part of a series are not identified.

British Mysteries (Reader's Advice): 'Mysteries set in England, Scotland, or Wales, or involving British detectives.' Author, title, and Amazon link for about 500 titles, with series noted. From Jake Arnott's He Kills Coppers to Sally Wright's Ben Reese series.

Oxbridge Mysteries (Mystery Readers International): Not much online here, but if you have a strong interest in the topic, you might want to back order a copy of the Mystery Readers International journal titled Oxbridge Mysteries (Volume 17, No. 4), Winter 2001-2002. Lots of articles, essays, and lists of crime novels set in Oxford and Cambridge.

Sweden (Stop, You're Killing Me!): Lists about 6 series set in Sweden, with author, title, series or title protagonist, brief description of protagonist and setting. Links to series titles and publication years. Also: The Netherlands (4 series) and Norway (1 series).

Scandinavian Mysteries (Mystery Readers International): You might want to back order a copy of the Mystery Readers International journal titled Scandinavian Mysteries (Volume 23, No. 3), Fall 2007. 1, Spring 2006) Lots of articles, essays, and lists of crime novels set in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway. Also: 10-page PDF bibliography of Scandinavian crime fiction.