I love mysteries. I've got more than a hundred posts on this blog tagged "mystery." It's my favorite book genre, no question about it. So for today's Top Ten Tuesday prompt ("Books from Your Favorite Genre") from That Artsy Reader Girl, I give you My Ten Favorite Fictional Detectives.
1. Sherlock Holmes from the canonical books and stories by A. Conan Doyle, and also in the Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes series by Laurie R. King.
2. Philip Marlowe from the books and some of the short stories by Raymond Chandler, who is my favorite author of all time.
3. Archie Goodwin & Nero Wolfe from the Nero Wolfe books by Rex Stout, which I love so much I've collected all of them. (I know technically these are two people, but they work as a team.)
4. Frank & Joe Hardy from the Hardy Boys by F. W. Dixon, which I read over and over and over as a kid. (Again, totally a team.)
5. Jack Reacher from all those books by Lee Child, which I guess are classified as thrillers and not mysteries, but he always solves a mystery in them, so that's how I view them.
6. Trixie Belden from the series by Kathryn Kenny, which I also read over and over and over as a kid. I loved Trixie's gang of friends, the Bob-Whites, and use to pretend I was one of them!
7. Drew Farthering from the series by Julianna Deering, which is one of the best Christian mystery series I've ever encountered.
8. Gwen Marcy from the books by Carrie Stuart Parks, the other best Christian mystery series I've found.
9. Jane Austen from the series by Stephanie Barron, which I thought was going to be dorky and irksome, but actually turned out to be really fun!
10. Irene Kelly from the series by Jan Burke, which I started reading a few years ago and really ought to finish one of these days.
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Who are YOUR favorite fictional detectives? Do we share any favorites?