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All: Mystery

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Cozy Mystery

Crime takes place in a small town/village and the detective is an amateur sleuth who is a part of the community. Any sex or violence occurs off stage and is relatively bloodless.

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Crime Fiction

Narrative that centres on criminal acts where the villain is often revealed early in the story and it is a struggle between good and evil.

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Detective Fiction

Narrative in which a professional or amateur detective solves a crime. Emphasis is on the puzzle element and its logical solution.

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Golden Age Mystery

Era of classic murder mystery novels in the 1920/30s that follow Knox's "Ten Commandments:"
1) The criminal must be mentioned in the early part of the story, but must not be anyone whose thoughts the reader has been allowed to know.
2) All supernatural or preternatural agencies are ruled out as a matter of course.
3) Not more than one secret room or passage is allowable.
4) No hitherto undiscovered poisons may be used, nor any appliance which will need a long scientific explanation at the end.
5) No Chinaman must figure in the story (a reaction to, and criticism of, racial cliches prevalent in 1920s English writing).
6) No accident must ever help the detective, nor must he ever have an unaccountable intuition which proves to be right.
7) The detective himself must not commit the crime.
8) The detective is bound to declare any clues which he may discover.
9) The "sidekick" of the detective, the Watson, must not conceal from the reader any thoughts which pass through his mind: his intelligence must be slightly, but very slightly, below that of the average reader.
10)Twin brothers, and doubles generally, must not appear unless we have been duly prepared for them.

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Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction

Protagonist is an antihero detective who has been rendered cynical by the violence of organised crime that flourished during Prohibition (1920-1933) and its aftermath. Focus is on action and gritty realism with a tough/unsentimental style and graphic sex/violence.

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Legal Thriller

Combination of crime fiction and thriller where the major characters are lawyers and the justice system plays a major role.

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Mystery

The nature of an event, usually a murder or other crime, remains mysterious until the end of the story.

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Noir

Crime fiction where right and wrong are not clearly defined and the protagonist is seriously and often tragically flawed. Usually the protagonist is tied directly to the crime in some way, not an outsider called to solve the mystery.

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Police Procedural

Emphasises the investigative procedure of a police officer or department as the protagonist.

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True Crime

Non-fiction detailing an actual crime and the actions of real people.

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