For W. H. Auden detective fiction embodied a timeless idea, which appears in Classical, Christian and Freudian thought.
Category: Why Do We Love Murder Mysteries?
Forgotten Facts and Hidden Meanings
You can’t really discuss Australian crime fiction without mentioning Jane Harper’s first book. It has been spectacularly successful. Here's one reason.
The Slipping Place
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
Reading for the Plot
Narrative is central to our understanding of life. It reflects the structures of human thinking.
The Texte de Désir
In 1948, poet W. H. Auden confessed to a passion: "The reading of detective stories is an addiction."
The delight of finding the hidden thread that pulls together an array of confusing facts, of solving a puzzle, of revealing the hidden significance of things.
Miss Marple Walks Into a Library
One of the great thrills of detective fiction — the thrill of not knowing.
What is a Murder Mystery For?
Our reasons for loving detective fiction are complex and hard to describe.