As you read or listen to mysteries, begin looking for examples of these words.
an excuse that an accused person uses to show that he/she was somewhere else than at the scene of the crime
an advance or discovery that helps solve a crime
a fact or object that helps to solve mysteries
an act committed in violation of the law
to infer by logical reasoning
a person who investigates crimes and gathers information
something, such as a witness statement or
a guess or feeling not based on known facts
an inner drive that causes a person to do something or act in a certain way
something that is secret and unknown
the arrangement of incidents in a story
something that is used to distract someone from the truth
the time, place, environment and surrounding circumstances of a story
another name for a detective
a person who is suspected of doing a crime
someone who is harmed or suffers some loss
someone who saw or can give a firsthand account of something
unknotting or unraveling of the main dramatic complication of the plot, producing the final outcome
the part of the play/story that reveals what has hpapened before, exposing theme, characters, and previous events.
the culminating event of a series of events; the point of highest dramatic tension
an event that predicts future outcomes often through sumbolic objects, actions or sayings
using something to represent something else; a material object representing something, often something immaterial; emblem, token, or sign.
a mini-climax; a situation that requires action