In last week's email, we asked Red Roomers to blog about their favorite fictional detectives, thinking that mystery sleuths are more memorable than the individual cases they solve. Here are some posts that prove while detectives have to memorable characters, the mysteries they solve must be great in order to put them to the test.
- Jean Marie Flahive charmed us with her own childhood sleuthing. She and her friends were the Dashing Daring Detectives of 1956, and you can read about their adventures in "Cold Case Solved."
- Lois Duncan's devastating story of her daughter's 1989 murder produced a real-life hero in the private investigator who has helped keep the case alive. Don't miss the inspiring and personal "My Favorite Detective Exists in Real Life."
- Alan N. Shapiro went above and beyond with his erudite, entertaining summaries of two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation in which Sherlock Holmes's nemesis Moriarty is conjured by the holodeck. Read "Data as Sherlock Holmes: Elementary, Dear Data" and "Data as Sherlock Holmes: Ship in a Bottle."
These bloggers will receive books of by Red Room authors that star memorable detectives. Tarquin Hall’s mystery novel, The Case of the Missing Servant features “most private investigator” Vish Puri in what The Guardian’s Hirsh Sawhney called “an amusing, timely whodunit” weaving an “impressive knowledge of India into a tautly constructed novel that is a highly readable introduction to the country for newcomers.” (You can preorder the second volume in the series, The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing, here.) In The Cold Room, JT Ellison’s Taylor Jackson returns to track down a perverse killer who starves his victims to death. And in The Fourth Assassin by Matt Beynon Rees, Palestinian detective Omar Yussef’s visit to New York is interrupted by murder and an international conspiracy.
You can read all the favorite detective blog posts here. I hope you'll choose your favorite, and leave a comment letting the blogger know why you enjoyed it. See all of Red Room's past blog topics listed on here, and suggest a few more in the comments. Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room