Wellington City Libraries

Te Matapihi Ki Te Ao Nui

Search options

Pakiwaitara / Ngā Pirikoko Fiction / Mysteries


Mystery Fiction is another very popular genre with fiction readers. Our Mystery collection is the largest sub-genre within the Fiction collection and is distinguished for the readers by the use of red spine labels. Mystery readers are a diverse group - from those who prefer classic English detective stories to the hard-boiled crime fans - so we hope that this selection of new books, websites, and catalogue quicksearches will help to inform, entertain and lead readers to other great novels in their favourite genre.

If you have feedback, questions or a suggestion to buy, we'd love to hear from you - email us.

New books

If this message displays, it is likely you are browsing with JavaScript turned off. You can find the content that would otherwise have displayed here on our News Blog.

Catalogue Quicksearches

Murder/Mystery books by sub-genre

Mystery novel websites

  • The Rap Sheet
    This new site is perhaps the best online resource for up to date daily posts on Mystery Fiction & its practitioners. It also features a great list of links to other sites.
  • Mystery File
    An in-depth compendium of information, profiles on authors and other links. It also exists as a blog.
  • January Magazine
    A great general book site on the web, January Magazine has a special section for 'Crime' fans.
  • The Thrilling Detective
    'Who was that character, Jim...something? If only there was a site that could tell me...' But wait, there is... The Thrilling Detective site is an online Fiction magazine, with an astoundingly comprehensive list of 'Who's Who' in the mystery world.

Mystery awards

The Edgar Awards

"The Edgar Allan Poe Awards (popularly called the Edgars), named after Edgar Allan Poe, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America. They honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theatre published or produced in the previous year" (Wikipedia)

The Edgars website also has a very useful Edgar Awards Throughout Time Database.

Other awards

For all other awards, try the OmniMystery Book Awards website for a comprehensive listing of awards and award winners by year.

Contact us

This page is written and maintained by Linda. I'd love to hear from you - you can email me with any feedback.

Popular Home