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Subject: Favorite Male Sleuths
Date Posted: 11/6/2007 12:04 PM ET
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Dear Mystery Readers,

Do you have a favorite male sleuth?  Is it police detective Alex Cross, or Lucas Davenport?  Or maybe Hercule Poirot?  Who would you vote for as your all-time favorite male sleuth?

Date Posted: 11/6/2007 4:07 PM ET
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One of my favorites would be Nero Wolfe.

Date Posted: 11/6/2007 6:13 PM ET
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Hmmm. Several

Alan Banks

Bernie Rhodenbarr

Matthew Scudder


Date Posted: 11/6/2007 6:39 PM ET
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Philip Marlowe

The Continental Op


Date Posted: 11/6/2007 9:51 PM ET
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Mine is a male cat sleuth. Does that count? :) Joe Grey is a tomcat in a series by Shirley Rousseau Murphey. He's a riot!!!


Date Posted: 11/6/2007 10:27 PM ET
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Archie McNalley!

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Date Posted: 11/7/2007 12:09 AM ET
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Hamish McBeth

Date Posted: 11/7/2007 6:22 PM ET
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Mine favorite is Jim Qwilleran from The Cat Who books.

Date Posted: 11/8/2007 5:26 PM ET
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There's way too many to pick just one! But for today...

Feste the Fool in Alan Gordon's medieval mystery series.


Date Posted: 11/9/2007 4:33 PM ET
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I posted these under the 'female sleuths' topic, I don't know if this one was going then or not, but I'll post them again here.  Constable Evan Evans in the series by Rhys Bowen, Hercule Poirot, Supt. Roderick Alleyn in Ngaio Marsh's series and of course Perry Mason. 

Connie, I had forgotten about Nero Wolfe ~ how could I?  Archie Goodwin should probably be given honorable mention there.

Date Posted: 11/10/2007 1:42 AM ET
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Lincoln Rhyme is one of my favorites

Date Posted: 11/12/2007 6:41 PM ET
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Alex Cross

Date Posted: 11/15/2007 8:52 AM ET
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Loved Robert Parker's "Spencer" character.  I will agree that his earlier books are best but I still like him.

Date Posted: 11/15/2007 6:49 PM ET
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In addition to the above, I enjoy the books by Charles Todd featuring Inspector Ian Rutledge. Amazon link to the first book in the series, A Test of Wills: http://www.amazon.com/Test-Wills-Inspector-Rutledge-Mysteries/dp/0061242845/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1195170476&sr=1-5


Date Posted: 11/15/2007 7:37 PM ET
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Hieronymous Bosch from the MIchael Connelly series

review of the last one I read: 


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Date Posted: 11/17/2007 8:55 PM ET
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Yes, Nero Wolfe with an Archie Goodwin honorable mention!  And I'll second the Roderick Alleyn nomination ("Handsome Alleyn," isn't that what the press calls him?).  Another favorite of mine, despite being even more of an insufferable egomaniac than Wolfe, is Philo Vance from the mysteries written by S. S. Van Dine.  But my all time favorite male sleuth (drumroll, please)....... Lord Peter Wimsey!!

Date Posted: 11/18/2007 8:52 PM ET
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Lord Peter Wimsey

Date Posted: 11/26/2007 4:31 AM ET
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Elvis Cole and Spenser

Date Posted: 11/26/2007 8:15 AM ET
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Alex Cross!

Date Posted: 12/29/2007 12:01 AM ET
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Sherlock Holmes, Perry Mason , Mr. Parker Pyne and Hercule Poirot

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Date Posted: 12/29/2007 3:39 AM ET
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Stone Barrington

Alex Cross


Date Posted: 12/29/2007 2:57 PM ET
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are there any male sleuth cozies that are funny and light; not too 'scary'?

Date Posted: 12/29/2007 5:40 PM ET
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Susanna, author Tim Myers has two or three series in which the protagonist is a man, and they're light mysteries, I would say wry rather than laugh out loud funny, and not too scary. The series involve candle making or soap making, and I think there's one about running a B&B or maybe a lighthouse, can't remember, but my wife enjoyed them. There are recipes or craft tips in the back of the book.


Date Posted: 12/30/2007 9:22 PM ET
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Harry Bosch and Elvis Cole

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 2:09 AM ET
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Sherlock Holmes

Nero Wolfe

Sir Roger Delchard in Edward Marston's Domesday Series (11th century)

Gil Cunningham in Pat McIntosh's series set in 15th c. Glasgow

Crowner John in Bernard Knight's series set in 12th c.  England

and on and on....