Friday, April 26, 2019

Genre D&R: Mystery Suspense

Genre Definition and Recommendation is a feature where I will define a genre and a sub-genre definition and the make some recommendations.  

Mystery Definition found on Wikipedia
 Suspense Definition found on Wikipedia

Mystery fiction is a genre of fiction usually involving a mysterious death or a crime to be solved. Often with a closed circle of suspects, each suspect is usually provided with a credible motive and a reasonable opportunity for committing the crime. The central character will often be a detective who eventually solves the mystery by logical deduction from facts presented to the reader. Sometimes mystery books are nonfictional. "Mystery fiction" can be detective stories in which the emphasis is on the puzzle or suspense element and its logical solution such as a whodunit. Mystery fiction can be contrasted with hardboiled detective stories, which focus on action and gritty realism.

Suspense is a feeling of pleasurable fascination and excitement mixed with apprehension, tension, and anxiety developed from an unpredictable, mysterious, and rousing source of entertainment. The term most often refers to an audience's perceptions in a dramatic work.

I love all things mystery and all things suspense. There are many definitions out there for suspense and thriller... .some bind them together and some separate them. Some websites have mystery as the genre and suspense or thriller as the sub-genre... or the other way around. I find it that it can be either way. I feel that if the mystery is the main focus then that is the main genre and then the added bonus of suspense and thriller. If the suspense or thriller is the main focus and the mystery kind of falls into the story then.... well... Suspense or thriller is the main genre and mystery as the sub. This post is about the main genre Mystery and then suspense gets added in for a bit of extra fun.  

Now I feel that suspense and thriller are different but some say they are the same but with different names. For my recommendations I will follow what I think... which is suspense in the constant fear something will happen... but maybe nothing ever does... its the anticipation of it all. The thrillers are chases and hiding and being pursued. The actual act of something happening. There are of course problems in my thinking as what are psychological thrillers. Well kind of a suspense and a thriller that may or may not be all in the head of the main character. So there is a fine line with it all. But for this post of recommendations... Mystery suspense is a thing... and its a book that focuses on the puzzle or the anticipation of something happening. 

My Recommendations: 

Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake, #1)The Body Finder (The Body Finder, #1)Deadly Little Secret (Touch, #1)The Dead List

What are your thoughts? Do you have any recommendations?

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