Detective Fiction

By: Emma White

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Detective fiction books are great. They are full of unknowns. For instance, if you think someone is the killer and you have your mind set on it, two pages later, you would find out that not only were you wrong, it was the best friend who was. They are also very action-packed like when a detective gets attacked or trapped somehow and have to figure out what to do. Another characteristic of detective fiction is that obviously, there always has to be some kind of a detective. Either a police, private or amateur can be a detective in this genre.


There are so many detective fiction books available, even if you read for five years straight, you wouldn't be able to finish them all. So here are a few I chose, that I believe would be enjoyable for you. The Nancy Drew series, Sherlock Holmes series and The Shattering by Karen Healy.

Brief History, Related Genres and Definition

Detective fiction is believed to have become into the English-speaking world in "The Murders of Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe in 1841. It is also made up of two sub-genres, crime fiction and mystery fiction. Obviously this genre has to do with crime because the detective is trying to solve one. This genre also has to do with mystery because more often than not, it is somewhat difficult to predict what will happen next and who happened to commit the crime.


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