Careers for Mystery Buffs

Mystery Month 2017Cindy: I was weeding my career collection last week when I stumbled upon a book that is perfect for Mystery Month: Blythe Camenson’s Careers for Mystery Buffs & Other Snoops and Sleuths (1997). The book suggests that if you have “a healthy curiosity and a mind for mysteries,” there are plenty of dream jobs for you!

Camenson presents some obvious suggestions centered around crime fighting, such as detective, criminologist, attorney, and investigator. Slightly less obvious: become a parapsychologist and explore hauntings, UFOs, ESP and other “who ya gonna call?” careers. More academically speaking, Camenson puts forth “solving the mysteries of the past as an archaeologist, archivist, historian, or genealogist.”

There’s a chapter that details what it’s like to have a career as a mystery writer which includes “John Grisham—A Sucess Story,” despite the fact he had just six (wildly successful) novels to his name at the time. The chapter also contains advice for the rest of us: “Don’t Give Up Your Day Job—The Financial Realities of the Writing Profession.”

Before I got back to my weeding, perusing this title made me realize that I became a librarian because of my curiosity in all subjects, my interest in hunting down answers and / or resources for reference questions and student research, and sleuthing out just the right book for a readers-advisory question. In the next edition, Camenson should add librarian to the list of careers for mystery buffs!

Lynn: A deeper mystery: How did a career guide from 1997 manage to remain in the collection? I didn’t have to look hard to solve this puzzle, since the library Cindy is weeding used to be mine! I swear, friends and readers, I did weed now and then, but as a mystery buff, I suspect I would still have a hard time pulling this one from the collection.

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Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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