20 terms

Mystery vocabulary

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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
- to infer by logical reasoning
detective
a person who investigates crimes and gathers information
evidence
something, such as a witness statement or object that is used as proof in a crime
fingerprint
an identifying characteristic formed by fingers, -especially in ink or dust
hunch
a guess or feeling not based on known facts
investigation
an inquiry or systematic examination
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
red herring
something that is used to divert attention from the basic issue
robbery
to take something from someone by force or threat of violence
setting
where and when the story takes place
sleuth
another name for a detective
suspect
a person who is suspected of a crime
victim
someone who is harmed or suffers some loss
witness
someone who sees an event and reports what happened