Who’s your favorite ‘sleuth’??
Don’t laugh. But I loved Encyclopedia Brown! I always thought those stories were really clever and promoted problem solving.
Currently reading girl in disguise by Greer Macallister. Kate Warne just might be my fav!
It’s a tie between Poirot and Sherlock Holmes
Lord Peter Whimsey
Armand Gamache and Miss Marple and Comoran Strike
Maisie Dobbs, Miss Markle, Holmes, Poirot
Me too ?
Lord Peter Whimsey.
Father Brown on TV.
After Sherlock Holmes… Flavia de Luce.
Kinsey Millhone, VI Warshawski, Abby Cooper
Miss Marple, VI Warshawski. Hercule Periot
Agatha Raisin phryne Fisher
Sherlock Holmes and any creation of Agatha Christie’s.
Miss Marple & Hercule Poirot
Sherlock Holmes (the Benedict Cumberbach one. I know I misspelled it!)
He’s fun but I like Jeremy Brett’s is my favorite
I read a post the other day where someone called him “Brusselsprout Cucumberpatch”. ?
Lisbeth Salander and Harry Hole
It’s pronounced Hole-a. From Jo Nesbø’s series.
@Tamara another network did a short version. Timothy Hutton played Archie. It was pretty good!
He and Winn are hilarious
Isn’t a spy a sleuth–how about Ian Fleming’s man “Bond, James Bond.”
Besides ones already mentioned, Flavia de Luce
Sherlock, Kate Shugak, Adam Dalgleish, Jim Leaphorn
Dave Robichaeux and Clete Purcell.
Yes precious ramotswe n
Armand Gamache and Maisie Dobbs. They both need to be real people.
Inspector John Rebus and Alex Cross
Love that series.
The hardy boys ??
Sherlock Holmes ?
Spenser. Travis McGee. Special shout out to Nancy Drew for starting it all for me. ?
Oh how I treasured her books. Such wonderful stories. They should be reprinted. I liked Nancy Drew. But, TRIXIE BELDON was the Best! #NoDoubtAboutIt ?
Just remembered Harriet the Spy!
I can’t spell her name, but I love the detective from the No. 1 Detective Agency series.
mma Precious Ramotsway not sure about spelling
Yes! Thank you.
Armand Gamache (Louise Penny) , Inspector Wexford (Ruth Rendell), and Detective Hank Palace of The Last Policeman trilogy (Ben Winters). Argh, there are too many!
Oh, Father Brown! (Chesterton)
@Leigh yes !!!
Armand Gamache, hands down.
All Agatha Christie sleuths and Walt Longmire too
Phryne Fisher too!
Love AGATHA CHRISTIE.
Armand Gamache and Travis McGee
Inspector Gamache, Mma Ramotswe, and Archie McNally (look this one up, you won’t regret it!).
Nero Wolfe and Hercule Poirot
No one’s mentioned Dan Brown’s Professor Langdon.
Kinsey Millhone – in honor of Sue Grafton
Jim Chee,Tony Hillerman books
Armande Gamache and Flavia de Luce
Flavia is what I wanted to be at her age.
Thursday Next! She’s a bibliophile’s dream.
Agent Pendergast and Jackaby
Can’t pick!!! Edward X. Delaney, Adam Dagliesch, Harry Dresden!
Inspector Armand Gamache
Nancy Drew. When I was young, I liked those books so much that my dad went out and bought me the whole set! Best present I have ever gotten! I still remember the excitement of deciding which one to read next.
Stephanie Plum and Jack Reacher
I like Stephanie Plum too, except for her back and forth with Ranger and Joe Morelli! ?
Kinsey Milhone, Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, Lee Archer, (by Ross McDonald), Miss Marple all are favorites at different times for different moods.
Vera Stanhope, Jimmy Perez
Love Harry and Micky Haller
Miss Marple Series by Agatha Christie, Thursday Next Series by Jasper Fforde, Sherlock Holmes Series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The 39 Steps by John Buchan, The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth, just to name a few
OMG You are the first person that I’ve come across that has read Thursday Next! I’ve gotten to read one. Then i collected a couple and hadn’t read them yet and my trailer with all my books was stolen. I haven’t found any of them again or found anyone that has read them. I was starting to think i hallucinated the book lol. I’m so giddy right now. Finally, someone to talk about it with! ?
Adam Dagliesh and Cordelia Grey
Stephanie Plum and Myron Bolitar
Sherlock and Thursday Next, a character no one has mentioned. Casper Fforde
Love Thursday Next!
Trixie Belden or Judy Bolton.
Oldie but goodie Sherlock.
I like the artful detective, William Murdoch. I watched show before I knew of the books. Got to try & find them. Would like to see if the books are as good a the show.
Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott from The Strike Series by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling, and Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney from the Mr. Mercedes trilogy by Stephen King.
Yes, love Corcoran. Strike and Robin Ellacott! Can’t wait for another in the series.
@Jennifer Lethal White is her title for the next one. She completed the manuscript back in March. There’s no release date yet.
Lucas Davenport in John Sandford’s Prey books and Thursday Next!
Eve Dallas followed closely by Kathy Mallory.
Carl Merk – Jussi Adler @Olson, Armand Gamache – Louise Penny, Cormoran Strike – Robert Galraith
Inspector Morse, Inspector Lewis, Maigret, Lovejoy, Cracker, Miss Marple, Wallander
Kinsey Millhone, private investigator in Sue Grafton’s mystery series beginning with A is for Alibi through Y is for Yesterday. Such a well-developed character who is no nonsense and smart. Loved each book as Grafton made Kinsey so consistent and interesting!
And Jesse Stone??
@Susan, Jesse is a close second
Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot and the one in he the Alphabet series by SueGrafton. Kinsey is her name I think . Sorry can’t do just one, all different styles. But I guess Sherlock is the epitome since he preceded all others.
Precious and Grace
Hercule poirot. For kids, Encyclopedia Brown
Inspector Armand Gamache❤️
Endeavour, Sherlock (Cumberbatch), Wallander, those in The Swedish version of The Bridge & The girl with the Dragon Tattoo (trilogy)
V.I. Warshawski. Currently I’m on an Agatha Raisin kick.
Sherlock Holmes, or Scooby Doo. Can’t decide.
Scooby Doo! Why didn’t I think of that? ?
Lol! Scooby Doo. ?
Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, Mrs Murphy, Tucker and Pewter
Sherlock, Inspector Morse and Flavia De Luce.
I am adding some of these to my list
What a great question!
C. Auguste Dupin / Poe
Have you read her Corinna Chapman series? They are also really good, but set in modern times. The first one is called Earthy Delights.
@Joanna Thank you! I will have to look for those!
I’m not sure if there are books but i watched miss fishers on Netflix which then recommended Murdoch mysteries. I know its a tv show but if you like a good detective you’ll love it.
Sherlock Holmes. No doubt
Too many favorites to pick just one!
Mrs. Emily Pollifax
It’s great to start young! ?
Sherlock Holmes! Is there any other? 😀
Nancy Drew of course!
Hercules Poirot, Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew, Anna Pigeon, I love a good mystery
Anna Pigeon is the best!
Sherlock Holmes or Cormack Strike
Lord Peter Whimsy among scores of others.
Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple – I’m Agatha Christie obsessed.
Flavia deLuce by Alan Bradley
Cormaran Strike and Alex Cross and Jesse @Jerri Just thinking there are more than one!!
How could I forget Nancy Drew, the one who started it all for me?
Jesse Stone from Robert B. Parker, Harry Hole from Jo Nesbo, Kurt Wallander from Henning Markell, Alex Cross from James Patterson
Jessica Fletcher on “Murder She Wrote” of course!
Eve Dallas! In death series by jd Robb
Hercule Poirot, Sherlock Holmes, & The Girl in the Dragon Tatoo Trilogy.??????
Can’t overlook Helen Mirren character from BBC Prime Suspect and an American version in Profiler.
Mary Russell, Maisie Dobbs, Gregor Demarkian, sheriff Longmire, Precious…
Alyoius Pendergast, the Child/Preston novels. That is the character’s name. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Check them out. They wrote The Relic, which was turned into a movie. Rip Tide, The Ice Limit, Still Life with Crows are bit a few of their books.
probably Hercule Poirot 🙂
Love Precious Ramotsowe ❤️ in the First Ladies Detective Agency series!
Miss Jane Marple
Difficult to pick just one, but have read a few Judge Dee mysteries the last few years. I find the stories intriguing.
Poirot, Father Brown,and Miss Marple…
Sherlock Holmes followed by Hercule Poirot and then Special Agent Pendergast from the Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child books.
Hercules Poirot and Sherlock Holms
Hercule Poirot and Harry Dresden
Omg, thank you for spelling Poirot’s first name correctly! Honestly, I just don’t get how people that read can’t spell.
Sherlock, Father Brown (the novel character, not the tv show character), Poirot, Marple, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and when I was little, Encyclopedia Brown gets a nod.
Hercules Poirot , Armand Gamache, Sherlock, Jimmy Perez, Precious Ramotswe
Lew Archer by Ross @MacDonald
Armand Gamache, Ian Rutledge, Guido Brunetti
At the moment, Brother Cadfael. This can and will change without notice.
Phryne Fisher, Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Charlotte Pitt …
Hironimus (Harry) Boshe
Flavia de Luce
Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey
Miss Marple and Father Brown
I love that Quirky cast of characters.
Went to the local bookstore for her visit with my daughter who is also a fan.❤
Hercules Poirot is number one and Charles Lenox is number two and then there is Father Brown and Miss Marple…
Guido Brunetti, Harry Bosch, Virgil @Flowers
Armand Gamache, Arthur Bryant and John May
Precious Ramotswe, an entertaining and interesting character.
Lisbeth Salander. Kinsey Millhone (Sue Grafton). V.I. Warshawski. Harry Bosch is right up there, too. From childhood: Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden.
The only one I haven’t read is Lisbeth Salandor. I definitely agree with all the others.
@Pam—The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is much edgier than the others mentioned (except some Bosch), but Salander is a very well-written character.
Yes, these are some of my favorites, too. Salander is a very complex woman–brilliant but damaged.
Gamache, but new entry FBI financial forensics Aaron Falk is really good too.
Flavia de Luce!!
Armand Gamache, Kinsey Malone, Peter Ash (from author Nick Petrie series).
Nancy Drew and Armand Gamache! Nacy was my all time favorite!
Sherlock Holmes – Sir ConanDoyle
Kinky Friedman. I go for funny mysteries like the Bernie Rhodenbarr series by Lawrence Bloch, the Maggody series by Joan Hess, the Mrs. Pargeter series by Simon Brett. I’ve read all of these, so if someone has suggestions of similar series, I’d live to hear them!
He’s actually real.
He is, but he is also the fictional sleuth in the mystery novels that he writes.
The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz [first in a series]…the Mrs. Pollifax series by Dorothy Gilman…the Her Royal Highness series by Rhys Bowen…the Miss Seeton series by Heron Carvic…The Pot Thief Mysteries by J. Michael Orenduff …Murder With Peacocks (Meg Langslow Mysteries Book 1) by Donna Andrews…
THAT’S A MEAN QUESTION!!!! Mysteries are my favorite… truly my favorite. While I love Sherlock Holmes, and Inspector Rutledge, and I adore Miss Marple…. I would have to say HERCULE POIROT is the one who outshines the rest. There is just not another like him.
Do I have to pick a favorite?
Bruno, Chief of Police, in St. Denis commune, France!
The forensic series, combo of 2 u tenn. Professors, funny and interesting. Forgot bone title but should be easy for mystery sleuths.
The Body Farm series by Jefferson Bass?
@Susan yes, 2 of their last names combinef
Kinsey Milhone. RIP Sue Grafton. ?
Miss Marple & Maisie Dobbs
Inspector Clouseau, Hercule Poriot
Molly Murphy from the Rys Bowen novels.
Inspector Nightingale (Rivers of London – Aaronovitch)
I love these books. The audiobooks are awesome.
I agree. The reader that Aaronovitch insisted on, he is fantastic.
I too love Poirot!!!
Commissario Brunetti by Donna Leon
Flavia de Luce. Re: Alan Bradley
Wow! There are so many… Sherlock ?️♂️!
Amelia Peabody & Inspector Gamache
Bertha Cool and Donald Lam
.. Anna Pigeon .. she’s the National Park Ranger in the series written by Nevada Barr . (just one of Many favorites!!)
Ooh — I need to check those out!
@Wendy, the first book in the series is “The Track Of The Cat” and it’s set in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas .. each book is set in a different National Park .. here’s a link to the books, in the order written .. Enjoy!! .. http://www.nevadabarr.com/thebooks.html
Myron Bolitar (Harlen Coben)
Agent AXL Pendergast
Miss Marple and Amelia Peabody.
Nancy Drew and Hercule Perot
Dublin Murder Squad (Tana French)
wow- my heart wants to stay true to the two sleuths from my youth- Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. But my current fav has to be Sarah Booth Delaney created by Carolyn Haines
I just started a book with Sarah Booth Delaney. it is the first book i read with her and i love her
So many. Miss Marple, Poirot, Kate Burkholder, Jim Chee, Father Frank, Father Brown etc., etc.
Lots! Inspector Lynley, Inspector Banks, Vera, Simon Seraillor (sp?), and also some of the Scandinavian ones, who’s names I can’t think of. They are in books by Karin Fossum an Hakar Nassam, for example. (Those names may be mis-spelled.)
Nancy Drew and Maisie Dobbs
Adore both of them.
Oh, gosh! A toss up between Ms. Marple and Father Brown.
Not familiar. Who’s Morse?
Harry Potter and friends, lol
Sherlock of course.
Lord Peter ,Ms Marple
Brunetti- almost forgot
Holmes for sure – Ms. Marple
Kay Scarpetta though she’s not technically a sleuth. Also Linda Barnes Carlyle books are really good.
Depends on the mood. Stephanie Plum. Gamache or Brunetti.
Absolutely Nancy Drew. My family knew that the best gift they could give me was a Nancy Drew book.
Poirot or Sherlock Holmes.
Kinsey Millhone – Alphabet series
Good one. Curious about something. Did you know about the author’s history when you read it and did it make a difference?
@Barbara I didn’t when I began the series, and by the time I found out, I was hooked.
Hercule Poirot and Sherlock. I’m also in love with Hamish MacBeth.
Hercule Poirot and @Nancy.
Nancy Drew or Jessica Fletcher – they were my heroes growing up! And still are…
Porfiry Rostnikov The ‘Glasnost’ – era Moscow police inspector from the series by Stuart Kaminsky
Stephanie Plum and Sherlock Holmes
Miss Jane Marple for sure
Mrs. Pollifax. I hope I am that “with it” when I reach her age…
Cadfael-I have read all of the books some years ago.
Inspector Gamache from Louise Penny series
Flavia De Luce
Flavia De Luce and Agatha Raisin
lord peter whimsy
Cormoran Strike and Masie Dobbs currently.
Can’t name one. Peter Wimsey, Hercule Poirot, Gamash in the Louise Penny books, Maisie Dobbs, Lizabeth Salander. Harry Bosch, Harry Hole in the Jo Nesbo books. Really like these Scandinavian writers right now.
I’ve been into the Scandinavian authors too. Have you read Camilla Lackberg?
@Jennifer Yes, and I love those, too. Think I’ve only read the first two. I have others, though. 🙂
Sherlock Holmes. I’m currently reading The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes.
Stephanie Plum, Agatha Raisin, Monsieur Pomplemousse,
Not familiar with Monsieur Pomplemousse. What book is that from?
Monsieur Pamplemousse is the main character in a mystery series by Michel Bond who wrote at least 8+. of them. First one is MONSIEUR PAMPLEMOUSSE, my favorite is MONSIEUR PAMPLEMOUSSE AND THE SECRET MISSION, where he eats at all the best restaurants in the Loire Valley (where I used to live) to determine ratings for the travel guide company (like the Michelin Guides) he works for. Soft, gentle mystery. Need to read it when you’re in the mood for it. Good when low on energy, sad or need a laugh. He’s a very picky, persnickety Frenchman. Love it. Let me know what you think of it, if you try it.
@Joan Thanks for the info. I will check our library shortly to see if they have any of them.
Alas, they are hard to find. Perhaps your local half price bookstores or mystery stores. I have to check Amazon. But keep trying if library doesn’t have them. They’re such a gentle treat.
@Pam I just checked Amazon and the original mass market paperbacks are all up there as well as a reissued trade paperback for about $15. Maybe they’re more widely available elsewhere than in Madison Wisconsin, although we are a big time reading community. Good luck.
I checked out library’s website, and they only have the first one.
Armand Gamache!!!!! The author is Louise Penny. She is amazing. I drove 3 hours one way to hear her talk. I would do it again.
Just read my first one last year and loved it! I have some catching up to do.
I have a lot of favorites but since I’m an avid reader and a cat lover, I would say Familiar the black cat Private Investigator. This is the first book in the series.
Ohh, I must check these out. Ive got 2 cute little black sleuths of my own.
Faye Wennersten these books are so darn cute! The problem is that they are out of print but used book stores carry them if you’re lucky. The first 2 are now on Kindle – Fear Familiar and Too Familiar. Hopefully more will be on the Kindle. There is 20 books in the series. I named my black male cat Familiar after this guy. I discovered the books in 2000.
@Janet It appears the third is also available on Kindle now, as well as a group of “Familiar Legacy” books.
@Jennifer that’s great!
The Spellman family.
Michael Bennett (all those kids!) and Chris Knopf’s Sam Aquillo (local setting too)
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