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    • Mystery Genre Terms and Vocabulary
    • Alibi An excuse that an accused person uses to show that he or she was not at the scene of the crime
    • Cliffhanger A suspenseful situation occurring at the end of a chapter, scene, or episode
    • Clue A fact or object that gives information toward solving the crime
    • Deduce To infer by logical reasoning
    • Deduction Drawing a conclusion
    • Detective A person who investigates crimes and gathers information
    • Evidence A thing or statement tat helps to prove who committed the crime
    • Flashback Literary or cinematic (movie) device in which an earlier event is inserted into the normal chronological order of a narrative
    • Foreshadowing To present an indication or a suggestion of beforehand (a hint at something that will occur later in the story)
    • Hunch A guess or feeling not based on facts
    • Motive A reason that a person does something – can include anger, hatred, love, greed, or fear
    • Mystery Something that is unknown
    • Planted Having placed a misleading piece of evidence so as to be discovered (as in clues)
    • Red herring A false clue that throws the investigator off track
    • Sleuth Another name for a detective
    • Suspect A person who is suspected of a crime
    • Suspense Anxiety or apprehension resulting from an uncertain, undecided, or mysterious situation
    • Victim Someone who is harmed or has suffered some loss
    • Witness Someone who saw or can give a firsthand account of something