Many long-standing reference guides to fiction are no longer being updated. However, the following list provides a worthwhile selection of reference books which can be used alongside Who Else Writes Like ...?. The Bloomsbury and Rough Guides have generally not be updated for a few years, but are still well worth seeking out.
Crime Fiction Since 1800
by Stephen Knight, Palgrave MacMillan, 2010
Death in a Cold Climate: a guide to Scandinavian crime fiction
by Barry Forshaw, Palgrave MacMillan, 2012
100 Must-read Classic Novels
by Nick Rennison, A & C Black, 2006
A selection of writing that has made an everlasting impression on our literary heritage. 100 of the best titles are fully reviewed and a further 500 recommended.
100 Must-read Crime Novels
by Nick Rennison and Richard Shephard, A & C Black, 2006
Following the same format as the Classic Novels it also includes a browsing by theme approach as well as listing the top ten crime characters and their creators.
100 Must-read Science Fiction Novels
by Stephen E Andrews and Nick Rennison, A & C Black, 2006
It is arranged by theme including a reader's fast guide to the world of science fiction as well as listing award winners of prizes and book club recommendations. Also included is a special category covering science fiction and film adaptations.
The Reader's Advisory Guide to Mystery
by John Charles et al, ALA editions, 2nd rev. edition, 2011
A Reference Guide to Crime Fiction
by Gabrielle Dantz, Webster's Digital Services, 2012
Snobbery with Violence: English crime stories and their audience
by Collin Watson, Faber Find, 2009
1000 Books to Change Your Life
Time Out Guides, 2007
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
General editor Peter Boxall, Cassell, 2012
The Ultimate Teen Book Guide
Edited by Daniel Hahn and Leonie Flynn, A & C Black, 2010
Who Next...? A Guide to Children's Authors
Edited by Viv Warren and Mary Yardley, LISU, Loughborough University, 4th edition, 2011.
Who's Who of Twentieth Century Novelists
Edited by Tim Woods, Routledge, 2001