For its first meeting in October 2014, the group will tackle the mystery subgenre of Private Investigators. Along with the benchmark title, The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker (the first Spencer novel), participants should read a second title from the subgenre and be prepared to talk briefly (off the cuff is fine) about the book, emphasizing appeal factors (developed by RA goddess Joyce Saricks) related to characters, setting, plot, pacing, mood/tone, or “frame”.
See this Reader’s Advisory Resources Mystery Genre Guide from Southern Connecticut State University for a quick guide to mystery appeal factors and a sample write-up of Louise Penny’s How the Light Gets In, as well as a list of mystery genre-related resources.
Looking for ideas for your second subgenre read? Check out some of these, found in Make Mine a Mystery II by Gary Warren Niebuhr:
Barnes, Linda (Carlotta Carlyle series)
Crais, Robert (Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series)
Grafton, Sue (Kinsey Millhone)
Lippman, Laura (Tess Monaghan series)
Muller, Marcia (Sharon McCone series)
Pronzoni, Bill (Nameless series)
Check out these these resources f0r more possibilities:
Mine a Mystery and Make Mine a Mystery II
Niebuhr, Gary Warren
The Mystery Readers’ Advisory: The Librarian’s Clues to Murder and Mayhem First and Second Editions
Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction
First and Second Editions