Mystery fiction.

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      The literary genre of mystery fiction emerged in the middle of the nineteenth century. Various subcategories of the mystery style of writing became evident as this fiction developed. These include stories of crime and homicide; detective novels; cozy mysteries; thrillers set in far-flung places; legal thrillers; stories where police play a prominent role; and fiction contextualized in historical times. Writers who immersed themselves in murder mysteries and detective fiction, and who changed the way this style of writing was perceived, include Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Sir Alfred Hitchcock. Mystery fiction became especially popular in its written form, and as time progressed stage productions of murder mysteries became prevalent, with film and television following suit.