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Old 03-10-2010, 01:46 PM   #1
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Sub-categories for 'mystery'?

One of my March Break projects this year is getting everything I have in Calibre tagged, sorted and organized with summaries and cover art. I want to make it easy to find things myself, and if I am recommending books to others (my sister reads ebooks too). One of the things I am struggling with as my collection grows is having so many books in each category (I have over 800 ebooks when you count in the free ones). Mystery seems to be an especially full category. I am sorting out the 'paranormal' ones into their own little sub-category, but I need a better way to organize the mysteries so that if I am in the mood for something like Sherlock Holmes, I can browse a different sent of books than if I am in the mood for Janet Evanovich. Ideas for sub-categories I can add to my mystery collection to make browsing easier?
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Old 03-10-2010, 01:56 PM   #2
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I have a lot of mysteries that are serial. So, I use the series feature in Calibre.
Travis McGee
Harry Bosch
Kate Brannigan
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Old 03-10-2010, 04:06 PM   #4
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These are categories used by Felony & Mayhem publishers to categorize their titles. You could run author subcategories under each heading, or time periods.

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The Felonious Book Categories
Traditional
Foreign
Espionage
British
Historical
Hard-Boiled
Vintage

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Old 03-10-2010, 04:36 PM   #5
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"Crime" and "Mystery" are two overlapping, but distinct, categories. Not all mysteries involve crimes, and not all crimes involve mysteries. The categories that have been proposed above all seem to be categories of crime, rather than mystery.
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Old 03-11-2010, 12:35 PM   #7
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Female sleuth is often a separate category.
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I read what I thought was an interesting comment about the police procedural genre: Movies and their styles are based upon books. But in the case of the police procedural, the movie (and television show) came first.

The first police procedural was the movie The Naked City, followed promptly by the TV show Dragnet. Then came the books.
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I read what I thought was an interesting comment about the police procedural genre: Movies and their styles are based upon books. But in the case of the police procedural, the movie (and television show) came first.

The first police procedural was the movie The Naked City, followed promptly by the TV show Dragnet. Then came the books.
Debatable, I think.
For example the Frank Froest books (died 1930) that I uploaded recently were written by a retired detective, are police procedurals, but predate television.
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Patricia, you seem to have the evidence! Maybe the author of the article I read had (like me) never heard of Frank Froest.
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Many of the "Dr. Thorndyke" books by R. Austin Freeman are also the very epitome of the "police procedural", too. Eg, the very first one, "The Red Thumb Mark", is a classic of the genre.
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