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Mystery vocabulary

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