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    Mysteries center around crimes. The most popular crimes are murders, but missing persons, thefts, and frauds also count. Whatever the crime is, it's a puzzle to be solved. Suspects are interviewed, crime scenes are scoured for clues, and there's a race to see who can solve the puzzle first, the reader or the detective. 

    Most mysteries run in series, following the same detective throughout the many novels. This list has the beginning case for many of today's popular fictional detectives.

    Win Garano, Massachusetts state investigator At RiskPatricia Cornwell
    Caren Gray, Manager of Belle Vie plantationThe Cutting SeasonAttica Locke
    Temperance Brennan, Forensic anthropologistDeja DeadKathy Reichs
    Irene Huss, Detective InspectorDetective Inspector HussHelene Tursten
    Lisbeth Salander, Computer HackerThe Girl with the Dragon TattooSteig Larsson
    David Rossi, Criminal Scene InvestigorJump CutMax Collins
    Jack Reacher, Ex-military PolicemanKilling FloorLee Child
    Sean Devine, Police DetectiveMystic RiverDennis Lehane
    Jesse Stone, Police ChiefNight PassageRobert B Parker
    Stephanie Plum, Bounty HunterOne for the MoneyJanet Evanovitch
    Joe Pickett, Game WardenOpen SeasonC. J. Box
    Claire Marchand, Police DetectiveRed Means RunBrad Smith
    Peter Decker, Police Sergeant, and Rina LazarusThe Ritual BathFaye Kellerman
    Jane Rizzoli, Police DetectiveThe SurgeonTess Gerritsen
    Alvirah and Willy Meehan, Amateur DetectivesThe LotteryMary Higgins Clark
    Max Tudor, Ex-MI5 agentWicked AutumnG. M. Malliet
    Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, Amateur DetectiveWish You Were HereRita Mae Brown