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18 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, 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
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
sequence of events in the story
purloin
to take dishonestly; steal; filch; pilfer.
red herring
Something that draws attention away from the main issue
setting
The time, place, and environment in which action takes place
sleuth
a detective
suspect
a person who is suspected of a crime
victim
someone who is harmed or suffers some loss
witness
someone who saw or can give a firsthand account of something