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message 1: by Denise (new)

Denise | 619 comments I would like to start a topic just for book websites that help you find more books to read. I would like to keep this for the website only and perhaps a brief description of the website if you feel that would be helpful. What I'm trying to say as politely as I can is that I would like for people NOT to reply with thanks for the site, etc.

I found a new to me site today that I want to kick this topic off with. It is at:

http://www.sldirectory.com/libsf/book...

This site has dozens and dozens of references to other places to find mysteries. I haven't fully explored it yet but it could keep all of us busy with new to us books and authors for a long time to come.



message 2: by Denise (new)

Denise | 619 comments Here are a couple more book sites that I have found to be interesting:

www.bookride.com scroll down the right hand side of the screen for book links galore. (right under blog archive.)

www.mysteryscenemag.com has a wealth of author websites. On the left hand side of the screne click on Links.

www.iblist.com this is titled Internet Book List. On the left hand side of the screen you can click on Books, Authors, or Series. You can play around with this and get all kinds of info. If you are looking for cozy mystery series on the left go down to Series, click on Genre, then choose Fiction in the drop down box, then choose Crime and Mystery in the next drop down box, and last choose Mystery in the next drop down box and that takes you to Cozy series. By no means does it give you a comprehensive list but it might list some that you don't have. You can go through the same process by author's name, clicking on Genre and going through pretty much the same series of choices that you do for Series.

www.librarything.com this book site has hundreds of different things on it. In some ways similar to Goodreads.

www.murderati.com this is a group blog about mysteries, murder and marketing.

www.noveltalk.com is a community for authors and readers. Seems to be mostly intrigue and romance. If you want to take a break from cozies perhaps you can find something here.

www.ilovelibraries.org

http://www.huntressreviews.com/ has many many author websites listed.

www.myshelf.com among other things check out their holiday reading lists.

Hope this brings some new websites to you and some new resources to find your next new cozy.


message 3: by Denise (new)

Denise | 619 comments I just ran across a really great website:

http://www.armchairinterviews.com/

This site has lots of information about books and authors. If you click on Book Reviews (on the right hand side of the page) there are 836 mystery book reviews. Altogether there are 5380 reviews on this site. Fantastic amount of information.


message 4: by Beth (new)

Beth | 616 comments Some other useful mystery review sites are:

Jen's Book Thoughts
http://jensbookthoughts.blogspot.com/

Kevin's Corner
http://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/

Lesa's Book Critiques
http://lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com/

Reviewing the Evidence
http://www.reviewingtheevidence.com/d...


message 5: by Denise (new)

Denise | 619 comments I don't know why it never dawned on me to look for mystery authors on Mystery Writers of America's website, but it just hadn't. I came about this epiphany when looking at links on Barbara Colley's website. I looked at both the national website and the southwest chapter, to which Barbara belongs. I did learn that just because they belong to a chapter does not mean you can find them on the national website. Also, just because an author's name is there doesn't mean it is a good link. I clicked on Janet Evanovich's name and I got "not found". I also found out just because the author is listed does not mean the information is current. For Donna Andrews the most recent book listed was Cockatiels at Seven which is two books behind.

However one nice thing about the site is that if the author has a website it is listed under personal information.

For the national website go to:
http://www.mysterywriters.org/

And for the Southwest Chapter go to:
http://www.mwasw.org/

Then click on members.


message 6: by Denise (new)

Denise | 619 comments Here's an interesting website:

Novelists Inc--The international organization of multi-published authors.

http://www.ninc.com/

Then click on Our Members/Member Links

This isn't just mystery authors but it is really cool. I picked the letter M and scanned down the list of authors. I noticed that many of the authors had multiple listings so I picked Emilie Richards McGee and clicked on one of the listings. It took me to a website. So I clicked on the other one and it took me to a different website (but still for her). I about wet myself because I hovered over the word Books and well, rather than tell you what happens go check it out yourself. It is the first listing for Emilie and you go to http://ministryismurder.com/ (in case you don't want to go through the whole rigamarole of going through NINC just go to Ministry Is Murder).


message 7: by Denise (new)

Denise | 619 comments Okay, anyone else out there can jump in anytime and share some favorite websites. Use this Discussion for general book websites or go to Author Websites and post on Beth's topic.

Here is one more site I just found that has loads of mystery info:

http://www.murderexpress.net/ when you get there do one of two things:

1. click on enter and you get taken to the Authors page. Many many authors are listed. Click on any one of them and it will take you to a page about that author with books listed. If the author has a webpage it will say Visit (Author's name) Website.

Or if you want you can go to the bottom of the page (before clicking on enter) and there is a link that says LIST SITES. If you click on that you will go to a page that lists 59 other mystery reader sites.

You can also go across the top of the Mystery Reader sites and click on Directory. That gives you all kind of sites to link to but not necessarily book sites. If you choose the one that says Books and Writing you will go to another list of many more sites.

Happy reading.



message 8: by Denise (new)

Denise | 619 comments Here are 3 new to me sites I thought I would share:

www.wheredunnit.com --lists books by location of the story--has both US and international. I found some new to me authors for Ohio I am especially interested in looking into Paul L. Gaus's books who writes Ohio Amish mysteries. I guess I need to go put his name over on the male/female cozy topic.

http://holidaymurders.bravehost.com For those of you that like to read books with a holiday theme at certain parts of the year.

www.mysteryreaders.org --the website for Mystery Readers International--MRI is the largest mystery fan/reader organization in the world, is open to all readers, fans, critics, editors, publishers, and writers.

Lots of good info, enjoy.



message 9: by Heather L , Cozy Mysteries Moderator (new)

Heather L  (wordtrix) | 17756 comments Mod
"Here's a site to die for...if you love mystery books! Stop, You're Killing Me! has title lists of your favorite mystery authors and series characters."

www.stopyourekillingme.com/


message 10: by Vicki (new)

Vicki | 22 comments Heather L wrote: ""Here's a site to die for...if you love mystery books! Stop, You're Killing Me! has title lists of your favorite mystery authors and series characters."

www.stopyourekillingme.com/"


I was just checking to see if this was listed. They have the authors web sites listed if they know them. Also great series lists.


message 11: by Heather L , Cozy Mysteries Moderator (new)

Heather L  (wordtrix) | 17756 comments Mod
Vicki ~

The SYKM me site sends out two monthly newsletters. One usually lists new authors/characters added, the other new titles for the month in hardcover, paperback and large print -- and it tells what number a book is if part of a series, which is always useful.


message 12: by Denise (new)

Denise | 1 comments I belong to a book discussion forum, and I get a lot of book ideas from reading what other people are reading or recommend there.

www.thehappybookersclub.com


message 13: by Denise (new)

Denise | 619 comments While looking for an obscure author I ran across this book website that has a tremendous amount of info on it. One of the sections is for pseudonyms (a subject we have talked about at various times under different topics). The link here:

http://www.trussel.com/f_books.htm

will take you to the pseudonym page but if you look at the left hand column there is all kinds of things you can search on. I don't know how accurate the site is as I just found it but it looks like it could be quite helpful.




message 14: by Denise (new)

Denise | 619 comments Here is a website with just tons of info. It is not just mysteries but mysteries are part of it.

http://freshfiction.com

What I specifically want to mention is the contests/ giveaways. You can get to that directly by going here:

http://freshfiction.com/contests.php

I took a few minutes and signed up for quite a few. The neat thing is that many of the giveaways are for more than a book. Quite a few have gift certificates or other prizes. Be careful about the dates--although most are for January 30th there is one that I looked at that expired yesterday (darn it).

If anyone wins anything, let us know.



message 15: by Denise (new)

Denise | 619 comments A couple more good sites I found today:

http://cozymysteries.suite101.com/

http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/ (for this site scan down the page, you can search for women authors in several different ways.)


message 16: by Judy (new)

Judy (amcfan) | 12 comments Fantasticfiction.com is a great website for all books.


message 17: by Denise (last edited Jan 28, 2010 09:01AM) (new)

Denise | 619 comments I just finished reading There Goes Santa Claus, the last book in the Ivy Towers series. In the past several people have expressed a concern over heavy sexual content or vulgar speech in a book. I want to share a website that publishes what I guess would be called "Christian Mysteries". The Ivy Towers series would be classified in the Christian Mysteries category. If you go to www.hearsongmysteries.com (it automatically flips you to www.barbourbooks.com) and type in mysteries in their search box you will get several book titles. They don't just print mysteries, there are several categories of books on their site (but they don't have a Mysteries category so you have to go through the search function or if you know a specific author or book title you can search by that also).




message 18: by Denise (new)

Denise | 619 comments A couple book websites I came across that might be new to the group (they are new to me):

www.overbooked.org

www.who-dunnit.com (has a great number of links but I found some of them to be quite dated.)


message 19: by Denise (new)

Denise | 619 comments Here is a new site I just ran across today:

www.fictfact.com

Here is their lead: Dedicated to helping you read fiction book series in order. Easily find out which book is next with a custom list based on your favorite series!

This is not just mysteries, it is all kinds of books that are in a series. Has an extensive calendar of releases. You can scroll from month to month. (FYI: The books are listed below the month on the calendar.)


message 20: by Susan (new)

Susan Awesome! I saved it so I can check it out more tomorrow! Thank you Denise!


message 21: by Kelley (new)

Kelley (booknerd69) Denise, thanks for the fictfact site! I love it and I am happily inputting all of my favorite books!


message 22: by Sherrie (new)

Sherrie (vampirekisses2) | 418 comments Thanks for the factfict site Denise,it's awesome!


message 23: by Denise (new)

Denise | 619 comments Here's another website I just came across. Isn't up and running yet but you can register and they will notify you when it is running. Free book giveaways every day.

www.winabook.com


message 24: by ஐ Briansgirl (Book Queen)ஐ, Cozy Mysteries Group Owner (new)

ஐ Briansgirl (Book Queen)ஐ (briansgirlkate) | 1576 comments Mod
Free books is always good. :)
Thanks Denise.


message 25: by Sherrie (new)

Sherrie (vampirekisses2) | 418 comments I use cozy-mystery a lot.

www.cozy-mystery.com


message 26: by Denise (last edited Jun 07, 2010 12:46PM) (new)

Denise | 619 comments Here is a new to me booksite that has a tremendous amount of info, links etc. (not just mysteries). I hope you will check it out.

http://www.bookthink.com/


message 27: by Denise (new)

Denise | 619 comments In the back of I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced there was a page for a website

http://read-it-forward.crownpublishin...

I went to check it out and have added 8 books to my tbr list. You can win books on this site (although the ones for June are closed--boo). Check it out, there is a newsletter, reading recommendations, downloadable reader's guides.....


message 28: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (mblisa) | 369 comments I recently found a great book blog for cozy mysteries..
http://mysteriesandcupcakes.blogspot.... - lots of great cozy mystery information! =)


message 29: by Susie (new)

Susie Fevella (susieinks) | 821 comments Melissa wrote: "I recently found a great book blog for cozy mysteries..
http://mysteriesandcupcakes.blogspot.... - lots of great cozy mystery information! =)"


Thanks Melissa...that's a great site!


message 30: by Melissa (last edited Feb 14, 2011 01:32PM) (new)

Melissa (mblisa) | 369 comments Susie in KS wrote: "Melissa wrote: "I recently found a great book blog for cozy mysteries..
http://mysteriesandcupcakes.blogspot.... - lots of great cozy mystery information! =)"

Thanks Melissa...that's a great s..."


=) no problem Susie! glad you liked it!


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