Tag: crime

  • The Ways Of Ghosts (An Arrest) by Ambrose Bierce Short Story Analysis

    The Ways Of Ghosts (An Arrest) by Ambrose Bierce Short Story Analysis

    “The Ways Of Ghosts”, also called “An Arrest”, is a very short ghost story by American writer Ambrose Bierce, first published in October 1905. Perfect for a 1905 Hallowe’en?

  • What happens in Hunted Down by Charles Dickens?

    What happens in Hunted Down by Charles Dickens?

    “Hunted Down” was published in instalments across 1859-60, almost 20 years after Poe’s well-known detective story which kicked the genre off.

  • How are the characters on Mare of Easttown related?

    How are the characters on Mare of Easttown related?

    If you’re struggling a bit to decipher the web of characters on crime drama Mare of Easttown, rest assured you’re not the only one. In line with more mimetic stories such as The Wire, the writers are making us work for basic info, including how characters interweave. This post avoids major reveals. However, some relationships […]

  • Stone Mattress Short Story by Margaret Atwood Analysis

    Stone Mattress Short Story by Margaret Atwood Analysis

    “Stone Mattress” is a masterful short story written by Margaret Atwood, published in The New Yorker in 2011. You’ll also find this story in the Nine Wicked Tales collection. Some years later, in 2018, author A.M. Homes discussed this story with Deborah Treisman via the New Yorker Fiction podcast, noting that this is (unfortunately) a…

  • Burglar Bill by Janet and Allan Ahlberg Analysis

    Burglar Bill by Janet and Allan Ahlberg Analysis

    Burglar Bill is a picture book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, first published in 1977. There are a number of picture books about burglars who break into houses at night, one of a child’s greatest fears going to sleep. Burglars can be found all across children’s literature. (Enid Blyton loved burglars.)

  • Danny The Champion Of The World by Roald Dahl Novel Study

    Danny The Champion Of The World by Roald Dahl Novel Study

    As an English speaking child of the 80s I grew up on a heavy diet of Roald Dahl. Danny The Champion Of The World (1975) stands out in my adult memory my favourite Dahl story, perhaps only bested by the frisson of horror left by The Witches (in which I actually examined my J2 teacher, thinking she might be a witch. Fortunately she didn’t wear gloves, which absolved her.)

  • Town Musicians Of Bremen Fairy Tale Analysis

    Town Musicians Of Bremen Fairy Tale Analysis

    “The Town Musicians Of Bremen” is a German folktale. Its plot structure is so strong that many storytellers writing series for children borrow it.

  • The Little Governess by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    The Little Governess by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    Katherine Mansfield wrote. It’s a cautionary tale without the Perrault didacticism. It’s Little Red Riding Hood, but social realism. This story exists to say, “You’re not alone.” It’s a gendered story, about the specifically femme experience of being alone in public space. Some critics find the ending inadequate. This is a stellar example of a lyrical short story with emotional closure but no plot closure. And it only succeeds in offering emotional closure if the reader can identify with the experience.

  • Mercy Watson Fights Crime by Kate diCamillo Analysis

    Mercy Watson Fights Crime by Kate diCamillo Analysis

    “Mercy Watson Fights Crime” is book number three in the Mercy Watson series by Kate diCamillo, first published 2006. This series is beautifully illustrated by Chris Van Dusen. SETTING OF MERCY WATSON FIGHTS CRIME Where in America is this series set? Based only on fictional representations, this feels Southern to me. (Do Americans get that?…

  • Ernestine and Kit by Kevin Barry Analysis

    Ernestine and Kit by Kevin Barry Analysis

    “Ernestine and Kit” is a short story by Kevin Barry, included in Dark Lies The Island (2013). It has been made into a short film by Simon Bird if you can get a hold of it. This is black humour at its best. I was captivated with this crime story from beginning to end — the…

  • A Good Man Is Hard To Find by Flannery O’Connor Short Story Analysis

    A Good Man Is Hard To Find by Flannery O’Connor Short Story Analysis

    “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” is a well-known short story by American writer Flannery O’Connor, published 1953. So much has already been said about this story — I will look into its structure from a plotting point of view. It’s also about time I read this story. Without reading Flannery O’Connor’s most famous…

  • Why Women Love True Crime

    Why Women Love True Crime

    When I was in Form 2 (now called Year 8), our teacher set a transactional writing exercise: Does violent media make a culture more violent? I’d never heard of Rudine Sims Bishop who, five years earlier, in a different hemisphere, had been writing about how story functions as a mirror as well as a window,…