Top 10 great-fictional detectives
When I’m bored I like reading a great detective story. I usually make a list of suspects with reasons and excuses, and try to unmask the culprit at least four chapters prior to the end. Occasionally I’m correct, occasionally I’m too far away. These stories are two things in one are puzzles – like a crossword or a sudoku – but also literature, with fascinating characters, a certain psychological depth and a vision of society at a particular time and location. Making the top ten was not easy, and do not expect everybody to agree. Therein lies the dilemma between quantity and quality, and the contrast between the mystery and challenging cozy British fiction in America. Some classics were to be included, but for the most recent was a hard decision. In the end I followed my own taste. These are all the fictional detectives who gave me great pleasure to read.
10. Detective Inspector Thomas Linley
Inspector Linley is a British and fictional detective produced by American author Elizabeth George. It is the eighth Earl of Asherton. He solves crimes with his colleague from Scotland Yard Sergeant Barbara Havers, who is in the working class. In Linley’s third novel, “well educated in a crime,” Linley and Havers solve a murder case in an elite British public school, which is well represented by a British author. George usually prepares his novels by means of the study of real locations in England, which makes their stories a lot more realistic than many other crime writers. Linley itself is a rounded character with weaknesses. His relationship with Lady Helen Clyde evolves by means of the novels. Linley and Havers are portrayed by Nathaniel Parker and Sharon Modest (pictured) in the BBC series “Inspector Linley Mysteries.”
Private detective Kinsey Millhone was developed by American author Sue Grafton. She appears in the alphabet series: “A is for Alibi”, “B is for thieves”, etc, lives in an apartment in Santa Teresa, California. This fictional city based in Santa Barbara was invented by one more writer, Ross MacDonald. Kinsey is a bachelorette party that runs a lot to maintain fit and have an adventure from time to time. I like these novels due to the fact they are fun and have a quick pace and strong argument. There is often a particular quantity of action involved as well. There has been an adaptation of a film or television stories, but – maybe an concept for the future.
Philip Marlowe is a private detective developed by American author Raymond Chandler. 1st appeared in “The Massive Sleep” in 1939. Other popular titles contain “The Lady of the Lake” and “The Long Goodbye.” Marlowe belongs to the tough direction, under the influence of Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade. He smokes and drinks a lot. Live in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The stories are set in the most harmful neighborhoods around the city. Violence, drugs and occur frequently tough language. Marlowe has been played by numerous actors, which includes Humphrey Bogart in “The Large Sleep” and Powers Boothe (photo) on the ITV series “Philip Marlowe, Private Eye.”
Fictional detective Sam Spade was invented by Dashiell Hammett. He only appears in a novel and 3 stories, but remains essential as the very first example of a detective in baked goods. Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, among others, was inspired by Sam Spade. Spade is the major character of “The Maltese Falcon” (1930). He runs a detective agency in San Francisco with his partner Miles Archer, who is killed early in the novel. Not afraid of a fight with fists or firearms. Appears to be cynical, but still have a sense of duty. The story also entails a typical femme fatale. He was played by various actors, which remains the most famous Humphrey Bogart (pictured) in the film adaptation of 1941.
Inspector Roderick Alleyn
Detective Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn (pronounced” Allen “) is a British detective who appears in thirty-two novels by New Zealand writer Ngaio Mario. It all started with “A man lay dead in 1934, when a game ends with the murder of a real murder. Other examples are “The Assassination of harvest”, “Artists in Crime”, and “Overture to Death” – the approach of murder is particularly interesting. As the younger brother of a baronet Alleyn is an additional example of a gentleman detective. He works for Scotland Yard, where he eventually reached the rank of Chief Superintendent. Society journalist Nigel Bathgate frequently helps in their investigations. At initial a BA and later married painter Agatha Troy Alleyn. Of the three actors who have played in the television adaptations of the finest known is Patrick Malahide (photo).
Commissioner Jules Maigret is special in this top ten, whose stories are not written in English but in French. Even though its author, Georges Simenon, was Belgian, Maigret himself is French and works in Paris. Has a record number to appear in seventy-five novels and twenty short stories. Maigret generally smokes a pipe, drink a lot and wears a heavy coat. Is a far more realistic character than most of his colleagues in the Golden Age of detective fiction. His method of analysis is about the way a real cop would work. His success is based on teamwork, routine study and tenacity, rather than individual brilliance. Maigret has been interpreted by various actors on television, of which Jean Gabin was the 1st, and Bruno Cremer (pictured) the most famous.
Lord Peter Wimsey was produced by British author Dorothy L. Sayers. He is the archetypal gentleman detective. Solving crimes is a hobby for him. In the second novel, “Cloud of Witnesses” (1926), which has to take action because his brother is suspected of murder. It’s a rounded character with a past. After suffering injuries throughout the 1st World War was rescued later by his servant Bunter, it also helps you in your study. Harriet Wimsey falls in love with the Vineyard, and marries her. Likes to cooperate with the Chief Inspector Charles Parker of Scotland Yard. These novels are still worth reading, due to the fact they are just excellent literature with a broad perspective in British society at the time. Wimsey itself can be a gentleman, but it is with individuals from the lower classes, like the farmer in “Clouds of witnesses” who Wimsey suspected of having an affair with his wife. Several actors have played Lord Peter Wimsey, such as Ian Carmichael (pictured) in a BBC series.
Agatha Christie Miss Jane Marple appeared 1st in a series of short stories in a magazine, later collected as “The Thirteen Difficulties.” The elderly spinster with a remarkable talent for detective fans can follow in twelve novels, which includes “Murder at the Vicarage” (1930) and “The Body in the Library” (1943). She lives in the little town of St. Mary Mead, where he finds the opportunity to study human nature. She sees similarities with the men and women and events that she knows of people’s lives, which helps to solve several mysteries. Intuition and psychology are really crucial to her. She can annoy the police investigators who initially see as a meddlesome old, until they have to admit he was correct. I have to admit I employed to be discriminated against “old witch” myself, but after reading their stories gradually I became convinced that belongs to the three fantastic fictional detective. She played in the films of Margaret Rutherford and Angela Lansbury, and television by Helen Hayes, Joan Hickson (pictured) and Geraldine McEwan.
Hercule Poirot first appeared in Agatha Christie’s novel” The Mysterious Affair at Styles, published in 1920. He is a retired Belgian police who came to England during the Very first World War as a refugee. Poirot solves mysteries with his “little gray cells”, sometimes with out even leaving your room. With its strong preference for symmetry, order and approach, which has somewhat of a cartoon character. Captain Arthur Hastings is your greatest friend, who relies too heavily on intuition to solve a mystery in itself, but frequently helps Poirot accidental observations and comments. Poirot’s secretary, Miss Lemon, is quite efficient, but unlike Hastings who has no imagination. Chief Inspector Japp of Scotland Yard is not too bright, but often sends Poirot in the proper direction. Detective writer Ariadne Oliver, who is based in component on Agatha Christie herself, believes in women’s intuition. Poirot is undoubtedly one of the best detective fiction, simply because he was involved in several memorable crime novels, which includes “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd,” “Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile.” Poirot was brought to life on film by the actors Albert Finney and Peter Ustinov and David Suchet (pictured) in the ITV series.
Sherlock Holmes, created by Arthur Conan Doyle, remains the archetypal detective who solves mysteries by logical reasoning. He appears in only four novels, of which “A Study in Scarlet” (1887) was the very first, and “The Hound of the Baskervilles” (1902) the most famous. At least as critical are the fifty-six stories. Two of my favorites are “The Red-headed League” and “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.” Holmes believes in the science of deduction: the principle that any problem can be solved if the necessary information is given. It is surrounded by individuals who are much less bright than he. Dr. Watson is a excellent observer, and can relate to instances in detail and 1st-person narrator, but never reached the correct conclusion for himself. Inspector Lestrade is the police investigator not too smart, with wonderful tenacity, once you’re on the proper track. His archenemy, Professor Moriarty only appears in two stories. As a private person Holmes is fairly eccentric. He employed cocaine, and never a romantic relationship, despite having feelings for Irene Adler of “A Scandal in Bohemia.” Of the several actors who have played Sherlock Holmes I will mention only Basil Rathbone and Jeremy Brett (pictured).
Honorable mention: Auguste Dupin (EA Poe), Father Brown (GK Chesterton), Adam Dalgliesh (PD James), Chief Inspector Wexford (Ruth Rendell), Chief Inspector Barnaby (Caroline Graham).