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 Top Five Favorite Fictional Detectives

I LOVE making favorites lists. Love. It. When DeeJay suggested I make a list to share with the Masquerade Crew, I jumped at the chance! Since writing mysteries is my thing, I decided to come up with a list of my “Top Five Fave Fictional Detectives”. Please note, this is a list of my favorites, not necessarily a list of who is generally considered to be the best. I like to have fun, and I like characters who like to have fun—not necessarily those who are the most competent at their jobs.

Favorite Detective: Stephanie Plum (Stephanie Plum series, Janet Evanovich)

Why? Stephanie Plum does what she needs to do to catch the bad guy…um, even though she usually is the one getting caught by the bad guy. Nevertheless, she doesn’t back down from a fight, and she has a fun time doing what she does best.

Honorable Mentions: Meg Cabot’s Heather Wells, Gemma Halliday’s Maddie Springer, and Wendy Roberts’s Sadie Novak, and of course, my girl Lizzie Hart.

Favorite Detective: Trixie Belden (Trixie Belden series, Julie Campbell and Kathryn Kenny)

Why? I loved Trixie Belden when I was a kid. I mean, I was her Number One Fan. Trixie was such a relatable character for me—kind of a tomboy at heart, but at the same time she wanted to have a boyfriend and be pretty. She was smart and stubborn and totally fearless, and would do anything for her friends.

I never liked: Nancy Drew. What?!? A female mystery writer who didn’t like Nancy Drew as a child? Yes, that’s me. She was too complicated. And besides, if you’re a Trixie fan, you can’t be a Nancy fan, too. It’s the rules.

Favorite Detective: Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp, Sleepy Hollow, 1999)

Why? Ichabod was way ahead of his time, using forensics to solve crime instead of simply gumshoeing until he stumbled onto the killer. And he did it with flair.

Honorable Mention: David Mills (Brad Pitt, Se7en, 1995) It was refreshing to see a detective in a movie totally lose his you-know-what and kill his suspect in cold blood.

I never liked: Ace Ventura. Nobody liked Ace Ventura.

Favorite Detective: Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck, Magnum, P.I., 1980-1988)

Why? Magnum was so laid-back, but you could count on him to always solve the crime. In under an hour. I kind of had a crush on Magnum. Maybe it was the mustache…

Honorable Mentions: The Harts of Hart to Hart, the angels of Charlie’s Angels, McGarrett and Danno of Hawaii Five-O

I never liked: Jessica Fletcher of Murder, She Wrote and Ben Matlock of Matlock. My grammy used to make me watch those shows with her. Sorry, but elderly detectives just don’t do it for me.

Favorite Detective: Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion, Castle, 2009-present)

Why? Beckett might think that she’s the one who solves all of the cases, but I beg to differ. It’s always Castle, and his quirky, zany mystery writer’s brain, who can think outside the box and come up with the motive and the identity of the real killer.

Honorable Mentions: Jim Longworth of The Glades, McGarrett and Danno of Hawaii Five-O (I’m still a fan. And it doesn’t hurt that there’s a LOT more eye candy than in the original.)

Great list, Caroline! I definitely agree with Ichabod Crane as the best movie detective (Johnny Depp is just amazing), but I'd say Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes was my fave present day TV detective.

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