The Texte de Désir

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

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Reading for the Plot

Narrative is central to our understanding of life. It reflects the structures of human thinking.

Familiarity

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.