Posted on 21 November 2010.
Mystery books, especially detective series have always been very popular. There is a great deal of pleasure in reading about a “whodunit “and attempting to solve the mystery before the main characters manage to solve it. The intricacies of the story, the characterizations and smart deduction processes all contribute towards making a great book.
Here is a list of our favourite detectives in fiction. We have been enthralled by them and their thinking and logic and by the proficiency of the authors.
1. Sherlock Holmes:
Probably the world’s most famous detective, Arthur Conan Doyle created a character who became renowned for his perceptive reasoning abilities and for his ability to disguise himself effortlessly. Watson, his friend and assistant became the world’s best known sidekick. Sherlock Holmes set the benchmark for all the fictional detectives who followed later. And in my honest opinion, there is none greater than this master of detection.
2. Hercules Poirot:
A detective with a head shaped like an egg, with a bad English accent and all the French foibles you can think of, only Agatha Christie could have imagined and created a character like him. He is not your physical, hard working kind of detective; he is the thinking man’s detective with great intelligence and an even greater ego.
3. Inspector Maigret:
A genuine police detective, Inspector Maigret was more down-to-earth and natural than any other detective. He was like all of us, he had his good and bad days, he was older and more mature, and somehow he did not awe us with his superior intelligence. Created by Georges Simenon, he was the central character in about seventy-five novels and many short stories.
4. Nero Wolfe:
Only Rex Stout could have given us a detective who is not only fat and indulgent, but will also not step out of his residence in New York unless forced to do so. Called the Falstaff of detectives, he is described by his friend and narrator of the stories, Archie Goodwin as weighing “one-seventh of a ton”. Nero Wolfe however manages to solve all the cases which are under his purview without indulging in too much physical activity.
5. Ellery Queen:
Airtight plots and a well etched character are the distinguishing characteristics of an Ellery Queen novel. Frederic Dannay and Manfred Lee created a persona of a detective whose name was also used as a pseudonym for the authors. A Harvard alumni, he is quite uppity, and solves crimes because he finds it stimulating. Seven decade4s later his books are still popular among mystery novel aficionados.