In 1948, poet W. H. Auden confessed to a passion: "The reading of detective stories is an addiction."
The world is saturated with murder mysteries.
The Slipping Place, is a carefully structured murder mystery, set in and around Hobart and on Mount Wellington. There is a death early and another half way through. Ultimately, the murderer and motives will be clearly identified and there are clues placed throughout the plot which point towards this. The book is also rich with … Continue reading The Slipping Place
To some extent the terms are interchangeable. But what are the connotations?
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.
The detective novel has developed into a highly codified form of literature with a widely recognised series of conventions.
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.