I didn’t know there was such a thing as a ‘culinary’ mystery before this post.
It brought to mind a crazy chef trying to hack me to pieces with a meat cleaver. But I was a bit off…
MYSTERY: Genre Fiction.
Mysteries are an unsolved puzzle of some sort, dilemma, or crime to be figured out, step by step. Misdirection and complexities are common, as the entire novel is about the protagonist(s) figuring out the answer to the mystery. There are always secrets that are unknown by both the reader and protagonist, or at least the protagonist until the very end.
There can be one protagonist or a group of protagonists working together. The protagonist’s struggle to find the answer they seek can be physical and/or psychological. It’s not often that the person who committed the crime stays unknown, or the answer to the puzzle or dilemma goes unsolved. Most often the novel ends with the mystery being solved.
Said to be more plot driven and to have the perfect “beginning, middle, end” set up where the plot is concerned. (BEGINNING: Mystery – MIDDLE: Looking for Clues/Facts/Evidence to Solve Mystery – END: Mystery Solved)