What is the difference betwen a mystery and thriller?

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    pburgerposted 7 years ago

    In a nutshell, and paraphrasing several theorists, I characterize a mystery as a story that starts with an event that leads to the question 'who-dun-it?' whereas a thriller starts with who will do it and leads to the question 'Will they succeed?'

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      valbondposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thrillers are supposed to be edge-of-the-seat type entertainment - whether book or film/tv.

      An example would be the Robert Ludlum Jason Bourne books etc, which although having an espionage theme and background are basically a thriller, and does lead to the question, as posed above, Will they succeed?