Employing an amateur detective

For today's crimewriter, the gifted amateur detective in the style of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple is a thing of the past.

Nowadays the amateur is usually someone who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Having stumbled across a crime, they become entangled in the events which follow and are forced to solve the mystery in order to extricate themselves from the situation.

The attitude of the professional policeman in all of this is either one of outright hostility or downright suspicion. Indeed, our unwilling sleuths could well find themselves on the run from the law and unable to convince anyone of their innocence.

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