Mystery and suspense is a very interesting genre of writing. The author of these novels usually adds lots of action and twists in the plot so that the reader has a high sense of anticipation to read what is coming next. More often than not, these stories have a very big conflict or mystery to be solved. This is typically resolved by the end of the book. Mystery and suspense novels often involve detective fiction or stories of ghosts and the unknown. Even though the stories in suspense novels are sometimes repetitive, they still draw the reader in time after time because the plot changes so much that you never know what’s going to happen next.
One short story that we read this year called The Death Trap certainly fits in with the mystery and suspense genre. This story was about The Great Armando- an escape artist who was even smarter than Houdini- and how his final trick almost brought him to his death. Many parts of this story were suspenseful. First because the character of Sheriff Massin had such hatred towards Armando that I just knew that something bad would be coming soon and was on the edge of my seat waiting for it. Another time where there was a lot of suspense was when Armando was in the water and didn’t come up when he was supposed to. I felt just as anxious for Armando as the people in the story did. An example of mystery in this story is when the mail bag is opened and Armando is not inside. No one has any idea where he went. They search for days and cannot find any trace of him. This story was a great example of mystery and suspense and I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes this type of genre.