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Detective Fiction

Vocabulary Related to Detective/Mystery Stories

sleuth private eye/private investigator/detective investigating the case
sidekick helper person/animal who helps deputies investigate the crime
victim person to whom the crime happened
snitch person who tells on someone else
suspect a person who may be involved in a crime
witness someone who saw what happened
culprit person who committed or assists in the crime
fugitive person running from the law
secondary source witness who has the information she or he heard from someone else
crime illegal act that is committed
clues pieces of the puzzle that help solve the mystery
lead information or clues concerning the case
interrogate to ask questions related to the crime
alibi proof that a suspect was nowhere near the crime
evidence something that helps prove who the criminal is
deduction using facts to infer a conclusion
red herring Writer of detective fiction deliberately fake out readers by planting misleading clues known as these
Created by: cbrokaw



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