Books about Books: Fiction
Updated April 24, 2023
Books whose plots are centered around books or reading, book collecting, libraries or librarians, or bookstores and booksellers. This checklist includes novels (including mysteries, science fiction, and romances), but excludes short stories and plays. Books written for children are also not included.
Titles are listed in two sections: Stand-alone Titles Series Titles
You can find plot summaries for some of these titles at WorldCat.org. You can find reader reviews at Amazon.com, with links to Amazon.com for some of these titles reviewed at the Goodreads website: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/78768.Books_set_in_libraries_or_bookstores
One of the sources consulted for this checklist is Librarians in Fiction: A Critical Bibliography by Grant Burns (McFarland, 1998), which includes Burns’s annotations for 226 (pre-1998) novels in his excellent survey (arranged alphabetically by authors’ last names).
Titles are listed alphabetically.
The Adventures of Bernie Burrows, Bookseller by Alan Austin. [Self-published] 2021.
After She Wrote Him by Sulari Gentill. Poisoned Pen Press, 2020.
Ajax Penumbra 1969 by Robin Sloan. Picador / Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013; London: Atlantic Books, 2014.
The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry. Ballantine Books, 2007.
Americus by M.K. Reed. First Second, 2011.
Archipelago by Michel Rio. Translated from the French. Paris: Editions du Seuil, 1987; Pantheon,1989; London: Auartet, 1990.
The Archivist by Martha Cooley. Little, Brown and Company, 1998.
The Archivist’s Story by Travis Holland. Dial Press, 2007.
Auto-da-Fe by Elias Canetti. Jonathan Cape, 1946.
Banned Books by R.J. Astruc. Harmony Ink Press, 2013.
The Bay Psalm Book Murder by Will Harriss. Walker, 1983; London: Hale, 1983.
The Best-Read Man in France by Peter Briscoe. Borgo Press, 2012.
Between the Stacks by Barry Bowes. London: Landesman, 1979.
Bibliophilia by N. John Hall. David R. Godine, 2016.
Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner. St. Martin’s Press, 2022.
Book: A Novel by Robert Grudin. Random House, 1992.
The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins. Gallery Books, 2019.
The Book Hunter by Dick Phillips. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013.
The Book Smuggler by Omaima Al-Khamis; translated from the Arabic by Sarah Enany. Hoopoe, 2021.
The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber. William Morrow, 2007.
The Book of Common Dread by Brent Monahan. St. Martin’s, 1993.
The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler. St. Martin’s Press, 2015.
The Book of the Most Precious Substance by Sara Gran. Dreamland Books, 2022.
The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood. W.W. Norton, 2016.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2007.
The Book Woman’s Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson. Sourcebooks Landmark, 2022.
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman. Berkley, 2019.
Bookish People by Susan Coll. Harper Muse, 2022.
The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett. Viking, 2013.
Books and Beaux by Rosemae Wells Campbell. Westminster Press, 1958.
Bookscout by John Dunning. Open Road, 2013.
The Bookseller by Mark Pryor. Seventh Street Books, 2012.
The Bookseller’s Boyfriend by Heidi Cullinan. Dreamspinner Press, 2021.
The Bookseller’s Daughter by Pam Rosenthal. Kensington, 2004.
The Bookseller’s Secret by Michelle Gable. Graydon House, 2021.
The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald. Houghton Mifflin, 1997.
The Bookshop Mystery by James Saxon Childers. D Appleton, 1930.
The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser. Ballantine Books, 2021.
The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2019.
The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson. Park Row, 2018.
The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan. William Morrow, 2016.
The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler. Gallery Books, 2013.
The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson. Sourcebooks, 2019.
The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai. Penguin Books, 2012.
Bound for Gold by William Martin. Forge, 2019.
The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury. Howard Books / Simon & Schuster, 2015.
The Bronté Plot by Katherine Reay. Thomas Nelson, 2015.
Buridan’s Ass by Gunter De Bruyn. Berlin: Seven Seas, 1973; Halle, Germany: Mitteldeutscher, 1968.
Cadillac Jack by Larry McMurtry. Pocket Books, 1996. (Numerous subsequent reprints.)
The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton. HarperPerennial, 2008.
The Case of Mr. Cassidy by William Targ. Phoenix Press, 1939; World Publishing, 1939, 1944.
The Cat Who Saved Books by Sōsuke Natsukawa. Translated from the Japanese by Louise Heal Kawai. HarperVia, 2021.
Catch a Brass Canary by Donna Hill. Lippincott, 1965; Doubleday, 1965.
The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry. Ballantine, 2009.
Chatterton by Peter Ackroyd. London: Hamilton, 1987; Grove, 1987.
The Cherry Cola Book Club by Ashton Lee. Kensington Publishing Corporation, 2013.
The Children’s Book by A. S. Byatt. Knopf, 2010.
A Cracking of Spines by Roy Lewis. London: Robert Hale, 1980; St. Martin’s, 1981.
The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan. William Morrow, 2021.
Christmas by the Book by Anne Marie Ryan. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2021.
The Club Dumas by Arturo Peréz-Reverte. Translated from the Spanish by Sonia Soto. Harcourt Brace, 1996; republished 2006.
Codex by David Drake. Sidecar Preservation Society, 2003.
Codex by Lev Grossman. Harvest Books, 2005.
Confessions of a Curious Bookseller by Elizabeth Green. Lake Union Publishing, 2021.
Conversations with Mr. Prain by Joan Taylor. Melville House, 2006, 2011.
The Crossroads by Elizabeth Frances Corbett. Apple-Century, 1965.
The Customer is Always by Lewis Meyer. Doubleday, 1965.
Death of a Bookseller by B.J. Farmer. London: Heinemann, 1956; London: British Library Publishing, 2022; Poisoned Pen Press, 2023.
The Death of an Ardent Bibliophile (A Peter McGarr Mystery) by Bartholomew Gill. William Morrow, 1995; London: Macmlllan, 1995.
The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections by Eva Jurczyk. Poisoned Pen Press, 2022.
Dewey Death by Charity Blackstock [pseudonym of Ursula Torday]. London: Heinemann, 1956.
The Dewey Decimal System of Love by Josephine Carr. NAL, 2003.
The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams. Ballantine Books, 2021.
Die Once by Marianne Macdonald. Thomas Dunne Books, 2003.
The Doll with the Opal Eyes by Jean DeWeese [pseudonym of Thomas Eugene DeWeese]. Doubleday, 1976; Popular Library, 1978.
Dr. Ebenezer’s Book and Liquor Store by Gerald Rosen. St.Martin’s Press, 1980.
Dying Voices by Bill Crider. St. Martin’s Press,, 1989.
The Education of Harriet Hatfield by May Sarton. W.W. Norton, 1989.
The End of Someone Else’s Rainbow by Robert Rossner. Saturday Review, 1974.
The English Bookshop by Janis Wildy. Blakely Press, 2022.
Ex Libris by Ross King. London: Chatto & Windus, 1998; London: Vintage, 1999; Penguin, 2001.
Exile by Warwick Deeping. Knopf, 1030.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Ballantine, 1953; subsequently published by numerous publishers.
Fast Company by Marco Page. Dodd, Mead, 1938; Grosset & Dunlap, 1938; Heinemann, 1938; Pocket Books, 1943.
Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife by Sam Savage. London: Phoenix, 2009.
First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen by Charlie Lovett. Viking, 2014.
The Forgers by Bradford Morrow. London: Grove Press UK, 2020.
The Fourth Man on the Rope by Evelyn Berckman. Doubleday, 1972; London: Hamilton, 1972.
The Gardener of Baghdad by Ahmad Ardalan. Self-published, 2015.
The Girl Who Reads on the Metro by Christine Feret-Fleury. Translated from the French by Ros Schwartz. Flatiron Books, 2019.
The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes. Pamela Dorman Books, 2019.
The Grand Complication by Allen Kurzweil. Theia, 2001.
The Gutenberg Murders by Gwen Bristow and Bruce Manning. Mystery League, 1931. Dean Street Press, 2021.
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami. Kodansha, 1991; London: Hamilton, 1991.
Hardcover by Wayne Warga. Penguin Books, 1987.
Hidden Wrath by Stella Phillips. London: Robert Hale, 1968; Walker, 1982.
Homer’s Hill by Marjorie Hayes. Lippincott, 1944.
Hour of the Cat by Jean DeWeese [pseudonym of Thomas Eugene DeWeese]. Doubleday, 1980.
The House of Paper by Carlos María Domínguez.; translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005.
How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry. Orion, 2016; Pamela Dorman Books, 2017′ Penguin Books, 2018.
In the Stacks: Short Stories about Libraries and Librarians edited by Michael Cart. Harry N. Abrams, 2003.
The Intimate Thoughts of John Baxter, Bookseller by James Horatio Cockburn. London: Methuen, 1942.
The J. Alfred Prufrock Murders by Corrine H. Sawyer. Donald I. Fine, 1988; Ballantine, 1988.
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler. G.P. Putnum’s Sons, 2005.
The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner. Griffin, 2021.
Knock or Ring by Michael Nelson. London: Jonathan Cape, 1957; Valancourt Books, 2013.
The Lambs of London by Peter Ackroyd. Anchor Books, 2007.
The Last Bookshop by Emma Young. Fremantle Press, 2021.
The Last Bookshop in London: A Novel of World War II by Madeline Martin. Hanover Square Press, 2021.
The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson. Berkley, 2021.
The Last Resort Library by Irving Finkel. Kennedy & Boyd, 2007.
The Last Summer of Reason by Tahar Djaout; translated from the French by Marjolijn de Jager. Ruminator Books, 2001; University of Nebraska Press, 2007.
The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix. Katherine Tegen Books, 2020.
The Librarian by Salley Vickers. Viking, 2018.
The Librarian by Mikhail Elizarov. Translated from the Russian by Andrew Bromfield. Pushkin Press, 2015.
The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Hurbe. Square Fish, 2019.
The Librarian Spy: A Novel of World War II by Madelin Martin. Hanover Square Press, 2022.
The Library by Bella Osborne. Aria, 2021.
The Library by Zoran Živković. Cadmus Press, 2019.
Library Lady by Kate Kellogg. Lenox Hill Press, 1990.
The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes-McCoy. Hachette Books (Ireland), 2016; HarperPerennial, 2017.
The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges. Originally published 1941; republished by Isha Books, 2013; republished by David R. Godine, 2000.
The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick. Park Row, 2019.
The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard; translated from the Danish by Tiina Nunnally. Doubleday, 2009.
The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry. Maclehose Press, 2013.
The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis. Dutton, 2020.
The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin. HQN, 2020.
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. Translated by Simon Parc. Crown, 2015.
The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs. Avon / HarperCollins, 2021.
Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland. Bonnier Books, 2017; reissued 2018 by St. Martin’s Press as The Lost for Words Bookshop.
Love, Death & Rare Books by Robert Hellenga. Delphinium Books, 2020.
The Manuscript Murders by Roy Lewis. London: Robert Hale; St. Martin’s, 1982.
Marian-Martha by Lucile E. Fargo. Dodd, Mead, 1936.
The Mayfair Bookshop by Eliza Knight. William Morrow, 2022.
Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Ferguson. Thomas Nelson, 2022.
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan. Scribner, 2018.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Viking, 2020; Canongate Books, 2021.
Miss Austen by Gill Hornby. Flatiron Books, 2021.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. Picador, 2013.
Mobile Library by David Whitehouse. Scribner, 2015.
Murder at the Frankfurt Book Fair by Hubert Montelhet. Translated from the French. Doubleday, 1976
Murder at the Library of Congress by Margaret Truman. Random House, 1999.
Murder in an Irish Bookshop (An Irish Village Mystery) by Carlene O’Connor. Kensington, 2022.
Murder in the Bookshop by Carolyn Wells. J.B. Lippincott, 1936. Republished by Collins Crime Club, 2018.
Murder in the Stacks by Marion B. Havighurst. Lothrup, Lee and Shepard, 1934; Oxford, Ohio: Miami University Press, 1989.
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. Translated from the Italian by William Weaver. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983.
Nevermore Bookstore by Kerrigan Byrne and Cynthia St Aubin. [A Townsend Harbor Book] Oliver-Heber Books, 2023.
The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger. Harry N. Abrams, 2010.
The Nijmegen Proof: A Romance of Rare Books by S. Barksworth. Holmes Publishing Company,1988.
Not for Every Eye by Gérard Bessette. Translated from the French by Glen Shortliffe and Stevan Urquhart. Holstein, Ontario: Exile Editions, 1994, 1999, 2010, 2018.
A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cossé; translated from the French by Alison Anderson. Europa Editions, 2014, 2019.
A Novel Death by Judi Culbertson. Avalon Books, 2011.
The Old-book Peddler, and Other Tales for Bibliophiles by Stefan Zweig and others. Caxton Club, 1937.
On a winter’s night, a traveler by Italo Calvino.
Open Season by Linda Howard. Pocket Books, 2001.
Our Riches by Kaouther Adimi; translated from the French by Chris Andrews. New Directions, 2020; published as A Bookshop in Algiers by Profile Books, 2021.
The Overnight by Ramsey Campbell. Tom Doherty Associates, 2006.
Pairing Off by Julian Moynahan. Morrow, 1969: London: Heinemann, 1989.
Paper Moon by Rehana Munir. HarperCollins India, 2019.
The Paris Bookseller by Kerri Maher. Berkley Books, 2022.
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles. Atria Books, 2021.
Perfect Reader: A Novel by Maggie Pouncey. Pantheon, 2010.
The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray. Berkley, 2021.
The Phantom Life by Daniele Sallenave. Translated from the French. Paris: P.O.L., 1986; Pantheon, 1989.
The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz. Celadon Books, 2021.
Postscript for Malpas by Peter Person. London: Macmillan, 1975; Dodd, Mead, 1976.
The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay. Thomas Nelson, 2019.
Public Library and Other Stories by Ali Smith. Hamish Hamilton, 2015.
A Rare & Deadly Issue by Marlena Thompson. Pearl Street Publishers, 2004
A Rare Find by M.K. Deppner. Magpie Press, 2021.
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. Sourcebooks Landmark, 2016.
The Readers’ Room by Antoine Laurain. Translated from the French by Emily Boyce. Gallic Books, 2020.
The Reading Group by Amanda Lohrey. Picador, 1988.
The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams. William Morrow, 2021.
Recommended for You by Laura Silverman. Margaret K. Elderry Books, 2020.
Reference to Death by Lavinia Davis. Doubleday, 1950.
The Revolt of the Angels by Anatole France. Translated from the French. London: Lane, 1914.
Riceyman Steps by Arnold Bennett. Penguin Books, 1954. [Many subsequent editions.]
Roman Ring by Catherine Bracken. London: Cassell, 1968.
Salamander by Thomas Wharton. Flamingo/HarperCollins, 2002.
The Secret Book by Edmund L. Pearson. Macmillan, 1914; Books for Libraries, 1972.
The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay. Harper Perennial, 2011.
The Sentence by Louise Erdrich. Harper, 2021.
Severina by Rodrigo Rey Rosa. Translated from the Spanish by Chris Andrews. Yale University Press, 2014.
A Slay at the Races (A Dewey James Mystery) by Kate Morgan. Berkley, 1990.
Step in the Dark (A Pollard & Toyle Investigations Book) by Elizabeth Lemarchand. London: Hart-Davis, MacGibbon, 1976.; Walker, 1977.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. Algonquin Books, 2014.
Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern. Harper / HarperCollins, 2018.
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami; translated from the Japanese by Ted Goossen. Knopf, 2014.
Swann by Carol Shields. Toronto: Stoddart, 1987; Viking, 1989.
Tales for Bibliophiles edited and translated by Theodore W. Koch. Reprinted by Books for Libraries Press, 1972.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. MacAdam/Cage, 2003.
The Twelfth Dialogue by Tom Petsinis. Penguin Books, 2000.
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007.
Under Cover: Death Stalks the Book Dealer by Francis J. Manasek. Museum Street Press, 1997.
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine. Grove Press, 2014.
Untitled: A Book Lover’s Mystery by Julie Wallin Kaewert. Bantam Books, 1999.
The Vanished Library: A Wonder of the Ancient World by Luciano Canfora. Translated from the Italian. Hutchinson Radius, 1989.
A Very Special Year by Thomas Montasser. Translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch. OneWorld Publications, 2016.
Village Books by Craig McLay. Guelph, Ontario: Self-published, 2014.
Where Agents Fear to Tread by Roy Lewis. London: Robert Hale, 1984; St. Martin’s, 1984.
The Widening Stain by W. Bolingbroke Johnson [pseudonym of Morris Bishop]. Knopf, 1943; London: John Lane, the Bodley Head, 1943; Cornell University Library Associates, 1976; reprinted by American Mystery Classics, 2020.
Wilma Rogers by Sophia B. Engstrand. Dial, 1941.
With a High Heart by Adèle de Leeuw. Macmillan, 1946, 1956, 1964, 1969.
With Love from London by Sarah Jio. Ballantine Books, 2022.
The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill. Poisoned Pen Press, 2022.
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee. Graywolf Press, 2006.
Series are listed alphabetically. Titles within each series (with very few exceptions) are listed in the sequence they were published. Excluded from this list (with very few exceptions) are series titles available only in large print format or only in digital format or only as audiobooks.
Antiquarian Book / Dido Hoare Mysteries by Marianne Macdonald.
- Death’s Autograph. St. Martin’s Press, 1997.
- Ghost Walk. Thomas Dunne Books, 1998.
- Smoke Screen. Minotaur Books, 1999.
- Road Kill. Thomas Dunne, 2000; St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2000.
- Blood Lies. London: New English Library, 2001; Thomas Dunne, 2002; St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2002.
- Three Monkeys. Severn House, 2005.
- Faking It. Severn House, 2009.
Antique Bookshop Mysteries by Laura Gail Black. Crooked Lane Books.
- For Whom the Book Tolls. 2020.
- Murder by the Bookend. 2021.
Ashton Corner Book Club Mysteries by Erika Chase. Berkley.
- A Killer Read. 2012.
- Read and Buried. 2012.
- A Cover Story. 2013.
- Book Fair and Foul. 2014.
- Law and Author. 2015.
Aurora Teagarden Mysteries by Charlaine Harris.
- Real Murders. Walker, 1990; Berkley, 2010.
- Bone to Pick. Walker, 1992; Berkley, 2011.
- Three Bedrooms, One Corpse. Scribner, 1994; Berkley, 2011.
- The Julius House. Scribner, 1995; Berkley, 2011.
- Dead Over Heels. Scribner, 1996; Berkley, 2012.
- A Fool and His Honey. Minotaur, 1999; Berkley, 2012.
- Last Scene Alive. Minotaur Books, 2002.; Berkley, 2012.
- Poppy Done to Death. Minotaur, 2003; Berkley, 2013.
- All the Little Liars. Minotaur Books, 2016; Platkus, 2017.
- Sleep Like a Baby. Minotaur Books, 2017; Piatkus Books, 2018.
Bachelor Brothers series by Bill Richardson. St. Martin’s Press.
- Bachelor Brothers’ Bed & Breakfast. 1997.
- Bachelor Brothers’ Bed & Breakfast Pillow Book. 1998.
Beach Reads Mysteries by Maggie Blackburn. Crooked Lane Books.
- Little Bookshop of Murder. 2020.
- Once Upon a Seaside Murder. 2021.
Beloved Bookroom Mysteries by Dorothy St. James. Berkley.
- The Broken Spine. 2021.
- A Perfect Bind. 2021.
- A Book Club to Die For. 2022.
Beyond the Page Bookstore Mysteries by Lauren Elliot. Kensington Books.
- Prologue to Murder. 2010.
- Murder by the Book. 2018.
- Murder in the First Edition. 2019.
- Proof of Murder. 2020.
- A Page Marked for Murder. 2020.
- Under the Cover of Murder. 2021.
- To the Tome of Murder. 2021.
- A Margin for Murder. 2022.
Bibliophile Mysteries by Kate Carlisle. Berkley.
- Homicide in Hardcover. 2009.
- If Books Could Kill. 2010.
- The Lies That Bind. 2010.
- Murder Under Cover. 2011.
- One Book in the Grave. 2012.
- Peril in Paperback. 2012.
- A Cookbook Conspiracy. 2014.
- The Book Stoops Here. 2015.
- Ripped from the Pages. 2016.
- Books of a Feather. 2017.
- Once Upon a Spine. 2017.
- Buried in Books. 2018.
- The Book Supremacy. 2019.
- The Grim Reader. 2020.
- Little Black Book. 2021.
- The Paper Caper. 2022.
Black Cat Bookshop Mysteries by Ali Brandon. Berkley.
- Double-Booked for Death. 2011.
- A Novel Way to Die. 2012.
- Words with Fiends. 2013.
- Literally Murder. 2014.
- Plot Boiler. 2015.
- Twice Told Tail. 2016.
Blue Ridge Library Mysteries by Victoria Gilbert. Crooked Land Books.
- A Murder for the Books. 2017.
- Shelved Under Murder. 2018.
- Past Due for Murder. 2019.
- Bound for Murder. 2020.
- A Deadly Edition. 2020.
- Renewed for Murder. 2021.
- Death in the Margins. 2022.
Book Collector Mysteries by Victoria Abbott. Berkley.
- The Christie Curse. 2013.
- The Sayers Swindle. 2013.
- A Wolfe Widow. 2014.
- The Marsh Madness. 2015.
- The Hammett Hex. 2016.
Book Group Mysteries by Maggie King. Pocket Books.
- Murder at the Book Group. 2014.
Book Retreat Mysteries by Ellery Adams.
- Murder in the Mystery Suite. Berkley [Kindle edition only]. 2014.
- Murder in the Paperback Parlor. Berkley [Kindle edition only]. 2015.
- Murder in the Secret Garden. Berkley. 2016.
- Murder in the Locked Library. Kensington Books. 2018.
- Murder in the Reading Room. Kensington Books. 2019.
- Murder in the Storybook Cottage. Kensington Books. 2020.
- Murder in the Cookbook Nook. Kensington Books. 2021.
- Murder on the Poet’s Walk. 2022.
Bookish Cafe Mysteries by Harper Lin. Self-published.
- A Book to Kill For. 2021.
- Bloodier Than Fiction. 2021.
- Story of a Murder. 2022.
- Crime Before Christmas. 2022.
Bookmobile Cat Mysteries by Laurie Cass. Berkley.
- Lending a Paw. 2013.
- Tailing a Tabby. 2014.
- Borrowed Crime. 2015.
- Pouncing on Murder. 2015.
- Cat with a Clue. 2016.
- Wrong Side of the Paw. 2017.
- Booking the Crook. 2019.
- Gone with the Whisker. 2020.
- Checking Out Crime. 2021.
- The Crime That Binds. 2022.
Books by the Bay Mysteries by Ellery Adams. Berkley.
- A Killer Plot. 2010.
- A Deadly Cliché. 2011.
- The Last Word. 2011.
- Written in Stone. 2012.
- Poisoned Prose. 2013.
- Lethal Letters. 2014.
- Writing All Wrongs. 2015.
- Killer Characters. 2017.
Bookstore Cafe Mysteries by Alex Erikson. Kensington Publishing Corporation.
- Death by Coffee. 2015.
- Death by Tea. 2015.
- Death by Pumpkin Spice. 2015.
- Death by Vanilla Latte. 2017.
- Death by Eggnog. 2017.
- Death by Espresso. 2018.
- Death by Cafe Mocha. 2019.
- Death by French Roast. 2020.
- Death by Hot Apple Cider. 2021.
Booktown Mysteries by Lorna Barrett. Berkley Books.
- Murder is Binding. 2008.
- Bookmarked for Death. 2009.
- Bookplate Special. 2009.
- Chapter & Hearse. 2010.
- Sentenced to Death. 2011.
- Murder on the Half Shelf. 2013.
- Not the Killing Type. 2014.
- Book Clubbed. 2015.
- A Fatal Chapter. 2016.
- Title Wave. 2017.
- A Just Clause. 2018.
- Poisoned Pages. 2019.
- A Killer Edition. 2019.
- Handbook for Homicide. 2020.
- A Deadly Detention. 2021.
- Clause of Death. 2022.
Call Numbers Novels by Synell Smith. Self-published.
- The Not So Quiet Life of Librarians. 2019.
- Book Endings: Loss, Pain, and Revelations. 2020.
Cambridge Bookshop Mysteries by Elizabeth Penney. St. Martin’s Press.
- Chapter and Curse. 2021.
Canterville Book Shop Mysteries by Joyce Lavene and James Lavene. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
- A Dickens of a Murder. 2015.
Castle Bookshop Mysteries by Essie Lang. Crooked Lane Books.
- Trouble on the Books. 2019.
- Death on the Page. 2020.
- A Deadly Chapter. 2021.
Cat in the Stacks Mysteries by Miranda James. Berkley Books.
- Murder Past Due. 2010.
- Classified as Murder. 2011.
- File M for Murder. 2012.
- Out of Circulation. 2013.
- The Silence of the Library. 2014.
- Arsenic and Old Books. 2016.
- No Cats Allowed. 2017.
- Twelve Angry Librarians. 2018.
- Claws for Concern. 2019.
- Six Cats a Slayin’. 2019.
- The Pawful Truth. 2019.
- Careless Whiskers. 2020.
- Cat Me If You Can. 2020.
- What the Cat Dragged In. 2021.
- Hiss Me Deadly. 2023.
Cemetery of Forgotten Books Series by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Translated from the Spanish by Lucia Graves.
- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Penguin, 2004.
- The Angel’s Game. Dutton, 2009.
- The Prisoner of Heaven. Harper Perennial, 2013.
- The Labyrinth of the Spirits. Harper, 2018.
- The City of Mist: Stories. Harper Perennial, 2021.
Cliff Janeway Mysteries by John Dunning.
- Booked to Die. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1992, and reprinted, 2017; republished by Pocket Star Books, 2001.
- The Bookman’s Wake. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1995; republished by Pocket Star Books, 2016; republished by Gallery Books, 2011.
- The Bookman’s Promise. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2004; republished by Pocket Star Books, 2005; republished by Gallery Books, 2011.
- The Sign of the Book. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2005; republished by Pocket Star Books, 2006; republished by Gallery Books, 2011.
- The Bookwoman’s Last Fling by John Dunning. Scribner, 2006; republished by Pocket Books, 2007; republished by Gallery Books, 2014.
Death on Demand Mysteries by Carolyn G. Hart.
- Death on Demand. Bantam, 1987; Crimeline, 1989; Doubleday, 1992.
- Design for Murder. Crimeline, 1988; Bantam, 2008., 2011.
- Something Wicked. Bantam, 1988; Severn House, 1994.
- Honeymoon with Murder. Bantam, 1988; Crimeline, 1988; Severn House, 1994.
- A Little Class on Murder. Doubleday, 1989; Bantam, 1989; Crimeline, 1989.
- Deadly Valentine. Doubleday, 1990.; Bantam, 1991; Crimeline, 1991.
- The Christie Caper. Bantam, 1991; Crimeline, 1992.
- Southern Ghost. Bantam, 1992, 1996; Crimeline, 1993.
- Mint Julip Murder. Bantam, 1995, 1996.
- Yankee Doodle Dead. William Morrow, 1998; Avon, 1999.
- White Elephant Dead. Avon, 1999, 2000.
- Sugarplum Dead. William Morrow, 2000; Avon, 2001.
- April Fool Dead. William Morrow, 2002; Avon, 2003.
- Engaged to Die. William Morrow, 2003; Avon, 2004;.
- Murder Walks the Plank. William Morrow, 2004; Avon, 2005.
- Death of the Party. William Morrow, 2005; Avon, 2006.
- Dead Days of Summer. William Morrow, 2006; Avon, 2007.
- Death Walked In. William Morrow, 2008; Avon, 2009.
- Dare to Die. William Morrow, 2009; Avon, 2010.
- Laughed ‘Til He Died. William Morrow, 2010; Avon, 2011.
- Dead by Midnight. William Morrow, 2011; Avon, 2012.
- Death Comes Silently. Berkley, 2012, 2013.
- Dead, White, and Blue. Berkley, 2013, 2014.
- Death at the Door. Berkley, 2014, 2015.
- Don’t Go Home. Berkley, 2015, 2016.
- Walking on My Grave. Berkley, 2017, 2018.
First Edition Library Mysteries by Marty Windgate. Berkley.
- The Bodies in the Library. 2019.
- Murder is a Must. 2020.
- The Librarian Always Rings Twice. [Audiobook only: Penguin Audio, 2022]
42nd Street Library Mysteries by Con Lehane. Minotaur Books.
- Murder at the 42nd Street Library. 2016.
- Murder in the Manuscript Room. 2017.
- Murder Off the Page. 2019.
Great Library Series by Rachel Caine. Berkley Books.
- Ink and Bone. 2016.
- Paper and Fire. 2017.
- Ash and Quill. 2017.
- Smoke and Iron. 2019.
- Sword and Pen. 2019.
Haunted Bookshop Mysteries by Cleo Coyle. Berkley Books.
- The Ghost and Mrs. McClure, 2004.
- The Ghost and the Dead Deb. 2005.
- The Ghost and the Dead Man’s Library. 2006.
- The Ghost and the Femme Fatale. 2008.
- The Ghost in the Haunted Mansion. 2009.
- The Ghost and the Bogus Bookseller. 2018.
- The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait. 2021.
- The Ghost and the Stolen Tears. 2022.
Haunted Library Mysteries by Allison Brook. Crooked Lane Books.
- Death Overdue. 2017.
- Read and Gone. 2018.
- Buried in the Stacks. 2019.
- Checked Out for Murder. 2020.
- Death on the Shelf. 2021.
Hell’s Library Series by A.J. Hackwith. Ace.
- The Library of the Unwritten. 2019.
- The Archive of the Forgotten. 2020.
- The God of Lost Words. 2021.
Henry Gamadge Mysteries by Elizabeth Daly.
- Unexpected Night. Farrar & Rinehart, 1940; Simon & Schuster, 1940; Berkley, 1964; Bantam Books, 1980, 1986; Otto Pinzler Books, 1994; Felony & Mayhem Press, 2013.
- Deadly Nightshade. Farrar, 1940; Rinehart, 1940; Berkley, 1940; London: Hammond, 1948; Felony & Mayhem Press, 2013.
- Murders in Volume 2. Farrar & Rinehart, 1941; Berkley, 1941; Philadelphia Inquirer, 1942; Otto Pinzler, 1994; Felony & Mayhem Press, 2005.
- The House Without the Door. Farrar & Rinehart, 1942; London: Hammond, 1945. 1950; Penguin, 1951; Bantam Books, 1984; Felony & Mayhem Press, 2005.
- Evidence of Things Seen. Farrar & Rinehart, 1943; Berkley, 1943; Penguin, 1951; London: Hammond, 1946, 1955; Bantam, 1946; Felony & Mayhem, 2007.
- Nothing Can Rescue Me. Farrar & Rinehart, 1943; London: Hammond, 1945, 1955; Penguin, 1951; Berkley, 1963; Bantam, 1983; Felony & Mayhem Press, 2008.
- Arrow Pointing Nowhere. Farrar & Rinehart, 1944; Berkley, 1944; Dell – Transworld, 1944; London: Hammond, 1946; Dell Publishing, 1983; Felony & Mayhem Press, 2009.
- The Book of the Dead. Farrar & Rinehart, 1944; American Mercury, 1944; Berkley, 1944; London: Hammond, 1946; Felony & Mayhem Press, 2010.
- Any Shape or Form. Grosset & Dunlap, 1945; Farrar & Rinehart, 1945; London: Hammond, 1949; Bantam, 1950; Berkley, 1964; Dell, 1981; Felony & Mayhem Press, 2011.
- Somewhere in the House. Rinehart, 1946; London: Hammond, 1949; Berkley, 1963; Bantam, 1974, 1984; Felony & Mayhem Press, 2012.
- The Wrong Way Down. Rinehart, 1946; London: Hammond, 1949; Berkley, 1963; Bantam, 1983; Felony & Mayhem Press, 2013.
- Night Walk. Rinehart & Company, 1947; London: Hammond, 1950; Berkley, 1963; Dell Publishing, 1982. Felony & Mayhem Press, 2014.
- The Book of the Lion. Bantam – Transworld, 1948; American Mercury, 1948; London: Hammond, 1951; Holt, 2000; Felony & Mayhem Press, 2014.
- And Dangerous to Know. Rinehart, 1949; American Mercury, 1949 Bantam – Transworld, 1949; London: Hammon, 1952; Bantam, 1984; Felony & Mayhem Press, 2015.
- Death and Letters. Mercury Publications, 1950; Dell Publishing,, 1950; Berkley, 1950, 1963; Garland, 1983; London: Hammond, 1953; Felony & Mayhem Press, 2016.
- The Book of the Crime. Rinehart, 1951; Bantam – Transworld, 1951; Ferman, 1951; London: Hammond, 1954; Berkley, 1964; Bantam, 1983; Felony & Mayhem Press, 2016.
Highland Bookshop Mysteries by Molly MacRae. Pegasus Crime.
- Plaid and Plagiarism. 2018.
- Scones and Scoundrels. 2019.
- Thistles and Thieves. 2021.
- Heather and Homicide. 2020.
- Argyles and Arsenic. 2022.
Invisible Library Novels by Genevieve Cogman. Ace.
- The Invisible Library. 2016.
- The Masked City. 2016.
- The Burning Page. 2017.
- The Lost Plot. 2018.
- The Mortal Word. 2018.
- The Secret Chapter. 2020.
- The Dark Archive. 2020.
- The Untold Story. 2021.
Jacqueline Kirby Mysteries by Elizabeth Peters.
- The Seventh Sinner. Dodd, Mead, 1972.
- The Murders of Richard III. Dodd, Mead, 1974.
- Die for Love. Congdon & Weed, 1984.
- Naked Once More. Warner Books, 1989.
The Last Word Bookstore Novels by Paul Combs. Stratford Press.
- The Last Word. 2014.
- Writer in Residence. 2015.
- Book Town. 2018.
Librarian Mysteries by Mary Lou Kirwin.
- Killer Librarian. Pocket Books, 2012; republished by Gallery Books, 2020.
- Death Overdue. Gallery Books, 2013.
Library Lovers Mysteries by Jenn McKinlay. Berkley Books.
- Books Can Be Deceiving. 2011.
- Due or Die. 2012.
- Book, Line, and Sinker. 2012.
- Read It and Weep. 2013.
- On Borrowed Time. 2014.
- A Likely Story. 2015.
- Better Late Than Never. 2016.
- Death in the Stacks. 2017.
- Hitting the Books. 2018.
- Word to the Wise. 2019.
- One for the Books. 2020.
- Killer Research. 2021.
Library Wars: Love and War by Kiiro Yumi and Hiro Awikawa; translated from the Japanese by Kinami Watabe. VIZ Media.
- Volume 1. 2010.
- Volume 2. 2010.
- Volume 3. 2010.
- Volume 4. 2011.
- Volume 5. 2011.
- Volume 6. 2011.
- Volume 7. 2012.
- Volume 8. 2012.
- Volume 9. 2013.
- Volume 10. 2013.
- Volume 11. 2014.
- Volume 12. 2014.
- Volume 13. 2015.
- Volume 14. 2015.
- Volume 15. 2016.
Lighthouse Library Mysteries by Eva Gates. Crooked Lane Books.
- By Book or by Crook. 2015.
- Booked for Trouble. 2015.
- Reading Up a Storm. 2016.
- The Spook in the Stacks. 2018.
- Something Read, Something Dead. 2019.
- Read and Buried. 2019.
- A Death Long Overdue. 2020.
- Deadly Ever After. 2021.
- Death by Beach Read. 2022.
Lost on a Page Mysteries by David E. Sharp. Black Rose Writing.
- Lost on a Page. 2021.
- Lost on a Page: Character Developments. 2022.
Magic Bookshop Mysteries by Hillary Avis. Independently published.
- Tomes and Terriers. 2020.
- Pages and Pyrenees. 2020.
- Libraries and Labradors. 2020.
Magical Bookshop Mysteries by Amanda Flower. Berkley Books.
- Crime and Poetry. Berkley Books, 2016.
- Prose and Cons. Berkley Books, 2016.
- Murders and Metaphors. Berkley Books, 2019; Crooked Lane Books, 2021.
- Verse and Vengeance. Berkley Books, 2019; Crooked Lane Books, 2021.
- Crimes and Covers. 2022; Crooked Lane Books, 2023.
Main Street Book Club Mysteries by Amy Lillard. Poisoned Pen Press.
- Can’t Judge a Book By Its Murder. 2019.
- A Murder Between the Pages. 2020.
- A Murder Like No Author. 2021.
Megan Clarke Mysteries by D.R. Meredith. Berkley Prime Crime. [Audiobooks]
- Murder in Volume. 2000.
- Murder by the Book. 2006.
- Murder Past Due. 2013.
- Tome of Death. 2013.
- By Hook or By Crook. 2018.
Miss Zukas Mysteries by Jo Dereske. Avon.
- Miss Zukas and the Library Murders. 1994.
- Miss Zukas and the Island Murders. 1995.
- Miss Zukas and the Stroke of Death. 1995.
- Miss Zukas and the Raven’s Dance. 1996.
- Out of Circulation. 1997.
- Final Notice. 1998.
- Miss Zukas in Death’s Shadow. 1999.
- Miss Zukas Shelves the Evidence. 2001.
- Bookmarked to Die. 2006.
- Catalogue of Death. 2007.
- Index to Murder. 2008.
- Farewell, Miss Lukas. June Creek Books, 2011.
Mobile Library Mysteries by Ian Sansom. HarperPerennial.
- The Case of the Missing Books. 2006.
- Mr. Dixon Disappears. 2006.
- The Book Stops Here. 2008. [Also published 2007 as The Delegate’s Choice]
- The Bad Book Affair. 2010.
Molly & Emma Booksellers series by Lily Charles [Charlene Ball and Libby Ware]. Black Opal Books.
- Murder at the Estate Sale. 2020.
Mystery Bookshop series by V.M. Burns. Kensington Books.
- The Plot is Murder. 2017.
- Red Herring Hunt. 2018.
- The Novel Art of Murder. 2018.
- Wed, Read & Dead. 2019.
- Bookmarked for Murder. 2019.
- A Tourist’s Guide to Murder. 2021.
- Killer Words. 2021.
Novel Idea Mysteries by Lucy Arlington. Berkley Books.
- Buried in a Book. 2012.
- Every Trick in the Book. 2013.
- Books, Cooks, and Crooks. 2014.
- Played by the Book. 2015.
- Off the Books. 2016.
Open Book Mysteries by Margaret Loudon. Berkley Books.
- Murder in the Margins. 2020.
- Fatal Footnote. 2021.
- Peril on the Page. 2022.
Parnassus Series by Christopher Morley.
- Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley. 1918. Subsequent reprints by numerous publishers.
- The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley. Subsequent reprints by numerous publishers.
Peach Coast Library Mysteries by Olivia Matthews. Hallmark Publishing.
- Murder by Page One. 2021.
- Murder Out of Character. 2022.
Pen & Ink Mysteries by Krista Davis. Kensington Books.
- Color Me Murder. 2018.
- The Coloring Book. 2018.
- Murder Outside the Lines. 2021.
- A Colorful Scheme. 2022.
Raven’s Nest Bookstore Mysteries by Allison Kingsley. Berkley Prime Crime.
- Mind Over Murder. 2011.
- A Sinister Sense. 2012.
- Trouble Vision. 2013.
- Extra Sensory Deception. 2014.
Read ‘Em and Eat Mysteries by Terrie Farley Moran. Berkley Prime Crime.
- Well-Read, Then Dead. 2014.
- Caught Read-Handed. 2015.
- Read to Death. 2016.
Scottish Bookshop Mysteries by Jenny Colgan.
- The Bookshop on the Corner. William Morrow, 2016.
- The Bookshop on the Shore. Sphere, 2019.
Scottish Bookshop Mysteries by Paige Shelton. Minotaur Books.
- The Cracked Spine. 2016.
- Of Books and Bagpipes. 2017.
- Lost Books and Old Bones. 2018.
- The Loch Ness Papers. 2019.
- The Stolen Letter. 2020.
- Deadly Editions. 2021.
- The Burning Pages. 2022.
Secret, Book, and Scone Society Novels by Ellery Adams. Kensington.
- The Secret, Book & Scone Society. 2017.
- The Whispered Word. 2018.
- A Book of Candlelight. 2020.
- Ink and Shadows. 2021.
- The Vanishing Type. 2022.
Secret Library Cozy Mysteries by CeeCee James. Independently published.
- Tall Tales Secret Book Club. 2020.
- Pawsibly Guilty. 2021.
- Catastrophe in the Library. 2021.
- Poisonous Paws. 2021.
Secrets of Mary’s Bookshop [by various authors]. Guideposts.
- A New Chapter by Kristin Eckhardt. 2012.
- Rewriting History by Vera Dodge. 2012.
- Reading the Clues by Charlotte Carter. 2012.
- By Word of Mouth by Diane Noble. 2012.
- The Writing on the Wall by Elizabeth Mattox. 2012.
- A Book by Its Cover by Elizabeth Adams. 2012.
- Poetry in Motion by Kristin Eckhardt. 2013.
- Missing Pages by Vera Dodge. 2013.
- Between the Lines by Elizabeth Adams. 2013.
- By the Book by Carolyn Greene. 2013.
- Disappearing Acts by Kelly Ann Riley. 2013.
- A Classic Case by Camy Tang. 2013.
- Cover Story by Elizabeth Adams. 2013.
- A Thousand Words by Susan Page Davis. 2013.
- The Lost Noel by Jo Ann Brown. 2013.
- Work in Progress by Cara C Putman. 2013.
- Words of Wisdom by Carolyn Greene. 2013.
- Lost for Words by Kristin Eckhardt. 2014.
- Cooking the Books by Vera Dodge. 2014.
- Snowbound by Elizabeth Adams. 2014.
- Digging up Clues by Kelly Ann Riley. 2014.
- Shady Characters by Susan Page Davis. 2014.
- Hidden Meaning by Elizabeth Adams. 2014.
- Mixed Motives by Cara C Putman. 2014.
Seneca Falls Mysteries by Miriam Grace Monfredo.
- Seneca Falls Inheritance. St. Martin’s, 1992; Berkley Books, 1994.
- North Star Conspiracy. St. Martin, 1993; Berkley Prime Crime, 1995.
- Blackwater Spirits. St. Martin’s, 1995; Berkley, 1995.
- Through a Gold Eagle. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014.
- The Stalking Horse. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014.
- Must the Maiden Die. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014.
Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mysteries by Vicki Delany. Crooked Lane Books.
- Elementary, She Read. 2017.
- Body on Baker Street. 2017.
- The Cat of the Baskervilles. 2018.
- A Scandal in Scarlet. 2019.
- There’s a Murder Afoot. 2020.
- A Curious Incident. 2021.
- A Three-Book Problem. 2022.
St. Marin’s Cozy Mysteries by ACF Bookens. Andilit.
- Publishable By Death. 2019.
- Entitled To Kill. 2020.
- Bound to Execute. 2020.
- Plotted for Murder. 2020.
- Tome to Tomb. 2020.
- Scripted to Slay. 2021.
- Proof of Death. 2021.
- Epilogue of an Epitaph. 2021.
- Hardcover Homicide. 2021.
Survivors’ Book Club Mysteries by Lynn Cahoon. Lyrical Underground Press.
- The Tuesday Night Survivors’ Club. 2022.
- Secrets in the Stacks. 2022.
Sweet Fiction Bookshop Mysteries by Kitt Crowe. Crooked Lane Books.
- Digging Up Trouble. 2021.
- A Poisonous Page. 2022.
Thursday Next Novels by Jasper Fforde. Penguin.
- The Eyre Affair. 2003.
- Lost in a Good Book. 2004.
- The Well of Lost Plots. 2004.
- Something Rotten. 2005.
- First Among Sequels. 2007.
- One of Our Thursdays is Missing. 2011.
- The Woman Who Died a Lot. 2012.
Village Library Mysteries by Elizabeth Spann Craig. Self-published.
- Checked Out. 2019.
- Overdue. 2019.
- Borrowed Time. 2020.
- Hush-Hush. 2020.
- Where There’s a Will. 2021.
- Frictional Characters. 2022.
Walter Presents Library
- The Mystery of Henri Pick by David Foenkinos. Pushkin Press, 2020.
Werner-Bok Library Mysteries by Charles A. Goodrum.
- Dewey Decimated. Crown Publishers, 1977.
- The Best Cellar. St. Martin’s, 1987.
- Carnage of the Realm. HarperCollins,1988.
- A Slip of the Tong. St. Martin’s, 1992.
Witch Way Librarian Mysteries by Angela M. Sanders. Kensington.
- Bait and Switch. 2020.
- Seven-Year Witch. 2021.