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.

Latest News for: Mystery fiction


Dark & Stormy Night Returns: Mystery writers in Lincoln City

The News Guard 02 Oct 2022
Driftwood Public Library is delighted to announce the schedule of mystery writers for its annual Dark & Stormy Night series for this October ... Nineteen years ago, Driftwood teamed with the late Marcy Taylor to bring Northwest mystery writers to the Oregon coast ... Mystery writers Wendy Wagner, Elle Marr, Lana M....

Book Review | Rowling’s edgy whodunit isn’t all that controversial

Deccan Chronicle 02 Oct 2022
Warning ... There is my general addiction to crime fiction ... The weird world of social media and the equally mysterious world of fan fiction which came to life through social media is not necessarily easy to understand ... The biggest complaint however ought not to be the one throwaway line about a fictional hermaphrodite worm in a piece of fiction ... pp ... .......

Tucker drew on Bloomington-Normal ties for his science fiction, mysteries

The Pantagraph 02 Oct 2022
Bloomington-Normal sometimes popped up in the works of science fiction and mystery writer and Sci-fi fandom pioneer Wilson Tucker. Why not? He lived there ... ....

Interesting article about the Nord gas pipe leaks

Democratic Underground 01 Oct 2022
https.// Lots more at the link, no paywall ... It’s a non-fiction story that fiction writers like Tom Clancy or Ian Fleming could have dug their teeth into. a pair of mysterious leaks appear in a key strategic pipeline between countries in conflict ... ....

The best horror movie prequels

Digital Trends 01 Oct 2022
Based on the nonfiction book by Jay Anson (who the Lutz’s collaborated with), it’s still a mystery to this day as to whether or not these supernatural events actually occurred, but that didn’t stop Hollywood from producing a series of cinematic follow-ups ... Genre Science Fiction, Adventure, Mystery ... Genre Horror, Mystery, Thriller....

tucker portrait and cover

The Pantagraph 30 Sep 2022
This composite images shows late Twin City science fiction and mystery writer Arthur WilsonBob” Tucker, as seen in 1985, and the cover of an inscribed copy of his 1952 post-apocalyptic novel "The Long Loud Silence." ... ....

Author Philip E. Barrington’s New Novel: Based on a Thrilling True Story

LA Weekly 30 Sep 2022
As he races against the clock to find a cure, Grant’s journey will take him from the streets of New York City to a mysterious castle, hidden in the wilderness of Bavaria. Truth Stranger Than Fiction ... While parts of this story are fictionalized, author Barrington urges his readers to keep an open mind....

The history of mystery

Courier Express 29 Sep 2022
So, why was there no such thing as mystery fiction before the 1800s? Likely because law enforcement had not previously been so organized as to establish a police department and hire investigative detectives ... Mystery fiction for ... Mystery fiction is a challenge to read and to write....

Kathy Boatman (nee’ Kathryn Anne Peoples)

Citizen Tribune 29 Sep 2022
She demolished one mystery or thriller series after another, occasionally turning to non-fiction or comparative religion or mythology ... She demolished one mystery or thriller series after another, occasionally turning to non-fiction or comparative religion or mythology....

Author Lisa See to discuss ‘The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane’ in Helena

Independent Record 29 Sep 2022
Marga Lincoln For the Independent Record. If you go. What. An Evening with Author Lisa See discussing ‘The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane’. When. 7 p.m ... 4. Where ... See, an award-winning author of 11 books ranging from nonfiction, to mysteries to historical fiction, is working on her newest book, “Lady Tan’s Circle of Women,” due out next June ... ....

Books set in Colorado

Fox31 Denver 28 Sep 2022
Mystery, Cozy Mystery, Fiction, Mystery Thriller ... Mystery, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Crime ... Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense ... Mystery, Fiction, Books About Books, Mystery Thriller ... Meade Mysteries #1) ... Mystery, Historical Fiction, Historical, Cozy Mystery ... Fiction, Mystery, Queer, LGBT ... Historical Fiction, Mystery ... Fiction, Thriller, Horror, Mystery....


Pressat 28 Sep 2022
The prize invites submissions from unagented authors from Black, Asian, Indigenous and minority ethnic backgrounds writing in crime fiction genres including electrifying psychological thrillers, cosy mysteries, gritty police procedurals, twisty chillers, unputdownable suspense mysteries and shocking domestic noirs....

Review: 'Natural History,' by Andrea Barrett

Finger Lakes Times 28 Sep 2022
FICTION. A 19th-century teacher and amateur scientist studies the mysteries of the natural world — and the human heart ... It lies in the roots of her fiction, which reflects a fascination with mapping and understanding the natural world ... This contradiction fuels her fiction, and in ......