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Mysteries are, at their heart, puzzles to solve. Whether it is an amateur sleuth, a grizzled Private Detective, or a Police Officer who cracks the case, the reader is intended to try to figure out the puzzle right along with them.
Most credit Edgar Allan Poe with "inventing" the Mystery story, but it was the great Mystery authors like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, and Agatha Christie, creator of the two classic amateur sleuths, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, who established the genre.
Now one can find a Mystery novel set in nearly any historical time period, in any part of the world.