Mystery (genre)

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Mystery is a genre of media and literature focusing on characters uncovering some hidden truth or secret. Many focus on criminal acts and finding the identity of a culprit or proving someone's guilt through logic and reasoning. Through narrative techniques, the reader/viewer is invited to attempt to figure out the solution before it is revealed.


Mystery fiction began to be published in the early-mid 19th century, with authors like Edgar Allan Poe and E. T. A. Hoffmann. The Sherlock Holmes series was arguably the most well-known of such works, and cemented the genre's popularity. These were often serialized in magazines, due their format of one central puzzle and a recurring central character, usually a detective.

Since then, many sub-genres of mystery stories have been developed and marketed.

List of Mystery fandoms