After have written a guide on how to start reading classics, it is time to write one about detectives. I haven’t read many series, but it is one of my favourite genres. However, I only read the “classics”, like Poirot, Lord Peter Wimsey, and Nancy Drew, I don’t read new ones. Not because I feel like the old ones are better, but because I don’t like adult fiction, and luckily old detectives aren’t very “adult” like (no sexy times are other disturbing scenes I don’t want to read about, basically!). So without any further ado, here are some series to start picking up!
Nancy Drew is considered a detective, yes, a proper one! She solves mysteries, and isn’t that the main job of a detective? Nancy Drew is a very long series written by several people over several years, but most of them are set in the 1950s, which to me is really fun, because fashion is apparently a big part of this series! The stories are short, a lot of fun, and a great introduction to detective series, young and old. I love these editions, but they only have 8 of the entire series in these editions, which is ridiculous. If you are interested, you can read my reviews on some of the books here!
the One we all know about
We have all heard of Sherlock Holmes, be it by the BBC adaption (the recent one), or be it the recent movies, or be it the Elementary version, we know of him. But how many people have read the books? I personally don’t like them very much, but the Sign of Four is my favourite of the bunch! It’s short, it’s fun, and it’s a really quick read. Honestly, the story is ridiculous, and that what makes it so much fun. Usually, Victorian literature is all the same in writing style, but this is a lot lighter than most. A great introduction to Victorian detectives!
the Most Ridiculous of them All
Lord Peter Wimsey is my favourite babe. I haven’t read the books in a while (oops) but these are honestly the most FUN detectives I have read. I mean, a main character who’s named Lord Peter Death Wimsey says enough. Yes, his name is Death. Honestly, I’m not joking. He’s a rich boy with a butler that solve crimes. That’s all you want to know. If you want a fun, fluffy, ridiculous read that is almost certainly going to make you laugh, I definitely recommend this series!
Agatha Christie is the grandmother of classic crime. Well, she’s one of the three at least. Poirot is my favourite series by far. The stories are really diverse (ok, as far as murder mysteries can go), aren’t really too gore-y, and most keep you wondering. I just recommend to NOT start with the famous ones (no, don’t start with Murder on the Orient Express, neither with the Murder of Roger Ackroyd, you’ll only end up disappointed!). The stories are on average about 260 pages, so they aren’t too long. I just love Poirot. They are just really basic, but well thought out books. You can read some of my reviews here!
Patricia Wentworth is another Grandmother of Detectives. If I”m honest, the stories aren’t very different to Poirot, the only real differences are that the stories are about Miss Silver instead of Poirot, miss Silver is incredibly English, and the stories always have a form of romance in it. A cute romance though. So if you love your romances, start reading miss Silver! Also. bonus, miss Silver is a retired nanny, and she knits all the time and I want to be her when I grow up.
My Personal Favourite
My favourite detective I had read (thus far) is And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. If you are a seasoned detective reader or watcher, this is a GREAT book. You probably have heard all about it, but this deserves all the hype it gets. Honestly. A group of people get stranded on an island and then they get killed off one by one… I mean doesn’t that sound great?! If I would recommend ANY of these, it would be this one!
I hope I gave you some ideas to start reading detectives. What are some of your favourites? 🙂