Give me your true stories, your unhappy endings, your mysteries. I really enjoyed this
question, but the answers I found the most compelling were the true stories about people
. Give me links to investigative writing that I can get my teeth into.
posted by superfish
on Mar 7, 2014 -
TVTropes describes the trope of the closed circle:
"A stock plot designed to force the characters or players to stay in a location and get involved in the adventure... and not be able to leave until it's done." Familiar, right?
I am looking for examples of novels that employ this trope, but with a twist: the primary crime they're trying to solve took place in the past, before
they were enclosed in the circle. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate
on Jan 15, 2014 -
In an attempt to be all healthy and virtuous, I tried to make kale chips in the microwave. I nuked a small plate of plain, unadorned kale. The kale WENT UP LIKE A FREAKING FIREWORK (sparks, flames, scary noises). Multiple times (hey, I learn by doing). WHY?! [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew
on Dec 24, 2013 -
I think I'd like to begin following an author who writes mysteries featuring a regular protagonist and cast of recurring characters, but I have some d'ruthers. Can you help match me up? [more inside]
posted by taz
on Jul 20, 2013 -
I'd like to get some good mystery movie recommendations from the 80s on.
It's OK if they veer toward the thriller, like Michael Clayton
, ridiculous like Ford Fairlaine
, noirish like Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
, or are a more standard outing with a strong, interesting, well developed detective lead like Zero Effect
. Drawing room mysteries totally A-OK too. Super bonus points if I can stream them now on Hulu plus or Netflix.
posted by jsturgill
on May 16, 2013 -
I recently read The Last Policeman
by Ben Winters and really enjoyed it. I also really liked Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline.
I liked the settings (basically the real world but at its end,) and the easy nature of the writing (I read both quickly.) I don't think of myself as a mystery fan, but both of these are mysteries of sorts. I'm looking for fun rather than serious books.
What else should I read?
posted by vespabelle
on Mar 2, 2013 -
When you read Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin
what did you know, and when? And also, can you recommend books with similar techniques?
Spoilers inside. (Presumed Innocent and Defending Jacob are also mentioned in a way that may be spoiler-y to some.) [more inside]
posted by BibiRose
on Feb 22, 2013 -
What are the best non-Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories, collections, and novels?
posted by jsturgill
on Dec 7, 2012 -
I want to read a good mass market crime series featuring the same investigator(s). Of course, I have no idea what's "good" per my taste and the huge bookstore mystery section totally overwhelms me. Please help me figure out where to start? [more inside]
posted by houndsoflove
on Jul 28, 2012 -
Recently, I've become a die-hard fan of the comic book series Locke & Key. This, for various reasons, has made me want to design my future house full of strange wonders and mysteries... [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog
on Sep 25, 2011 -
I need mystery novel recommendations! Looking for good mysteries with unconventional characters as the lead. [more inside]
posted by echo target
on Jun 3, 2011 -
My six-year old daughter demands to be told of the world's real mysteries! I've exhausted those I know from the top of my head, like the Mary Celeste
, the Antikythera mechanism
and those vent channels in the pyramids. I'd like your help, because I'd like to stay fact-based, and Google feeds me an endless supply of conspiracies, UFOs and paranormal phenomena. Solved mysteries are also good, as we can speculate and then "cheat" and look at the answer.
posted by Harald74
on Jan 10, 2011 -
Help me solve a minor conundrum. Gay man here, had lots and lots of sexual encounters over the course of 14ish years. And in all that time, I've had exactly one guy pull a sex toy on me to use in the bedroom. (I was 18, it was a butt plug bigger than a raccoon's head, and yeah was never gonna happen). So just who is using all the sex toys? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 13, 2010 -
I'm looking for recommendations for some books for my dad, who likes Tony Hillerman, Carl Hiaasen, Elmore Leonard, and John LeCarre. [more inside]
posted by creepygirl
on Jun 13, 2009 -
How does rifle cartridge brass end up on the sidewalk in Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by jeb
on Apr 10, 2009 -
I'm looking for a short mystery stories book I read in a library. One of the stories is where a character comes up a flight of stairs and thinks he sees something (a murder?) in someone's apartment, but it's actually some kind of mirrored reflection of a mirrored reflection of someone through a window across the street. The book/collection was published before 1996 and if I remember correctly, was all short story mysteries of 5 to 20 pages.
posted by cashman
on Nov 25, 2008 -
Old Movie Filter: This is the question I joined MeFi to ask. I remember seeing a movie, on actual reels, when I was about seven at school. It has haunted me for the last twenty-two years. [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead
on Mar 18, 2008 -
My geometry teacher in high school in 1984 showed us this puzzle.
I was only half paying attention, but I believe the goal was to draw a line that intersected each segment only once. [more inside]
posted by mecran01
on Jan 6, 2008 -
I need a list of "unexplained mysteries" for a group theme costume. What else is there besides UFOs, Bermuda Triangle, Nessie, etc.? [more inside]
posted by chippie
on Sep 14, 2007 -
I was at a business hotel a couple of days ago, sitting in the Business Center, when an employee came in with a key or something and touched it to a small metal circle on the casing for the (metal and glass) door. Then he split. What did he do and why? (WAGs are OK but knowledgeable answers preferred.)
posted by megatherium
on Dec 20, 2006 -
I love mystery novels and have a hard time finding some that I like. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by orange swan
on Mar 8, 2005 -
I'm looking for schools that offer courses in Automotive Repair in the New York City area (or even better, Brooklyn), does anyone know of a comprehensive list?
posted by milovoo
on Jan 2, 2005 -
I have a vague, sketchy recollection of a book series I used to read in 2nd and 3rd grade (20 years ago). It was about two young girls, friends, who solved mysteries together. They also had a dog that loved salami. I believe the were normal books, not comic books, but each book had cartoony pictures of "crime scenes" and such, with little arrows pointing out certain clues (kinda like Bernie Mac, except funny). Anyone have any idea what I'm talking about?
posted by emptybowl
on Jul 9, 2004 -