Mysteries merge the logic of a puzzle with the thrill of danger in an addictive mix of intriguing, exciting, and soothing. In a mystery, the machinations of a deviant criminal have a head start, and our sleuth must unravel the mind and motives of a person who doesn’t play by society’s rules, all against the background of a ticking clock. After all, once someone kills, what’s to stop them from killing again? Will lawful good prevail against deadly chaos? Such questions keeps us reading through the night. That, and… is there something off about that narrator?

For PTM‘s mystery selections, check the links below. Suggested accessories: a magnifying glass, a camera, and a Watson.

Note: Mystery, thriller, and horror genres are cross-posted.

Emergency Contact, by Sky Allen (Vol. 3; Fall General Submissions)

Faithless, by Marleigh Green (Vol. 3; “Historie Fatale” contest winner)

Third and Finally, by Rowan Wasserman (Vol. 3; “Historie Fatale” contest runner-up)

His Face Was Abnormal, by Jacquelyn Agliata (Vol. 3; “It was a dark & stormy night” contest runner-up)

A Wretch Like Me, by Rhiannon Guzelian (Vol. 3; “It was a dark & stormy night” contest winner)

The Salesman, by Sophia Laughlin (Vol. 3; “Spooky Season” contest winner)

The Feeding, by Charlie Williams (Vol. 2)

The Seven Secret Discoveries of the Captain of the Cantata Lucania on the Occasion of Running Aground, by Ben Jackson (Vol. 2)

Names, by Thomas Gaffney (Vol. 2)

Mystery Man, by Mary Krakow (Vol. 2)

Face Thieves, by Tim O’Neal (Vol. 2)

The Light Over Whaler’s Watch, by Joe Buckler (Vol. 1)

Through the Woods, by Brian Feller (Vol. 1)