I have great hopes for this idea ...
“If a narrative is going to be as clumsy as that, can’t it have some guns?”
Something is happening here but you don’t know what it is.
To some extent the terms are interchangeable. But what are the connotations?
The world is saturated with murder mysteries.
Upstairs, in a fine old house, Mrs Inglethorp dies of strychnine poisoning ...
There are many reasons we might pick up a detective novel. One is obvious and very simple: We know we enjoyed the last one.
Readers believe we are solving one particular mystery, when all along something else entirely has been going on.
From The School of Life
Murder mysteries can be about death and the profound mystery of life itself.