Writing Mystery and Detective Fiction

'Detective' comes from the French 'detrere' -- 'to seek.' A detective story is an off-shoot of the mystery genre and, as such, its format is similar to that of a mystery. The detective story has some more definitive parameters, however.

Any good story contains several elements -- introduction, characterization, plot sequence, climax, denouement and conclusion. Essentially the mystery story is founded on detail and sequence. A mystery story does not need to be solved by the reader; it can be left open-ended. The detective story includes the same elements, but... read more!

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