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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.

Police Procedurals

No amateur detectives here! These sleuths are law enforcement pros, subject to the rules and procedures of their force. Forensics colleagues, medical examiners, and legal officials may also pitch in to help them crack the case. -

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.

2023 Edgar Awards

Awarded by the Mystery Writers of America, for distinguished work in the mystery genre: novels, television, and motion pictures. April 27, 2023.

2022 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. April 2023.

2023 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. September 2023.

2023 Macavity Awards

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