Top 10 Mystery Sleuths to Kill For

The first mystery ever published was Edgar Allen Poe’s Murders in the Rue Morgue, in which the brilliant sleuth Auguste Dupin solved a crime that had everyone else baffled.  And thus, our fascination with mystery novels and their brilliant (or just plain lucky) sleuths began.  Today, the mystery genre is the top-selling fiction genre, with more than 1,000 new mystery novels being published each year. With so many books available, how is anyone to know which brilliant sleuths to follow?  Well, I asked our 3,000 Bibliomaniacs to give me 10 mystery sleuths worth killing for, and they solved the mystery (Okay, that was hokey.)

  1. Sherlock Holmes (created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
  2. Nero Wolfe (created by Rex Stout)
  3. Stephanie Plum (created by Janet Evanovich)
  4. Nancy Drew (created by the Startemeyer Syndicate under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene)
  5. Hercule Poirot (created by Agatha Christie)
  6. Encyclopedia Brown (created by Donald Sobel)
  7. Miss Marple (created by Agatha Christie)
  8. Harry Hole (created by Jo Nesbo)
  9. Martin Beck (created by Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo)
  10. Kurt Wallander (created by Henning Mankell)

The fact that Sherlock Holmes was at the top of this list may have been no mystery, but some of the others are new to me, which means another trip to Half Price is in my future.

So what mystery sleuth is your favorite? — Julie

Julie is Production Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.
You may follow her on Twitter at @auntjewey.

3 thoughts on “Top 10 Mystery Sleuths to Kill For

  1. woww….. it's really nice. Giving introduction to each book will increase the curiosity to read the book, it's appreciative. I have read first two from the top(Revival: A Novel and Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel), it was really awesome.

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