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OLLI 2021: A Mosaic of Mystery Fiction – Resources

 

During the Fall 2021 “semester”, three Lincoln City Libraries staff members collaborated with OLLI at UNL to present a 6-part class on a variety of mystery fiction topics. The following are the online booklists and/or handouts prepared for and used with these six classes.


Week 1: African-American Mystery Authors

Scott took a look at the growing field of distinctive voices of African-American mystery authors, sharing profiles of around 20 specific authors and some of their best-known works. Check out the two booklists on BookGuide that address this topic:

Recommended Anthology: Spooks, Spies and Private Eyes: Black Mystery, Crime, and Suspense Fiction of the 20th Century
anthology edited by Paula L. Woods (813.08 Woo)

The Black Detective (an online booklist on the libraries’ BookGuide site, last updated August 2021)

Mystery Fiction by African-American Authors (up to 2020) (an online booklist on the libraries’ BookGuide site) (pdf)


Videos referenced in this session:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzDBS7GLj8U — interview with Rachel Howell Hall about her 2020 novel And Now She’s Gone (only a portion will be shown)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTJUP1gKeKI [part 1] (profile of Chester B. Himes — first part will be shown during class)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_64d2ZzjHY [part 2] (will not be shown during class)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFaK6ZUOtxc [part 3] (will not be shown during class)

Scott’s African-American Mystery Authors slideshow as a multi-page PDF (no audio narration)



Week 2: Nordic Noir

Scott shared a deep dive into the authors who form the somewhat-recent trend of Nordic Noir publishing, popularized by such authors/works as Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and Henning Mankell’s Wallander series. While many of the authors discussed have achieved fame only recently, the category of Nordic Noir can find its roots as far back as the 1960s and 1970s in the Martin Beck novels by Per Wahloo and Maj Sjowall:

Recommended Anthology: A Darker Shade of Sweden: Original Stories by Sweden’s Greatest Crime Writers
anthology edited by John-Henri Holmberg (813.08 Hol)

Nordic Noir (an online booklist on the libraries’ BookGuide site, last updated August 2021)

Tartan Noir (an online booklist on the libraries’ BookGuide site, last updated August 2021) (probably won’t actually make use of this, but listing it for those interested)

Videos referenced in this session:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiwObVhyoc8 — Unofficial share of the BBC documentary Time Shift: Nordic Noir – The Story of Scandinavian Crime Fiction (not shown during class)
https://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/article/success-nordic-noir-literature — Nordic Noir author Kerstin Bergman on some of the essentials of the genre (also viewable here) (shown during class)
https://pocketessentials.co.uk/index1.php?imprint=2&isbn=9781842439876 — Author/Research Barry Forshaw’s 5-minute overview of Nordic Noir (also viewable here) (not shown during class)

Scott’s Nordic Noir slideshow as a multi-page PDF (no audio narration)



Week 3: Nebraska Mystery Authors…Beyond Mignon Eberhart

Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors’ curator Diane talked about the many mystery authors with roots in Nebraska, and shared information about both the Nebraska Authors website, and the resource pages for a dozen or more Nebraska mystery authors on the libraries’ own BookGuide site:

Nebraska Authors (an online website made possible by the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association, Lincoln City Libraries, and the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Crime and Mystery Fiction by Nebraska Authors (an online booklist on the libraries’ BookGuide site, last updated 2016)

Mysterious Nebraska (an online booklist on the libraries’ BookGuide site, last updated in 2021)

Nebraska Mystery Author biographical and bibliographical pages on BookGuide:


Videos referenced in this session:

https://youtu.be/qTM5yzz1O_Q — Rick Cypert (Mignon Eberhart biographer)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PRS3g6Za40 — The Life and Career of Mignon Eberhart
https://youtu.be/QVCPzXL2xWU — Richard Dooling
https://youtu.be/PnmGlphUjGY — Sean Doolittle
https://youtu.be/UwJMOtzSS74 — Julie Kaewert
https://youtu.be/Y1ROH3kQfmE — Alex Kava
https://youtu.be/DyL-aqCf7ok — Harley Jane Kozak
https://youtu.be/uAwU3hpLrXE — Don Winslow interview from CBS
https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/81331HnzW8S._UY200__PKap-play-v1_.png — Don Winslow video on Amazon.com

Diane’s Mysterious Nebraska slideshow as a multi-page PDF (no audio narration)



Week 4: The Detective Has a Tail

Marcy explored a variety of mystery series that feature significant roles for the sleuths’ pets — primarily, but not exclusively dogs. Two dog-related mystery book lists are available on BookGuide:

The Detective Has a Tail (online booklist highlighting titles Marcy discussed in this session, created in 2021) / Also available as a printable PDF

The Sleuth Said “Woof!” (a dog-themed online mystery booklist on the libraries’ BookGuide site, updated for 2021 — more updates yet to come!)

Marcy’s The Detective Has a Tail slideshow as a multi-page PDF (no audio narration)



Week 5: Award Winners lists on BookGuide (all updated in 2021)

Scott explored the history of around 20 mystery fiction awards that currently are given out or have been given out until recently. He gave examples of some of the winners for each award, and pointed class members towards the many “Award Winner” pages on BookGuide, linked below:

Scott’s Award Winners slideshow as a multi-page PDF (no audio narration)



Week 6: Hot New Authors to Watch Out For Today

Marcy and Scott profiled the following 12 contemporary mystery authors (hotlinks go to all of their works in the libraries’ on-line catalog) — some established and some up-and-coming — worth keeping an eye on in the next few years:

Marcy’s Picks:
Donna Andrews
Barbara Ross
Jane Harper
Paul Doiron
Catherine Steadman
S.A. Lelchuk

Scott’s Picks:
Allen Eskens
Paula Hawkins
Alex Michaelides
Louise Penny
Kwei Quartey
Ruth Ware

Fantastic Fiction (terrific website for searching “series order” for all genres of fiction — searchable by author, title or series)

Stop You’re Killing Me (an online website)

Mystery Scene Magazine (an online website / also a print magazine)

Mystery Readers International (an online website, related to a print journal)

Deadly Pleasures (an online magazine)

Videos related to this session’s profiled authors:

( The following video interviews with these 12 “focus” authors all were conducted in 2020 or 2021 and focus on these authors’ recent releases )

Marcy’s Authors to Watch Out For slideshow as a multi-page PDF (no audio narration)
Scott’s Authors to Watch Out For slideshow as a multi-page PDF (no audio narration)



Looking for additional Mystery resources from the library? Check out the following:

E-mail Newsletters:

Book Groups:

Mystery Fiction Resources — a page on the libraries’ BookGuide site with links to over a dozen well-recommended mystery fiction-related websites (soon to be updated again)