Top 10 Spy/Detective Characters

Hi, Savvy Readers! For all you crime and thriller loving readers, today I’ve compiled a list of our Top 10 Spy and Detective Characters.

  1. Lord Alexander Hawke – Patriot by Ted Bell

Alex Hawke is a classic government spy in a nine book series by Ted Bell. Having suffered a childhood trauma, Hawke has spent his life fighting injustice. After leaving the Royal Navy and becoming the CEO of a major company, Hawke befriends the President. Check out Patriot by Ted Bell and get swept up in the heart-racing world of Alex Hawke!

  1. Kay ScarpettaDepraved Heart by Patricia Cornwell

The incredible character of Kay Scarpetta has been around for over 15 years! She started out as a chief medical examiner, but moved on over the years to become a private forensic consultant. Her world is surrounded by death, and it’s her job to figure out the cause. Patricia Cornwell has written a staggering twenty-three books starring the brilliant Kay Scarpetta, with the 24th installment set to release this November. I’m loving Depraved Heart, and can’t wait for Chaos!

  1. Penn CageNatchez Burning by Greg Iles

Penn Cage is a Southern lawyer and former prosecutor whose thrilling family drama will have you turning page after page in anticipation. Penn Cage has starred in a few of Greg Iles other books, but his latest trilogy is where Cage’s personality comes to life. When his own father gets accused of murder, Penn will have to dig deep into his family’s past and uncover secrets that should have stayed buried. Be sure to pick up Natchez Burning and The Bone Tree in anticipation for Mississippi Blood!

  1. J.P. BeaumontDance of the Bones by J.A. Jance

J.P. Beaumont, also known as Beau, is a Seattle homicide detective that has faced a multitude of grisly murders. Beau’s personality will grow on you quickly and his adventures are extremely difficult to put down. Dance of the Bones is the 22nd book in a long running series by the talented J. A. Jance.

  1. Manon BradshawMissing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

39 year-old Manon Bradshaw is an unusual character that I’m very enthusiastic about. She’s a devoted and respected member of the police force who’s looking for love but has a rather surly personality. After turning on her police radio to fall asleep one night, she hears an alert that will drastically change the course of her life. Missing, Presumed is a must-read, and I can’t wait to see more of what Susie Steiner has in store for the intriguingly awkward character of Manon Bradshaw.

  1. Gabriel AllonThe Black Widow by Daniel Silva

Gabriel Allon is the fascinating, multilingual character created by the brilliant Daniel Silva. Assasin, spy and art restorer, Allon is one of the most versatile characters in the entire crime genre. He stars in 18 novels which includes the highly anticipated The Black Widow, on sale this December!

  1. Hercule PoirotThe Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah

I’m bringing back a classic Agatha Christie character here by including Hercule Poirot (pronounced heir-cule pra-ro, for those of you like me who don’t speak French). The guardians of Christie’s legacy have approved the presence of Hercule Poirot in The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah.

“Sophie Hannah’s idea for a plot line was so compelling and her passion for my grandmother’s work so strong, that we felt that the time was right for a new Christie to be written.” —Mathew Prichard, grandson of Agatha Christie

Keep your eyes peeled for the soon to be released Closed Casket!

  1. Maisie DobbsJourney to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear

The loveable Maisie Dobbs is a psychologist and investigator whose thirst for knowledge started at age thirteen. She grew up to be a nurse during WWI and eventually started her own detective agency. Now, for a lady in the 1920s, talk about girl power! Jaqueline Winspear has combined modern day feminism with the intrigue of historical mystery into a brilliant twelve book series. Check out Maisie’s latest adventure in Journey to Munich in preparation for In This Grave Hour, coming out in 2017!

  1. Tess MonaghanHush Hush by Laura Lippman

Tess Monaghan is wonderfully well-rounded character. She’s a passionate investigator who refuses to be pushed around. Starting out as a reporter in her home town – until the paper crashed – she has an eye for detail that makes her a superb investigator. Hush Hush by Laura Lippman is a must read, and I guarantee you’ll fall in love with the charming Tess Monaghan.

  1. Sherlock Holmes & Dr. John WatsonArt in the Blood by Bonnie MacBird

Finally, I had to end this top ten list with the classic crime fighting duo, Sherlock Holmes & Dr. John Watson. These two well-known and beloved characters have appeared in a beautiful revamped novel, Art in the Blood by Bonnie MacBird. Staying true to the writing style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, MacBird has transported us back to a wintry 1880’s London where Watson struggles to rouse a drug afflicted Holmes into solving another heart wrenching crime.


Now I want to know, who would you put on your Top 10 list?


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  1. A few would be the original Sherlock Holmes by Doyle, Jack Carter created by Ted Lewis, Chili Palmer created by Elmore Leonard, Jerry Cornelius created by Michael Moorcock (not sure if that would technically count) and Dirk Gently created by Douglas Adams. Probably Bud White as well, created by James Elroy, because he’s such a git. And for the old style hard boiled types, Mike Hammer, Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe and The Continental Op from Dashiell Hammett’s books.

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