Supernatural mysteries are a small yet venerable subgenre, overlapping with fantasy. These stories follow the standard mystery format, with a strange crime or murder, but often the villain or a substantial character turns out to be a ghost, vampire, werewolf, witch, or some other fantastical being.
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Why they go together:
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Where to start:
Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Then the vampire of her dreams walks into her life—and one of her coworkers checks out. Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn't such a bright idea.
Katie Lightfoot's tired of loafing around as the assistant manager of an Ohio bakery. So when her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben open a bakery in Savannah's quaint downtown district and ask Katie to join them, she enthusiastically agrees. While working at the Honeybee Bakery, Katie notices that her aunt is adding mysterious herbs to her recipes. Turns out these herbal enhancements aren't just tasty—Lucy is a witch and her recipes are actually spells! When a curmudgeonly customer is murdered outside the Honeybee Bakery, Ben becomes the prime suspect. With the help of handsome journalist Steve Dawes, charming firefighter Declan McCarthy, and a few spells, Katie and Lucy stir up some toil and trouble to clear Ben's name and find the real killer.
Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Technically, he's the only at what he does. When the Chicago police have a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they go to him for answers. The world is full of strange and magical things, and most don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in. It takes a wizard to catch a—well, whatever. There's just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry sees dollar signs. But where there's black magic, there's a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry's name.
M.J. and her partner Gilley are at the family lodge of their client, the wealthy, de-lish Dr. Steven Sable. The doctor’s grandfather allegedly jumped to his death from the roof, though Sable says it was foul play. But the patriarch's isn't the only ghost around. The place is lousy with souls, all with something to get off their ghoulish chests. Now M.J. will have to quell the clamor, and listen for a voice with the answers.
Sadie Novak's got the kind of job that kills cocktail chatter dead. She owns Scene-2-Clean, a crime scene cleanup company. And if wiping up after murders weren't spooky enough, she can also see and talk to the ghosts of the victims.