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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New books added to Dunn Library collection

The Daily Record - Dunn 30 Nov 2022
The Plot and the Pendulum,” Jenn McKinlay, Detective and Mystery Fiction ... A Magical Cats Mystery,” Sofie Kelly, Detective and Mystery Fiction. “Sign Here,” Claudie Lux, Detective and Mystery Fiction. “A Trace of Poison,” Colleen Cambridge, Detective and Mystery Fiction. “The Bequest,” Joanna Margaret, Detective and Mystery Fiction....

Meet 24 authors at book fair Saturday in Rockport

Gloucester Times 29 Nov 2022
Edith Maxwell/Maddie Day, mystery fiction; Julie Hennrikus/Julieanne Holmes/J.A. Hennrikus, mystery fiction; Cate Conte/Liz Mugavero, mystery fiction; Innkeepers of Rockport ... Bill Scannell, fiction; Wayne Soini, fiction and nonfiction; and the Woodman family, cookbook/memoir....

Pee Dee Author Expo scheduled Saturday

SCNOW Morning News 29 Nov 2022
Patricia Brandon, a Rule of Life (YA/historical fiction). Yasmin Angoe Nena Knight books (fiction, thriller). Caleb Wygal Myrtle Beach Mysteries series (fiction, mystery) ... Brent Hensley Womack Mystery series (fiction, mystery) ... Becky Muth Myrtle Beach Memories (fiction, mystery). Georgia Gates Baker Street Bistro Mystery series (fiction, mystery)....

Kickstarter Cancelled In The Most Brutal Way Possible

Kotaku 29 Nov 2022
Mystery Flesh Pit National Park is a fictional project by Trevor Roberts, who having started on Reddit has for the past few years has been posting stories and artwork to his website, fleshing (sorry) out the tale of a huge creature that is discovered underground in Texas andturned into a tourist attraction....

Whodunit? In Anthony Horowitz’s new novel, the villain may be the author.

The Washington Post 29 Nov 2022
"The Twist of a Knife" toys with readers’ expectations, mixing fact and fiction to create a witty, entertaining murder mystery ... ....

Kate Hudson Absolutely Kills in ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’

The Daily Beast 29 Nov 2022
23.) The early days of the pandemic have left Benoit in something of a rut, when he receives an invitation from eccentric billionaire and reputed “genius” Miles Bron (Edward Norton) to a murder mystery where guests will solve Miles’ (fictional) untimely demise....

Julie McDonald Commentary: Author’s Book Describes Crucial Role of Community Libraries

The Centralia Chronicle 29 Nov 2022
Timberland has provided a kiosk inside the library there ... I’ve listened to presentations by well-known fiction and nonfiction authors ... The Longmire Mystery series; Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks; thriller author Brad Meltzer of The Lightning Rod fame; and Maria Semple, who wrote Where’d You Go, Bernadette....

222 Best Books of All Time, With Personal Picks from Authors

The Post and Courier 29 Nov 2022
You’ll find all types of works of fiction—picture books and romances and fantasies and westerns and young adult novels and good ole fiction and mysteries and classics and recent works we believe will be classics in years to come ... We can name 100 great mysteries (in fact we have) ... Agatha Christie is the most popular mystery writer of all time....

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers on challenge of portraying an Indigenous cop on 'Three Pines'

North Shore News 29 Nov 2022
Isabelle Lacoste an Indigenous woman, instead of white ... Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec as he investigates mysterious murders in the quaint fictional town of Three Pines, itself a character in the books, which have also touched on other social issues including COVID-19 and the opioid crisis ... She adds that playing Sgt ... 29, 2022 ... ....

Review: S.A. Cosby’s reissued debut thriller proves he was a master from the start

The Los Angeles Times 28 Nov 2022
Esau Watkins dies under mysterious circumstances — rumored to be suicide — two members of his congregation are certain he was murdered; they prevail on Nathan to make inquiries with his former employer ... Books Five of 2020’s best crime writers on where mystery fiction is today....

Leo Laporte, KFI’s ‘The Tech Guy,’ will retire from radio in December

Redlands Daily Facts 28 Nov 2022
Leo Laporte — “The Tech Guy” — heard locally on KFI (640 AM) Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., announced his retirement from radio effective in December. His last live show will air Dec. 18 ... 19 edition of the program ... Farm Radio ... Radio . ... A murder in LA County fuels ‘Unlicensed’ podcast’s fictional mystery ... ....

Stu Pospisil: This holiday season, consider giving the gift of Omaha history

Omaha World-Herald 27 Nov 2022
Fiction. Next year’s top fiction read should be the next One Book One Nebraska, Mignon Eberhart’s “The Mystery of Hunting’s End” (Bison Books, 1998; originally published in 1930). It was the third of the Lincoln-born Eberhart’s 59 novels, mainly detective fiction, penned before her death in 1996 at 97....

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