I am proud to announce that this resource book in the mystery field, The Essential Mystery Lists: For Readers, Collectors, and Librarians, won the Macavity Award for non-fiction and was nominated for the Anthony Award in 2008.
This resource is now available on Kindle (Amazon Kindle Store; $9.99) and Barnes & Nobel (Nook Book Store; $7.99)
The book is divided into three parts: Introduction (pp. 1-16); Mystery Awards (pp. 17-281); Classic or Best Lists (pp. 283-453); and Index (pp. 455-573).
The Introduction has six sections or parts that deal with collecting mysteries, the process of creating these lists, how to use this resource, and a list of sources.
The Mystery Awards has both the winners and nominees. There are other books available (in the past) that list winners, but none that list the nominees.
The Classic or Best Lists have fifty lists for you to consider. Some of these are well known but sometimes hard to locate when you need to refer to them. Other lists have not been available in some years. Then I have some lists that were created just for this resource. Especially I want to share the Anthony Boucher lists from his annual review of the best books of the year in his column as reviewer for The San Francisco Chronicle, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and The New York Times from 1942 through Boucher's death in 1968.
The Index section is divided into several sections: name of authors, short story titles, name of titles of books.
Collectors will find this resource as an aid in their task. Others might want to read with a certain award field or best list in mind.
Librarians might want to created lists for readers, offer display of books, etc.
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Also, some information about a column that I now write for Deadly Pleasures on "Real to Reel." Talking about a book and then the film adapted from the original source.