Would you say this story counts as a piece of crime fiction? (I'm not sure myself whether this counts.)
Who is the detective in this story?
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These are great questions! I love detective fiction and definitely a lot of what we do on the show would qualify as that. But I'm not sure I'd give that label to this story. I think this feels more like an academic inquiry or perhaps even an exploration narrative than like a detective story simply because the investigation is largely into events in the past and mostly involves reading documents. But I think the line between academic and detective stories is pretty thin, and there's a reason they are both near the top of my favorite genres.
I'd love a counter-argument, though!