Detective comedy 1: Setting up the shabby detective

Lesson
Detective comedy 1: Setting up the shabby detective
9 pages
Purpose
Examining detective story tropes, starting with describing the detective and their agency.
Description
This lesson begins an examination of the blending of detective and comedy genres in 'The Falcon's Malteser', focussing on setting up the 'down-on-their-luck' detective and tropes such as a first person narrative. What are the tropes of the 'hardboiled' detective story novel and how can this be manipulated to make it funny? We rewrite the passage looking at each of these details, and end with a portfolio rewrite.
Lesson type
Detailed practice
Genre / Topic
Comedy, Mystery, Action, Adventure