In 1948, poet W. H. Auden confessed to a passion: “The reading of detective stories is an addiction.”
The world is saturated with murder mysteries.
To some extent the terms are interchangeable. But what are the connotations?
Narrative is central to our understanding of life. It reflects the structures of human thinking.
There are many reasons we might pick up a detective novel. One is obvious and very simple:
We know we enjoyed the last one.
The detective novel has developed into a highly codified form of literature with a widely recognised series of conventions.
The delight of finding the hidden thread that pulls together an array of confusing facts, of solving a puzzle, of revealing the hidden significance of things.
One of the great thrills of detective fiction — the thrill of not knowing.
Our reasons for loving detective fiction are complex and hard to describe.
You discovered mystery novels at a young age. You began reading one and you were instantly enthralled. You gobbled it down in one long fevered gulp … and then you went searching for the next.