Monday, January 18, 2010

25 Detectives: Sherlock Holmes to Adrian Monk

The first 25 detectives in our series spotlighting popular mystery and crime fiction characters, in order of first literary appearance -- from Sherlock Holmes to Adrian Monk. Also on the list: Alex Cross, Eve Dallas, Fletch, Spenser, Nancy Drew, Hercule Poirot, Nero Wolfe, Stephanie Plum, Ellery Queen, Kinsey Millhone, Mary Russell, Agatha Raisin, and more:

01 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: SHERLOCK HOLMES (1887)
02 Agatha Christie: HERCULE POIROT (1920)
03 S.S. Van Dine: PHILO VANCE (1926)
04 ELLERY QUEEN and INSPECTOR QUEEN (1929)
05 Carolyn Keene: NANCY DREW (1930)
06 Rex Stout: NERO WOLFE and ARCHIE GOODWIN (1934)
07 P.D. James: COMMANDER ADAM DALGLIESH (1962)
08 Ruth Rendell: CHIEF INSPECTOR WEXFORD (1964)
09 Tony Hillerman: JOE LEAPHORN and JIM CHEE (1970)
10 Robert Parker: SPENSER (1973)
11 Isaac Asimov: BLACK WIDOWERS (1974)
12 Gregory Mcdonald: FLETCH (1974)
13 Sue Grafton: KINSEY MILLHONE (1982)
14 Faye Kellerman: PETER DECKER and RINA LAZARUS (1986)
15 Charlaine Harris: AURORA TEAGARDEN (1990)
16 Carol Higgins Clark: REGAN REILLY (1992)
17 M.C. Beaton: AGATHA RAISIN (1992)
18 J.A. Jance: JOANNA BRADY (1993)
19 James Patterson: ALEX CROSS (1993)
20 Janet Evanovich: STEPHANIE PLUM (1994)
21 Laurie R. King: MARY RUSSELL (and SHERLOCK HOLMES) (1994)
22 Nora Roberts: EVE DALLAS (1995)
23 Alexander McCall Smith: MMA PRECIOUS RAMOTSWE / NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY (1998)
24 Joanne Fluke: HANNAH SWENSON (2000)
25 Lee Goldberg: ADRIAN MONK (2006)

Watch for more detective bibliographies in the coming days, including Philip Marlowe, Inspector Lynley, Miss Marple, and Ed McBain's 87th Precinct. Which are your favorite long-running detective series? What sleuths do you still hope to see turn up in our series?

Related links:
Murderous Beginnings: 40 Detective Fiction Firsts
All Aboard For Murder: 10 Mysteries and Thrillers On Trains
Christmas Can Be Murder: 10 Seasonal Mystery Titles
10 Christmas Crime Stories -- Online!
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A woman with a complicated past returns home to become the small town's new sheriff. Best Mann For The Job is by the writer/artist team of Chris and Erica Well. Read it from the beginning at StudioWell.com. Watch the trailer on YouTube.