Mystery Genre Terms & Vocabulary

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Mystery Genre Terms & Vocabulary

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

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