John Charles has worked as a reference librarian and fiction selector for the Scottsdale Public Library System since 1991. He has coauthored articles on collection development and genre fiction for Library Journal and Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) and has twice received the Romance Writer's of America Veritas award. A reviewer for Library Journal, VOYA, and Booklist, he and Joanna Morrison write an annual article on the "Best Adult Mysteries for Young Adults" for VOYA. Charles received a master's degree in library science from the University of Arizona.
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Something sinister is afoot out there—and this newly updated readers' advisory has all the clues to help librarians solve the mystery of which titles readers should check out next. Equally useful for novice librarians and seasoned gumshoes, this handbook
- Summarizes the history of mystery fiction, highlighting key figures in its development
- Covers the latest and most popular classic titles in the genre, as well select suspense and thriller fiction with crossover appeal
- Offers examples of how library staff can help readers move back and forth from fiction to nonfiction
- Suggests ways to conduct an effective readers' advisory interview
With several well-chosen booklists, practical programming ideas, and a brand new compendium of print and web-based resources, your only crime would be not adding this guide to your collection!
Chapter 1 Detecting the Enduring Appeal of the Mystery Novel
Chapter 2 The History of Mystery
Chapter 3 Crash Course in Mystery Readers' Advisory Work
Chapter 4 Amateur Sleuths: Where's Jessica Fletcher When You Need Her?
Chapter 5 Private Investigators: Well-Worn Trench Coats, Smoking Gats, and Deadly Dames
Chapter 6 Police Procedurals: They Got the Beat
Chapter 7 Historical Sleuths: Crime through Time
Chapter 8 Genre-Blended Mysteries: Torn between Two Genres
Chapter 9 The Mystery Readers' Advisory Interview
Chapter 10 Mystery Resources
Chapter 11 Collection Development: Buy It and They Will Come
Chapter 12 Merchandising Your Mystery Collection
Appendix B Mystery Movies
Appendix C Twenty-Five Mystery Television Series