Mystery is a type of fiction in which a detective, or other professional, solves a crime or series of crimes.
Cozy Mystery: A low stakes mystery set in a small town. A crime fiction that gives readers a chance to delight in vicariously solving a murder—without graphic violence or sex.
Suspense is the intense feeling that an audience goes through while waiting for the outcome of certain events.
Detective/Private Investigator: Classic mystery novels where the protagonist is either asked to or volunteers to solve a crime or series of crimes.
Police Procedural: A police detective following the law to solve a high stakes crime. Typically graphic in its descriptions of violence.
Thriller: Features a high stakes plot that elicits anxiety where the goal is often to prevent a crime versus solve a crime.
Noir: A stylized mystery with a cynical protagonist.
Captured by an author's pen
Words trapped in paper cages
Await one who'll choose to try
To sate curiosity
By peeking inside for a look
Let their mind ride inky waves
Taking the time to explore
The visions described within
Words set free to live again
~Cindy J. Smith
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