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Mystery Vocabulary List (Halapeno)

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alibi
an excuse that a suspect uses to show that he or she was somewhere other than at the scene of the crime when the crime was committed
clue
a fact or object that helps to solve mysteries
crime
an act that is against the law
detective
a person who investigates mysteries and gathers information
evidence
something that helps prove who committed the crime
mystery
something that is secret and unknown
red herring
a false lead that throws the investigator off track and/or a kind of foreshadowing clue that leads the reader to false conclusions
sleuth
another name for a detective
suspect
a person who is believed to have possibly committed the crime
victim
someone who is harmed or suffers some loss because of the crime
witness
someone who saw the crime being committed and can provide some information
motive
a possible reason or desire for committing the crime
deduce
to infer or draw a conclusion by logical reasoning
foreshadow
clues left by the author as to possible outcomes
hidden evidence
essential details are offered in such a way they seem unimportant
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