MYSTERY – “The who done it.” This genre, while having a lot of latitude along lines of style, convention, and theme, ultimately rallies along that previously mentioned time tested question. A mystery is ultimately a narrative in which a detective, professional or otherwise, solves some sort of puzzle. Most often that puzzle is a crime or a series of crimes, but that is not always a given. There are multitudes of sub-genres with which to play and varied focuses to inhabit. While “the who done it” is probably the most common focus, the why or how are often the subject of a mystery’s exploration as well.
Author Examples: Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, John Grisham, Walter Mosley, Deanna Raybourn, Katherine Neville, Michael Connelly