Every mystery has certain mystery elements. Sometimes the elements are obvious, but not always. From classic mysteries to contemporary mysteries, many of the elements stay the same. (put the thesis statement here)
Suspect: One who is suspected (as of a crime) (689 The Merriam-Webster Dictionary). In both The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark there are suspects. In The Hound of the Baskervilles, Mr. Barrymore, Sir Charles butler, is considered a suspect. “ Already round this pale-faced, handsome, black bearded man there was gathering an atmosphere of mystery and of gloom. It was he who had been the first to discover the body of Sir Charles, and we had only his word for all the circumstances which led up to the old man’s death” (86,87). He was not only suspected because he was the butler, but also because he was the only one that knew what led up to Sir Charles death. On the other hand in Just Take My Heart Gregg Aldrich is also a suspect. He was suspected because he was the husband of the murder victim, Natalie Raines. “ Although he has always been a suspect, her estranged husband, Gregg Aldrich, had only been formally arrested three weeks ago” (9) One similarity that Gregg had to Mr. Barrymore is Mr. Barrymore was very close to Sir Charles just like Gregg Aldrich was close to Natalie Raines, which is why they were both first suspected. One difference between the two suspects was the outcome of their crime. Mr. Barrymore ended up having nothing to do with the crime and was let go as a suspect. Gregg Aldrich also had nothing to do with the crime, but his lawyer could not prove it, and he ended up going to jail.
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