THE “BIG FOUR” PRINT PUBLICATIONS
The American Library Association has published Booklist Magazine for over 100 years, with reviews of recommended books; this publication is read by the thousands of librarians responsible for purchasing books for their libraries
Kirkus Reviews was founded in 1933 and is published 24 times annually with reviews printed three to four months pre-publication of approximately 5,000 titles per year.
In its 132nd year of publication, Library Journal is the oldest and most respected publication covering the library field. Considered to be the “bible” of the library world, LJ is read by over 100,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic, and special libraries.
PW is published 50 times a year and is targeted at targeted at publishers, librarians, booksellers and literary agents. The book review section reviews 7,000 titles per year (3-4 months pre-publication), reviews which are often quoted on Amazon.com.
OTHER PRINT REVIEWS
BookPage is a monthly book review publication distributed to more than 400,000 readers through subscribing bookstores and public libraries.
The online version of the print magazine has reviews you can download in PDF
Reviews of mystery and crime fiction from the UK and US (and other English-language mysteries), many of which are also printed on the web site
ForeWord is delivered to a circulation of librarians, booksellers, agents, and other industry professionals. They archive many reviews on the web site.
Midwest Book Review
Established in 1976, the Midwest Book Review publishes several monthly publications for community and academic library systems in California, Wisconsin, and the upper Midwest and also post all their reviews on the Internet. MBR gives priority consideration to small press publishers, self-published authors, academic presses.
Over My Dead Body
They also a few of their book reviews on the web site
They also include reviews on the companion web site
This publication prints reviews of books by mostly established authors, but also includes a few emerging writers, as well, although it’s very selective.
AUDIO BOOK REVIEWS
They include a regular column on mystery and suspense. Interviews, resources, new releases.
E-ZINE & BLOG REVIEWS
Alphabetical reviews, but also has a search feature where you can choose various parameters (plot, setting, tone, etc.) to get a listing of reviews for that type of novel
The Best Reviews
All genres, including over 4,000 mystery reviews, broken down by subgenre
Reviews of books in various genres, although a heavy concentration on crime and mystery fiction and a dedication to profiling new authors
All types of fiction reviewed, including crime fiction
The Book Report Network includes book reviews, features, in-depth author profiles and interviews and excerpts of the hottest new releases
Many categories, including lots of mysteries
Books ‘n’ Bytes
Reviews alphabetically by author and also a genre index
Books to Die For
Book reviews chosen by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association
Front Street Reviews
They review all types of fiction, including a mystery/thriller category.
A review blog, often focused on horror/supernatural, but includes mystery/suspense/thriller as well.
I Love a Good Mystery
A review blog
I Love a Mystery
Reviews cover large and small presses, new authors and long time favorites; they review Print On Demand and other new publishing formats but do not review books only available online or in e-book or similar formats
One of the older online review sites, January includes all genres, but includes many reviews of crime fiction and author interviews
Book reviews and more.
Murder by Type
Reviews mysteries/thrillers/suspense, espionage/spy stories, historical mysteries and crime non-fiction
They review mysteries of their choosing, as long as they’re in printed form (no e-books)
Mystery Book Reviews
Brief reviews, alphabetical by title
A review blog
Mystery Lovers Corner
Brief reviews and book excerpts
From the creators of the Mystery News printed newsletter at Black Raven Press, lots of online reviews, rated on a scale of 1-5 “quills”
The Mystery Reader
Reviews broken down by subgenre
New Mystery Reader
Reviews by staff, and they also accept reader contributions, subdivided into hardback and paperback categories
Reviewed by Liz
Reviews of mystery books only
Reviews of various genres, including mystery
Reviewing the Evidence
The site includes thousands of reviews of mysteries and thrillers of all categories, and has more than 30 reviewers from the US, the UK, and Australia. Note they currently only review books which meet the criteria for active membership in Mystery Writers of America.
Round Table Reviews
They offer reviews of various genres including mystery and crime fiction
Over 900 reviews
Close to 400 reviews, although they’re running behind and don’t have much from 2007
Members sign in to share reviews and see what their friends are reading.
LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can access your catalog from anywhereâ€”even on your mobile phone. Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth.