Detective Fiction Genre Definition – What’s the best definition for the detective fiction genre? Books in the detective genre are about a detective, or detectives – either a professional or amateur – who is involved in solving a crime. The detective sometimes has to figure out how the crime was actually pulled off/committed in order to solve the case. The plot follows the detective as they discover clues that lead to the apprehension of the criminal. The detective genre is closely linked and similar to the crime and mystery genres.

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detective fiction genre definition book coverDetective Fiction Genre Definition – Examples

Review this list of popular examples to help you get a better understanding of the detective fiction genre.

1. A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

2. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

3. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

4. Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley

5. Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler

6. Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith

7. Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem

8. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

9. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

10. The Alienist by Caleb Carr

11. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

12. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

13. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

14. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

15. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

16. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

17. The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

18. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

19. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

20. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

21. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

22. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

23. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

24. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

25. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon

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Detective Fiction Genre Definition – Related Book Genres

* Crime Fiction Genre

* Murder Mystery Genre

* Legal Fiction Definition

* Mystery Genre Definition

* Police Procedural Fiction Genre

* Psychological Thriller Genre

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