I love detective novels, detective novel writers and detectives. I sometimes, but rarely, figure out whodunnit before the author reveals all, but I keep trying. Actually that’s part of the fun for me.
Here are some of my favourites:
- Miss Marple – This character was created by the inimitable Agatha Christie. Miss Marple is an “older” unmarried woman, who lives in a village in England and is a keen observer of the foibles of the people who live around her. She uses this information to help her understand the criminal mind, often commenting that “it reminds me of Dora, my maid, who ran away with the milkman.” The police find this little old lady annoying, until they realize what a unique brain she has. A classic.
- Hercule Poirot – Another detective created by Agatha Christie. He is a “foreigner”, a Belgian, who is often mistaken for a Frenchman. Poirot lives alone and insists on his surroundings being symmetrical and in perfect order. He detects using his “little gray cells” and rarely stoops to running around looking for clues. He astounds the police and has a very healthy belief that he is the world’s greatest detective.
- Hamish McBeth – Hamish is a Scottish police constable who appreciates the slow pace of his life in a small village. He works hard at avoiding being promoted since he would be required to move to a larger city, so inevitably gives the credit for solving the crime to one of his police buddies. He falls in love very easily and is not above a bit of poaching. But he uses his knowledge of the highlands and its people to nab any criminal who is foolish enough to commit a crime on his beat. Created by M.C. Beaton.
- Agatha Raisin – Agatha was also created by M.C. Beaton. She is a fiftyish woman who lives in a village in the Cotswolds in England. She is a retired publicist who had her own business and made a lot of money. She decided to move to the country to enjoy life but she is bored and ends up creating her own detective agency, employing an old man, a teenager, and several other misfits and between them all they manage to ferret out the truth. Add in James, her next door neighbour and on-again-off-again love interest, Roy Silver, her former employee, and Sir Charles, who comes and goes like the wind, often getting caught in Agatha’s bed by her current love interest, and you can see that Agatha has her hands full.
- Precious Ramotswe – Created by Alexander McCall Smith. Mma Ramotswe lives and detects in Botswana, Africa. With some money left to her by her father, she starts The Number One Lady’s Detective Agency. She is a gentle woman who knows the African people and with the help of her assistant, who scored 97% in the Secretarial exams, and by musing over cups of red bush tea after travelling around in her beloved small white van, everything is settled to the satisfaction of all her clients.
Other favourite authors include:
- Deborah Crombie
- Caroline Graham
- Ann Granger
- Janet Evanovich
- Rhys Bowen
- Gail Bowen
- Earl Stanley Gardner
- Ian Fleming
- David Baldacci
Do you have a favourite author or detective? I’d like to hear about them. Thanks for reading and have a great day. – Maureen