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."
Readers believe we are solving one particular mystery, when all along something else entirely has been going on.
Upstairs, in a fine old house, Mrs Inglethorp dies of strychnine poisoning ...
You can’t really discuss Australian crime fiction without mentioning Jane Harper’s first book. It has been spectacularly successful. Here's one reason.
Agatha Christie can be taken seriously as a modernist author.
The Slipping Place, is a murder mystery set in and around Hobart and on Mount Wellington. It is a dark and suspenseful and a meticulously constructed clue-puzzle. The book is also rich with ideas. "You draw a line" The Slipping Place is concerned with violence in the domestic sphere and examines the way in which … Continue reading The Slipping Place
To some extent the terms are interchangeable. But what are the connotations?
The detective novel has developed into a highly codified form of literature with a widely recognised series of conventions.