Just out – and a must for every mystery fan – is a comprehensive and lavishly illustrated A-Z guide from Russell James: Great British Fictional Detectives, featuring over four hundred Great British Detectives, and highlighting their characteristics, books, TV appearances and films. Among the many titbits of information set around the main A-Z is this section on Day Jobs of the Amateur Detective, which Russell has allowed us to quote here:
Day Jobs of the Amateur Detective
Where did amateur detectives really earn their money? Some were toffs, and didn’t need to worry (too much) about where the next meal was coming from, and some had a sufficiently full casebook to live on their sleuthing earnings, but many of our amateur detectives needed a day job. Here are some of them.
This is just one of the sections in the book. The bulk is a comprehensive A to Z of fictional British detectives in books, TV or film – a far more detailed guide than we’ve seen elsewhere, describing not only the famous names (Sherlock Homes, John Rebus, Inspector Morse) but also many equally fascinating but less well-known detectives. However many you personally may have come across, we’re sure there’ll be some here you didn’t know. In fact, how many detectives can you name? Can you name the book with
* the first woman detective
* the first nurse detective
* a blind detective
* two Edwardian cycling detectives
* the first transsexual sleuth
* the dog that accompanied Valerie Drew?
Do you remember Z-Cars on TV? In Great British Fictional Detectives you’ll find not only the best-known TV detectives of today and yesterday but some old favourites you thought that you’d forgotten. Perhaps you remember Superintendent Lockhart — but what was the name of the programme? If you watch TV you’ll know Morse and Rebus, but who are the starring actors in Life on Mars and Mind to Kill?
The A-Z section lists over four hundred detectives, some of whom have only a line or two while the more interesting sleuths have several pages each. But there’s far more in the book than that. You’ll find quotes from stories, lots of pictures and a wealth of inside information about detectives and crime fiction. You’ve got to have this book by your bedside!
GREAT BRITISH FICTIONAL DETECTIVES
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