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Elements of a Mystery. Characters. Suspects: character(s) who may have committed the crime or caused the problem. Detectives: character(s) trying to solve the mystery. Witnesses: character(s) who saw the crime being committed. Elements of a Mystery. Setting: Where the mystery takes place

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Elements of a Mystery

Characters

Suspects: character(s) who may have committed the crime or caused the problem

Detectives: character(s) trying to solve the mystery

Witnesses: character(s) who saw the crime being committed

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Elements of a Mystery

  • Setting:
    • Where the mystery takes place
    • Can help create mood of the story
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Elements of a Mystery

Plot: The story of the mystery

Usually, the story includes one of the following:

  • a problem that needs to be solved
  • an event that cannot be explained
  • a secret
  • something lost or missing
  • a crime that has been committed
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Elements of a Mystery

Clues: hints that help the detective and the reader solve the mystery

Clues can be objects that are found or things people say or do

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Elements of a Mystery

Red Herrings: distractions or false clues that lead a detective or reader off track or make it more difficult to solve the mystery

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Elements of a Mystery

Structure

Introduction/Beginning: meet the characters and learn about the problem

Body/Middle: detectives work to solve the mystery by gathering clues and interviewing suspects

Conclusion/End: the mystery is solved