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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?

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

Uptheairymountain Fri 13-Sep-13 16:20:28

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:

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!!!

HeartsTrumpDiamonds Fri 13-Sep-13 20:45:23

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.

HeartsTrumpDiamonds Fri 13-Sep-13 20:47:13

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.

HeartsTrumpDiamonds Fri 13-Sep-13 20:48:56

Thurlow what about Robert Downey Junior?

DH and I love watching "Elementary"

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

Harry Bosch for me.

HeartsTrumpDiamonds Fri 13-Sep-13 20:50:58

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?)

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