So you'd like to dive right into a mystery novel but have no ''clue'' where to start? Mystery fiction is a category of literature which involves solving crimes or puzzles by a process of observation, sleuthing, and the discovery of clues.
* Detective Fiction: features main characters who are either professional private investigators or amateur sleuths.
** Sherlock Holmes novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
** Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple novels by Agatha Christie
* Women Detective Fiction: mystery novels in which the protagonists are female.
** Kay Scarpetta novels by Patricia Cornwell
** Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich
** Kinsey Milhone novels by Sue Grafton
* Cozies (singular: cozy): take place in a small town, country village, or a rural setting.
* Police/Procedural Fiction