January 25

Mystery Vocabulary

Alibi– an excuse that an accused person uses to show that he/she was somewhere else than at the scene of the crime

Breakthrough– a discovery that helps solve a crime
Clue– a fact or object that helps to solve mysteries
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– the arrangement of incidents in a story
Red Herring– something that is used to take attention away from the basic issue
Setting– the time, place, environment and surrounding circumstances
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 saw or can give a firsthand account of something