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There are many great literary detectives, from the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie to those by more modern writers. Who is the greatest fictional detective of all time?

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Miss Marple - an Agatha Christie classic.
What about Columbo? He is almost lost and forgotten! ;)
The most influential would be a tie between Phillip Marlowe and Sherlock Holmes. I think I agree with Justine though. I love Miss Marple. She has such a great handle on human nature.

Columbo may not have been literary, but he is the one who made me even jump.
One moment he was absently asking what seemed to be non-important questions.Then he would come in for one, that would open up 'Pandora's Box' in his mind.
He had a steal quality, that before the criminal even could take a breath...
BAM!!! he had them, in his appearance was part of his eccentric nature.

Could he have been played in the written word, maybe not.

It was something to just watch, not been one like him since.

Such a underdog...always getting his bone.His most famous line that was part of his trap!'' Just one more thing'' .....he would say.
Sherlock Holmes probably. Phryne Fisher is good too.
It's hard to go past Sherlock Holmes. Although Nancy Drew and the Famous Five are both great if you include amateur sleuths.

For more modern detectives, I have to love Thursday Next from the Jasper Fforde novels, who is a 'Literary Detective'. And JK Rowling's new creation in private investigator Cormoran Strike (under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith) might only have one story so far, but looks promising.
Miss Marple and Phryne Fisher
That would have to be Sherlock Holmes! But looking as his provenance, maybe it was Dr James Bell, the then lecturer to medical student, Conan Doyle?

But I love Poirot, & thoroughly enjoy Miss Marple, as well.
Miss Fisher hits the 'high notes'. Looking forward to Series III of that!

Harry Bosch
I agree Morra - have you seen the TV series "Bosch". The actor who plays him is a pretty good depiction of how I would picture Harry.
by norma
Yes it has to be Sherlock Holmes with many different versions of the famous detective.

I would guess probably Sherlock Holmes. However, Michael Connolly writes a series of books whose main character is a detective called Hieronymous(Harry) Bosch and this guy is a really good detective so I thinbk he could be up there as one of the greats.
by norma
I enjoy Agatha Christie.
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