Detective Novels – mystery, crime, fiction
Why did the detective grow carrots and potatoes in his farm?
Because he was fond of undercover crops.
Forgive my miserable (or should I say mystery-able) puns for I am just a helpless addict raised by crime fiction mystery novels. My only regret of being a part of techno-age is not being a part of Golden age of mystery fiction. In time between the First and the Second World Wars, readers turned to detective stories as a means of coping with the modern world around them. In a way, murder mystery mirrored the events happening in the real life: the cozy village, the secretive mansion or luxury liner invaded by murder became a metaphor for the violent upheaval visited upon one’s homeland by enemy invaders. The difference being with careful placement of the text, social chaos were reduced to a game and the reader was invited and empowered to join forces with the detective to restore order to the world. Something that most citizens felt powerless about as world forces battled around them.
I read voraciously as a child. More than anything else, I devoured mysteries, first Encyclopedia Brown and then The Hardy Boys. My personal favorite being Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s unarguably best creation ever, Sherlock Holmes. Holmes’s popularity and fame are such that many have believed him to not be a fictional character but a real individual. In many of the stories, Holmes dives into an apparent mess to find an item most relevant to a mystery. According to his biographer friend Dr. Watson, “Holmes had no breakfast for himself, for it was one of his peculiarities that in his more intense moments, he would permit himself no food and I have known him to presume upon his iron strength until he has fainted from pure inanition”. My babysitter got me to bed with stories told in serial fashion based on books and movies she loved. One of it being about 10 strangers trapped on an island by a homicidal maniac and how one-by-one they died in horrible fashion. This unbeknownst to me, was my first taste of Agatha Christie.
With time and age we have only disparted from these mesmerizing mystery and detective novels. Thank God for Clue Hunt bringing back the mysteries in our lives with their over a dozen different themed games in a fun, adventurous and thrilling way. The you-get-to-be-a-part-of-the-story thing I talked about before can now be experienced for real with Clue Hunt, Mumbai.