- COZY MYSTERIES: Cozy mysteries are the opposite of noir. Instead of an experienced, hard-boiled male investigator, the detective in a cozy is an amateur female or teenager who is bumbling to the point of comedy. While death can be involved, there is very little violence or seduction. There are no "male fatales" or serious risks to the protagonist. Popular cozies include the Miss Marple series, the Cat Who series by Lilian Jackson Braun, Scooby Doo, and Murder, She Wrote.
- LOCKED ROOM MYSTERY: A mystery story where the crime (often murder) happens in an almost impossible situation: in a locked room with no one having entered or leaving. The first popular locked room story was "The Murders of the Rue Morgue," though other popular locked room mysteries include several Sherlock Holmes stories, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.
- INVERTED MYSTERY: In an inverted mystery, the story starts with a brief scene where the culprit of the crime is revealed. The rest of the story then follows detectives trying to figure out who did it, while the audience remains enthralled to see how "the perfect crime" is spoiled. An excellent example of this is Double Indemnity: Walter Neff reveals that he's guilty from the start, and the rest of the film splits focus between Keyes's attempts to solve his crime and Walter's attempts to figure out Phyllis's true motivations for murder. Other notable inverted mysteries are Dial M for Murder, Death Note, and most episodes of Colombo.
- POLICE PROCEDURAL: This straddles both mystery and crime as it examines the legal process after a criminal is caught going to conviction. Some procedural crimes, like CSI and Law and Order follow the detectives and are therefore mysteries; others, like Oz or The Wire, focus on the culprits (innocent or not) and are therefore crime stories. These function a bit differently, as the crime is passed and the question is will they get punished for it?
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