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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Epoch Booklist: Recommended Reading for July 1–7

The Epoch Times 01 Jul 2022
This week we feature a collection of great mysteries, alongside a discussion of why civilizations fall and a thrilling tale of a boy surviving in the wild. Fiction ... and through her, the mysteries of the town will be revealed....

Tara Ward: The Terminal List, The Lazarus Project, Good Grief

NewstalkZB 01 Jul 2022
A science fiction thriller about a mysterious time loop that lets a secret organisation go back in time ......

5 new summer paperbacks for those sunny days

The Virginian-Pilot 01 Jul 2022
Charlotte McConaghy’s second novel was highly anticipated last year after her first drew comparisons to “Moby Dick.” “Once There Were Wolves,” like that Melvillian novel, brings the reader into a world where humans have beaten the world into submission and out of balance, and mixes literary eco-fiction with elements of mystery and thriller novels ... ....

BookTrib’s Bites: Crime, Romance, Comedy, Passion, Investigations

The Colchester Sun 30 Jun 2022
The Golden Girls” meets “Married to the Mob” in this madcap mystery series packing Mafioso-style mayhem peppered with a generous dollop of Southern-style sarcasm. A laugh-out-loud treat sure to satisfy fans of cozy mysteries and women’s fiction alike ... Midlife Mystery Series.”....

July 2022 movie preview: Thor, Minions, and Jordan Peele storm the multiplex

Digital Trends 30 Jun 2022
Genre Drama, Mystery ... Murder mystery enthusiasts, fans of the novel, those hoping for Daisy Edgar-Jones to become a movie star ... Based on a best-selling novel by Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing is a deep-fried murder mystery full of twists and turns ... Genre Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller....

I realized I had a rare illness after my symptoms appeared on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

New York Post 30 Jun 2022
More On. health. Juul e-cigarettes helped me quit smoking, please don’t ban them. Man with ‘whistling scrotum’ escapes death after bizarre medical emergency ... The hit series “Grey’s Anatomy” might be fiction, but for one 22-year-old, it solved her medical mystery ... But, despite the diagnosis, her problems were far from solved ... .......

Local author’s book named finalist

Weatherford Democrat 29 Jun 2022
Local author JoDee Neathery’s book “A Kind of Hush” has been named as one of five finalists in the 16th annual National Indie Excellence Awards in the highly contested mystery category ... “A Kind of Hush” is classified as literary fiction with flash mystery and is character driven....

Book Donations Needed at Library

The Athens Messenger 29 Jun 2022
Sales at the book store will be made on the honor system ... Presently, the library is accepting hard back and paperback books that are in good condition ... The most sellable genres of books the library is looking for include, fiction, mystery/suspense, romance, science fiction/fantasy, philosophy, religion, self-help, gardening, birding and travel ... 9 a.m....

5 new summer reads for those sunny days

Finger Lakes Times 29 Jun 2022
It's summer, and here with it are all the pleasures of reading outside ... Here are five newly released paperbacks ... "Once There Were Wolves," like that Melvillian first novel, brings the reader into a world where humans have beaten the world into submission and out of balance, and mixes literary eco-fiction with elements of mystery and thriller novels ... ....

Reviewed in short: New books from Sophie Pavelle, Brendan Simms and Steven McGregor, Ana Kinsella ...

New Statesman 29 Jun 2022
Forget Me Not ... By India Bourke ... This quirky, sometimes fussy valedictory text features enjoyably grouchy dealings with past critics – an interviewer is “dim-witted”, an unfavourable reviewer is “a fool” – unabashed self-evaluation (The Plains, his best-known book, is an “extraordinary work”), and idiosyncratic, mysterious ideas about writing fiction....

Darin Miller's New Fiction Book Receives A Warm Literary Welcome

MENA FN 29 Jun 2022
(MENAFN - GetNews) Readers' Favorite announces the review of the FictionMysterySleuth book–Reunion– by Darin Miller, currently available at . Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book ... ....

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