Breen, Jon L. “Charlie Chan: The Man Behind the Curtain.” Views and Reviews 6, no. 1 (Fall, 1974): 29-35. Discusses the fictional detective’s mystique and explains his reliance on that mystique to solve crimes.
Breen, Jon L. “Murder Number One: Earl Derr Biggers.” The New Republic 177 (July 30, 1977): 38-39. Review of Biggers’s contributions to detective fiction.
Haycraft, Howard. Murder for Pleasure: The Life and Times of the Detective Story. 1941. Reprint. New York: Carroll and Graf, 1984. Organizes the history of detective fiction into a “biography,” and situates Biggers’s works in relation to others in the narrative.
Penzler, Otto. Earl Derr Biggers’ Charlie Chan. New York: Mysterious Bookshop, 1999. Detailed study of Biggers’s most famous creation.
Penzler, Otto. The Private Lives of Private Eyes, Spies, Crime Fighters, and Other Good Guys. New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1977. Examines the representation of the domestic space and experience of crime-fiction protagonists, comparing their private lives to the lives of those whose privacy they routinely violate in their investigations.
Roth, Marty. Foul and Fair Play: Reading Genre in Classic Detective Fiction. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1995. A post-structural analysis of the conventions of mystery and detective fiction. Examines 138 short stories and works from the 1840’s to the 1960’s. Helps place Biggers within the context of the genre.
Schrader, Richard J., ed. The Hoosier House: Bobbs-Merrill and Its Predecessors, 1850-1985—A Documentary Volume. Detroit: Gale, 2004. History of Biggers’s publisher; details Biggers’s career with Bobbs-Merrill, as well as the careers of such other authors as Ayn Rand, C. S. Forester, and L. Frank Baum. Bibliographic references and index.