Favourite Characters in Crime and Mystery Novels

In this meeting, the Crime and Mystery Book Club at the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts Library discussed our favourite characters from the genre. Here are the books and characters:

Court Counsellor Fandorin from Special Assignments by Boris Akunin

Simon Templar from The Saint by Leslie Charteris

Phryne Fisher from Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood

Aimée Leduc from Murder Below Montparnasse by Cara Black

Captain Richard Gaudeans from The Blindfold Game by Donald Thomas

Clara Vine from Black Roses by Jane Thynne

Marcus Didius Falco from The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis

Inspector Shan Tao Yun from Skeleton God by Eliot Pattison

Inspector Chen from Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong

Miss Marple from At Bertram Hotel by Agatha Christie

Richard Hannay from The 39 Steps by John Buchan

Lew Archer from The Underground Man by Ross Macdonald

Tommy and Tuppence from Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie

John Smiley from Smiley's People by John LeCarre

Jackson Brodie from One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson

Hugh Llewellyn Monsarrat from The Soldier's Curse by Meg and Tom Keneally

Hugo Marston from The Bookseller by Mark Pryor

Father Anselm from The Silent Ones by William Brodrick

Professor Simon Shaw from Simon Said by Sarah R Shaber

Stewart Hoag from The Man Who Died Laughing by David Handler

Father Brown from The Innocence of Father Brown by GK Chesterton

Lovejoy from The Judas Pair by Jonathan Gash

Jesper Humlin from The Shadow Girls by Henning Mankell

Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn from Skinwalkers by Tony Hillerman

Ian Pembroke from Hot Money by Dick Francis

Kramer and Zondi from The Steam Pig by James McClure

Emily Tempest from Gunshot Road by Adrian Hyland

Enzo Macleod from The Blackhouse by Peter May

Agnes Charmichael from Angel Without Mercy by Anthea Cohen

Detective Chief Inspector Adam Dalgleish from Cover Her Face by PD James

Crime & Mystery set in Los Angeles

Our focus for this meeting of the Crime and Mystery Book Club of the Library of the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts was the location of Los Angeles, USA. There were a variety of books and authors read, the ones you expect and a couple of wild cards. Here they are in no particular order:

Switch Blade; The Wrong Side of Goodbye, Trunk Music by Michael Connelly  

City of Echoes by Robert Ellis

The Pictures by Guy Bolton

The Monkey's Raincoat; The Sentry by Robert Crais

The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

The Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder by Steve Hodel

Inner City Blues by Paula L. Woods

The Final Analysis of Dr Stark by Joseph Telushkin

Case Pending; Knave of Hearts by Dell Shannon

Malicious Mischief by Lesley Egan (AKA Dell Shannon) 

The Big Sleep; Farewell My Lovely; The Lady In The Lake by Raymond Chandler

The Underground Man by Ross Macdonald

To Fetch A Thief by Spencer Quinn

The Kept Girl by Kim Cooper

Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen

The Song is You by Megan Abbott

The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Crime Books from the Year We Turned 21 (or thereabouts)