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You can download audio books from their web site. Has a monthly fee for the service. You have to install free software or use iTunes. They have close to 4,000 mystery and thriller titles.


Author's Den

Book Hitch
All types and genres, including mystery

Books ‘n’ Bytes
Lists by alphabetical name of author, new and updated authors, and sub-genre authors

A gathering spot for crime fiction authors (and some fans, too), with web pages for each.

Links to the homepages of European authors.

Murder Express

Mystery Authors
A group of nineteen authors who profile their books and offer a Flash Fiction contest.

Mystery Lovers Corner

Mystery News
Includes links to author pages of those who have been featured in the “Mystery News” publication.

The Mystery Place Author Links
A directory from the publishers of “Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine” and “Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine” for authors who have had stories appear in those publications. It’s not comprehensive and doesn’t have much in the way of bios, but it does include limited reviews, news, and links to the author’s site and mailing list info, if available.

Nothing Binding
Lists of authors by genre, including mystery and thriller categories

Stop You’re Killing Me

Ultimate Mystery Fiction Web Guide
They list 1,174 authors with hotlinks and 2,480 authors listed with no hotlinks currently known to them, for a total of 3,654 authors' names, pseudonyms, and/or hotlinks, plus 1,024 non-author encyclopedia entries (characters, radio, TV, movies).

Web of Mystery Author Links
Links to the web sites of numerous mystery writers


Blood at the Source
Librarian and author Barbara Fister has compiled a very helpful listing of bibliographic references, as well as research tips for mystery writers.

Crime Writers
Has an alphabetical listing of authors with a link which includes that author’s book titles and dates of publication.

E.J. Pratt Library
Resources in Mystery and Detective Fiction

Fantastic Fiction
Bibliographies for over 10,000 authors.

Internet Book List*&by=genre&genre=13
A huge listing of books by mystery genre, then subtype, which includes books titles, blurbs, and publisher information.

Mysteries in Print
An on-going listing of new and upcoming books in print and on audio, based primarily on information provided by the publishers.


Boston College Detective Fiction Collection
Anchored by the Rex Stout Collection, this collection seeks to document the history of American detective fiction. It is complemented by the Stout archive which represents the best collection in existence of the personal papers, literary manuscripts, and published works of Stout, creator of the Nero Wolfe mysteries.

Dying Speeches and Bloody Muders: Crime Broadsides Collected by the Harvard Law School Library
This collection contains over 500 broadsides targeted at audiences gathered to witness public executions in Britain from 1707 to 1891, with accounts of various types of crimes.

George Kelley Paperback and Pulp Fiction Collection
This collection housed at the University at Buffalo includes such authors as Richard Blaine, Carter Brown, James M. Cain, George C. Chesbro, John W. Corrington, Sean Flannery, Donald Hamilton, Marcia Muller, Gerald Petievich, Mike Warden, Erle Stanley Gardner, and Dashiell Hammett.

Mildred Wert Benson Digital Collection
A collection of digitized artifacts about University of Iowa alumna Mildred Wirt Benson, original author of the Nancy Drew mystery series, but also a journalist, pilot, amateur archaeologist and ghostwriter.

New York Public Library Detective, Mystery, and Suspense Fiction
Collections which encompass the nineteenth-century stories of Edgar Allan Poe and Wilkie Collins to the twentieth-century works of Dashiell Hammett, Agatha Christie and P. D. James. The collections are particularly strong on novels with a New York City setting. For those interested in researching the origins and history of the modern detective story, the Library's Special Collections house many rare items. The Arents Collection collects "shilling shockers" and "penny dreadfuls." The Berg Collection contains manuscripts of notable authors such as Edgar Allan Poe and Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Rare Book Room holds an extensive Dime Novel collection.

Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies
This collection at Bowling Green State University includes works of all major authors of mystery/detective fiction, including classic sleuth stories, hardboiled private eye novels, police procedurals, and spy thrillers, among other genres are represented by some 50,000 volumes of cataloged hardbound and paperback books.  The E.T. (Ned) Guymon Detective Fiction Collection contains literary manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and more than 1,600 books, many of which are first editions. The Guymon Collection contains materials relating to the Baker Street Irregulars and the Mystery Writers of America, as well as to authors Arthur Conan Doyle, August Derleth, Vincent Starett, Ellery Queen, Raymond Chandler, Craig Rice, and many other friends and correspondents of Ned Guymon.

Robbie Emily Dunn Collection of American Detective Fiction
This collection housed at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, includes approximately 3000 volumes representing nearly 200 authors, 85 percent of whom are women.

Russel B. Nye Collection
The collection at Michigan State University contains approximately 4,000 paperback and hardcover novels in this category, with important twentieth-century writers well represented. The collection has a complete set of the London Mystery Magazine (1949-1973), a run of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (1941-), The Armchair Detective, a fan magazine which presents essays and book reviews, and representative samples of other mystery and fan magazines from as early as the 1930's. The collection includes spy fiction.


Academic and Special Libraries

John Jay College of Criminal Justice


Libweb currently lists over 7700 pages from libraries in 145 countries. You can use their keyword search for location, library type, name or other information for Academic Libraries, Public Libraries, National Libraries and Library Organizations, State Libraries, Regional Consortia, Special and School Libraries in the U.S., and also libraries in other parts of the world.

Locate a Federal Depository Library
Federal publications and other information products are made available for free public use in Federal depository libraries throughout the United States. In addition to the publications, trained librarians are available to assist in their use.


BloodStained BookShelf
This web feature has a listing of upcoming mystery releases over the next several months and is regularly updated.