G.K. Chesterton has written some of the finest detective stories in English. His Father Brown stories has a gawky Catholic priest whose secret to crime solving lies in his astute empathy and psychological insight. Personally I esteem him above Arthur Conan Doyle - because Chesterton is obviously a more gifted writer. Not just of fiction - Chesterton is also a poet (an okay one) and a great essayist.
I found a link to some Chesterton essays on the detective stories today. Rereading them was a pleasure and the highlight of my day, so I'm passing them on:
- A Defence of Detective Stories
- Errors about Detective Stories
- How to Write a Detective Story
- The Blue Cross
- The Ideal Detective Story
Hopefully you will enjoy Chesterton as much as I do.