From The School of Life
Murder mysteries can be about death and the profound mystery of life itself.
What does it mean to say a mystery novel is literary?
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.
"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.
Readers believe we are solving one particular mystery, when all along something else entirely has been going on.
Chess is good at staying rational, and this is what allowed her to solve the previous mystery. That commitment to logic is about to be tested.
For W. H. Auden detective fiction embodied a timeless idea, which appears in Classical, Christian and Freudian thought.