Mystery Genre: Definition, Characteristics @ Elements

Mystery genre
A type of fiction in which a detective, or other professional, solves a crime series of crimes. It can take the form of a novel or short story. This genre may also be called detective or crime novels.

General plot
The main plot, or key events, in a mystery novel or short story focuses on the crime that needs solving.

Or central character, is the detective, and the rest of the characters are usually the suspects.

A literary device that hints at events to come, as well as plot twists and suspects’ motives.

Which support suspects’ whereabouts at the time of the crime

Also known as figures of speech, or other plot-related tools in mystery stories, such as foreshadowing, suspense and inference gaps. They may also hide evidence or try to distract readers with red herrings.

Details about the plot are obscured to create tension and leave both the characters and reading audience lingering in uncertainty.

Inference gaps
The audience may have to fill in gaps in the story to solve the crime. For example, they may ask themselves questions and find story-related connections in other details.

Hidden evidence
Author may present seemingly unimportant details, but they really offer clues to the crime.

Red herring
The author may use deliberately misleading clues to throw the reader off track.

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