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Favorite Mysteries That Are Not Books [Mystery Month]

Yes, I do more than reading and writing.

I play video games, I watch TV (rarely, but I do), and… Well, that’s kind of it.

Favorite Mystery Non-Books

Psych

This was a TV show that ran from 2006 to 2014. It was the best show ever and I was super disappointed when I found out it was over.

The protagonist, Shawn, pretended to be psychic to get out of some criminal charges and he ended up working for them solving crimes as their psychic. Tagging along was his best friend Gus, and two Detectives, Juliet and Carlton.

It was a funny show and I loved watching it with my sisters. I was sad when Netflix took it down because I have yet to collect the series on DVD. If you haven’t watched it, it’s a must.

There are books based off the show that are great as well.

Pretty Little Liars

This is another TV show that started in 2010 and just ended yesterday. Honestly, I’m not sure how this show has lasted seven years because the more I watched it, the more I found it ridiculous. I haven’t watched the last two seasons, but I do plan to at some point. I am curious how it ends.

This was a tough mystery to help solve because no matter what you thought, the opposite thing happened. Still, it kept you at the edge of your seat.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

I’m sure you’re all sick of me talking about this one. This is a video game where you play as a defense lawyer, investigate, and solve crimes in court. It’s a silly game and has a lot of fantasy antics, but it’s a great one.

The mysteries are in-depth and the character development is phenomenal.

Professor Layton

Similar to Ace Attorney, Professor Layton is another mystery video game where you play as an archeologist who has a love of puzzles and riddles. Because of that, he often gets hired to help solve certain mysteries, which are usually crimes. As you investigate in the game, you come across a plethora of puzzles and riddles. It’s a lot of fun mind games.

Though I’ll admit, I usually play with Kris because while I love riddles, I’m not that great at them.

Criminal Case

I found this game on Facebook, but it is an app on my iPad. It’s a simple game and there’s not true “story,” but you solve crimes finding clues through look-and-find games.

That’s basically the whole game, but I find look-and-find games to be fun. I recently just heard of another one, that’s more in-depth in the story, but I haven’t played it myself yet.

What are some other hobbies you enjoy other than books? Let me know in the comments below!

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

15 thoughts on “Favorite Mysteries That Are Not Books [Mystery Month]

  1. Yay to Psych, Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton!

    Have you played any of the games like Heavy Rain, L.A. Noire, Alan Wake, Sherlock Holmes or D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die?

    I’m sure you’ve watched Elementary or Sherlock too?

    1. Yay! I have played L.A. Noire before, but I never beat it. Now I can’t play it because I don’t have my XBox anymore. I haven’t played those other games you mentioned though.
      And no, I haven’t seen those shows either. Sherlock is something I’ve wanted to watch, but I don’t watch a lot of TV to begin with.

      1. Are they creepy, though? I thought they may be creepy and such which is why I’ve waited. I can’t watch Supernatural anymore because it gives me nightmares, lol.

      2. Lol okay but supernatural is just… weird in that creepy sense. Uhhh no they aren’t creepy, the Sherlock shows I mean.

        The games I mentioned are quite creepy though

      3. I’ll give them a shot. Usually video games aren’t bad, for some reason. If not, Kris just has to deal with me being freaked out. Not a big deal. xD

  2. I was waiting for you to mention Psych and there it was! 😁 I love that show to bits as you know. In June, I read the first two books based on it and found it quite enjoyable. The Shawn and Gus banter is very well done. 🙂
    Of the rest, I’ve only ever tried Criminal Case, but I got frustrated with it after a while because there was not much “crime-solving”, so to speak.
    Also since we’re talking about mystery, I highly recommend BBC’s Sherlock. I loved that show as well and the cast is just all kinds of amazing! ❤

    1. That books are great! I read the first two and maybe the third… I can’t remember. But I think there are five altogether.
      As for Criminal Case, I haven’t played it in a while. Being a Facebook game, it’s time-based so after a little while you find yourself with nothing to do. It got old pretty fast, but I enjoyed myself anyway.
      I know a lot of people who praise Sherlock. I’ll have to set aside some time to sit down and binge watch it.

      1. There are 4 books mentioned on Goodreads and I got them all somehow. I want to continue with the rest. 🙂
        Yes, I know what you mean. I had the Android app actually, but it was still dull because it was time-based, like you mentioned.
        There are only 12 episodes (each one and a half hours though), so you can binge it over a weekend. I hope you find the time to watch it. Some of the episodes are simply brilliant! 👌

      2. Nah, it’s a lot of fun, trust me! 🙂 Some of the mysteries are just unsolvable by normal people like me, but the experience of watching it makes it all worth it. There are so many cliffhangers that frustrated me, so it’s better to binge it.

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