"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
The Elsinore Vanish is a variation of the classical locked-room mystery.
Roland Barthes proposes an erotics of reading. And crime fiction does not come off well.
Writing about The Dry and its clever plotting reminded me of something I have been noticing about contemporary crime fiction, and brought me again to an appreciation of the skills of the masterful Agatha. An Engrossing Procession The clue-puzzle structure in The Dry is linear: a procession of clues or revisions point to first one … Continue reading The Cleverest Christie: The Reversal
Their Story is Not Over In Devastation Road, two fifteen year old people, Matt and Chess, find the body of a friend and become embroiled in a murder mystery. In the process they come face to face with the sadness of death and the deep grief of bereaved parents, and they learn more about themselves and … Continue reading The Limits of Reason
For W. H. Auden detective fiction embodied a timeless idea, which appears in Classical, Christian and Freudian thought.
Hobart is beautiful and vibrant, but it sits on the edge of two great emptinesses.