Nero Wolfe is a reclusive genius who raises orchids, weighs a seventh of a ton and can solve any mystery that comes his way. Ap in Archie Goodwin, Wolfe’s quick witted live in assistant, leg man and muscle plus a cast of unique recurring characters and this series is hard to top.
Myron Bolitar is a former star basketball player and is the owner of MB Sports Reps, an agency who represents athletes. His care for his clients often places him and his business partner Win in the role of accidental detectives. This series is fast paced, humorous and highly enjoyable.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Hercule Poirot is a diminutive fussy Belgian detective with an egg shaped head, and immaculately trimmed moustaches. In her first published novel Agatha Christie proves herself a master at juggling multiple characters and ingenious mysteries and their solutions.
Knots & Crosses
John Rebus is a complex and haunted police inspector in Edinburgh, Scotland. When a series of murders occur and someone begins taunting Rebus with clues tying him to the case, it sets off a quick chain of events that moves smoothly to the unexpected conclusion.
The Monkey’s Raincoat
Elvis Cole is a Vietnam veteran turned private investigator living in Los Angeles. He and his unconventional partner/mercenary Joe Pike take on each assignment with humor but aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty when necessary.
A Study in Scarlet
Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes needs no introduction, but he of course did at one point. A Study in Scarlet is an excellent one and gives a bit of back story before jumping into the mystery.
Booked to Die
Cliff Janeway used to be a Denver homicide detective but after using some unconventional moves trying to prove a suspect's guilt he supenly has time to pursue a long time hobby: book collecting. But when a known bookseller is murdered Janeway finds himself on the trail again.
Detective Archie Sheridan spent 10 years tracking beautiful serial killer Gretchen Lowell. Now she’s behind bars but Archie is still tormented by the 10 days he spent imprisoned by her, only to be released before Gretchen gives herself up. Ap the arrival of a new killer in town and this fast paced debut is tough to put down.