"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
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.
For W. H. Auden detective fiction embodied a timeless idea, which appears in Classical, Christian and Freudian thought.
You can’t really discuss Australian crime fiction without mentioning Jane Harper’s first book. It has been spectacularly successful. Here's one reason.
“If a narrative is going to be as clumsy as that, can’t it have some guns?”
Something is happening here but you don’t know what it is.