Organizing Crime


Organizing Crime


The Mystery Company's Guide to Series, 2015 Edition
Edited by Austin Lugar, Jim Huang & Nikki Phipps

“What’s the first book in a series?” “What comes next?” “Have I read this one yet?” Mystery lovers ask these questions every day. In this book, we provide answers. Organizing Crime takes 7000 titles in over 800 active mystery series and puts them in order. These handy checklists will help you manage your reading, the books you’ve bought and the crimes you have to look forward to.

Spiral | ISBN: 978-1-932325-45-4 | 2014 | $20.00

Organizing Crime covers current, active mystery series. For a guide to classic series by authors who have passed away -- Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, Ngaio Marsh and many more -- check out our companion volume, Organizing Crime Classics.

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Introduction to the 2015 edition

Jim Huang: Hello, everyone. I’ve been a bookseller for many years and one of the major things customers ask is where certain books fall in their series. That’s why we created Organizing Crime: The Mystery Company’s Guide to Series, the ultimate book for all mystery fans.

Austin Lugar: You said that the last two editions. 

Jim: It’s still true. Also people just tend to keep the same introduction for every update.

Austin: Then what is she doing here?

Nikki Phipps: Bit rude. I’ve been brought in to launch this book into the global bestseller range.

Austin: Have fun with that. 

Nikki: You need to work on your sarcasm. Audiences find that to be too “cynical” and “meta”. Please continue with the introduction. 

Jim: We collected about 850 active mystery series and put the books in the right canonical order so everyone can keep track of what they’ve read and find out what’s next.

Austin: Is that the right use of canonical? I use that to describe things that are like a cannon.

Jim: No that’s….wait, like what?

Austin: Like “that canonical Super Soaker injured the two-year-old with its awesome water power.”

Nikki: That’s going to be an issue. 97% of readers are against harming infants and the other 3% are in prison.

Jim: Can we get this book into prisons?

Nikki: If we’re lucky.

Austin: Hey, what are these boxes next to every title?

Nikki: Now this is confusing to the reader because you really should know how your own book works.

Austin: (sighs) Hey Jim, why don’t you explain to everyone else what those boxes are?

Jim: You can put checkmarks in them for different tasks. Most people use the first box to denote “Read It” and the right box can be “Own It”. 

Austin: Or it could be “Read It” and “Features an Alcoholic”.

Nikki: Don’t talk about alcoholics. Why not say “Has a Cat”? Everybody loves cats.

Jim: You can also have “Owns a Quirky Business” and “BBC Adapted This”.

Austin: Okay, now EVEN THOUGH I ALREADY KNOW THE ANSWER, what is up with this blank line after every series?

Jim: This book covers titles to Summer 2015, but there may be more that come out and you can write down those titles to keep track while you wait for our next edition.

Nikki: Excellent. You’re implanting the idea to them that they should anticipate buying another book. 

Jim: Well, we do make every edition worthwhile. Since the 2012 edition, we added about 400 series and 3000 titles.

Austin: No regrets! 

Jim: But there are always more out there! If you have suggestions, send them to There must be at least three books in the series and the author must be alive. Series of authors who have passed away can be found in our companion book Organizing Crime Classics

Nikki: Brilliant. I think this is shaping up really well.

Austin: Now wait a second. Nikki, if all of those things you mentioned earlier are detrimental to our mainstream success, why are they all still in the introduction?

Nikki: What?

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