Shelf Shot 11

Here’s the rest of the shelf I showed last week. I repeat, I love these kind of books.


Starting on the left,

  • A Reader’s Guide to the Private Eye Novel by Gary Warren Niebuhr, G.K. Hall & Co., 1993 – for fans of the P.I. novel, this is a must.
  • By A Woman’s Hand, A Guide to Mystery Fiction by Women by Jean Swanson and Dean James, Berkeley Books 1994. Who says women’s mystery fiction wasn’t recognized until recently?
  • A Reader’s Guide to the American Novel Novel of Detection by Marvin Lachman, G.K. Hall & Co. 1993

Now for some Raymond Chandler books:

  • Raymond Chandler Speaking by Raymond Chandler, edited by Dorothy Gardiner, Houghton Mifflin Co. (c) 1962, this edition 1977. If you  haven’t read this, drop everything and read it.
  • The World of Raymond Chandler edited by Miriam Gross, A&W Publishers, 1977
  • The Life of Raymond Chandler by Frank MacShane, Houghton Mifflin 1976 first edition, includes some material from Raymond Chandler Speaking 

and the rest:

  • “G” is for Grafton, the world of Kinsey Millhone by Natalie Kaufman and Carol McGuiness, H. Holt & Co. 1997
  • Murder for Pleasure, the life and times of the detective story by Howard Haycraft, (c) 1941, this edition Mercury Publications 1974. This includes the famous list.
  • Crimes of the Scene, A mystery novel guide for the international traveler. by Nina King & Robin Winks, St. Martins, 1997.

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17 Responses to Shelf Shot 11

  1. Jerry House says:

    I’ve read all of the ones here about Chandler. The Haycraft was the first book about the mystery genre that I ever read (too many years ago); it was fascinating for a wide-eyed teen-aged mystery fan. I’m drooling over the other books on that shelf, Rick.

  2. tracybham says:

    The only one I have in this set of books is By A Woman’s Hand, which I am coincidentally reading through right now (a reread). I would love to have all the others.

    I would enjoy “G” is for Grafton: The World of Kinsey Millhone because it has the Santa Barbara locations she used and what they are called in the books.

  3. Jeff Meyerson says:

    I have the Dean James. I’ve read two of the Chandlers and the Haycraft.

  4. Patti Abbott says:

    Books about books are the best kind of books.

  5. 1412064gk says:

    I own about 50% of the books in your SHELF SHOT 11. The Chandlers, of course, and Diane owns the Grafton. By A Woman’s Hand, A Guide to Mystery Fiction by Women brings back good memories of the first time I read it. And, like Jerry, I read the Haycraft early in my mystery reading bingeing. You own a lot of great books!

  6. I love serendipitous moments. I just posted a shelf post that also has a Raymond Chandler book as part of the grouping. I have a couple of his books, picked up (or gifted to me from wishlists) from your recommendations in the past…time I got around to reading him. Technically I have read him as I’ve read some of the short stories in the short story collection I have, and I like them, but have yet to read a novel.

  7. I’m looking forward to finally making that happen.

    We’ve been watching a lot of old Perry Mason shows now that CBS has the entire series up on their subscription site, and that has me in the mood for some detective fiction, even though that isn’t quite what Perry Mason is.

  8. I only have the Frank MacShane book — and 10 Ballantine Book editions — nine of which are from the 1971-72 period with those wonderfully evocative covers by Tom Adams. Raymond Chandler open my eyes to the fact that writing alone — never mind the story — could be entertaining in and of itself.

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