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Story Ideas Mystery ideas

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  • A homicide unit investigates a series of homeless murderers ravishing the city parks.
  • The Olympic village is thrown into panic as a series of athletes disappear on the same night without warning.
  • A funeral is held and the guests arrive, only to discover that there's no one dead… yet.
  • Who would kill the guest of honor at their 100th birthday party?
  • While on a leisurely stroll through the forest, you find strange footprints. Do you follow them?
  • He’s always been a faithful husband, but someone has planted false evidence of his having an affair.
  • A small-time private investigator that normally specializes in catching accident fidelity suddenly gets thrown into a murder case when the man he was hired to trail turns up dead and so is the wife who hired him.
  • A close-knit group of friends sets out on a wild adventure when one of their middle school classmates disappears on their way home despite only living one block away.
  • You're beginning to believe the person writing the daily crossword puzzle in your newspaper is trying to send you an encoded message.
  • Your character wakes up by the side of a freeway she's never seen before, in a new state, with an unknown phone number written on her wrist.
  • Seven murders occur in a small town on the same night. To make things even stranger, seven children show up at the police station the following morning confessing to the crimes, but they all insist they worked alone.
  • The thief who steals rare books always leaves a sonnet behind.
  • A database of potential cancer eradicating research is hacked, stolen, and erased.
  • An orphan of foreign dissent shows up at a local church in the middle of the country. She doesn’t speak, has no papers, and there’s no trace of her family. But upon her arrival, children her age start to disappear throughout the town.
  • A dead body is found in an unclaimed piece of luggage at the airport.
  • A cell phone is found inside a sealed Egyptian tomb.
  • The murders all relate to common fears, such as public speaking, flying, and heights.
  • An MIT engineer working on a new biological energy source disappears without a trace.
  • A writer researching his biography of a Golden Age movie star comes across something that makes him suspect that contrary to the official story, she was a murder victim.
  • A busy family calls a repairman who discovers human bones jamming their garbage disposal.
  • A woman asks a writer to write the story of her life. Then she goes missing.
  • A student meets a new friend at school, but somehow no one else at the school has ever seen or met this new friend.
  • You briefly go out in the snow and come back inside. When you go out again, your footprints from earlier lead in a different direction.
  • An amateur filmmaker’s horror thriller is unexpectedly entered into the Cannes Film Festival. When parts of his movie start happening in real life he’s compelled to figure out what’s going on.
  • Guests at a surprise party are startled when, instead of arriving at the party as planned, the ashes of the birthday boy are delivered with a note from his killer.
  • You stumble across an abandoned house in the woods.
  • A detective is hired for a high price to find a thief who stole something that doesn’t appear to have any real value.
  • An orphanage with a great track record of finding children new homes gets a knock at the door when a local detective connects an otherwise unrelated series of child disappearances.
  • You wake up with no memory of the previous night. On your nightstand, your cell phone is lighting up with texts.
  • A local beauty queen wins the city pageant, when her body turns up dead it’s found within item from each of the other contestants on it.
  • The graves of historic figures are being robbed.
  • The victim was found drowned in a whiskey barrel at the distillery.
  • A sorority sister who bullied perspective pledges is found dead.
  • It’s going to be a beautiful wedding at a beautiful destination, but two people in the wedding party have been murdered.
  • The crew to a well-known ghost hunting show visits and abandoned Castle has long been rumored to be haunted. The Internet erupts during a live stream from the castle where each of the crewmembers and actors inexplicably vanished without a trace.
  • He was murdered on his honeymoon on a cruise ship, and his new, much-younger bride was the only one on board who even knew him.
  • A family vacation to the Grand Canyon is thrown into utter chaos when both parents disappear, leaving two team children behind.
  • When the city counselor’s daughter turns up dead on the steps of Capitol Hill local officers race find the killer.
  • Your character suddenly begins to receive detailed letters from his parents, who died four years ago.
  • A man sidles up to a woman in a bar. Little does he know she's an undercover cop following him.
  • Spring break travelers head to Fort Lauderdale. When they all turn up dead, local police are left trying to find the motive and suspect.
  • A woman wakes up with a headache and goes into work, only to learn that she’s been missing for a month.
  • One of the pies submitted to the state fair contest was poisoned.
  • One morning your character awakens to find her name listed in the obituary column of the newspaper.
  • Three different guests at the Air BnB died later under mysterious circumstances.
  • The murder victims all have the same tailor.
  • Interpol is called in to investigate a museum robbery. When they get there, they’re shocked to see every painting has been stolen. And they need to figure out who did it and how did they get out without anybody noticing.
  • The series of well-executed robberies strike across the globe within a 24-hour period. Due to the distance of each of these crimes they would otherwise be considered unrelated, if not for the fact, that each robbery the items were stolen were priceless Leonardo da Vinci artifacts.
  • A mysterious box shows up on the desk of a detective in Erie Pennsylvania. When he opens it he finds evidence that will reopen the case that had been shut over a decade ago.
  • A female forensic detective is shocked when she inspects a recent victim’s mutilated body. This is no random victim, but one of her old flames. When he becomes the first in a series of old boyfriends to be horribly murdered, she’s to find the connection and who is behind it.
  • A series of break-ins terrorize a small town, but what makes these break-ins so scary is that nothing is stolen or moved. However, the intruders go out of their way to make it clear that they were there.
  • A Parisian priest gets obsessed with a series of cult-like occurrences outside the small town of Fre’jus.
  • Two elderly people in a retirement home are a secret pair of detectives that have solved some of the biggest crimes and mysteries through anonymous tips.
  • The world's wealthiest person has recently been put in prison for life. They offer half their fortune to any person, organization, or country that will free them.
  • The narcotics division of the local Police Department these dealing with a new synthetic drug as they’d never seen before. Now they need to find out was bringing it into their neighborhood.
  • The world’s leading climate change authority is killed hours before he/she announces the groundbreaking discovery.
  • A series of murder-suicides hit a small town hard. There is no known link except for the proximity in which they occurred.
  • The murders are re-enactments of famous murders in novels or movies.
  • A simple 'scientific research' study goes awry, leaving all the subjects dead… except for one.
  • A young crime stoppers club who put on elaborate reenactments of real-life crimes the size to play out and act investigation, but when they uncover new evidence in the case they become the only people who can solve it.
  • In the middle of a wilderness, someone finds an abandoned bunker with security cameras, powered by a generator.
  • Serial murders in cities in two different countries are very similar.
  • A small-town magician gets more than he bargained for when his beautiful assistant and fiancé disappear for real in the middle of his magic act.
  • A European tour bus operator driving a group of tourists through France has his riders disappear one by one throughout the trip.
  • Murder victims are found buried with some of their wordly goods, Viking style.
  • You check into a seedy hotel and discover halfway through the night that it is made up entirely of thirteenth floors missing from other hotels.
  • A wife arranges a romantic “scavenger hunt” for her husband, but someone else changes a few of the clues.
  • A famous national park trail becomes the site of seven disappearances in seven days. The FBI must now figure out what’s going on.
  • A Vegas showgirl refuses to sit by any longer as more and more of her friends turn up dead in local authorities continue to have no answers.
  • Clues to the mystery come to him in dreams, but nobody believes him.
  • The accidental death of this investigative reporter seems a little too convenient.
  • An international flight vanishes without a trace. What’s even more unsettling is every record of the passengers on board that flight disappears along with it.
  • A small town sheriff is left to clean up the pieces when a series of disappearances ravish it. What’s most odd is that the disappearances started exactly in parallel with the opening of a new government facility that was hailed as the very thing that would save it.
  • A museum conservator is restoring an old painting, and an X-ray reveals something shocking or mysterious painted or written in the layer beneath.
  • As a man researches his genealogy, he finds that ancestors from a few different generations and a few different countries made visits to the same remote place.
  • A small town psychic comes into a police station with information home where they can find a dead body. Upon further investigation, nobody is found. One day later, a woman disappears from her home and is found dead in the very spot Law enforcement searched the day before.
  • A Brooklyn deli owner and neighborhood will do or is unsatisfied with the local police his answers when it comes to the disappearance of a young girl that worked in the shop. He’ll now take it upon himself, to solve this neighborhood mystery.
  • Writers are being murdered at the mystery writers’ convention.
  • When a series of witness protection informants begin to turn up dead ahead of a high-profile case, the FBI agent who helped put the case together now help protect his final witnesses.
  • As a joke, you use your cell phone to dial your own number. Someone picks up.
  • A wife and her child disappear 2 hours before their supposed to be reunited with her returning veteran husband.
  • A police detective gets the call of all calls one night. When he arrives at the murder scene he finds his ex-wife dead, with forensic evidence pointing to himself.
  • A retired New York police officer gets wrapped up in a series of murders occurring on the small Caribbean island when the first person that turns up dead as a woman he was seeing.
  • A group of teens has their parents disappear on the same night. When they get no help from the police, their only choice is to band together and find their parents.
  • The creator of a high-tech prototype that will change an industry has gone missing.
  • The painting must have been stolen from the museum in broad daylight, but the security cameras malfunctioned and no witnesses have come forward.
  • A plane takes off with 81 passengers. It lands with 82.
  • A local detective is left investigating a series of disappearances from a local psychiatric hospital. The patients in this hospital were all wards of the state with no known relatives.
  • A foreign dignitary is killed on American Soil while visiting the White House.
  • Three people close to the murder victim have confessed. Each of them swears they acted alone.
  • The inspector’s friend is murdered while he is talking on the phone to the inspector.
  • A woman who didn’t know she was adopted meets her twin sister, who gives her a dire warning.
  • You get lost in the woods during a hike. It's starting to get dark, when you see the glow of a campfire nearby.
  • A practicing witch or voodoo priestess is accused of murder.
  • A series of ransom notes hit Hollywood. The odd thing is in each of the kidnappings; the ransom notes came prior to the person actually disappearing.
  • The wrong body is in the casket at the visitation. No one knows who it is, or where the other body is.
  • A London campus is in frenzy as five of their top professors, along with each of their top students disappear without a trace.
  • A member of the FBI’s behavioral unit investigates a new serial killer who uses well-known criminal profiles to throw law enforcement off their trail.
  • A body washes up on the Jersey shore, upon further inspection the corner find symbols tattooed on the victim’s body. What do they mean?
  • A Woman walks into a small town police station reporting that her husband has gone missing. The odd thing is, both her and her husband were reported missing 10 years ago to the day. Stranger still, their bodies had been found three months later.
  • A woman moves to Arizona to be near her elderly mom when she notices unsettling coincidences among the deterioration of her mother and the other residents. With no proof, she’s left to investigate the matter herself.
  • The presidential journals from every president in history are stolen from the Library of Congress vault.
  • A rich aristocrat dies, when 10 family members are called in for the reading of the will their weekend in the Château turns darker still. One by one, they are being hunted and killed. Now a local detective needs to figure out what’s going on before they’re all gone.
  • You are traveling when you are informed by an airport official that your passport isn't valid, and the country you claim to be from doesn't exist.
  • Notes and gifts from her “Secret Santa” at work take a strange turn.
  • A man she didn’t know left her a valuable and unusual item in his will.
  • Every unmarried lady at the ball wanted to dance with the duke, so it’s too bad he was found stabbed in the garden.
  • A chemistry high school teacher tries to solve a rash of student deaths when the latest victim turns out to be his niece.
  • A man that recently moved down to the Caribbean to start sea sidebar, is this tasked with helping beautiful local resort owner solve a series of mysterious happenings around her bread and breakfast.
  • A series of cathedrals are being ransacked and robbed throughout New York. What are the criminals looking for?
  • Someone replaced the woman’s contact lens solution with a damaging liquid.
  • The report of a celebrity’s death is false, but he dies soon after.
  • Her parents believe her to be their biological child, but they all learn otherwise.
  • At a political fundraiser for an up-and-coming congressman, a jovial night turns sideways when he disappears.
  • The dead woman’s wedding ring is found in a ditch forty miles away.