It's 'elementary' that to most murder mystery fans, Sherlock Holmes is the ultimate in fictional detectives. Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887, Holmes is an intellectually brilliant but emotionally flawed sleuth. Holmes' skills at observation and deductive reasoning combine to crack seemingly unsolvable mysteries in Victorian England.
Hercule Poirot Reviews Index
Poirot, described by Agatha Christie, is a short man with an egg-shaped head, cat-like green eyes and a demeanor so prim and fussy that even a speck of dust is taken as a personal affront. Yet, Hercule Poirot is so amazingly adept at using his 'little grey cells' to solve crimes that Scotland Yard often calls him in on their most difficult cases.
Created by Earl Derr Biggers in 1923, the enigmatic Chinese detective Charlie Chan has appeared in best-selling books, as well as on radio, television, movies and even in comic books. Chan, a devoted family man, solves difficult crimes while spouting Asian 'pearls of wisdom' which add a quaint and exotic tone to all of the Chan mysteries.
Miss Jane Marple
Miss Marple Reviews Index
In her English tweeds (and rarely seen without knitting needles and skeins of pink wool) Agatha Christie's Miss Marple looks like nothing more than a fussy old spinster. However, Jane Marple has a razor sharp mind enabling the octogenarian to solve crimes in her quaint village of St. Mary Mead and in and around Britain.