The Texte de Désir

In 1948, poet W. H. Auden confessed to a passion: “The reading of detective stories is an addiction.”


Reading for the Plot

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.

Defining Detective Fiction

The detective novel has developed into a highly codified form of literature with a widely recognised series of conventions.

Finding Out

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.

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.