Monday, 5 April 2010

The Truth Will Out

It may be time to admit something - to myself more than anyone else.
I like detective stories.
It may not seem a groundbreaking thing to admit, but I've never really thought about it before.

The Jonathan Creek Easter special was on BBC1 last night. There I was, sitting in the dark with a coffee in hand, ready to figure out the crimes or be baffled trying. Then I realised... I was not just there to be entertained, I was looking forward to a challenge.

I was asked not long ago if I liked detective stories and I said no. Not at all. I've never been interested in them. But wait! Some of my favourite tv series - Bones, Supernatural, even House - aren't they all basically detective stories? When I was a teenager I used to read horror books and try to figure out what was going on before the hero/heroine did. Wasn't that too a little bit of detective work?

Even the books I liked reading when I was younger had mysteries running through them. The Sea of Adventure was one of my favourite Enid Blyton books for a long time. Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart books. The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross.
Mysteries... everywhere.

Why haven't I noticed this before?

Thinking about it now, I took far too much pleasure in figuring out how the first murder in the Jonathan Creek special was done. I was - yes - even a little smug about it inside.
Perhaps I am a detective at heart.
Perhaps I have missed my true calling and I should be out there brandishing a magnifying glass and solving crimes!

Or maybe I just love the challenge of solving puzzles.

After all... it seems I've had enough practice.


  1. Hi Jenna,

    Me too. I used to devour Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys as a teenager! Was also addicted to Morse, Columbo, Diagnosis Murder and Quincy.


  2. Columbo is a blast from the past. 'There's just... one more thing.' *cue smooth takedown of annoyingly smug villain*
    Unfortunately, the fact I know that offers yet more proof that I have been deceiving myself all these years. *sigh*

  3. Oh I've never tried reading a detective story before, but like you, I love all those TV shows. My new favourite tv show, which I know is not new at all, i'm just really slow, is all the CSI series. Maybe I should try a detective book too.

  4. Detective stories rock! You know my thoughts on Bones, and I'm an avid viewer of Supernatural too.

    Don't forget Castle tonight! :)

  5. Whoa, hold the 'phones... you solved the first killing in "Jonathan Creek," the one with the bloke in the middle of the lawn, and the screaming lady in the shrubbery, and all that?

    I'm impressed. I figured out the second one, but the first one was so bizarre and, to be honest, riddled with major practical problems, that I didn't even get close beyond identifying the agent from the broad hint in the book.

    Anyway, yes, detective stories rock. Now that you've reached that important first step of realising that you're a whodunnit junkie, you can start dealing with your addiction, or better yet, feeding it. I'm very fond of golden age stories myself, the sort of impossible crimes that Jonathan Creek specialises in.

  6. To Jonathan - That's the one.

    It was a bit far-fetched, but it was the only method that fit the clues. *twiddles detective moustache*

    The rest of the episode had me completely flummoxed.

    I thought Emily was being set up because she left the old man in the field to die, but he wasn't even relevant in the end! I still don't know why the tree was important or why the killers were injecting it with something. I'll admit, I thought the housekeeper was behind everything. *hangs head in shame*

    I enjoyed it - but it would be great to see the show get more of its humour and sparkle back next time.

  7. You can watch Johnathan Creek at night? I have to watch it during the day - too spooky at night. My mother is the same :) The story took me by surprise - I liked the disappearing house in the field!

    You have fab taste in series (Bones!!!) and books :)

  8. I had absolutely no clue who did it (then again I never do) but I enjoy watching the Jonathan Creek mystery's unfold.

  9. To Jesse - Me too. They're always so unusual and a bit 'out there' in the beginning. Then you hear how it was all done and think 'of course! Why didn't I think of that?'

    The Grinning Man special was especially creepy, don't you think?

  10. great book would love it. @gettogirl09 on twitter