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Mystery & Detective Fiction

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  • Pratt logoAvailable at E.J. Pratt Library
  • Emmanuel logoAvailable at Emmanuel Library
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See also: Resources in English Literature.

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General Resources

The Dictionary of Crime Terms Sifakis, Carl.
HV6017 .S54 2003 Reference
Trouble Is their Business: Private Eyes in Fiction, Film and Television Conquest, John.
P96 .D4 C66 1990 Reference & Robarts Stacks
Critical Survey of Mystery and Detective Fiction Rollyson, Carl. ed. 5 vols. Contains articles about individual authors of mystery and detective fiction and a glossary. In addition there are overview essays and several appendixes
PN3448 .D4 C75 2008 Reference
Encyclopedia of Mystery & Detection Eds Chris Steinbrunner & Otto Penzler
P96 .D4 E5 1984 Robarts Stacks & Trinity Reference
Whodunit: An Informal History of Detective Fiction Benvenuti, Stefano and Gianni Rizzoni.
PN3448 .D4 B4713 1980 Robarts Stacks
Detectionary: A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Characters in Detective and Mystery Fiction, including famous and little-known sleuths, their helpers, rogues both heroic and sinister, and some of their most memorable adventures, as recounted in novels, short stories, and films Penzler, Otto, et al.
PN3448 .D4 D3 Robarts Stacks
Sleuths, Inc: Studies of Problem Solvers, Doyle, Simenon, Hammett, Ambler, Chandler Eames, Hugh
PN3448 .D4 E2 Stacks
Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery Murphy, Bruce.
PN3448 .D4 M87 1999 Robarts Reference
The Poetics of Murder: Detective Fiction and Literary Theory Most, Glenn, W.
PN3448 .D4 P54 1983
Foul & Fair Play: Reading Genre in Classic Detective Fiction Roth, Marty.
PN3448 .D4 R66 1995 Robarts Stacks
Bloody Murder: From the Detective Story to the Crime Novel Symons, Julian.
PN3448 .D4 S87 1992
Reader's Guide to Literature in English Ed. Mark Hawkins-Dady.
PR85 .R42 1996 Reference
Murder Done to Death: Parody and Pastiche in Detective Fiction Melling, John Kennedy.
PR830 .D4 M45 1996 Robarts Stacks
Dictionary of British Literary Characters Ed. John R. Greenfield.
PR 830 .C47 D5 1993 Reference
The Woman Detective Gender & Genre Klein, Kathleen Gregory.
PR830 .D4 K58 1995 Stacks
Mystery & Suspense Writers: the Literature of Crime Detection and Espionage Eds. Robin W. Winks and M. Corrigan.
PR830 .D43 M97 1998 Reference
St James Guide to Crime and Mystery Writers Eds. Jay P. Pederson and Taryn Benbow-Pfalzgraf.
PR888 .D4 S24 1996 Reference
Private Eyes: One Hundred and One Knights-A Survey of American Detective Fiction Baker Robert A. & Michael T. Nietzel.
PS374 .D4 B3 1985 St. Mikes & Robarts Stacks
Murder Will Out: The Detective in Fiction Binyon, T. J.
PS374 .D4 B56 1990 Stacks
History of Mystery Collins, Max Allan.
PS374.D4 C59 2001 Stacks Oversize
Hardboiled Mystery Writers: Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ross McDonald: A Literary Reference Eds. Matthew J. Bruccoli and Richard Layman.
PS374 .D4 H375 2002 Reference
Hard-Boiled Explicator: A Guide to the Study of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald Skinner, Robert B.
Z1231 .D47 S57 1985 Robarts Stacks
Crime Fiction IV, a Comprehensive Bibliography 1749-2000 Hubin, Allen J.
Z2014 .F4 H8 Reference
Murder by category: A Subject Guide to Mystery Fiction Mackler Tasha.
Z2014 .F4 M24 1991 Robarts Stacks
Reference and Research Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction Bleiler, Richard.
Z5917 .D5 B59 2004 Reference
Make Mine a Mystery: a Reader's Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction Niebuht, Gary Warren.
Z5917 .D5 N54 2003 Reference

Criticism & Reviews Online

MLA International BibliographyUofT logo This database indexes sources on literature, linguistics and drama from 1963 to present.
ABELLUofT logo (Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature)
Humanities Abstracts, Reader's Guide Abstracts and Essay & General Literature Index Provide citations to literary criticism articles and book chapters.
Literature Resource CenterUofT logo provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline. The LRC covers more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,500 of the most-studied authors.
PCIUofT logo (Periodicals Contents Index) Includes citations and selected full-text from critical articles as well as book and performance review in humanities and social sciences journals from 1770 to 1993. This is the only electronic resource available that indexes back to the 1770s.
Book Review Digest Plus UofT logo Provides citations and excerpts from reviews in approximately 90 popular journals from 1983 to present in the electronic version. Available online at the Pratt Library only. The paper version has excerpts from complete reviews for fiction and nonfiction many disciplines starting from 1905 (Z1219 .B64 Pratt Storage and Z1219 .B6 Trinity Stacks).
Arts & Humanities Citation Index and
Social Science Citation IndexUofT logo
are part of the Web of Knowledge, an online database indexing resources in all areas. It includes citations of critical articles on popular culture, film and television. The online versions go back to 1982.

Electronic Reference

Literature Resource CentreUofT logo Contains Contemporary Authors Online, offering biographical coverage of more than 100,000 writers; Contemporary Literary Criticism Select, featuring entries on authors; and Dictionary of Literary Biography Online, containing more than 10,000 biocritical essays on authors and their works written by academic scholars.
Twayne's Author SeriesUofT logo Contains criticism by scholars on hundreds of years of literature. Lengthy treatment of authors.

Electronic Books

Available in the UTL Catalogue

  • 84 titles by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Classic Mystery Writers / Bloom, Harold
  • 25 titles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Classic Crime and Suspense Writers / Bloom, Harold
  • The Moonstone / Collins, Wilkie
  • Detective Fiction: Notes / David, Allen L.
  • The Lock and Key Library: Classic Mystery and Detective Stories, Old Time English / Hawthorne, Julian

Useful Websites

Mystery Fiction Bookshelf: Project GutenberyMystery e-books in the public domain. Includes the works of Poe, Collins, Dickens and others.
A Guide to Classic Mystery and Detection Grost, Michael E. "(A)n educational site containing reading lists and essays on great mysteries mainly of the pre 1960 era."

compiled by: Gabbi Zaldin | updated: October 2011