mystery fiction

genre of fiction usually involving a mysterious death or a crime to be solved

Mystery fiction is a genre of fiction that usually involves a mysterious death or a crime to be solved. Often within a closed circle of suspects, each suspect is usually provided with a credible motive and a reasonable opportunity for committing the crime. The central character is often a detective (like Sherlock Holmes, who, with his assistant, Dr. Watson), eventually solves the mystery by logical deduction from facts presented to the reader. Some mystery books are non-fiction. "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 can involve a supernatural mystery in which the solution does not have to be logical and even in which there is no crime involved. This usage was common in the pulp magazines of the 1930s and 1940s, whose titles such as Dime Mystery, Thrilling Mystery and Spicy Mystery offered what were then described as complicated to solve and weird stories: supernatural horror in the vein of Grand Guignol. That contrasted with parallel titles of the same names which contained conventional hardboiled crime fiction. The first use of "mystery" in that sense was by Dime Mystery, which started out as an ordinary crime fiction magazine but switched to "weird menace" during the later part of 1933.
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Series

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

collection of short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

author: Arthur Conan Doyle
illustrator: Sidney Paget

1905

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

collection of short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

author: Arthur Conan Doyle
illustrator: Sidney Paget

2001

The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

collection of short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

author: Arthur Conan Doyle

1927

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

collection of short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

author: Arthur Conan Doyle

1894

His Last Bow

collection of short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

author: Arthur Conan Doyle

1917

1. The Shadow of the Wind

2001 novel by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
illustrator: Mikio Okamoto

2001

1. Angels & Demons

2000 mystery-thriller novel by Dan Brown

author: Dan Brown

2000

The Caves of Steel

book by Isaac Asimov

author: Isaac Asimov

1954

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