A mystery can be defined as a work of fiction in which the character is asked to solve a puzzle. Mysteries combine crime and detection and the central question is 'whodunit?'. The focus of mysteries is on the detective and the process he or she uses to solve the crime.
Detectives in mystery stories are often characters who are developed over multi-title series. They vary in type from amateurs to professionals.
Source: Genreflecting: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests (7th ed.) by Cynthia Orr and Diana Tixier Herald (eds.) Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC. 2013
It is generally agreed that the mystery genre emerged in American literature in the mid-nineteenth century when Edgar Allan Poe introduced fictional detective C. Auguste Dupin in The Murders in the Rue Morgue, a short story published in 1841. Click here to read the complete story (it is out of copyright compliance due to date or publication): https://www.poemuseum.org/the-murders-in-the-rue-morgue
In these stories Poe created the standard elements of detective fiction such as "the locked room mystery" and a brilliant eccentric detective who solves the crime through careful reasoning and an "examination of devices", both elements which are still in use today.
The British writers Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins also made signficant contributions to the mystery genre, including:
Bleak House, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Dickens) and The Woman in White and The Moonstone by Collins
Source: The Mystery Readers' Advisory: The Librarian's Clues to Murder and Mayhem by John Charles, Joanna Morrison and Candace Clark. Chicago: American Library Association, 2002.
. These are crime novels that center around a detective (professional, amateur, or retired) investigating a crime or solving a murder case. Detective novels generally start with a mysterious incident or death and unfold as the detective follows leads, investigates suspects, and ultimately solves the case. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle introduced the world to the famous Sherlock Holmes in 1887, when he first began writing the series of stories featuring the popular detective. Other well-known detective novelists include Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and Sue Grafton.
THE EDGAR ALLAN POE AWARDS
The Edgar Allan Poe Awards (popularly called the Edgars) are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America, based in New York City. Named after American writer Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849), a pioneer in the genre, the awards honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theater published or produced in the previous year.
Click here to access the Edgars database: http://theedgars.com/awards/
The purpose of the Northfield Library Mystery Book Group is to have a time and place for a group of people excited by mystery novels, to get together for lively discussion. We come together to discuss books and authors we might not otherwise know about and to challenge our minds to see the world through the different lenses of the author and club members. Join us us for an evening of discussion and camaraderie.
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