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Detective Novel Characters Are Best Book Buddies

A collection of Agatha Christie books
Written by JoAnn Chateau

Real-life friends Ann Cleeves and Louise Penny talk about writing, mystery, and friendship. Insightful and funny…

We don’t read a detective novel series just for the suspense. We also read them to spend time with characters who have become best book buddies.


Real-Life Mystery Writer Friends Compare Notes

Mystery readers and writers will enjoy this mini panel discussion from Politics and Prose. Real-life friends Ann Cleeves and Louise Penny talk about writing, mystery, and friendship. Insightful and funny. As is always the case with Politics and Prose, the Q&A period is nearly as good as the main event.

Louise Penny is author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series, set in Quebec, Canada. Ann Cleeves writes the Vera Stanhope and Shetland Island series, both set in the United Kingdom and turned into TV crime drama shows.

Favorite Detective Book Buddies

I have many favorite detective book buddies… Stephanie Plum… Jack Reacher… Hercule Poirot… Flavia de Luce…

One book buddy who was adapted to web TV, is Harry Bosch from the series written by Michael Connelly. While Amazon’s Bosch is quite good, it doesn’t compare to the Bosch who evolved in my brain from reading the books. Still, the jazzy theme song “Caught A Ghost – Can’t Let Go” is really sexy. (Woo!) It would probably be book-Bosch-approved. (Bosch is clearly a jazz aficionado in the novels.)

Michael Connelly and Titus Welliver talk about the Bosch Web TV Series in the video below. In contrast to my opinion… Connelly, who has authored more than 20 Bosch books, thinks Williver is perfect for the part. (Maybe I need to re-read the series?)

Last to Know the Secret Behind Cormoran Strike

The dust jacket of "The Cuckoo's Calling"My latest detective book buddy is Cormoran Strike, by Robert Galbraith. Though still listening to the first-in-the-series on audio, The Cuokoo’s Calling, I know Strike will be an all-time favorite detective character for many readers. Imagine my inner-critic’s gratification when I learned that Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J. K. Rowling! (Right, I’m the last reader to know.)

Will Strike’s character inspire a TV adaptation? Yes. The Strike series has already aired in the United Kingdom on BBC. (Again, the last one to know.) With a slightly different name, C. B. Strike premiers in the United States on Cinemax this June.


Do you have a favorite mystery novel series? Who is your best book buddy detective?


Mystery Series & Best Book Buddies

About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

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