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Reference and research guide to mystery and detective fiction /
Richard J. Bleiler.
edition
2nd ed.
imprint
Westport, CT : Libraries Unlimited, 2004.
description
xi, 828 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1563089246 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, CT : Libraries Unlimited, 2004.
isbn
1563089246 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
4877653
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2004-09-01:
In this second edition, Bleiler (reference librarian, Univ. of Connecticut) adds works published 1998-2002 and includes indexing for English-language biobibliographic and biocritical resources, annotated but not indexed in the first edition (Reference Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction, CH, Dec'99). Over a third of the monographic citations are new, reflecting a broader interpretation of the genre to encompass thrillers, espionage and gangster stories, historical novels, Westerns, and true crime. Increased attention to genre magazines and to radio, television, and film media provides further depth. Bleiler credits the Web with excellent media coverage and includes selected sites for individual authors and for mystery and detective fiction. Critical annotations for both print and electronic sources are detailed, occasionally idiosyncratic, and provide thorough descriptions of organization, content, strengths, and limitations. Separate chapters cover sources as diverse as maps and atlases, writers' associations and awards, character indexes, calendars, and quotations in addition to guides, encyclopedias, and dictionaries. An extensive appendix cites works mentioned in annotations. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All reference collections. N. Knipe emerita, Colorado College
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'œ[A]n unparalled resource of information on this genre of literature....Bleiler's content is, in short, amazing. Who knew so much information about mystery and detective fiction could be tracked down and compacted into one handy volume? Mystery and Detective Fiction is a comprehensive source for anything and everything in connection with the genre....Mystery and Detective Fiction will complement public, academic, and high school library collections and will be a handy resource for readers' advisors.'' Against the Grain
'œ[A]n award-winning research tool that contains evaluative reviews of approximatlely 1,000 reference works on mystery and detective fiction....[R]eference And Research Guide To Mystery And Detetive Fiction is a broad-based guide which is superbly organized for quick and easy lookup of the most appropriate reference or resource specializing in literary genre of mystery and detective fiction.'' Reviewer's Bookwatch
'œBecause it concentrates on the secondary literature, this volume is useful as an aid to research as well as to collection development and readers' advisory....Current and comprehensive, Bleiler's book continues to be of value in public and academic libraries.'' Booklist/Mystery Reference Shelf
"Because it concentrates on the secondary literature, this volume is useful as an aid to research as well as to collection development and readers' advisory....Current and comprehensive, Bleiler's book continues to be of value in public and academic libraries."- Booklist/Mystery Reference Shelf
'œIt is and will remain the quintessential work on mystery and detective fiction reference materials. It certainly belongs in all academic libraries and the majority of public libraries where interest is high.'' Collection Management
"It is and will remain the quintessential work on mystery and detective fiction reference materials. It certainly belongs in all academic libraries and the majority of public libraries where interest is high."- Collection Management
'œRecommended. All reference collections.'' Choice
"Recommended. All reference collections."- Choice
'œThis is a tremendous reference book....[s]hould be on the shelves of all libraries and of anyone who is interested in finding works about the crime and detective story and its writers....[i]ndispensable.'' Crime and Detective Stories
"This is a tremendous reference book....[s]hould be on the shelves of all libraries and of anyone who is interested in finding works about the crime and detective story and its writers....[i]ndispensable."- Crime and Detective Stories
"[A]n unparalled resource of information on this genre of literature....Bleiler's content is, in short, amazing. Who knew so much information about mystery and detective fiction could be tracked down and compacted into one handy volume? Mystery and Detective Fiction is a comprehensive source for anything and everything in connection with the genre....Mystery and Detective Fiction will complement public, academic, and high school library collections and will be a handy resource for readers' advisors."- Against the Grain
"[A]n award-winning research tool that contains evaluative reviews of approximatlely 1,000 reference works on mystery and detective fiction....[R]eference And Research Guide To Mystery And Detetive Fiction is a broad-based guide which is superbly organized for quick and easy lookup of the most appropriate reference or resource specializing in literary genre of mystery and detective fiction."- Reviewer's Bookwatch
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Choice, September 2004
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This new edition of Bleiler's guide reviews 1,000 titles, including titles released in 2003. More than a third of the citations in this edition are new. Bleiler also provides an index of works that provide biographical information on mystery writers & lists the key websites for each.
Long Description
This new edition of Bleiler's popular and award-winning guide is a superb reference and research tool, as well as an invaluable aid to collection development. Evaluative reviews of approximately 1,000 reference works on mystery and detective fiction provide in-depth discussions of their contents, strengths, weaknesses, and usefulness, often comparing titles to similar or competing works. Encyclopedias, biographical dictionaries, genre guides, national bibliographies, media studies, general reader's guides, web sites, and organizations are just some of the information sources covered in this thorough source. All annotations from the previous edition have been reviewed, revised, and updated; and complete critical reviews of works published since the last edition have been added, including titles released in the present year (2003). More than one third of monographic citations are new to this edition. In a feature new to this edition, Bleiler indexes reference works that provide biographical information on mystery writers, and lists the key websites on these authors. More than 2,500 bio-bibliographic citations to individual mystery writers are given-information that will be particularly useful to those researching specific authors. Organized by publication type for easy access, this work also features a detailed index, making it an essential guide for scholars, researchers, educators, readers' advisors, reference librarians, collection development specialists, and fans.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Acknowledgments
Encyclopedias and Dictionariesp. 1
Reader's Guides and Genre and Theme Listingsp. 7
General Bibliographies and Library Cataloguesp. 83
National Bibliographiesp. 91
Maps and Atlasesp. 101
Writer's Associations and Awardsp. 111
Publisher Bibliographiesp. 119
Magazine and Anthology Indexesp. 143
Biographies and Pseudonymsp. 273
Individual Biographiesp. 289
Character Indexesp. 417
Secondary Literaturep. 439
Cataloging Guidesp. 451
Artist Studiesp. 453
Media Catalogues and Guidesp. 457
Calendarsp. 473
Directories and Dealersp. 475
Quotationsp. 481
Web Resourcesp. 483
Current Periodicalsp. 487
Appendixp. 493
Indexp. 781
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