My Favorite Detectives


I honestly don’t know how I never thought of doing this post before, but it’s never too late, so here I am. As you all know if you read my blog every now and then, (and if not, you can figure it out by the title 😉) mysteries are my favorite thing in the world. And I’ll never get tired of reading books about police detectives or private investigators. In fact, my boyfriend always teases me because of that: “Wow, a book about a murder investigation, you’re really stepping outside your comfort zone this time”. Needless to say, I’m proud of that. Today I wanted to share a list of some of my favorite detectives in books. Of course I might need to include new ones every month, but for now, this is my list.

Tracy Crosswhite

Okay, so Tracy is not the most fascinating character ever, but whenever I read Robert Dugonis books, I feel like I’m visiting an old friend. Or rather, old friends: Dan, Kins, Del and Faz are part of the team as well. I love how Tracy changed careers because of her sister and I like that she’s always caring and honest with her team.



I love Tennison because when the series began, she was young and naïve and she was different from most protagonists. The books are set in the 70s so everything was different back then, but Jane Tennison’s journey is wonderful to read. The books are pretty different from classic procedurals and that’s why I’m such a fan of this series and Tennison in particular.


Aidan Waits

Aidan Waits is a complicated character, but after only two books, I can honestly say that I love how he always does everything he can in order to solve the case. He’s not your typical cop, but he’s simply great. His books are dark, gritty and atmospheric and I hope Joseph Knox changes his mind and decides it’s going to be a longer series!


Miss Marple

Everyone loves Poirot, but I’m a Miss Marple girl. She’s not young and she seems innocent, but she’s the smartest person in the room. She takes advantage of her appearance and solves all the crimes as quickly as Poirot ever did. Plus, she’s so much fun, I need to read more books featuring her.


Patrik Hedstrom and Erica Falck

After reading nine books, you start getting familiar with the characters, and that’s exactly what happens with this series. Patrik Hedstrom is lovely, he’s maybe the opposite of Aidan Waits, but I find him so endearing… and Erica is not even a cop (she’s a writer), but they make a great team. Camilla Lackberg’s books are always so entertaining that I can count on them when I don’t know what to read.



I didn’t think Flanagan books were translated into English, but I’ve just found out there’s actually one. I had to feature him here. He was my first fictional crush, he started the first book as a fourteen-year-old boy and now I think he’s more or less my age. He lives in Barcelona and he’s had tons of girlfriends, but any Flanagan fan knows that #TeamNines is the right team. This series is both hilarious (I’ve laughed SO MUCH) and incredibly dark. I remember being a bit traumatized when I read his books as a teen. I seriously can’t wait for another installment, but the authors write one book every 5 years or so. Eleven books so far, some of them I’ve read many times.


Cormoran Strike & Robin

Okay, so now I’m kind of cheating, because I’ve only read the first book in the series, but I had to feature Strike and Robin because I watched the tv show last month and I fell in love with their dynamic. So much, that I want to read book four whenever JK Rowling decides it’s time to publish it 🙄 Their relationship is the best and Robin is so lovely!


Imogen Grey & Adrian Miles

Imogen Grey and Adrian Miles. These two are also another one of my favorite duos. They’re really interesting as characters and I love how strong their friendship is even though they’re so different. They aren’t perfect and they do not always do the right thing, but I love this series and I would love to get to know them even better. The fourth book by Katerina Diamond will be released after summer.


Lacey Flint

Lacey Flint IS fascinating. I don’t even like her most of the time, but I still love her. Is that weird? This is probably the most consistent series, in the sense that I don’t even know which book is my favorite. Sharon Bolton is just too good. And well, I couldn’t not mention my book-boyfriend Joesbury 😉.


Kim Stone

I literally don’t know anyone who doesn’t like the Kim Stone series. Do you? Kim is strong, fierce, loyal and she’s a great boss. The cases are fascinating, you can’t help but love her team (Dawson 💚) and I could keep reading Angela Marson’s books until the day I die. That’s how much I love this series.


Patrick Kenzie & Angie Gennaro

Last, but not least, Patrick & Angie. I’ve already mentioned them many times before, but I had to add them because I haven’t still processed the fact that there are not going to be more novels featuring the two of them. The Boston setting makes this a really dark series but Patrick’s personality was my favorite aspect.


So… which are yours?



43 thoughts on “My Favorite Detectives

  1. alilovesbooks says:

    Great post although as i don’t know many of these i think you’ve doubled my TBR mountain 😀 I probably go more for the Scottish detectives, Logan Macrae (Stuart McBride), Rebus (Ian Rankin) but was also a fan of Rizzoli and Isles.

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  2. Inge | The Belgian Reviewer says:

    God I haven’t met 4 of them yet.. on the other hand I did meet 7 others, although a long time ago… I definitely like the team in Dugoni’s books! Of course I’d mention Will Trent and Sara Linton (Karin Slaughter) to add to this list ;-).. I also like reading about Helen Grace (MJ Arlidge) because she does have a weird and intriguing euhm sexual life and Archie Sheridan (Chelsea Cain) and I don’t want to forget Robert Hunter (Chris Carter) who’s a great detective as well :-). I really could have done a list myself 🙂


  3. Ann Marie says:

    Great post, Annie! I don’t read a lot of series but I recently read The Naturalist which is set to be the first in a series. I loved Theo Cray. He’s not a detective exactly. He’s a computational biologist who used forensics and math to solve the murders of several young girls.

    I have a copy of Sirens sitting here waiting to be read. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it!


  4. E. Michael Helms, writer says:

    My favorite has to be the Lew Archer series by the late, great Ross Macdonald. Macdonald delved deep into the consequences of “sins of the past” and how they trickle down and affect family members a generation later. I’m also a big fan of Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe mysteries. There is a younger author, Max Everhart, whose Eli Sharpe Mystery series is very good, and Robert J. Ray and his Matt Murdock mysteries. Thanks for a very interesting post! 🙂

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  5. juliapalooza says:

    Brilliant post! I am desperate for the next Cormoran Strike book to come out – I love him and Robin. Ditto Lacey Flint – I’d love to see more from her. Also love Kim Stone. I do like Miss Marple but I do prefer Poirot, sorry!


  6. Renee (Itsbooktalk) says:

    Fun post Annie! I still need to read several of these…Dugoni and Lehane’s are at the top of my list. I’ve read Gone Baby Gone but not the others and I own them so…this year!! Also, I’m now really curious that you said you’re still processing the fact that there won’t be more…that sounds like something tragic happens and I’m all for that:) I have The Cuckoo’s Calling as well so I’m glad to hear you enjoyed that series. Bottom line…I have much to catch up on as far as detective series go😂


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