Friday, January 01, 2010

Murderous Beginnings: 40 Detective Fiction Firsts

The first volumes in 40 different mystery fiction series, including first appearances of Hercule Poirot, Nancy Drew, Nero Wolfe, Fletch, Stephanie Plum, Inspector Lynley, and more.

01. Edgar Allan Poe -- C. Auguste Dupin
"The Murders in the Rue Morgue" (1841)

02. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -- Sherlock Holmes
A Study in Scarlet (Wordsworth Classics) (1887)

03. Jacques Futrelle -- Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen, Ph. D., LL. D., F. R. S., M. D., "The Thinking Machine"
"The Problem of Cell 13" (1905)

04. G.K. Chesterton -- Father Brown
The Innocence of Father Brown: Centennial Edition (1911)

05. Agatha Christie -- Hercule Poirot
Agatha Christie's Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) (1920)

06. Agatha Christie -- Tommy and Tuppence
The Secret Adversary (Tommy and Tuppence Mysteries) (1922)

07. Dorothy Sayers -- Lord Peter Wimsey
Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries) (1923)

08. Franklin W. Dixon -- The Hardy Boys
The Tower Treasure (1927)

09. Agatha Christie -- Miss Marple
"The Tuesday Night Club (1927)

10. Carolyn Keene -- Nancy Drew
The Secret of the Old Clock (1930)

11. Rex Stout -- Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin
Fer-de-Lance (1934)

12. Raymond Chandler -- Philip Marlowe
The Big Sleep (1939)

13. Ed McBain -- 87th Precinct
Cop Hater (87th Precinct Mysteries) (1956)

14. P.D. James -- Adam Dalgiesh
Cover Her Face (1962)

15. John D. MacDonald -- Travis McGee
The Deep Blue Good-by (1964)

16. Tony Hillerman -- Leaphorn and Chee
The Blessing Way (1970)

17. Robert Parker -- Spenser
The Godwulf Manuscript (1973)

18. Gregory McDonald -- Fletch
Fletch (1974)

19. Sue Grafton -- Kinsey Millhone
"A" is for Alibi (The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries) (1982)

20. Sara Paretsky -- V.I. Warshawsi
Indemnity Only (V.I. Warshawski Novels) (1982)

21. M. C. Beaton -- Hamish Macbeth
Death of a Gossip (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, No. 1) (1985)

22. Faye Kellerman -- Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus
The Ritual Bath (Peter Decker / Rina Lazarus) (1986)

23. Elizabeth George -- Inspector Lynley
A Great Deliverance (Inspector Lynley) (1988)

24. Patricia Cornwell -- Kay Scarpetta
Postmortem (1990)

25. Charlaine Harris -- Aurora Teagarden
Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, Book 1) 1990

26. Carol Higgins Clark -- Regan Reilly
Decked (Regan Reilly Mysteries, No. 1) (1992)

27. M.C. Beaton -- Agatha Raisin
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death (1992)

28. James Patterson -- Alex Cross
Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross) (1993)

29. Janet Evanovich -- Stephanie Plum
One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, No. 1) (1994)

30. Laurie R. King -- Mary Russell Holmes
The Beekeeper's Apprentice: Or On the Segregation of the Queen/A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (1994)

31. Harlan Coben -- Myron Bolitar
Deal Breaker (Myron Bolitar) (1995)

32. J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) -- Lt. Eve Dallas
Naked in Death (In Death, Book 1) (1995)

33. Alexander McCall Smith -- Mma Precious Ramotswe
The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency) (1998)

34. Joanne Fluke -- Hannah Swensen
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swenson Mysteries) (2000)

35. Christopher Fowler-- Bryant & May
Full Dark House: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery (2003)

36. J. A. Konrath -- Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels
Whiskey Sour (A Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Mystery) (2004)

37. Tasha Alexander -- Lady Emily
And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily Mysteries, Book 1) (2005)

38. Christine Lynxwiler, Jan Reynolds and Sandy Gaski --Sleuthing Sisters
Death on a Deadline: Sleuthing Sisters Mystery Series #1 (2007)

39. J.T. Ellison -- Taylor Jackson
All The Pretty Girls (2007)

40. Julie Hyzy -- Ollie Paras
State of the Onion (A White House Chef Mystery) (2008)
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Die Laughing: Funny Crime and Mystery Fiction

SHE'S THE SHERIFF!

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.