Try NoveList Plus to find your type of mystery novel

Ever want a resource to direct you to subgenres in mystery books so you can, say, find good police procedurals? Then try NoveList Plus.  

NoveList Plus is an online resource providing reading recommendations of fiction and nonfiction titles for those of any age ranging from child to adult.  Included are Feature Articles, Book Discussion Guides and BookTalks, making it a great reader’s advisory aid. 

When arriving on the NoveList Plus webpage, the left side gives readers the “Recommended Read Lists” to search (both Fiction and Nonfiction) and a mystery section is included.  Click on the topic and a pop-up window for 13 categories to appear.  Various subgenres are offered with the full list being: cozy, crafty, classic, Christian, culinary, hardboiled, historical, humorous, paranormal, private investigator, police procedural, young adult fiction and “by the book” (featuring “sleuthing writers, booksellers, editors, bibliophiles, favorite literary characters, and -- just maybe – librarians”) mysteries.  These webpages with the subgenre start with a description, as given earlier with “by the book,” and list of suggested books (“Recommended Reads”) with the book covers displayed. 

To continue by selecting a title, click on the book cover and the database’s book record is presented with publication information, book summary, book reviews, appeal terms and more.  The appeal terms are factors which describe the book and let the reader know if the book is a good fit by offering character, storyline, pace, tone, and writing style details. Additional eye-catching features are the “Popularity” star-rating system, given under the book selection to the left, and “Read-alikes” (similar titles) listed to the right.  “Popularity” represents how high demand for a book title is and “Read-alikes” are similar titles to the book featured book on the webpage. Moreover, a central detail is the “check the catalog” hyperlink connected to the Library catalog.

As always, check the “Help” at the top webpage to the right to review or clarify any question or watch YouTube tutorials. If using NoveList away from the Library, have your library card to enter your card number when prompted.