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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The Saratogian 10 Jun 2023
“An Ancestor Mystery Solved through DNA” will be the program topic ... poisons and mysteries, though she’s never poisoned anyone or tried to write a mystery ... Over the years, mystery writers throughout North America have sought Luci’s expertise on poisoning their fictional characters....

Lowe-Volk park announces upcoming programs

Richland Source 09 Jun 2023
CRESTLINE -- Lowe-Volk Park, located at 2401 State Route 598 near Crestline, will be the site of three upcoming programs. Lowe-Volk Park is located 3 miles north of US Route 30 ... Ohio Odonata Society Conference. Saturday, June 17 8.30 a.m. to 4 p.m ... Fiction, non-fiction, comedies, tragedies, mysteries, classics, all types are welcomed and enjoyed ... ....

The Book Pages: 12 must-read mysteries for summer and beyond

LA Daily News 09 Jun 2023
Cosby about his acclaimed new novel, “All the Sinners Bleed.” My colleague Samantha Dunn interviewed Eliza Jane Brazier about her murder mysteryGirls and Their Horses.” Regular contributor Michael Schaub talked to Ivy Pochoda about her hard-hitting novel “Sing Her Down.” ... The mystery of ‘Sinners’....

'Aurora Teagarden Mysteries' Return With a New Star

The Post and Courier 08 Jun 2023
When Candace Cameron Bure left Hallmark Channel for and exclusive overall deal with Great American Family, fans wondered if they would ever see another Aurora Teagarden mystery movie ... Something New which finds our favorite librarian and crime fiction enthusiast solving a new mystery with her childhood friends ... When does Aurora Teagarden Mysteries....

Lenape district announces 2023-24 common reading list

The Trentonian 08 Jun 2023
“Our goal remains consistent every year ... Editors asked for recommendations, and Montague submitted her own ... • Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine PaetroMystery Thriller ... • Nyxia by Scott Reintgen – Science Fiction/Fantasy. • Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt – Fiction/Mystery/Magical Realism ... .......

How P-22 and Nick Cave inspired the queer mountain lion in novel ‘Open Throat’

The Mercury News 08 Jun 2023
Hoke decided to write the novel after he had moved to New York and wanted to capture his experiences in California in fiction ... was like, with everything overheard, everything encountered sort of fleetingly and mysteriously and unfulfilled.”. Hoke’s novel is co-dedicated to P-22, but the famous cougar and the fictional heckit aren’t the same cat....

Inlandia column: Learning from other writers, including those in my classroom

Redlands Daily Facts 08 Jun 2023
By Alaina Bixon . Contributing Columnist ... I absorbed imagination and courage from those young writers ... (Courtesy of David DeMartini). A poet in a workshop said she likes to “genre hop,” a process that expands her ability through experimenting with fantasy, speculative fiction, mystery or manga, even if she’ll never use those pieces in a finished work ... ....

Bestselling author James Patterson says Idaho murders suspect Bryan Kohberger 'wanted to create the perfect ...

The Daily Mail 07 Jun 2023
Patterson, best known for his fictional mysteries including the Alex Cross series, told NewsNation on Tuesday that even after Kohberger's arrest, a number of compelling questions swirled around the case ... Among the biggest mysteries to be answered in the case is the question of motive....

An iconic Doctor Who star is returning to the show for its 14th series with ...

The Daily Mail 07 Jun 2023
Of her return, Bonnie said. 'I am absolutely thrilled to be bringing Melanie Bush back ... The Broadway star, 38, who is known for the crime series Mindhunter, was previously announced to be joining the science fiction series. The BBC said he will play a 'mysterious and exciting' guest part where he will be 'jumping aboard the Tardis'. ....


TDN 07 Jun 2023
THE DAILY NEWS. Mark Morris class of '71 meetup. June 8, 117 W. A St., Rainier, Oregon. The Mark Morris Class of 1971 will be holding its monthly luncheon at noon Thursday at El Tapatio Family Mexican Restaurant ... Police ... Mt ... The sale will feature mystery, fiction, romance, children, young adult, home-school, and more at the future site of the new library....

Voices report finds audiobooks enable greater literature consumption

The Philadelphia Tribune 07 Jun 2023
... style, audio quality, and overall performance is a significant factor in how we enjoy media and entertainment.Fiction genres reign as top choices for listeners. The most popular genres for the audiobook format are Mystery and Thriller (55%) and Science Fiction and Fantasy (48%)....

All Your 'Cruel Summer' Season 2 Questions and Theories So Far

The Marshall News Messenger 06 Jun 2023
Cruel Summer is finally back after a two-year break—with a new cast, new characters, a new mystery, and lots of new questions and theories. This time around, the drama takes place in the fictional seaside town of Chatham, Washington, and centers on two frenemies....

Logan-Hocking student wins $500 scholarship from district

The Logan Daily News 06 Jun 2023
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