"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.
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
Narrative is central to our understanding of life. It reflects the structures of human thinking.
There are many reasons we might pick up a detective novel. One is obvious and very simple: We know we enjoyed the last one.