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Mystery & Detective Fiction


Welcome to Mystery


Most credit Edgar Allan Poe with "inventing" the Mystery story, but it was the great Mystery authors like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, and Agatha Christie, creator of the two classic amateur sleuths, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, who established the genre. 

Whether Cozy or Classic, Humorous or Hard-boiled, you can find a Mystery novel set in nearly any historical time period, in any part of the world.

Mysteries are, at their heart, puzzles to solve. Whether it is an amateur sleuth, a grizzled Private Detective, or a Police Officer who cracks the case, we invite you to try to figure out the puzzle right along with them.



Appeal of Mysteries

Mysteries offer the reader a world in which justice and order prevail. They are a modern version of the medieval morality play, in which good and evil battle for dominance.  All too often in the real world, justice is not served and order is not restored. How very satisfying for many readers to see the reverse come tue in mystery fiction. This orderly structure of the mystery genre is a powerful element of a book's appeal for many readers.

For some mystery readers, it is all about the puzzle. These readers want a plot that challeges them to solve the crime, using clues the author has woven into the story, before the authors' fictional detective finds out who dunit. Puzzle-based mysteries have had a major role in the genre since the beginning.

Other readers enjoy intriquing characters. Some readers could care less about what actural mystery is being solved but enjoy speding time with a favorite protagonist.

Mystery readers also like that they often learn something while reading their favorite novels. Many mystery novelists use their own individual expertise in a particular subject area to give their books a unique flavor. 

Mystery authors know the power of an entertaining story. And readers know they can count on mystery authors and their books to keep them turning the pages.


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Favorite Fictional Detective

Favorite Fictional Detective is... Sherlock Holmes

Spine Label


The Davenport Public Library uses this label to identify mystery books.