Fictional Detectives Of All Time

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Fictional Detectives Of All Time

Being a detective is perhaps one of the coolest jobs in the world. You chase criminals and solve mind-boggling puzzles. But not everyone can become a detective. But what everyone can do is read a suspense-thriller novel.

Detective novels are amazing; be it for their baffling mysteries or their larger-than-life characters. If you are into novels and love thrill as well, then we highly suggest you to give detective novel a shot. 

Detective novels have given us so many thrilling characters, each one of which is unique in itself. So today, we bring you the 10 best fictional detectives of all time. Take a look at these.

#10. Jules Maigret

Inspired by Commissioner Marcel Guillaume, who is often considered the greatest French detective of his time, Georges Simenon’s Jules Maigret has been the protagonist in 75 novels and 29 short stories. The best thing about this character is that it is closer to reality than most of the other fictional detectives of those times.


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#9. Inspector Bucket

Charles Dickens, among the most revered writers who ever lived, also tried his hand at detective novels and penned a character, Inspector Bucket, who is often referred to as the first important detective of English literature.


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#8. Lord Peter Wimsey

Dorothy Sayers, who is best known for her play Busman’s Honeymoon, created the frivolous and brilliant Lord Peter Wimsey, who hails from a celebrated ancestry which dates back to the 12th century. Haunted by his time in the World War, Wimsey has also been the protagonist in novels by other authors like Anthony Berkley, Jill Patton Walsh, and Elizabeth Bond Ryan and William J. Eakins.


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#7. Sam Spade

Though Sam Spade did not make many appearances like the several aforementioned characters, Dashiell Hammett‘s private detective is a loved character. In 2009, an American mystery writer by the name, Joe Gores brought the character back to life with his Spade & Archer, a prequel to 1930’s The Maltese Falcon.


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#6. Mike Hammer

When Mickey Spillane, a well-established American comic-book writer, decided to create a criminal detective, he came up with a violent character, whose hate for criminals outweighs his love for people. Mike Hammer has appeared in several radio series, comics, TV series, TV movies as well as feature films.


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#5. C. Auguste Dupin

Dupin, who first appeared in Edgar Allan Poe’s 1841-novel The Murders in the Rue Morgue, which is often considered as the first detective fiction story ever. Detective by hobby, the character was created even before the word ‘detective’ was coined.


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#4. Philip Marlowe

The literary world was first introduced to the private detective, Philip Marlowe in The Big Sleep published in the year 1939. The tough, heavy-drinking, contemplative and philosophical character appeared in different short stories by different names, which were later combined in Marlowe.


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#3. Miss Marple

Miss Marple has been the protagonist in 12 crime novels and 20 short stories by Agatha Christie. This amateur consulting detective which hails from a small village is based on Christie’s step grandmother, who always expects the worst from people.


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#2. Hercule Poirot

One of Agatha Christie’s most memorable and celebrated characters is Poirot, a Belgian detective who has appeared in a staggering 33 novels. A British television drama series based on the character was also telecasted from January 1989 to November 2013.


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#1. Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes, created by British author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is undeniably the most loved fictional detective of all time. First appearing in 1887 in A Study in Scarlet, the character made us fall in love with his science of deduction and everything he does.


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