People who don’t read mysteries sometimes think they are all alike. Nothing is worse than looking forward to that new mystery, and getting home to read, only to find it’s not “your kind of mystery” at all! Horrors! Not even worth trying. No way.

We in libraryland have ways of describing the different types of mysteries to help you find just what you want. If you run out of everything by an author you love, we can help you find authors from the same kind of mystery appeal. My favorite is a reference book called “Genreflecting”, by Diana Tixier Herald.

Take a look at this list below, drawn from Herald’s book, for a sampler of the bigger “types” of mysteries around:

Detective Story (hard-boiled, noir, Black Mask, soft-boiled or “cozy”, all very different) – crime stories with solving a puzzle, finding the culprit, bringing him or her to justice…

Solved by…

The Professional (police detective, private investigator, ex-cops) or by…

Unofficial Detectives (amateurs, psychologists, psychiatrists, forensic scientists, lawyers, clergy, husband & wife teams, academics, journalists, and human-and-animal teams with dogs, cats,  or horses) or by…

A detective where gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation plays a major role in how that detective relates to the crime to be solved (gay & lesbian, Black, Hispanic, Native American or Asian sleuths) or by locale…

Mysteries set in Australia, Belgium, Bosnia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Great Britain, around the world and in every state, or by…

Subjects and themes (international travel, sports, cooking, bibliophiles/books, art, theater) or by time frame….

Historical mysteries (Elizabethan, Medieval, Samurai, Civil War, 1920s)or...the future.

And don’t get me started on Serial Killers and Psychopaths, Romance/Suspense writers, Crime Capers and Legal Thrillers!

Come into the library and browse Genreflecting for yourself, and find lots of titles that will be just right for you. Or ask your friendly library staff. We’d be happy to delight you with your next book.

Don't want to come into the library? Use our online BookMatch service and let us get back to you by email with your next "just right for you" titles.

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