Writing about The Dry and its clever plotting reminded me of something I have been noticing about contemporary crime fiction, and brought me again to an appreciation of the skills of the masterful Agatha. An Engrossing Procession The clue-puzzle structure in The Dry is linear: a procession of clues or revisions point to first one … Continue reading The Cleverest Christie: The Reversal
Their Story is Not Over In Devastation Road, two fifteen year old people, Matt and Chess, find the body of a friend and become embroiled in a murder mystery. In the process they come face to face with the sadness of death and the deep grief of bereaved parents, and they learn more about themselves and … Continue reading The Limits of Reason
For W. H. Auden detective fiction embodied a timeless idea, which appears in Classical, Christian and Freudian thought.
Hobart is beautiful and vibrant, but it sits on the edge of two great emptinesses.
I have great hopes for this idea ...
Upstairs, in a fine old house, Mrs Inglethorp dies of strychnine poisoning ...
You can’t really discuss Australian crime fiction without mentioning Jane Harper’s first book. It has been spectacularly successful. Here's one reason.