I spend a great deal of time on-line searching for books and authors. The most complete resource I have found is STOP, YOU’RE KILLING ME! A Website To Die For…If You Love Mysteries. This is an Anthony Award winning site. It would take weeks to go through every offering linked to this site. I know because I have tried. The newsletter is sent by email every two weeks so every two weeks there is something new to look into.
The home page starts by offering the explorer all the letters of the alphabet in two rows, one for the author’s name and one for a character’s name. That was a decision by a person who understands that sometimes the characters make the deepest impact. Searching for a character whose last name begins with “D” brings up another alphabetical list with entries such as Superintendent Andrew Dalziel and Sergeant Peter Pascoe, a pair of police inspectors in Yorkshire, England, by Reginald Hill. On the actual page, the highlighted name brings up a list of all the titles of books, and the date of publication, solving the often frustrating problem of getting a list of titles in order of publication. Then, by clicking on the title, the searcher is led to the book as it is listed on Amazon.
“New characters and authors added to Stop, You’re Killing Me! can be found on our What’s New page. New and future books are listed on Hardcover Releases, Paperback Releases, Large Print Releases, or Audio Releases. Twice a month we have a Book Giveaway.” This is followed by an alphabetical list of the book awards and the winners for 2011. A link conjures up lists from previous years of books we may have missed. At the bottom of the page there is a form that allows the newsletter to be sent by email every two weeks.
Along the left side of the page is a list of links: New Additions, New Hardcovers, New Paperbacks, New Large Print, New Audio, Book Awards, Book Reviews, Location Index, Job Index, Historical Index, Diversity Index, Genre Index, Read-Alikes, About This Site, FAQ, Reference, Newsletter, SYKM Store, Contact Us, and Home.
A reader will never again be lost for an idea as to which author to try next or which book is next in a series. For this security blanket we can thank Lucinda Surber and Stan Ulrich who began STOP YOU’RE KILLING ME in 1998.