First Edition Bibliomysteries

We are building a collection of first edition bibliomysteries.  A bibliomystery is broadly defined as a mystery that involves books, manuscripts, publishing, book-selling, book plots, characters, authors; or book-related settings, including libraries, publishing houses, PR6060.A467 075 1994and bookstores.  Some authors create amateur detectives who work in the book industry or PS3554.U494 B663 1995own a book store, such as Denver’s John Dunning who featured Cliff Janeway, book collector and expert, in his mysteries.  Other are by authors who write in the detective and mystery genre, but who write one or two volumes that fit into the category, such as P.D. James’s Original Sin set in a publishing house and Charity Blackstock’s Dewey Death, PR6052.L3417 D49 1956written shortly after World War II and set in a British library. There are bibliomysteries by authors who are not typically mystery writers but who use the genre for their own purposes, such as Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose, with a murder set in a medieval monastic library.

The bibliomysteries are located in Special Collections.  To find the titles in the collection, search “Bibliomystery collection” (with quotation marks) in the library catalog:


If you have any questions, please contact Peggy Keeran, Arts and Humanities Reference Librarian,

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