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Who's your favourite fictional detective?

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BurlingtonBertieFromBow Tue 04-Sep-12 17:11:31

I like Jackson Brodie in Kate Atkinson's books
Also Inspector Barnaby, George Smiley (does some detecting in A Murder of Quality) and Adam Dalgleish

mrsmangelsneck Wed 05-Sep-12 00:04:44

Another vote for Jackson Brodie
Inspector Wexford
Miss Marple (but hate those crappy recent itv adaptations)
Louie Knight

ElephantsAndMiasmas Wed 05-Sep-12 00:06:33

Dr Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar, the Mistress of the Art of Death, is the only detective I can think of who breastfeeds and solves crimes at the same time, while being totally wonderful.

And Sherlock. Because well of the cheekbones, oh Benedict of his incredible deductive powers and natty hat collection.

LineRunner Wed 05-Sep-12 00:06:35

Myron Bolitar and Win. And Big Cindy.

bruffin Wed 05-Sep-12 07:20:22

forgot Myron Bolitargrin
I also like Stephen White's Dr Alan Gregory

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TheOneWithTheHair Wed 05-Sep-12 07:24:05

Sherlock Holmes. Without doubt.

FrazerChorus Wed 05-Sep-12 07:43:34

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Selky Wed 05-Sep-12 07:47:11

Inspector Troy
Lord Peter Wimsey
Dandy Gilver

CoteDAzur Wed 05-Sep-12 07:51:17

Lisbeth Salander.

greenhill Wed 05-Sep-12 08:10:44

Commissario Guido Brunetti in the Donna Leon books about Venice.
DI Tom Thorne by Mark Billingham.
DI Roy Grace by Peter James.
Myron Bolitar by Harlan Coben.
DI Rebus by Ian Rankin.
I'm trying out the Simon Serailler books by Susan Hill too, not sure if I think he's a bit too much like Adam Dalgleish yet.

I'm going to try out some of your suggestions too.

cocolepew Wed 05-Sep-12 08:18:32

Myron and Win,
Elvis Cole and Joe Pike
Inspector Banks
Patrick and Angie (Dennis Lehanne)
John Corey (Nelson demille)
Stephanie Plum
Harry Bosch
Roy Grace
Tom Thorne
Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis
Does Reacher count?

Housewifefromheaven Wed 05-Sep-12 08:36:29

Inspector Sejer (Karin Fossum)

iseenodust Wed 05-Sep-12 14:30:33

Andro oooh Ellery Queen that's a fond memory. I think I went through the entire county library collection of those many moons ago. I recall yellow covers ? Might have to flip to Amazon...

I had a friend whose DP was the double of Magnum.

SoniaGluck Wed 05-Sep-12 16:33:36

* Earthymama * I've always been a little exercised as to how I can reconcile my lefty leanings with my love for Lord Peter Wimsey. confused

I also have a fondness for Brother Cadfael - although I'm pretty sure monks in 12th century England were never like that.

pearlgirl Wed 05-Sep-12 19:46:16

I like Charlie Resnick for his cats and his sandwiches as well - might have to reread some of them now.

LucyEyelesbarrow Wed 05-Sep-12 23:34:02

Phryne Fisher
Miss Marple

imperialstateknickers Wed 05-Sep-12 23:42:57

Peter Wimsey. The only one I've re-read constantly since teenage years.
Sonia you don't need to reconcile lefty leanings! Lord Peter is contemporary to 1920s/30s, it's like feeling guilty for being a descendant of people who were involved in the Slave Trade - I have discovered my great x6 grandfather made money as an investor, but I do not feel in any way obliged to beat my breast apologising to the descendants of the people he was involved in trafficking.

cocolepew Thu 06-Sep-12 00:07:16

Remembered Lucas Davenport from the Prey series, too.

InelegantlyWasted Thu 06-Sep-12 00:11:56

Roy Grace
Marcus Didius Falco
Amelia Peabody
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt
Gordianus the Finder

iklboo Thu 06-Sep-12 00:13:35

Kinsey Milhone
Tom Thorne
Harry Dresden (sort of detective!)

SoniaGluck Thu 06-Sep-12 01:39:06

imperial You're quite right, of course. I tend to tie myself in knots over pointless dilemmas that really only exist in my own head. And I have a significant talent for complicating my life as a result.

monsterchild Thu 06-Sep-12 01:52:18

Arkady Renko

Dirk Gently

NellyJob Thu 06-Sep-12 02:00:06

another vote for Colombo!! (just one more question....)

CheerfulYank Thu 06-Sep-12 02:18:09

Elliot Stabler. Mmmmmmmm.... grin

I loved Holt Ramsey as well, who was in Stephen King's novella A Good Marriage, which was in Full Dark, No Stars. Did anybody read that? I thought it was great. smile

Should I check out Jackson Brodie then?

MrsJohnMurphy Thu 06-Sep-12 03:27:29

Patrick Kenzie/Angie Gennaro
Felix Castor
Jack Parlabane (although love Tim Vale more)
Tom Thorne
Roy Grace
Merrily Watkins

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