Definition of detective story in English:

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detective story

Pronunciation: /dɪˈtɛktɪv ˌstɔːri/
(also detective novel)


A story whose plot revolves around the investigation and solving of a crime.
Example sentences
  • The plot is a detective story solved by the intended victim working in collaboration with his would-be murderer.
  • It reads like the plot of a detective novel, but now the inside story of the infamous theft of the code-breaking Enigma machine is to be disclosed.
  • He is the father of much genre writing - the detective story, the ghost story, science fiction, the psychological thriller.

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