Compare the story "the speckled Band" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with "Lamb to the slaughter" By Roald Dahl.
Written in the 19th century detective stories usually have detectives in. They also have suspects, and victims and sometimes you have sidekicks who are not as clever as the main detective.
In Conan Doyle's story there are some long and difficult words such as 'merely', 'commonplace', and 'retorted'. The first sentence has 77 words in it, the words in the Roald Dahl are not old-Fashioned words but are 20th century words that young people can understand and which they use daily. The first sentence in "Lamb to the Slaughter" only has 23 words in.
In "The speckled Band" there is a manor house in the countryside.
There are two sisters and their father. One of the sisters was killed so the other sister went and hired the detective Sherlock Homes and his sidekick Dr.
Watson. These men waited in the dead sister's room Holmes discovered that a snake had climbed through the ventilator, down a bell rope and on to the bed, which was nailed to the ground.
In Dahl's story a frozen lamb leg was used by the policeman's wife to hit the husband over the head with. In the end the police ate the evidence.
Sherlock Holmes is clever and a superb solver of clues but his sidekick Dr. Watson is not as good as Sherlock Holmes.
The detectives in "Lamb to the Slaughter" are not anywhere near as clever because they never checked all the clues.
Dr Roylott used a life snake to commit his crime where as Mary Maloney used a frozen leg of lamb. Dr Roylott is a male but Mary Maloney is a female. We suspect Dr Roylott at the start because if his daughters...