Annal: 2000 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction

Results of the Agatha Award in the year 2000.

Book:100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century

100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century

Jim Huang

The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association list of 100 favorite mysteries of the 20th century represents the accumulated wisdom of the most knowledgeable people in the business. These are the books we most enjoy, the books we present to our customers over and over again, and the books that we ourselves return to when we want to visit with cherished friends.

In this book, we journey through our list of 100, with essays contributed by bookselles across the United States and Canada. The book also features individual booksellers’ lists of titles that did not make the list of 100 but should have, insights about mysteries and what our favorites mean to us, a directory of independent booksellers specializing in mysteries and, finally, a shopping list with current publication information about our 100 favorites.

A late addition to this season’s publishing schedule, 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century is IMBA’s holiday gift to our friends in the mystery community.

Book:The American Regional Mystery

The American Regional Mystery

Marvin Lachman

Penzler Pick, February 2001: More than 30 years ago, Marvin Lachman began writing a series of articles for a now defunct mystery fan magazine (fanzine, to the informed), The Mystery Reader’s Newsletter. The subject was regional mysteries, which previously had not been written about. When that pioneering newsletter folded, it was picked up by the greatest of all mystery fanzines, The Armchair Detective, under the impressive editorship of Allen J. Hubin. The series required 14 installments, running from February 1970 to October 1977. The…

Book:The Complete Christie

The Complete Christie: An Agatha Christie Encyclopedia

Matthew Bunson

Which poison was used most frequently in Agatha Christie’s novels? How many of her novels featured a butler? Exactly where on the train were the suspects located in Murder on the Orient Express? How many actors have portrayed Hercule Poirot?

Get a clue…or a lot of them, in The Complete Christie—simply the most comprehensive guide to the life and works of the immortal Dame Agatha Christie.

Join author Matthew Bunson, whose Encyclopedia Sherlockiana was compared to “a box of the best chocolates” by mystery author Anne Perry, in this entertaining and highly enjoyable tour of the vast world of mystery created by Christie, and discover…

  • a comprehensive biography of Christie, including new theories on her strange disappearance in 1926 …[more]
Book:They Wrote the Book

They Wrote the Book: Thirteen Women Mystery Writers Tell All

Helen Windrath

They Wrote the Book is an authoritative collection of essays painting an intimate portrait of contemporary women writers at work. Thirteen acclaimed British, Australian, and North American women mystery writers describe their professional lives: their struggles to make time to write; strategies for maintaining concentration and focus throughout the creative process; and reflections upon the thought and effort that go into crafting each word and every story they weave. Not only does each published author provide an illuminating glimpse into her writing life, but each gives comprehensive advice to the aspiring novelist on such subjects as atmosphere and suspense; pace and plot; character creation and development; hot to get started; undertaking research; developing an authentic sense of place; and maintaining a series.

They Wrote the Book is essential reading and reference, not just for mystery fans, but for all readers and writers, from novices to seasoned pros, with an interest in how they-did-it.

Book:Women of Mystery

Women of Mystery: The Lives and Works of Notable Women Crime Novelists

Martha Hailey Dubose, Margaret C. Thomas

In this remarkable book, Martha Hailey DuBose has given those multitudes of readers who love the mystery novel an indispensable addition to their libraries. Unlike other works on the subject, Women of Mystery is not merely a directory of the novelists and their publications with a few biographical details. DuBose combines extensive research into the lives of significant women mystery writers from Anna Katherine Green and Mary Roberts Rinehart with critical essays on their work, anecdotes, contemporary reviews and opinions and some of the women’s own comments. She takes us through the Golden Age of the British women mystery writers, Christie, Sayers, Marsh, Allingham and Tey, to the leading crime novelists of today, focused on the women who have become legends of the genre. And though she laments, “so many mysteries, so little time,” she makes a good effort a mentioning “some of the best of the rest.” …[more]

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