Albert, Walter. Detective and Mystery Fiction: An International Bibliography of Secondary Sources. Madison, Ind.: Brownstone Books, 1985. Lists and describes more than five thousand books and articles published in a wide range of languages. The first section treats reference works. The second part deals with general studies. Studies of dime novels and pulps appear in the third part. The fourth and largest section is devoted to individual authors, with the notable omission of Arthur Conan Doyle because Holmesian studies are well chronicled in many other works.
Barzun, Jacques, and Wendell Hertig Taylor. A Catalogue of Crime. Rev. ed. New York: Harper & Row, 1989. Critically annotated bibliography of detective novels, short stories, criticism, and true crime published from 1749 to 1988, arranged alphabetically by author. Includes a separate section for material relating to Sherlock Holmes. The authors’ critical comments can be scathing, but they also dispense praise.
Bleiler, Richard J. Reference and Research Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction. 2d ed. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2004. Covers a wide range of resources, from encyclopedias and dictionaries (chapter 1) to biographies (chapters 9-10), Web resources (chapter 19), and periodicals (chapter 20). Many, but not all, entries are annotated.
Bourgeau, Art. The Mystery Lover’;s Companion. New York: Crown, 1986. The proprietor of Whodunit?, a Philadelphia bookstore devoted to mysteries, Bourgeau offers a personal guide to detective fiction. Arrangement is alphabetical by author within four broad categories: American mysteries, English mysteries, thrillers, and police procedurals. Ratings range from five “daggers” for classics such as Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon (1929-1930) and Dorothy L. Sayers’s The Nine Tailors (1934) to one dagger, by which Bourgeau means “Only Read This When You’re Drunk.” Brief notes on each entry.
Breen, Jon L. What About Murder? A Guide to Books About Mystery and Detective Fiction. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1981. Breen’s goal was to list and comment on every book in English about the mystery-detective field, with certain exceptions. Material relating to Sherlock Holmes is omitted, as are studies of authors such as Edgar Allan Poe and Wilkie Collins who wrote important works in other genres. Includes 239 entries covering...
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