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As you read or listen to mysteries, begin looking for examples of these words.

alibi

an excuse that an accused person uses to show that he/she was somewhere else than at the scene of the crime

breakthrough

an advance or discovery that helps solve a crime

clue

a fact or object that helps to solve mysteries

crime

an act committed in violation of the law

deduce(v)/deduction (noun)

to infer by logical reasoning

detective

a person who investigates crimes and gathers information

evidence

something, such as a witness statement or

hunch

a guess or feeling not based on known facts

motive

an inner drive that causes a person to do something or act in a certain way

mystery

something that is secret and unknown

plot

the arrangement of incidents in a story

purloin

to steal

red herring

something that is used to distract someone from the truth

setting

the time, place, environment and surrounding circumstances of a story

sleuth

another name for a detective

suspect

a person who is suspected of doing a crime

victim

someone who is harmed or suffers some loss

witness

someone who saw or can give a firsthand account of something

denouement (n)

unknotting or unraveling of the main dramatic complication of the plot, producing the final outcome

exposition

the part of the play/story that reveals what has hpapened before, exposing theme, characters, and previous events.

climax

the culminating event of a series of events; the point of highest dramatic tension

foreshadowing

an event that predicts future outcomes often through sumbolic objects, actions or sayings

symbolism

using something to represent something else; a material object representing something, often something immaterial; emblem, token, or sign.

crisis

a mini-climax; a situation that requires action

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