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?

MisguidedAngel Fri 13-Sep-13 14:45:06

I can't remember his name, but the one in the Kate Atkins books. One was on tv a few months ago and the actor looked right. Vulnerable bit of rough, that's my bag.

Kwaziisgingerface Fri 13-Sep-13 14:48:31

Jackson Brodie, Angel

played to great effect by Jason Issacs


MavisGrind Fri 13-Sep-13 14:49:59

Albert Campion. Could read those books over and over. (although I've always fancied myself being a toff japing around a stately home with a natty red roadster outside. What larks!)

SconeRhymesWithGone Fri 13-Sep-13 16:14:33

Lord Peter Wimsey
Adam Dalgleish

Precious Ramotswe. The Ladies' Detective Agency books are an absolute pleasure to read.

Sherlock Holmes. Elementary, my dear.

whatwoulddexterdo Fri 13-Sep-13 20:17:04

Roy grace for me

Thurlow Fri 13-Sep-13 20:26:54

Sherlock Holmes, sure, but only if he looks like either Benedict Cumberbatch or Jonny Lee Miller.

Benedict C looks creepy imho - totally not my idea of SH. I don't know who JLM is.

member Fri 13-Sep-13 20:41:19

Logan Macrae

OneHolyCow Fri 13-Sep-13 20:42:54

Gotto love Rebus. Baggy eyed, raspy whisky voice, bit smelly. Yum.

SoftSheen Fri 13-Sep-13 20:43:12

Poirot or Morse

GerardButlersSecretLover Fri 13-Sep-13 20:43:46

Miss Marple (when Joan Hickson played her!) and Wexford!

alcibiades Fri 13-Sep-13 20:44:02

Charles Paris: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Brett#Charles_Paris.

He's an actor, either small parts or out of work. Interesting "insights" into the world of acting. wink

Simon Brett has written books about another character, known only as Mrs Pargeter, whose deceased husband seems to have been some sort of criminal mastermind.

And then, of course, there's Police Constable Peter Grant in Ben Aaronovitch's "Rivers of London" series.

GerardButlersSecretLover Fri 13-Sep-13 20:44:22

Oh and Morse and Lewis!!!

Miss Marple. Hands down.

HoneyDragon Fri 13-Sep-13 20:46:07

Skulduggary Pleasant

TunipTheUnconquerable Fri 13-Sep-13 20:46:50

Sergeant Cuff from The Moonstone. The original (pretty much) and best.

But as far as tv goes, the Joan Hickson Miss Marple. Totally convincing as both quiet old lady and shit-hot detective.

Tommy & Tuppence
Hercule Poirot
Ariadne Oliver
Mr Parker Pyne

Anyone sensing a pattern here?

MrsOakenshield Fri 13-Sep-13 20:47:42

Lord Peter Wimsey, without a doubt.

Thurlow what about Robert Downey Junior?

DH and I love watching "Elementary"

Hadmeathello Fri 13-Sep-13 20:50:54

Harry Bosch for me.

Anyone remember when Mr Big from SATC was on the very first
Law & Order? Chris Noth I think. He was a brilliant TV detective and I adored that show at the time...

teacherwith2kids Fri 13-Sep-13 20:51:03

Lord Peter Wimsey.

Though Thursday Next is gaining ground (I don't do TV, particularly, so can't comment on screen versions of any of these - actually, ARE there any screen versions of LPW?)

PeerMon Fri 13-Sep-13 20:51:24

Harry Hole.

Luther (be still my beating heart)

SantanaLopez Fri 13-Sep-13 20:53:17

Montalbano for meeeee

Greydog Fri 13-Sep-13 20:54:19

Montalbano! Lord Peter Wimsey, and Marlowe "shop soiled Galahad"

TammyandJune Fri 13-Sep-13 20:57:29

Maddie and David from Moonlighting - aah the chemistry

MrsRandom78 Fri 13-Sep-13 20:59:07

Fight you for him OneHolyCow - John Hannah was soooo far away from the Rebus in my head!

CaurnieBred Fri 13-Sep-13 21:00:21

I like Eve Dallas in the books by JD Robb - just gone back and am reading them all from the start.

Also like Bob Skinner by Quintin Jardine and Logan McRae by Stuart MacBride (going back to my Scottish roots here).

Thurlow Fri 13-Sep-13 21:02:00

Nah, RDJ never did it for me, and nor did those films.

So what should I be reading? What's like Caffrey and Thorne (but preferably without scaring me shitless as Hayder does)

Chubfuddler Fri 13-Sep-13 21:03:50

Poirot, then marple then morse.

trice Fri 13-Sep-13 21:47:15

Pommes frites from the M. Pamplemousse mysteries.

Hassled Fri 13-Sep-13 21:48:18

Rebus. I love Rebus.

And then probably Inspector Morse.

SconeRhymesWithGone Fri 13-Sep-13 22:38:06

My newest fave is Jimmy Perez in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series.

I also like Simon Serrailler in the Susan Hill series.

I am so glad Rankin brought Rebus back. A new book is due out this autumn, can hardly wait.

I want them to do a Rebus TV series again and recast it, but I haven't yet figured out who should play Rebus. I like John Hannah and Ken Stott as actors, but neither one is the Rebus in my head.

idiot55 Fri 13-Sep-13 22:40:23

Agatha Christies,miss marble.

Makes me feel all warm inside

GeorginaWorsley Fri 13-Sep-13 22:47:20

Bernie Gunther in Philip Kerr's books
Philip Dryden ,not a detective but a journalist in Jim Kelly's books
Roy Grace
Jackson Brodie
David Raker in Tim Weaver's series
Laura Wilson's inspector Ted Stratton
Inspector Troy in John Lawton's books
Alan Banks
I love British detective fiction and wartime fiction!

UptoapointLordCopper Sat 14-Sep-13 19:37:14

Rebus. Didn't know how much I miss him until he came back. grin

V I Warshawski in the Sara Paretsky books.

cocolepew Sat 14-Sep-13 19:45:01

Kinsey Milhone.
Lucas Davenport.
Harry Bosch.
Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.
DCI Banks.
Carson Ryder.

penguinpaperback Sat 14-Sep-13 21:20:09

Miss Marple-Joan Hickson.

KurriKurri Sun 15-Sep-13 12:09:47

Tom Thorne
Logan McCrae
David HUnter (from the Simon Beckett books)
Fin Macleod from the BlackHouse trilogy (Peter May)
Alan Banks
Roy Grace

and for very light reading - Daisy Dalrymple grin

vaticancameo Sun 15-Sep-13 12:15:50

Holmes, every time. Especially as played by Jeremy Brett or Benedict Cumberbatch.

My username is a very geeky Holmes reference grin

Sherlock, as played by the delectable Benedict. Vaticancameo - I like your name!

Distrustinggirlnow Sun 15-Sep-13 12:25:07

Lindsay Boxer

Oh and morse too

FriendlyLadybird Sun 15-Sep-13 22:16:06

Lord Peter Wimsey, Salvo Montalbano, and Jackson Brodie. And Spenser, who's more of a PI than a detective so I don't know if he counts.

scripsi Sun 15-Sep-13 22:19:12

Lord Peter Wimsey here too!

oinktopus Sun 15-Sep-13 23:40:32

Probably an odd choice but I'd go for Dirk Gently.

ZacharyQuack Mon 16-Sep-13 00:05:25

Elvis Cole
Virgil Flowers
Lucas Davenport

mrsmalcolmreynolds Mon 16-Sep-13 13:08:48

Tie between Albert Campion and Benjamin January (the latter is in a series by Barbara Hambly set in early 19th century New Orleans).

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

Lord Peter Wimsey
Gervase Fen
Theodora Braithwaite

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


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

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


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

surpriseitsme Mon 07-Oct-13 18:45:19

Im a sherlock fan too....old classic style although I did thouroughly drool after enjoy ELementary with the delectable jonny lee miller. Closely followed by Thorne smile

Cataline Mon 07-Oct-13 18:52:58

John Luther - love him!

Kikithecat Mon 07-Oct-13 18:59:48

Agatha Raisin

macthecatsmum Mon 07-Oct-13 19:14:01

Phillip Marlowe
Jackson Brodie
Albert Campion
Duffy -dan Kavanagh aka Julian Barnes
Nick Spade
Logan Macrae's bos DS Steele
Peter grant's boss- Nightingale.

sisterofmercy Mon 07-Oct-13 19:16:26

Marcus Didius Falco (sarcastic and tough)
John Rebus (Sarcastic, cynical, on the side of the angels nonetheless. I always thought Ken Stott was pretty close to my idea of Rebus)
Charlie Parker (witty, soulful and great taste in music)
Salvo Montalbano (shouting, gesticulation, great suits, interesting radical past)
Richard Castle (because of Nathan Fillion)
I used to like Temperance Brennan a lot for her testiness and cleverness but I think the series has 'gone off'

mamadoc Mon 07-Oct-13 19:25:50

Kurt Wallander- he is so believable as a real person.

On tv Flack in CSI NY mmmmm

Sherlock, Morse, Lord Peter Wimsey and my absolute favourite Sam Vimes.

ThePinkOcelot Mon 07-Oct-13 22:12:19

Alex Cross - I like Morgan Freeman but he isn't Alex in my mind.
Roy Grace
Lynsey Boxer
Harry Bosch

Louise1956 Thu 10-Oct-13 20:26:54

Hercule Poirot, with Miss Marple a very close second. nobody has ever written mysteries as good as Agatha Christie's. Superintendant Battle is very good too, a pity she didn't write more about him.

Inspector Hemingway in Georgette Heyer's mysteries is a great character too.

FreyaKItty Sun 13-Oct-13 14:30:48

Another Charlie Parker fan.

Portlligat Tue 22-Oct-13 17:03:32

Tom Thorne all the way. He never fails to make me gasp with his naughtiness and he's also a bit of a rubbish detective as he doesn't work it all out until very late in the day. I love his drunken chats with Hendricks who I've recently nominated as my new gay best friend as there was a vacancy!

A vote also for Carrigan and Miller - a newish pairing from Stav Sherez. The stories can get a bit bogged down in foreign politics, but I'm liking these two grumpy (Carrigan) and workaholic (Miller) newbies.

bruffin Tue 22-Oct-13 17:13:32

Precious Ramotswe
Sid Halley (Dick Francis)
Alex Delaware (Johnathan Kellerman)
Alan Gregory (Stephen White)

bruffin Tue 22-Oct-13 17:15:09

Forgot Steve Carrella from the 87th Precinct books

bruffin Tue 22-Oct-13 17:17:17

and finally Myron Bolitar (Harlan Coben)

MrsMaryCooper Tue 22-Oct-13 20:26:07

Freida Klein (Nicci French)
DI Frannie Bliss - Merrily Watkins series (Phil Rickman)
Lord Peter Wimsey
Dandy Gilvery - (Catriona Macpherson)

mmack Fri 25-Oct-13 23:11:47

Did anyone say Dave Robicheaux? James Lee Burke novels set in Louisiana. Would strongly recommend him to all the Charlie Parker Fans.

FreyaKItty Fri 25-Oct-13 23:52:39

Thanks mmac, I'd attended a John Connolly lecture on the evolution of thriller/detective novels and James Lee Burke was one of his recommendations. i'd picked up neon rain afterwards but hadn't gotten around to reading it . I must find it.

runes Thu 31-Oct-13 16:32:18

Hercule Poirot followed by Miss Jane Marple. Agatha is the undisputed queen.

Foosyerdoos Thu 07-Nov-13 20:46:46

Myron Bolitar
Lincoln Rhyme

thelittlemothersucker Thu 07-Nov-13 21:03:50

Roderick Alleyn

CremeEggThief Fri 08-Nov-13 18:17:20

I can't put them in order, but Philip Marlowe, Lord Peter Wimsey, Albert Campion and Kinsey Millhone are my choices. I also love Poirot and Miss Marple, especially as portrayed by Joan Hickson, and I'm currently reading my first John Connolly, and finding Charlie Parker intriguing.

motherinferior Fri 08-Nov-13 18:22:06

She's not strictly a detective but I would love to be mates with Ruth Galloway. I think we'd get on.

I am very fond of Myron Bolitar. Also being friends with him would mean you always had his scary mates to back you up.

Joe Pickett is a sweetie, though suspect we'd disagree politically.

Handbagsonnhold Fri 08-Nov-13 18:24:07

Miss Marple

Kinsey Milhone
Lord Peter Wimsey
VI Warshawski

Kinky Friedman
Kathy Mallory

ShellyF Fri 08-Nov-13 18:31:02


HenriettaMaria Sun 10-Nov-13 14:50:13

Lord Peter Wimsey - is my favourite, no question. But I'm also partial to a bit of Rebus, Cadfael, Falco (I like Anton Lesser on radio).

On telly, I love Chief Superintendent Foyle. I like the way Michael Kitchen plays him and I love his uncompromising integrity - even though, sometimes, he is in danger of appearing a bit 'holier than thou'.

NotCitrus Sun 10-Nov-13 15:05:08

Jack Parlabane.
Miss Marple. Tommy and Tuppence.
Dalgliesh. Cordelia.
Cornwell's Lucy, though I suspect she's an idealized version of Cornwell herself.

Now just need the dinner party!

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