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Subcategories of Mystery Stories

Description about detective novels, true crime accounts, police procedurals, and potboiler suspense stories. Also, I will label what type And Then There Were None is and why it falls into that category.
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Raena Blas

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Crime and Mystery Writing Detective Novels Detective novels are a branch of crime fiction where a detective or detectives (either professional or amateur) are involved in solving a crime, often murder. Different Subcategories Detective Novels
True Crime Accounts
Police Procedurals
Potboiler Suspense Stories
Locked Room Mysteries The Sherlock Holmes Mysteries are a great example of Detective Novels. True Crime Accounts True Crime is a non-fiction literary and film genre in which the author writes about an actual crime and details the actions of real people Portrait of a Killer-Jack the Ripper: Case Closed by crime novelist, Patricia Cornwell is an example of a True Crime Accounts story. Portrait of a Killer- Jack the Ripper: Case Closed This book presents the story of the 19th Century British painter, and also serial killer, Walter Sickert. Although, he is better known by his nickname, "Jack the Ripper." He murdered and mutilated at least five prostitutes in the East End of London in 1888. He found all his victims by patiently waiting for them in dark alleys where he would then, sneak up behind them. Here is a scene from the movie. Police Procedurals A Police Procedural relates to detective stories. They attempt to depict actions of a police force as they investigate crimes. While most detective novels focus on one crime at a time, police procedurals often work in several unrelated crime acts into a single story. They display quite a few police related topics. Some of them include: Forensics
Autopsies
The gathering of evidence
The use of search warrants
Interrogation A few examples of Police Procedurals are: Any and all CSI(Crime Scene Investigation) shows
Castle
Law and Order
Southland Potboiler Suspense Stories Novels that are considered potboilers might also be known as pulp fiction or "page turners." And potboiler films can be considered as "popcorn movies" Usually when someone calls a story a potboiler, it is meant as a negative comment or insult. It is a term to occasionally describe a poor quality book, play, opera, etc. Or a potboiler is something in which little effort was put into making it. But they are also stories that keep the reader on edge and keeps them guessing. The point of this type of work is that it is fast. "It is created to make quick money, to provide one's livelihood." -A quote by Paramount. Authors of potboiler novels and screenplays are called hack writers. Although, there are some cases where potboilers can be considered as a compliment. In a 2007 review of the 1972 Sam Peckinpah film, The Getaway, starring Steve McQueen was called " a 70's outlaws-on-the-run potboiler. A poor man's version of Bonnie and Clyde." But they do state that McQueen's performance was not particularly artistic. He still has nothing to be ashamed of. Over the years, potboilers have begun to be called by a new name: thrillers. Some examples of thrillers are:
Silence of the Lambs
The Usual Suspects
The James Patterson books And Then There Were None Locked Room Mystery A crime-usually murder- is committed under impossible circumstances. It normally involves a crime scene which no one could have possibly entered or left a locked room. It is presented with many clues and encourages the reader to predict the ending before it is revealed. I think that And Then There Were None is an example that meets between a potboiler story and a locked room mystery. It is a potboiler because Agatha Christie's style of writing keeps the reader guessing until the very end. Everyone realizes that the deaths of each person corresponds with the Ten Little Indian Boys nursery rhyme. They decide that the killer must be one of the guests on the island. They have to ask themselves: Who can I trust? Who is the killer? It is a locked room mystery because everyone thought it would be impossible for someone to be killing on the island and not be noticed. Example: Wargrave's bottled note states that when everyone attended toMrs. Rogers when she fainted, it was easy for him to slip cyanide into Marston's glass. Thank you very much :P
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