The Knox Decalogue: over 90 years since being laid down, what is its legacy?Continue reading
#808: Reflections on Detection – The Knox Decalogue 8: Declaration of Clues
Twenty months ago I set out to examine each of the ten rules in Ronald Knox’s detective fiction decalogue in laborious detail; this month, that project will finally be completed. Then I can finally return to The Criminous Alphabet, eh?Continue reading
#790: On the Morals of Golden Age Detective Fiction, via Crime and Detection [ss] (1926) ed. E.M. Wrong
That title is doing a lot of work, isn’t it? Fair warning: this goes on a bit.
At the online Bodies from the Library conference last weekend, I gave a talk inspired in part by E.M. Wrong’s introduction to the 1926 anthology Crime and Detection. And, in addition to coining the term “Wellington of detection” that inspired the thinking I laid out last weekend, there is plenty of material in that piece of prose to get the cogs turning.Continue reading
#726: Reflections on Detection – The Knox Decalogue 7: The Detective-as-Criminal
I hope I’ll finish this undertaking before another year passes, but with the end of November upon us this is my last post on the Knox Decalogue for this year. So, what have we got?Continue reading
#723: Reflections on Detection – The Knox Decalogue 6: No Accidents
Okay, let’s pick up the next rule from Monsignor Knox.Continue reading
In GAD We Trust – Episode 10: Genre and Detective Fiction [w’ Ryan O’Neill]
A final (for now) podcast episode before I head off on hiatus, this time discussing the idea of genre with author Ryan O’Neill.
In GAD We Trust – Episode 6: Detective Fiction is Comedy [w’ Alasdair Beckett-King]
It’s long been a tenet of mine that detective fiction and comedy have a great deal in common, and to pursue that this week via the medium of podcasting I’ve enlisted the help of comedian Alasdair Beckett-King.
#615: And the Knights are No More and the Dragons are Dead – Viewing the Detective Through a Glass, Darkly via The Hero (2019) by Lee Child
You’ve doubtless heard of Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher books in which the gargantuan ex-serviceman does plenty of fightin’ and figurin’, and if there’s a bigger name in publishing today it’s only because James Patterson has, like, 86 co-authors.
#598: Reflections on Detection – The Knox Decalogue 3: Secret Passages
For the final time this year, then, let’s take another dive into one of Monsignor Knox’s detective fiction decalogue rules.
#595: Reflections on Detection – The Knox Decalogue 2: The Supernatural