Despite her prolific output and large following, I find
bibliographies of Mignon Eberhart's work to be generally rather
hit and miss. In an effort to remedy this situation, I have tried
here to bring together various sources
to create an authoritative and comprehensive list of her books and
stories. The information is unfortunately not perfect yet, and I would
be very grateful for any assistance in filling the gaps and settling the
doubts that are shown by question marks in the tables.
1. Berch, Victor. informative email on Wickwire stories and serialized novels
(thank you, Victor!)
2. British Library. online catalogue
3. Cypert, Rick. America's Agatha Christie
4. Cypert, Rick. unpublished bibliography of periodical publications,
(thank you, Rick!)
5. Herbert, Rosemary (ed.) Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing
6. Hubin, Allen J. Crime Fiction: a Comprehensive Bibliography1
7. Library of Congress. online catalogue
1. See Footnote 1 after Table 3a for a description of a long-standing error in this well-known bibliography.
CLICK ON TABLE IDENTIFIER BELOW, E.G.
TO LINK TO THAT TABLE.
The Books Books are classified into three types: (i) novels, (ii) novelets
published separately, (iii) collections of short stories and /or
novelets. See definitions below.
A listing of the books, by year of publication. Alternative
published titles are given for novels, and content summaries for
BOOK PUBLICATION INFORMATION
A listing of the books, by title. Publisher and year of publication
COLLECTIONS OF NOVELETS AND SHORT STORIES
A listing of collections, by country and year of publication.
Titles of short stories and /or novelets appearing in each
A listing of collected short stories and novelets, by title. The
collection(s) in which each appears are given.
The Stories Stories are classified into three types: (i) novels, (ii) novelets,
(iii) short stories. See definitions below.
SERIAL CHARACTERS, SETTING LOCATIONS,
A listing of the stories, by title. The approximate year of writing,
serial character(s), setting and historical period for each story
are given. This table includes uncollected
stories for which at least some information on character, setting
or period is available.
PERIODICAL PUBLICATION OF STORIES
A listing, by title, of the stories -- short stories, novelets,
serialized novels -- which appeared first in periodical publication.
The periodical and the date(s) of first publication are given, as well as
the year of eventual book publication, if any, and title changes.
This table includes uncollected stories.
NON-MYSTERY SHORT STORIES
Many, but not all, of Eberhart's stories contain an important component
of romance, but almost every one is a murder mystery. Her few published
non-mystery romantic short stories are listed here, to explain why
the titles, should you run across them, do not appear in the tables
of crime, mystery, suspense fiction.
Story Types Story type definitions are based on length
Novel -- over 70,000 words (140 pb pages) Novelet -- 25,000-40,000 words (50-80 pages) Short Story -- under 15,000 words (30 pages)
These definitions are not intended to be generic and authoritative,
but are introduced solely for the
purpose of grouping Eberhart's stories. Her story lengths cluster
nicely into these three groups. The only exception is "Kate Shane"
which, at 100 pages, is somewhat longer than the standard novelet.
I chose to class it as a novelet, rather than a short novel,
because it was not published separately in book form.
Book Types Book type definitions are based on story types contained.
Novel -- contains one novel. Novelet -- contains one novelet. Collection -- contains several short stories and /or novelets,
by one author.
Eberhart's stories appeared in other types of books, of course:
e.g. anthology (reprinted stories from several authors),
omnibus (several reprinted novels by one author),
but I consider only the types above as primary
Eberhart book publications.
The use of colour coding -- see below -- to render book and story titles
should obviate any problems with the ambiguous use of "novel" and "novelet"
to represent both types.
To reduce ambiguity and excess verbiage, book and story titles are
colour-coded to specify the type as defined above.
Alternative title (book or story)
An asterisk (*) after a book title indicates that the book is
British, in the sense either that the title was used
only for the British publication, e.g.
Death in the Fog*,
or that the particular combination of content was published,
in book form, only in a British publication,
e.g. Brief Return*
and Five of My Best*.
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