Mystery fiction

Mystery fiction is a genre of fiction usually involving a mysterious death or a crime to be solved. In a closed circle of suspects, each suspect must have a credible motive and a reasonable opportunity for committing the crime. The central character must be a detective who eventually solves the mystery by logical deduction from facts fairly presented to the reader. Sometimes mystery books are nonfictional. "Mystery fiction" can be detective stories in which the emphasis is on the puzzle or suspense element and its logical solution such as a whodunit. Mystery fiction can be contrasted with hardboiled detective stories, which focus on action and gritty realism.

Mystery fiction may involve a supernatural mystery where the solution does not have to be logical, and even no crime involved. This usage was common in the pulp magazines of the 1930s and 1940s, where titles such as Dime Mystery, Thrilling Mystery and Spicy Mystery offered what at the time were described as "weird menace" stories—supernatural horror in the vein of Grand Guignol. This contrasted with parallel titles of the same names which contained conventional hardboiled crime fiction. The first use of "mystery" in this sense was by Dime Mystery, which started out as an ordinary crime fiction magazine but switched to "weird menace" during the latter part of 1933.

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Review: Detective work in bio leads to real Mickey Spillane

Federal News Radio 06 Feb 2023
King of Pulp Fiction” by Max Allan Collins and James L. Traylor (Mysterious Press). In fiction an “unreliable narrator” can’t be trusted as he or she spins the story at hand ... King of Pulp Fiction” by Max Allan Collins and James L. Traylor (Mysterious Press). In fiction an ......

Shop Local: Turn to small businesses for unique and special Valentine’s Day gifts

The Tribune Greeley 06 Feb 2023
The spirit of Valentine’s Day is spreading love and when you’re noodling on gifts to get your sweetie, show the love to small businesses and organizations ... The store also has a nice collection of children’s and young adult books in addition to its vast selection of fiction, non-fiction, mystery, do-it-yourself, cookbooks and books of other genres....

Book collectors swoon for the California International Antiquarian Book Fair, Feb. 10-12, in Pasadena

San Gabriel Valley Tribune 05 Feb 2023
Generally acknowledged as the world’s leading collector of mystery and detective fiction books, Guymon, who died in 1983, gifted his alma mater with what is now known as the Ned Guymon Collection of Mystery and Detective Fiction....

Scott D. Pierce: Why can’t Syfy come up with a good outer-space show?

The Salt Lake Tribune 05 Feb 2023
One of the great mysteries of television is why a channel devoted to science fiction has found it all but impossible to come up with a good series set in outer space. The Syfy Channel’s almost-unbroken string of failure continues with “The Ark.” ....

Google taking slow route with AI

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 05 Feb 2023
NEW YORK -- Before the artificial intelligence tool ChatGPT was unleashed into the world, the novelist Robin Sloan was testing a similar AI writing assistant built by researchers at Google ... And they weren't ... A fictionalized Google was central to the plot of Sloan's popular 2012 novel about a mysterious San Francisco bookstore ... ....

LNP blocks Gerard Rennick recruits as party seeks to ‘keep out the cookers’

The Observer 05 Feb 2023
Diane Demetre gained some notoriety as an author of a series of erotic fiction novels and a couple of murder mysteries. But her most recent writings strike a very different tone ... She also urges her followers to get involved in party politics and help sway preselections ... Ben Smee. Read more ... He also brought a pile of LNP membership forms ... Photograph ... ....

In Ascension by Martin MacInnes review — a blast of literary sci-fi

The Times/The Sunday Times 04 Feb 2023
In Ascension is a science-fiction vehicle driven with the literary brakes jammed on. Ecological mysteries (such as that newly discovered chasm beneath the ......

Off the shelf: Duncan Library's newest weekly items

The Duncan Banner 04 Feb 2023
This week, Feb. 2 through Feb. 9 the Duncan Public Library brought on a few new movies and TV shows you might want to watch. Equalizer 2; Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul; London River; Lovely and Amazing; NCIS Season 13; Power of the Dog; Uncle Drew ... And as usual, we have a wide range of fiction/mysteries/thrillers to choose from ... ....

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Commonwealth Journal 04 Feb 2023
COMMONWEALTH JOURNAL. Sometimes we find ourselves longing for the “good old days,” but would we really want to go back to some of our old ways? It depends, I suppose ... Beshear Will Decide Whether to Sue LCMC. State Attorney General Steven L ... Fiction, Non-Fiction, Religious, Mysteries, Harlequin, Gothic, Regency, Romance, Westerns, War, Occult, Classics....

CAUSE UKNOWN: The Epidemic of Sudden Deaths in 2021-2022

Principia Scientific 03 Feb 2023
Judging by media reporting, the cause of their deaths is unknown. The two great athletes—both at the pinnacle of human fitness—apparently just died ... The story it tells seems like something out of a dystopian science fiction novel, but in fact it falls squarely within the true crime genre. At its heart is a mystery that now confronts all of mankind ... Mr....

Saint Omer review – witchcraft and baby killing in extraordinary real-life courtroom drama

The Guardian 02 Feb 2023
Alice Diop’s unnerving fiction feature is based on the true case of a Senegalese immigrant accused in the French court of murdering her 15-month-old ... mysterious, tragic and intimately unnerving....

007 Sale Includes Over 100 James Bond Items, From Scripts to Storyboards

Barrons 02 Feb 2023
In addition to the items for sale, this year’s fair also includes some special collection exhibitions, including an exhibition of books and materials from Helen Brown, the inventor of “California Cuisine”; the Ned Guymon collection of mystery and detective fiction at Occidental ......

Signalis Examines Why Humanity Chooses to Preserve Grief

The Escapist 02 Feb 2023
I’ve lost important people to factors that were out of my hands. We all have. These friends helped shape who I am as a person, and I will forever be indebted to them ... A short story collection tinted with grief, The King in Yellow features a fictional play of the same name whose mysterious second act drives people insane ... .......

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