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Reading Recommendations: Mystery

This guide provides the resources to assist you in locating what to read next. Browse the resources below or check with the Reference Librarian at your Delaware Public Library for Reader's Advisory assistance.

Literary Mysteries

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Mystery is a literary genre in which the cause (or causes) of a mysterious happening, often a crime, is gradually revealed by the hero or heroine; this is accomplished through a mixture of intelligence, ingenuity, the logical interpretation of evidence, and sometimes sheer luck.

Top Ten Crime Fiction 2021

Whether it’s twisting plots, wracking psychological tension, new versions of noir, sensitive explorations of contemporary themes like race and the environment, or characters who won’t let you quit them, this year’s top crime novels—reviewed in Booklist from May 1, 2020, through April 15, 2021—have something for every mystery-loving reader.

2022 Edgar Awards

Awarded by the Mystery Writers of America, for distinguished work in the mystery genre: novels, television, and motion pictures. April 28, 2022

2021 Agatha Awards

The Agatha Awards honor the traditional mystery—books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie—and are awarded annually by Malice Domestic, Ltd. July 17, 2021

2021 Anthony Awards

The Anthony Award is named for the late Anthony Boucher (William Anthony Parker White), well-known writer and critic from the New York Times, who helped found the Mystery Writers of America. Awarded Aug 30, 2021

2021 Macavity Awards

Each year the members of Mystery Readers International nominate and vote for their favorite mysteries. (Nov. 2021)