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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2004
Now in an updated and expanded second edition (including 2003 publications), Reference And Research Guide To Mystery And Detective Fiction is an award-winning research tool that contains evaluative reviews of approximately 1,000 reference works on mystery and detective fiction. Listing encyclopedias, biographical dictionaries, genre guides, national bibliographies, media studies, reader's guides, web sites, and much more, Reference And Research Guide To Mystery And Detective Fiction is a broad-based guide which is superbly organized for quick and easy lookup of the most appropriate reference or resource specializing in literary genre of mystery and detective fiction.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2007
The title Reference and Research Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction by Richard Bleiler was published by Libraries Unlimited in 2004. It is the second edition of this title and is available in print. The author is affiliated with the University of Connecticut and owns most of the works that are mentioned in this book. This book contains annotated descriptions of reference works that discuss the different types of literature involved with mystery and detective fiction. The majority of the reference works were published in or before 2002 although some works published in 2003 are included if they add value to this book.

According to the author, over one-third of the monographs cited in this resource are new to this edition. The second edition indexes all the bio-bibliographic and biocritical reference works that are in English. In the first edition, these works were only annotated. This edition also includes information in the appendix section on authors whose works are not readily classified in the mystery or detective genre, such as thrillers, espionage and true crime works.

This work attempts to be as comprehensive as possible but does not claim to contain every title. It includes more coverage of genre magazines and indexing sources. These works are indexed unlike the first edition which only provided annotations. The author provides his evaluative opinion of some works, and he includes web resources. This edition only provides brief descriptions of the web resources since the information tends to change. This edition also references author's personal web sites.

This resource is searchable by the appendix, which is organized alphabetically by author and provides the annotation number of the entry, and by the index, which is organized alphabetically and includes authors, titles and characters. Overall, the book is organized by resource type and entries within each resource type are organized alphabetically. Each chapter begins with a scope note that briefly discusses what the chapter is about. Some chapters are organized from the general sources to the more specific sources.

The font for the annotations is small, but the section headings and titles are in bold type which allows them to stand out. The cover art for the book enhances its title. This edition attempts to include as much information and different titles as possible in one book. The price for this work is $78. It is my opinion that if information is needed on resources that pertain to the mystery and detective genre this book would be a helpful tool. It is helpful for the reader to already be familiar with this genre when reading this work.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2007
Richard Bleiler's "Reference and research guide to mystery and detective fiction" was published by Libraries Unlimited in 2004; this is the second edition. The author is a reference librarian at Babbidge Library at the University of Connecticut who specializes in selecting books, journals and electronic resources for the library and provides research assistance. This lends to his authority along with the fact that the publisher specializes in publications for library and information science students, faculty, and practicing librarians.

The second edition contains a great deal of new information. In his introduction, the author states that between 1998 and 2002, a number of reference works devoted to mystery and detective fiction were published. This text covers encyclopedias, dictionaries, companions, vade mecums, bibliographies, bio-bibliographies, checklists, indexes, directories, handbooks, guides, and annotated editions. This text does not cover catalogs of book dealers, ephemeral in-house lists by libraries, or texts that were not in english.

The information is organized by types of sources; encyclopedias and dictionaries are together, reader's guides and genre and theme listings, national bibliographies, cataloging guides, etc. The index and a rather large appendix are excellent access points to the guide as well as the table of contents.

The writing level is appropriate for professionals in this field and maintains an academic standard. This source has an attractive face and the formatting of the information is easy to read and access. The price is modest considering the wealth of information contained.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2007
Richard Bleiler's 2004 publication Reference and Research Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction is mainly an "annotated guide to the reference works that document and describe the primary and secondary literatures of mystery and detective fiction." (Bleiler, 2004) It is a second edition, published by Libraries Unlimited. This publisher is known for providing professional quality publications for LIS students and professionals. This edition includes a few publications from 2003, but mostly works published in or before 2002.

Bleiler is a Humanities Reference Librarian for the Babbidge Library at the University of Connecticut. As such, his writing is clear while maintaining an academic tone, and the book is organized in a straightforward manner. There is an excellent introduction that lays out the design of the book and mentions the differences between the first and second editions. Bleiler notes that about a third of the material is new to the second edition. He also includes some authors whose works are contained in bio-bibliographies, but are not indexed in major research databases nor listed on websites. Bleiler also expands his inclusion of various formats and index sources for this type of fiction. These details help make this a valuable resource for any adult, especially scholars, interested in the genre.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Bleiler's Reference and Research Guide to Mystery and Detective fiction is published by Libraries Unlimited, making it an authoritative source. This book is part of the Reference Sources in the Humanities Series, edited by James Rettig. This series is very respected and well-used by many in the Information Sciences field. Published in 2004, the entries are recent. This guide is an updated version of Reference Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction written by Richard Bleiler in 1999. The second edition contains more genres and titles than the original publication.

Bleiler's guide covers many genres including enclyopedias and dictionaries, electronic resources, publisher, awards, films, and others. He groups entries by genre, lists them alphabetically, includes complete bibliographic information, and gives a brief annotation of the work. Bleiler demonstrates an ability to annotate objectively. I did not find any bias in this guide.

The Index is searchable by author and title. Currently this guide is only available in print. The first edition has electronic format, so perhaps the second edition will in the near future. The format is very user friendly and easy to navigate. Bleiler's intended audience is the information science profession. The price of this book is $78.00.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2007
Richard Bleiler's "Reference & Research Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction" was published on January 30, 2004 by Libraries Unlimited. This edition is Bleiler's second; the first being published in 1999. Bleiler is an award-winning Humanities Reference Librarian at the Babbidge Library at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. Libraries Unlimited is a publisher renowned for its reliability among librarians, information professionals, and educators.

According to the book's introduction, the 2nd edition "differs significantly" from the first, mainly in its scope and treatment (i.e. 1st ed.: 750 titles included; 2nd ed.: 1,117 titles included). In addition to the bibliographies, essays, encyclopedias, journal articles, the 2nd edition also covers radio programs, television shows, and films. This edition also updates all references from previous editions. It also adds titles released in the present year (2003).

This edition has a few stated limitations. One is that the biographical information on mystery writers no longer relies on web sources and excludes authors' information which does. Also excluded is information on professional organizations. Lastly, Bleiler limits the scope of the book to common sub-genres (i.e. court-room mysteries, police detective mysteries); and, does not include such genres as classical thrillers, adventures, espionage, etc. The intended audience, therefore, is librarians, people doing research on this genre and patrons of academic and public libraries.

Titles are arranged by reference type (i.e. encyclopedias and dictionaries in one chapter, and readers' guides and genre bibliographies in another chapter). Then the titles are arranged alphabetically. Following alphabetical arrangement, each title is represented by bibliographic information including: author/editor, title, place/year of publication, publisher, pagination, series title, index, edition/revision, ISBN and Library of Congress call number. The cost for the book, hardcover, is $78.
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on July 26, 2014
Simply put,this is a reference book on mystery and crime reference books and I can't imagine any book on this subject being any better than this one. I'd have to know a lot more about it to say any more.
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on July 30, 2014
Esoteric, VERY outdated information and websites (those I checked were no-longer being updated); heavy on non-US publications and sources.
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