Tools for Reader's Advisory / Mysteries, Thrillers, and Crime Fiction Generally
Minnesota Library Association RART Retreat, May 2010
Barbara Fister

Slides from my talk (.pdf)

Essential Websites
Stop You're Killing Me - a marvelous index to books in series
Eurocrime - a guide to crime fiction in Europe with a wealth of reviews; most are for UK releases
Reviewing the Evidence - searchable database of hundreds of well-edited reviews
Mystery Scene - includes a search engine for reviews from past issues
Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind - Sarah Weinman's erudite crime fiction blog

Online Communities
Dorothy-L - the largest and longest-running of mystery e-mail lists
4_Mystery_Addicts (4MA) - a Yahoo group founded in 1999 that holds three book discussions monthly (read more)
Oz Mystery Readers - regular discussions of books available in Australia
Murder and Mayhem - mystery, thriller, and horror; lots of buddy reads
Rara Avis - for discussion of hardboiled and noir
Crime Thru Time - for historical mysteries
Mystery Reader Cafe - discussion of all kinds of mysteries
GA Detection - for discussion of the Golden Age of mysteries
Crime and Mystery Fiction FriendFeed Room - a site for sharing links and conversation; has a British accent, but includes members from North America, Australia, and New Zealand.

Where in the World . . . ?
The Mysterious World - a Google map with some reading suggestions
My Google Reader public feed for reader's advisory - notable blogs with an emphasis on reviews and international crime fiction. (The same blogs are displayed in the FriendFeed widget on the right.)

Some of My Articles
"Reading as a Contact Sport" RUSQ - on the social dimensions of reading
"Copycat Crimes" Crime Fiction and the Marketplace of Anxieties" Clues - on the uses of anxiety in the formation of social issues.

Some of My Talks
"True Lies: Libraries, Research, and the Facts of Fiction." Presentation at the Cooperating Libraries in Consortium Annual Retreat held at Northwestern College, Roseville MN, November 19th, 2003.
"Just the Facts, Ma'am: How Crime Fiction Re-Invents Reality." Continuing Education lecture sponsored by the St. Peter Community and Family Education program, presented March 16th, 2004.
"Reading matters: Examining the Role of Recreational Reading in Academic Libraries" with Julie Gilbert, Library Research Roundtable presentation at the American Library Association Annual Conference, 2009.

My Books

Through the Cracks (2010)
In the Wind (2008)
On Edge (2002)







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