Clive James has been trying to read a Henry James novel.
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.
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?
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
For W. H. Auden detective fiction embodied a timeless idea, which appears in Classical, Christian and Freudian thought.