Smoke, blood, red herrings, alibis, crimes, all these have created numerous ingenious mystery tales that we often love to read or watch. Be it Sherlock Holmes from the bygone days or Jack Reacher from the recent years, fictional detectives have always attracted readers of all age and places.
- Sherlock Holmes:
This “consulting detective” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has created a unique place among the fictional detectives due to his love for work and bizarre investigation methods since its origin. Sherlock Holmes is present in almost 60 novels, all published between 1887 and 1927.
- Hercule Poirot:
As described by the author herself, Agatha Christie, Hercule Poirot is a tidy little Belgian with a perfectly waxed mustache, little grey cells of the mind and liking for perfectness. Introduced in 1920, Hercule is known for his dramatic denouement, eccentric mannerism, and greatest mind.
- Miss Marple:
Miss Marple does not look a detective from the first sight (a lovely grandmother to have a cup of tea and discuss crime cases!). She’s another natural genius, a white-haired old lady by Agatha Christie who’s loved for her shrewdness, worldly nature and observance power, since 1927.
- Philip Marlowe:
Philip is just that man whom you’d like to call as a tough, witty, and loner detective. Philip is that fictional detective with whom you never want to mess with! The character was written by Raymond Chandler in 1939 and had been portrayed on screens as well.
- V.I. Warshawski:
She’s a young, sexy, sarcastic, and hot-tempered female sleuth. She mostly takes up white-collar cases involved deeply with the badlands of South side Chicago. Written by Sara Paretsky, ‘Vic’ is another female PI who has been portrayed into a movie in 1991, after the first appearance of series in 1982.
- Sam Spade:
A ‘hard and shifty fellow’, Sam Spade is one of the most iconic characters in the private eye genre. Created by Dashiell Hammett, Spade debuted in 1929 with a bang and is still remembered for his old-school charm which is full of masculine glamour.
- Perry Mason:
He’s not a detective. But you can’t miss Perry Mason, the most famous fictional criminal lawyer of all the times in the mystery genre. He’s a hardboiled lawyer with impeccable detection skills and infinite patience; created by Erle Stanley Gardner, a lawyer himself.
- Father Brown:
It was in 1911 when G.K. Chesterton penned one of the most unlikely fictional detectives named Father Brown. This uncommon, witty, and bright Englishman is a dedicated priest but has the natural gift to solve mysteries with ease.
- Nero Wolfe:
Wolfe is another out-of-the-box fictional detective who’s different from the cynical, manly and murky detective world. He’s stout, cranky, and never leaves his four-story brownstone mansion. But with the help of his sharp brain, and investigator cum bodyguard cum secretary Archie Goodwin, he solves cases for the most fearsome men in the world.
- Jack Reacher:
He may not be the greatest. But he’s definitely someone who has attracted many of us (including Tom Cruise). Jack is an ex-Army Major in the USA who unwillingly gets into trouble. His ways of finding the truth have made him a kind of infamous detective though he’s not.
And lastly, we can’t end this list without mentioning C. Auguste Dupin, an unprofessional fictional detective created by Edgar Allan Poe who’s the granddaddy of this genre.