Who's your favourite fictional detective?

(103 Posts)
Thurlow Fri 13-Sep-13 14:36:27

Jack Caffrey <swoon>

And good old cheap beer drinking, football loving, curry eating Tom Thorne.

Who's your favourite? And if I like those two, what else might I enjoy?

lambbone Mon 16-Sep-13 13:14:22

Lord Peter Wimsey
Gervase Fen
Theodora Braithwaite

Saltire Mon 16-Sep-13 13:17:33

Poirot
Rebus
Morse/Lewis

dappledawn Mon 16-Sep-13 13:25:01

Henri Castang, Van der Valk, and of course Wallander.

PrimalLass Mon 16-Sep-13 21:14:39

Rebus and Jackson Brodie because they are about home and thereabouts. Also anything by Harlan Coben.

Kasterborous Tue 17-Sep-13 21:40:16

Kinsey Millhone, she is in Sue Grafton's 'alphabet' books, she's a really likeable character. If you like them there are 23 books in the series so far so plenty to keep you going. There is one for each letter of the alphabet starting with A is for Alibi up to W is for Wasted. So three left to go.

pointythings Tue 17-Sep-13 22:06:52

Lord Peter Wimsey
Carson Ryder
V.I Warshawski
Cadfael

LaQueenForADay Wed 18-Sep-13 23:35:28

Oh I hear you Thurlow. I would do Jack Caffrey until his ears bled smile

Thurlow Thu 19-Sep-13 11:59:36

At last, someone who knows who Caffery is! Honestly the fittest fictional character ever created. I don't know how she does it, but he is sex on legs.

Flea Marley can bugger off though. I HATE that character.

Have you read all the books? Have you read the knew one, Poppet?

AllSWornOut Thu 19-Sep-13 12:22:37

Falco, Precious Ramotswe, Adam Dalgleish and Guido Brunetti.

LaQueenForADay Thu 19-Sep-13 12:34:30

Thurlow he's the dark haired, dark eyed, sarcastic maverick character isn't he [goes a bit dreamy eyed].

And I've always been a reet sucker for those since my very first crush on Han Solo...right through to meeting DH wink

Flea Marley annoys the Hell out of me. Stop being so fucking uptight woman, and so socially gauche and annoyingly wholesome. Get a decent hair cut, put some feckin lippy on and bleddy Get. Over. Yourself.

Yes, I've read all her books, and Poppet. But not one of her best? What did you think?

Thurlow Thu 19-Sep-13 14:14:29

I can't help but think Flea is a sort of imaginary version of Hayder.

I liked Poppet, I thought it was a bit of a return to form but it almost wasn't a Caffery book and would have worked as well without him (sad as I would have been). The first two were the best, Ritual was ok, Skin and Gone weren't too good imo.

Molinko Thu 19-Sep-13 14:41:16

Philip Marlowe. He's such a broken character.

LaQueenForADay Thu 19-Sep-13 15:07:07

Yes, I strongly suspect that Flea is how Mo Hayder would like to be. Just like I always suspected that Patricia Cornwell had a huge crush on Lucy in the Scarpetta books.

I don't see how Hayder could promote Poppet as the new Jack Caffrey novel, because he really wasn't in it enough.

Thurlow Thu 19-Sep-13 15:25:16

And no Walking Man, despite apparently being in the Walking Man series. She should have just done it as a standalone, it would have been fine.

Am actually re-reading Birdman and The Treatment now, so much better.

LaQueenForADay Thu 19-Sep-13 16:01:48

Yes, I noticed that, too. A bit naughty of Mo, methinks hmm

I thought Skin & Gone were weak. I guessed the plot twists and I find Flea too annoying

Thurlow Thu 19-Sep-13 16:06:53

They just weren't as creepy. Though I'm probably biased as I actually lived in Tulse Hill and could see Brockwell Park from my living window when I read The Treatment. Scared me witless!

Any other good books like Hayder/Caffery?

LaQueenForADay Thu 19-Sep-13 17:00:59

Thurlow Have you read any of the Charlie Parker series by John Connolly?

They're not as macabre as Mo Hayder, but certainly very dark with hints of the supernatural about them. Nothing is ever quite as it first seems in the Charlie Parker series.

The first one is called Every Dead Thing. The books are fairly stand-alone, but it's worth reading them in order. I have read all 11 so far, and can't wait for the 12th to come out smile

LaQueenForADay Thu 19-Sep-13 17:01:39

And, if you like Jack Caffery, you'll definitely like Charlie Parker wink

SugarMouse1 Thu 19-Sep-13 17:22:15

Poirot

Tom Barnaby in midsummer murders

Sherlock Holmes

ShootMeNowPlease Thu 19-Sep-13 17:30:39

Lord Peter Wimsey (and Sherlock Holmes, but only if played by Jeremy Brett - BC doesn't do much for me).

Someone asked upthread if there were any adaptations of the Wimsey books: there are, with Edward Petherbridge as Wimsey and Harriet Walter as Harriet Vane. Strong Poison and Have His Carcase are good, Gaudy Night (which is my favourite of all the books) is sadly rubbish, and significantly less feminist than the original.

Thurlow Thu 19-Sep-13 17:37:15

Thanks LaQueen, will try them!

RomanMum Fri 27-Sep-13 23:22:13

Falco obviously! Surprised not more mentions...

(and loving Flavia Albia)

Sherlock Holmes a close second.

woodchuck Fri 27-Sep-13 23:28:58

I love John Rebus
Jack Reacher
Jack Cafferey
And for a real blast from the past 'Duke de Richleau' from Dennis Wheatley, not a detective as such but did a lot of detecting. Yet always had time for a fine Bordeaux and a dabble with the Dark Arts

I enjoyed Poppet but felt it was missing the element of surprise of Hayder's other books. the best IMO was Pig Island. So weird. I'm not sure where Hayder is taking this series. It started off so well, but the Flea and Caffrey characters seem like they are two seperate novels spliced together. You know, like Lord of the Rings, where Frodo and Sam were so far off the exciting page of the other characters, they ended up in their own books

EmpressOfTheSevenOceans Sat 28-Sep-13 00:11:38

Thursday Next here too. Followed by Kinsey Millhone.

Ehhn Sat 28-Sep-13 00:18:48

Poirot and sam vines

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