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 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
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.