A mystery involving a crime and the gradual discovery of who committed it, esp. a highly formalized one in which a detective, often a private detective, solves a crime, usually a murder, by means of careful observation and logical reasoning.
Detective-story Sentence Examples
This archeological detective story attempts to reveal the true meaning of the prophecies of the Old and New Testaments.
Also ' walking with children ' is well documented, sometimes as a real detective story or treasure hunt.
After the war a new kind of detective story (the roman noir or ' dark novel ') did emerge.
"What detective story did the old gent pull that one out of?" she said with a smile.