Best Mystery Reference Books

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1. The Search: A Walker Series Thriller (Mason Walker Book 1)

Author: by Alex Howell
March 9, 2020

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192 pages

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Unscramble the Words to Discover Quotes by Mystery Writers and their DetectivesComplete Word Search Puzzles and Locate Settings for MurderFit in Words for Murder Weapons, Agatha’s Poison’s and more Hours of entertainment for the lover of Mystery and Detective fiction.

Each of the puzzles relates in some way to the wonderful world of MYSTERY NOVELS AND SHOWS. We’ve made our puzzles in large type to make them easier on the eyes. Even our solutions are in an easy-to-read format. These mystery-centric challenges will exercise the mind and brighten the spirits of both the young and the young at heart.

Double JumblesWord Search PuzzlesWord-FitsFun to do and easy on the eyes. A Perfect Gift for Any Mystery Story Lover (or Yourself)Hours of entertainmentEnjoyable, relaxing, and funPerfect for anyone who loves word puzzlesPuzzles and clues are all in Large-PrintBook is Printed as 8 X 11 for Ease of UseOther Readers Have Enjoyed this Book and You Will TooIf you love mysteries, you’ll love this book!

4. Talking About Detective Fiction

Author: by P. D. James
208 pages

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P.D.James, the undisputed queen of mystery, gives us an intriguing, inspiring and idiosyncratic look at the genre she has spent her life perfecting. Examining mystery from top to bottom, beginning with such classics as Charles Dickens’s Bleak House and Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White, and then looking at such contemporary masters as Colin Dexter and Henning Mankell, P.D.

James goes right to the heart of the genre. Along the way she traces the lives and writing styles of Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Dashiell Hammett, and many more.Here is P.D. James discussing detective fiction as social history, explaining its stylistic components, revealing her own writing process, and commenting on the recent resurgence of detective fiction in modern culture.

It is a must have for the mystery connoisseur and casual fan alike.

5. Eden: Will you survive a new plague? – a fast paced post-apocalyptic suspense novel

Author: by J. Sharpe
302 pages

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Nobody will survive the new plague! Angels: they’re among us.I should know. There’s one trapped inside of me. But the image you probably have of these helpers of God is wrong, I guarantee it. They are all maniacal assholes.

Eighteen-year-old Anna awakens, naked and afraid, tied to a chair in a dark room. Across from her sits a woman who is her spitting image. With tears in her eyes, the woman puts a gun against her head and kills herself.

Anna is not found until days later and in a state of hypothermia, moments from dying. But when she wakes in the hospital, she finds that the police don’t see her as a victim, but as a suspect. It’s the beginning of a series of catastrophic events in which she has no choice but to play a part.

Is this the end of humanity? Eden (nominated for a Bastaard Fantasy Award) is a post-apocalyptic suspense novel. If you like fast-paced books with a lot of twists, blood-curdling horror, a hint of romance (and like to search for all the hidden references of the Bible) then you will definitely love this book by award nominee and bestseller author J.Sharpe.

6. The Sherlock Holmes Handbook: The Methods and Mysteries of the World's Greatest Detective

Author: by Ransom Riggs
224 pages

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Full of fascinating how-to skills and evocative illustrations, this must-have guide will appeal to Baker Street Irregulars of all ages. This reader’s companion to the casework of Sherlock Holmes explores the methodology of the world’s most famous consulting detective. From analyzing fingerprints and decoding ciphers to creating disguises and faking one’s own death, readers will learn how Holmes solved his most celebrated casesplus an arsenal of modern techniques available to today’s armchair sleuths.

Along the way, readers will discover a host of trivia about the master detective and his universe: Why did Holmes never marry? How was the real Scotland Yard organized? Was cocaine really legal back then? And why were the British so terrified of Australia?

For die-hardSherlockians and amateur investigators alike, this handbook is nothing less than …Elementary.

7. The Wild Wood Enquiry (An Ivy Beasley Mystery)

Author: by Ann Purser
304 pages

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In a brand-new mystery from the author of The Measby Murder Enquiry, the cantankerous golden years gumshoe Ivy Beasley keeps her mental faculties sharp with a strict regimen of crime detection. Apart from the unwelcome noise made by the morning cleaning crew, life has been quiet at Springfields Home for the Elderly.Too quiet, in fact.

Ivy and her team of sleuths, Enquire Within, have resorted to finding lost cats, and Gus is even threatening to return to his memoirs. But no sooner does he attempt to put a winning phrase together than he receives a call from his ex-wife, Katherine, who is in desperate needs of a place to hide.

Though Gus has a difficult time getting a straight answer from Kathjust as it was in their many years of marriagesomething is most certainly afoot, and soon Enquire Within is back in business. This time they have their hands full, not only with missing pets, but missing jewels, and evidence of foul play uncomfortably close to their too quiet home

8. State of Freedom (Virgil Jones Mystery Thriller Series)

Author: by Thomas Scott
406 pages

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Virgil Jones thinks he has it all: A beautiful wife and family he loves, a job he enjoys, a tight-knit group of friends and co-workers he trusts with his life, and more money than he could ever spend. But one of those friends has a secret, one they’ve been hiding for over a year…

The governor needs something from Virgil’s wife, Sandy. When he tells her what he wants, she finds herself intrigued by the idea. In fact, she’s more than intrigued. Sandy thinks she may have found a new purpose in her life, if, that is, Virgil goes along with the idea…

Except there’s a problem. Ron Miles, Virgil’s unofficial boss, has suddenly disappeared while working out of the Gary, Indiana field office. Miles, in charge of a task force to help stem the flow of illegal weapons into the city of Chicago, hasn’t sent back one of his regular daily reports.

And when one of the Major Crimes Unit detectives starts asking questions, the answers turn out to be not only mysterious, but deadly… As Virgil and the rest of the MCU look into Ron’s disappearance, they suddenly discover that not only will they be fighting for their freedom, they’ll be fighting for their lives.

9. The Measby Murder Enquiry (An Ivy Beasley Mystery)

Author: by Ann Purser
Berkley (May 3, 2011)
336 pages

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Cantankerous spinster Ivy Beasley has quickly learned that spending her golden years in the quaint village of Barrington won’t be as quiet as she thought. Ivy hasn’t been in assisted living at Springfields for long, but she’s already found new friends, formed a detective agency, and solved a murder.

And as autumn falls, Ivy and her team are asked to investigate a mysterious death in the village of Measby-in between card games, of course.

10. Cops and Writers: From The Academy To The Street

Author: by Patrick J O'Donnell
232 pages

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Looking to add an authentic edge to your crime fiction? Ride along with a real-life sergeant to give your story the accuracy your readers crave. Are you a civilian crime writer who wants to use picture perfect law enforcement details?

Do you worry that your mystery novel or screenplay lacks credibility? Fiction and nonfiction author Sergeant Patrick O’Donnell has seen it all in his 24 years working for one of the largest police departments in the country. Now he’s here to help your writing honor the men and women who risk their lives in the line of duty.

Cops and Writers: From the Academy to the Street is your in-depth field guide for navigating the path from new recruit to seasoned patrol officer. Through O’Donnell’s accounts, you’ll get up close and personal with day-to-day challenges and out-of-the-ordinary emergencies including homicides, hostage situations, and bomb threats.

Armed with this invaluable resource for decoding police jargon, tactics, and standard-issue gear, you’ll be well equipped to breathe new life into your stories. In Cops and Writers, you’ll discover: Stories from O’Donnell’s years on the force to help give your book credibility How the academy and field training shapes rookies so you can mold convincing charactersPatrol officers’ daily routines and working conditions to infuse your fiction with added depthDifferent techniques for arresting and defending against criminal threats to bring readers even closer to the actionDifferent patrol units such as SWAT, K-9, Air Support, and Bomb Squad to add another layer of realism, and much, much more!

11. Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her

Author: by Melanie Rehak
384 pages


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Aplucky “titian-haired” sleuth solved her first mystery in 1930. Eighty million books later, Nancy Drew has survived the Depression, World War II, and the sixties (when she was taken up with a vengeance by women’s libbers) to enter the pantheon of American girlhood.

As beloved by girls today as she was by their grandmothers, Nancy Drew has both inspired and reflected the changes in her readers’ lives. Now, in a narrative with all the vivid energy and page-turning pace of Nancy’s adventures, Melanie Rehak solves an enduring literary mystery: Who created Nancy Drew?

And how did she go from pulp heroine to icon? The brainchild of children’s book mogul Edward Stratemeyer, Nancy was brought to life by two women: Mildred Wirt Benson, a pioneering journalist from Iowa, and Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, a well-bred wife and mother who took over as CEO after her father died.

In a century-spanning story Rehak traces their roles-and Nancy’s-in forging the modern American woman. With ebullience, wit, and a wealth of little-known source material, Rehak celebrates our unstoppable girl detective.

12. A Predator and A Psychopath: A Dark and Twisted Psychological Thriller

Author: by Jay Kerk
300 pages

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“The character at the heart of the novel is both terrifying and realistic. For fans of dark thrillers and crime fiction, this novel will not disappoint.” Self-Publishing Review”The characters are expertly drawn. The story builds toward an explosive conclusion.” Goodreads reviewer Trigger warning: caution is advised, the book contains graphic content.

Do not read this if you are at all weak-stomached or easily sickened / offended. Reader discretion is advised. After Jason is committed to a mental institution, he begins to uncover things he never knew before or things his mind shut out to protect him.

He finds himself questioning what’s real and what’s not. What happened to his wife, Lisa?Where is Lea? Why can’t he remember what happened? Meanwhile, Jerry is dangerous and unpredictable. He envisions a world where boundaries are broken down and he is free to enforce his narcissistic belief that he has a divine mission.

An explosive ending that is anything but expected, forgive yourself for shuddering throughout and after you close the book. Drawing inspiration from real cases, and with well-researched, realistic characters, this thriller is not for the soft-hearted. Readers speaking about A Predator and A Psychopath:”A must read thriller that will have your head spinning.

13. CPD Blue – True Crime: The Rookie Years (The Thin Blue Line Series)

Author: by Dennis Murphy
481 pages

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#1 AMAZON HOT NEW RELEASESWould someone interested in the priesthood make a good cop? Becoming a police officer isn’t easy and Patrick MacKenna has the odds stacked against himbefore finding out about girls, he’d aspired to join the priesthoodthe whole good against evil thing intrigued him as a kid growing up in Central New Yorknow after marrying young and going through a divorce he’s trying to make it as a cop in his home town of Camillusbut he’s treading water on whether he’ll keep his job on the forceworse than that, Mac thought all cops were the good guyshe’s slowly finding out on his journey that this might not exactly be the case, and that some true blue brothers weren’t what they were supposed to be at all!

Enjoy reading your copy today!

14. Facilitating to Lead!: Leadership Strategies for a Networked World

Author: by Ingrid Bens
176 pages

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Of all the skill sets that support the shift from a traditional management role to a more collaborative approach, none is more relevant than that of the role of the facilitator. The beliefs, behaviors, and practices of facilitation are precisely what all leaders need to acquire and put into action.

In Facilitating to Lead! Renowned facilitation expert Ingrid Bens applies her proven concepts of facilitation to the leadership role and demonstrates that facilitation is an effective work style, not merely a meeting technique. Throughout the book, Bens outlines the organizational and personal benefits of facilitative leadership and includes useful checklists to help leaders determine the situations when facilitative leadership is most appropriate to apply.

Because empowerment is a core issue in the implementation of facilitative leadership, the book presents a four-level model that reframes empowerment from a vague concept to a concrete structuring tool.

15. How To Write Killer Historical Mysteries: The Art and Adventure of Sleuthing Through the Past

Author: by Kathy Lynn Emerson
Perseverance Press

220 pages

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Emerson, author of the Lady Appleton and Diana Spaulding mystery series, turns her hand to how it’s done in this useful guide to writing historical crime fiction. Drawing on her own works and those of her fellow historical-mystery writers (Kerry Greenwood, Alan Gordon, Carola Dunn, and others), she lays out, in commonsense sequence, the stages of planning and writing a historical mystery.

Chapters on choosing setting and character, research, crafting a plot, and selling your book offer much of the same information as similar chapters in other how-to books for mystery writers, but the information is nicely tailored for this particular genre.

The core of the book is Emerson’s personal take on writing and selling historical mysteries, but it also includes contributions from over forty other historical mystery writers practical advice, anecdotes, and suggestions for researchand input from assorted editors, booksellers, and reviewers.

For both historical mystery writers and readers.

16. State of Genesis: A Mystery, Thriller and Suspense Novel (Virgil Jones Mystery Thriller Series)

Author: by Thomas Scott
376 pages

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Detective Virgil Jones is about to discover that the genesis of a friendship from long ago wasn’t just a beginning. It could be his end. A true pager turner, not to be missed. Thomas Scott is my favorite new author The way he intertwines his characters with top notch story telling is remarkable!

Amazon Reviewer Pete Long has it made. As a star high-school basketball player, he’s just received a full athletic scholarship from Purdue University, and is already being scouted by the pro’s. But when Pete meets up with a group of street players, something terrible happens, and Pete’s life is changed forever…

Virgil’s wife, Sandy, the lieutenant governor of the State of Indiana is working with the governor and Senator Michael Wright to pass legislation that has the potential to change the voting system, not only in their state, but all across the country.

But not everyone wants the vote to pass. In fact, there are people who will do anything to ensure that it doesn’t… Rick Said, owner of the sonic drilling units that made Virgil and Sandy wealthy has a problem. The sonic drill units operate in part via artificial intelligence, something Said’s engineers know nothing about.