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Who's your favourite fictional detective?

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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?

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!

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'.

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


MrsCakesPremonition Fri 08-Nov-13 18:30:36

Kinky Friedman
Kathy Mallory

MrsCakesPremonition Fri 08-Nov-13 18:28:47

Kinsey Milhone
Lord Peter Wimsey
VI Warshawski

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

Miss Marple

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.

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.

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

Roderick Alleyn

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

Myron Bolitar
Lincoln Rhyme

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

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

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.

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.

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)

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

and finally Myron Bolitar (Harlan Coben)

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

Forgot Steve Carrella from the 87th Precinct books

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

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

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.

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

Another Charlie Parker fan.

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.

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

lavenderbongo Mon 07-Oct-13 19:35:26

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

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

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'

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.

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