Who can resist a good mystery? It is one of the most popular genres and shows up not just in novels and short stories but also in movies, television, video games, board games, and live action “Mystery Weekends” at resorts and on cruise ships.
While the element of mystery is a part of all storytelling, true mystery as a genre is different from the thriller or horror. In a thriller the main character is trying to prevent something from happening and his or her life is always at stake in the chase. A horror story is focused on creating an environment of terror and unremitting fear for everyone. Even in a straight crime story, the mystery usually takes a back seat to dark themes and often unpleasant main characters.