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1 Mystery & Suspense Terms Historical and Cultural Text

2 DEFINITIONS TO LEARN 1.Sleuth: k. “private eye”/private investigator/detective investigating the case 2.Sidekick : q. ”helper,” person/animal who helps detective investigate the crime 3.Victim : p. person to whom the crime happened 4.Snitch : g. person who tells on someone else 5.Suspect : e. a person who may be involved in the crime

3 DEFINITIONS TO LEARN 6.Witness: o. someone who saw what happened 7.Culprit: d. person who committed or assists in the crime 8.Fugitive: h. person running from the law 9.Secondary Source: t. witness who has information s/he heard from someone else 10. Crime: n. illegal act that is committed 11. Clues: a. pieces of the puzzle that help solve the mystery

4 DEFINITIONS TO LEARN 12. Lead: l. information or clues concerning the case 13. Interrogate: s. to ask questions related to the crime 14.Alibi : j. proof that a suspect was nowhere near the crime 15.Evidence : f. something that helps prove who the criminal is

5 DEFINITIONS TO LEARN 16.Deduction: c. using the facts to infer a conclusion 17.Breakthrough: b. A discovery that helps solve the crime 18. Hunch: r. A guess or feeling not based on facts 19. Motive: m. A reason that a person does something-can include anger, hatred, love, or greed 20. Red Herring: i. a false clue or lead

6 Elements of a Mystery A crime Variety of characters Clues Suspense and tension Solution

7 RED HERRING The phrase means “camouflage” and comes from the process of cooking a herring (type of fish). When a herring is cooked over a wood fire, it turns a dark reddish color and gains a strong flavor and scent. The smell is so strong that it overwhelms other scents.

8 DEFINITIONS TO LEARN Red Herring: a false clue or lead According to some old tales, criminals would use red herrings to confuse search hounds and throw them off the trail. Sometimes writers of detective fiction deliberately “fake-out” readers by planting misleading clues—known as red herrings.

9 Mystery A story is a mystery if there are “unknowns” Who, what, when, where, why??

10 DETECTIVE FICTION: One of the most popular types of the mystery genre It provides a puzzle that must be solved like a mathematical equation a musical score or a scientific experiment.

11 DETECTIVE FICTION: TYPICALLY: involves a mysterious death the protagonist is a detective he/she solves the mystery by deduction there are multiple suspects each suspect must have a motive as well as a reasonable opportunity for committing the crime

12 DETECTIVE FICTION: Why is it fun to read? The reader can act as the detective (or sidekick) and piece the clues together to solve the mystery

13 SIDEKICKS A sidekick can act like a sounding board

14 Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective created by author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.Sir Arthur Conan Doyle A London-based "consulting detective" whose abilities border on the fantastic, Holmes is famous for his astute logical reasoning, his ability to adopt almost any disguise.logical reasoning Holmes, who first appeared in publication in 1887, was featured in four novels and 56 short stories.

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