Which fictional detective you like?

@scheng1 (24950)
Singapore
April 17, 2009 8:42am CST
There are many famous detectives in novels. Sherlock Holmes, Hercules Poirot, Miss Maple, Adam Dalghish and others. Who do you like best and why? Personally I like to read Sherlock Holmes. He is very cool and strong physically. Plus he plays violin and I like to listen to classical music.
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• Philippines
17 Apr 09
I haven't read any Sherlock Holmes book. It's a shame :( Maybe I'll go look for one in a booksale. Anyway, the only detective books I've read so far are the Nancy Drew books and Hardy Boys :))
• Philippines
17 Apr 09
Thanks so much for the informaion! I'm going to search for them now. I wonder if they have Agatha Christie ebooks....
@mimimeow (295)
• Hong Kong
17 Apr 09
Agatha's novels are as good as Arthur Doyle's. The style is different because it is more modern. I don't know is because I started with Agatha Christie first or what. I always like her works better Doyle's. I feel more realistic reading her novels. Doyle's are more entertaining with the well known Sherlock Holmes. A lot of modern detective works are from Japan. The plot is even more detail. If you come across an English version one, you can try reading it.
@scheng1 (24950)
• Singapore
19 Apr 09
Aside to Mini, Both writers were completely different in the style of writing. And yes, both lived years apart, the England they featured in the stories were completely different. Sherlock Holmes focus more on cold logical and reasoning power. Agatha Christie had a talent in protraying those young ladies who were so independent, brave and funny. I like certain detective stories by Japanese writers. Usually read them in Chinese. There are a lot of collection in the public libraries here.
@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
18 Apr 09
Yup, Sherlock Holmes is one of my favorites; there are many others that I enjoy reading about too, such as those that you have mentioned. Besides these, I also like Lincoln Rhymes (Jeffrey Deaver), John Rebus (Ian Rankin), Morse (Colin Dexter), Archy McNally (Lawrence Sanders) and the cops of 87 Precinct (Ed McBain).
@scheng1 (24950)
• Singapore
18 Apr 09
John Rebus is new to me. Can't recall much about Archy McNally. I only read one of the book featuring Archy McNally years ago. Guess I better borrow a few more of Lawrence Sanders and Ian Rankin books. Are you reading Henninh Mankell and Ngaio Marsh? I forgotten the names of the detectives, but both are very good detective writers. There is one lesser known writer, Donald Harstad. He writes from his years of experience in small town. His books are refreshing and the small town characteristics are prominently featured. Like there is no usual murder investigation method, since small town only has 1 murder in about 4 years.
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@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
19 Apr 09
Hi, John Rebus is one of those morose yet endearing detectives, and Archy McNally is the charming playboy. I've read Ngaio Marsh; her protagonist is Roderick Alleyn - very good as well. I've yet to read Henninh Mankell and Donald Harstald - will look out for them!
@mimimeow (295)
• Hong Kong
19 Apr 09
Hercules Poirot. Although he is an old man but I like his style of solving problem. Very organize and methodical. Or I should say I like the style of Agatha Christie. It's because I am more involved in her stories as I am given enough information to speculate with the detectives. While with Sherlock Holmes, I am just another Dr. Watson. Well, anyway, Sherlock Holmes is another favourite detective of mine. He is much more lively than old Hercules Poirot and more aggressive. Actually, if you have read any Japanese Detective Stories, there is a lot of stunning detective characters in the other part of the world too.
@scheng1 (24950)
• Singapore
19 Apr 09
Many Japanese detective stories are very unique, the investigative methods are very different. And the Japanese cultures vary depends on the author. There are a lot of Japanese Detective stories (translated into Chinese) in the public libraries. Some are more funny, but majority are more like horror stories.
@cybersoft01 (1287)
• India
18 Apr 09
I have not read many books of Sherlock Holmes but I like him. But more than him I like Elijah Bailey. I suppose you have not heard of him. If that is the case I suggest you to read any science fiction novel by Isaac Asimov specially the Robot series. For example, Robots of the Dawn, Caves of Steel etc.
@scheng1 (24950)
• Singapore
18 Apr 09
I read Issac Asimov quite some time ago. It's very interesting, love to follow the exploration and anticipating the problems coming up. Just can't recall the names of any characters. It's funny that most of the time I remember the authors and not the characters, except Sherlock Holmes. Probably the library books are coded according to author names.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
18 Apr 09
My favorite detectives were Nancy Drew when I was a teenager. The books were great. Then I liked Perry Mason and Columbo because he was always so funny when questioning criminals.
@scheng1 (24950)
• Singapore
18 Apr 09
Beside the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys, there were still a few series, like the Three Investigators and Trixie something. Wonder how the books are selling now. The Three Investigators are interesting too, hope they continue publishing.
@Jezebella (1447)
• United States
17 Apr 09
I love Detective Alex Cross who is in James Patterson's novels. Patterson writes him well and he is easy to relate to and you become interested in other stories related to him. Plus I like that Patterson had him traveling through Darfur to get answers.
@scheng1 (24950)
• Singapore
18 Apr 09
Shame on me. I have never read James Patterson's novels, even though there are a lot of his books in the national library. I will check out his books and start to read. Thanks for sharing, very fruitful to learn of good writers.
@aefrosa (74)
• Portugal
17 Apr 09
My favorites are Hercules Poirot, mainly because his personality is very well described. There was a TV series on Agatha Christie books, where the actor who played Hercules Poirot does it so well according to the descriptions, that I always see him when I'm reading some Agatha Christie book with Poirot! Another one is Perry Mason (from Earl Stanley Gardner books).this one because he is a brilliant investigator but also a court lawyer. I like also Commissaire Maigret (from George Simenon books),because he is on the more realistic novels I can think about...
@scheng1 (24950)
• Singapore
18 Apr 09
I haven't come across George Simenon books. Thanks for the reocmmendation. I will hunt his books from the national library. Love to read Perry Mason, he's cool and very outstanding.
@MyzDy19 (919)
• Philippines
17 Apr 09
Same here I like Sherlock Holmes. Yup, I agree with you he's very cool. For you what's the unforgettable case he solved?
@scheng1 (24950)
• Singapore
17 Apr 09
I like them all. Read and re-read so many times. Love the fact that he lost to a lady (the one who married the lawyer and ran away) Love his reasoning skills. The only thing I hate about him is his smoking habit. Wonder how long a person who smokes like that can live.