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Solving crimes - without cops

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I am quite a fan of crime novels, movies, and TV shows. Scandi-noir is a particular favourite sub-genre; I just love the snow and the long nights.

I don't like the police. Recently, the term "copaganda" has been brought to my attention (and, yes — Paw Patrol is 💯 copaganda) and with it a desire to avoid such programming. It seems my subconscious has already done a lot of work in this area.

The first books I can remember reading were Enid Blyton's Famous Five and Secret Seven. Leaving aside the problematic nature of Blyton and a lot of her work, the basic plots of all of these books were "kids solve crimes instead of police". This genre grew on my bookshelf to include Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Three Investigators.

Meanwhile, on my television, I was watching Scooby Doo and Agatha Christie adaptations.

Dick Van Dyke in Diagnosis Murder

As I got older I got into even more "non-cops solve crimes"; Diagnosis Murder, Murder She Wrote, Veronica Mars.

One of the last things I watched on TV was Magpie Murders where a book editor runs rings around the incompetent local bobby.

The Silent Witness crew

Silent Witness 🙏

I've just finished an eight book series about a private investigator and, before that, enjoyed a few Yrsa Sigurdardottir books about a crime-solving lawyer.

It seems I don't care who is solving the crime as long as it isn't the police because that's inaccurate.

Do you have a favourite niche sub-genre?



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