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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

Lancelottie Mon 01-Oct-12 13:45:34

Oops, sorry, Copper!

GooseyLoosey Mon 01-Oct-12 13:46:53

Alber Campion in Margery Allingham's books.

LadyMargolotta Mon 01-Oct-12 13:49:25

Another vote for Precious Ramotswe.

I'm not sure if Sam Vimes would consider himself a detective? He is first and foremost a Copper, even if he does happen to be the Commander of the Ankh Morpork Watch!

LadyMargolotta Mon 01-Oct-12 13:52:29

Anyone mentioned George Gently? I haven't read any of the books but I adored the TV series.

monal Mon 01-Oct-12 14:05:51

Inspector Wexford
Albert Campion
Perry Mason, I must have read 30 of them in the last month. Hours of fun.
Miss Marple
Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg (in Fred Vargas' books, they push all my tormented detective buttons)

Sidonie Mon 01-Oct-12 14:38:43

DI Hal Challis
Tess Monaghan
Fin Macleod

Joe Pike (Elvis Cole's mate, strong and silent, such a cliche but mmm!)

My nephew's middle name is Sam after Sam Vimes.

His folks were considering Esmerelda for his sister's middle name (after Esmerelda Weatherwax) but went with something more usual instead! smile

LadyMargolotta Mon 01-Oct-12 14:52:38

I’ve just got an Ian Rnakin book out of the library, starring John Rebus, so good to see him mentioned here!

LadyMargolotta Mon 01-Oct-12 14:53:46

OnTheBottomWithAWomansWeekly I was desperate to call dd1 Esme, but a very close family member beat us to it!

Flicktheswitch Mon 01-Oct-12 15:21:44

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

elkiedee Mon 01-Oct-12 17:09:34

Rebus (Edinburgh, Ian Rankin)
Charlie Resnick (Nottingham, John Harvey)
Jack Taylor, Galway (Ken Bruen)
Alex Morrow, Glasgow (Denise Mina)

VI Warshawski, Chicago (Sara Paretsky)
Nick Stefanos, Washington DC (George Pelecanos)
Sharon McCone, San Francisco (Marcia Muller)
Carlotta Carlyle, Boston (Linda Barnes)

Erlendur, Reyjavik (Arnaldur Indridason)
Martin Beck, Sweden (Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo)

AnonymousBird Tue 02-Oct-12 18:30:41

I am in love with Salvo Montalbano...

MrsSalvoMontalbano Tue 02-Oct-12 18:36:23

Me too grin

hoodoo12345 Thu 04-Oct-12 20:23:00

Will Trent.

BeauNeidel Thu 04-Oct-12 23:24:35

I'll add a new name to the mix - I love Kate Shugak (Dana Stabenow) and have just finished the last book. I am bereft!

Also Kinsey Millhone, VI Warshawski and Arkady Renko.

elkiedee Fri 05-Oct-12 03:15:24

I like the Kate Shugak series but have only read the first 4 so far. Kindle users can get the first book, A Cold Day for Murder, free.

notcitrus Fri 05-Oct-12 05:04:16

Tuppence and Miss Marple
Robert Marthaler in Jan Seghers' books - a Hauptkomissar in Frankfurt who cycles a lot and spends a lot of time clinging fearfully on the back of police motorbikes!

And if journalist investigators count, Jack Parlabane and his friend Tim Vane who was probably in MI6 but doesn't talk about it

BeauNeidel Fri 05-Oct-12 09:38:26

elkiedee they only get better! I like the Liam Campbell ones as well, but there's only four of them.

elkiedee Fri 05-Oct-12 21:57:35

I still have to try the Liam Campbell books - the first of those is free for Kindle as well.

BeauNeidel Sat 06-Oct-12 18:10:44

Definitely do - I read all of them after I read the first Kate Shugak one and was not very impressed. I decided to try again though and was hooked! I hope she writes more of both!

Have also got the Star Svensdotter one which is free from Amazon, but can't get into it. Shame, as I normally love SF!

literaryone Tue 11-Dec-12 10:49:22

Reviving this to get into the Wimsey queue.

I also enjoy Andy Dalziel tremendously and Gervase Fen too.

Lugg is more fun than Campion.

TunipTheVegedude Tue 11-Dec-12 10:52:37

I'm getting rather fond of Shardlake in the C.J.Sansom books.
Though tbh that may be the setting rather than the character.

iseetinselandtantrums Tue 11-Dec-12 11:26:12

elkie thanks for Marcia M mention. Never heard of her but have asked for 1st one for Xmas.

GreenandwhitePenguin Tue 11-Dec-12 17:11:20

Mine are mainly from the 'Golden Age' of detective fiction. Gervase Fen, John Appleby, Dr Thorndike and Peter Wimsey. Modern ones are Wexford, Precious Ramotse and Morse.

FiftyShadesofTurkeyGravy Tue 11-Dec-12 17:25:32

Henri Castang (French) and Van der Valk (Dutch) from Nicloas Freeling's unforgettable novels, now hard to find, which nobody else seems to know and love except me...

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