Roland Barthes proposes an erotics of reading. And crime fiction does not come off well.
Robbie Coltrane’s true masterwork
Engrossing, compelling, timeless.
Peter Robinson and Raymond Chandler
After completing three degrees in literature and writing, Peter Robinson discovered he'd been missing something ...
Crime Fiction and Literature
Clive James has been trying to read a Henry James novel.
Christine Falls by Benjamin Black
Rich and profound, poetically written, haunting, moving. Sometimes I think Mr Black has forgotten he is writing a thriller. He often becomes poetic. He doesn’t seem to be able to help it.
Telling Tales by Ann Cleeves
P D James once said a mystery writer needs a sliver of ice in the heart in order to present people clearly, with all their failings. With Ann Cleeves books I don't see that. This is an author who cares about her people. And so do we.
Maybe This Is You
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.
A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie
This is my first Goodreads review. And this is the first mystery I ever read. Why wouldn't I start here?
The Elsinore Vanish is a variation of the classical locked-room mystery.
An act of infinite cruelty
Sometimes it feels as if the murder victim has been inserted into a book as a prop, to make the story happen for other people.
Everyday Mysteries and Larger Ones
There are things we should know, there is something we should be seeing.