Monday, April 6, 2009
"There's the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it." That's Sherlock Holmes in A Study in Scarlet.
So Holmes detects out of duty. Or does he detect for excitement? Does he want to be involved in the scarlet threads among the more ordinary threads of life? Really, it is excitement. He wants to put off boredom, to be able to stay away from his cocaine habit just a little longer. Detecting is an addiction for Sherlock Holmes.
Why do detectives detect? And why do folks such as us read mystery stories? These are interesting questions.
Who is your favorite detective? Why does he or she detect? And why do you read mystery stories?