Crime fiction, mysteries, and thrillers are consistently popular. The last time we covered these genres was in 2019 — which is a long time in book years! So, it’s time for a refresh of these in-demand genres.  

Readers who enjoy crime, mysteries, and thrillers are well-read and inquisitive, so we’ve got new and updated genre information and titles to satisfy your bookhound’s #TBR. Whether your readers are fans of police procedurals or psychological suspense, let NoveList and LibraryReads break down the best that crime fiction, mysteries, and thrillers have to offer your readers — from the butler did it to missing memories.  

Join Michael Santangelo, Deputy Director of Collection Management at BookOps, and Author CJ Connor (he/they) as they cover: 

  • Popular subgenres, appeals, and themes 

  • Current trends and authors to watch 

  • How to help readers of crime, mysteries, and thrillers 

  • Other helpful resources for these genres 

We welcome you to stay for an additional 15-minute training. Learn search strategy tips and where to find genre-related information in NoveList so you can provide the best possible service to your readers. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 from 2-3 pm ET 
Optional NoveList training from 3-3:15 pm ET 

Attendance at the live webinar is free. A recording of the webinar and bonus content will be available free to all registrants for two weeks afterward. After that, all resources, including the recording, will be available on for a small fee. 

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Meet the panelists: 

Michael Santangelo is the Deputy Director of Collection Management at BookOps, the technical services collaboration for the New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library. Since starting as a children's material selector in 2005 at Brooklyn, he has had various positions with collection development and technical services. Currently, he serves on the LibraryReads’ Board of Directors. 

CJ Connor (he/they) is an author of queer romances and cozy mysteries, including the Board Game Shop Mystery series. They are a mentor for Author Mentor Match and an EBSCO NoveList advisor, as well as a member of the Utah League of Writers and the co-leader of an LGBTQIA employee affinity group. When they are not writing or contributing reviews to Book Riot, CJ Connor can be found attending weekly gatherings for board game enthusiasts with their husband. Visit CJ Connor online at

Moderator Yaika Sabat comes from a background in public libraries and now manages the Reader Services team at NoveList. While she is a horror fan first, she does her best to read across genres and is passionate about diverse representation in books and media. 

Leigh Gaddy is the Lead/Demand Generation Marketing Specialist at NoveList. She is currently reading Bluecrowne by Kate Milford.