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When it comes to fictional detectives, you have:

Miss Marple ("it's just not what he'd do...")
to
Rick Castle ("this would be a bit more likely - and would make a much better story")
to
lots of detectives in the middle who are too non-quirky to discuss
to
Hercule Poirot ("logically, this alarm clock could only have been heard by someone inside the room - so she must have been lying")
to
Sherlock Holmes ("ahah! footprints! which proves that the crime was committed by a Bolivian man with red hair, money troubles, and a savage history")


Miss Marple is practically using intuition (as well thought-out as her deductions generally are) - and then the continuum goes on into more clue-based territory, putting more and more importance into finding the facts... until we're up to Holmes, who is almost using intuition again.

(Seriously - I read a Sherlock Holmes story once. He found some footprints, measured the distance between them, and spied a gold wedding ring that someone had dropped. From this he deduced forty pages of the villain's personal history. And he was right about every bit of it.)


I tend to prefer my detectives from the Marpleish end of the spectrum. (Although the occasional clue-heavy mystery can be fun.)



Of course, there are also Nancy Drew clones: where the detective runs around speculating wildly until the villain kidnaps them, tells them the whole plot, and then leaves them to get rescued.
They're... kind of strange.

Date: 2010-12-06 03:06 am (UTC)
velvetwhip: (Cow Rainbow)
From: [personal profile] velvetwhip
I have to confess to a passionate fondness for Poirot. But I do like Miss Marple as well.


Gabrielle

Date: 2010-12-06 04:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mauvedragon.livejournal.com
Have you read any of the Phryne Fisher books by Kerry Greenwood? I suspect she would fit your preference for eccentric detectives rather nicely.

Date: 2010-12-06 12:23 pm (UTC)
ext_15284: a wreath of lightning against a dark, stormy sky (Default)
From: [identity profile] stormwreath.livejournal.com
I was trying to work out where V I Warshawski fits in your spectrum, then I saw your characterisation of Nancy Drew. Yeah, that's it. (Except that rather than being left to be rescued, VI generally drags herself bleeding from a gunshot wound across the floor, drops onto the roof of a passing train, then swims across Lake Michigan before being fished out by a helpful neighbour, and spends the next month recovering in hospital while she works out who the real villains are, then leaves her sickbed to go and confront them...)

Date: 2010-12-06 01:22 pm (UTC)
curiouswombat: (Default)
From: [personal profile] curiouswombat
I am more of a fan of the Miss Marple end of the spectrum, too.

Date: 2010-12-06 01:52 pm (UTC)
cereta: Julie MacKenzie as Miss Marple (Miss Marple)
From: [personal profile] cereta
I comment mostly to use my icon.

And you have largely put your finger on why I've always preferred the Marple stories to the Poirot ones. As much of a mystery devotee as I was (and still am), the Fair Play aspects...kind of bore me. I would voluntarily spoil myself for the ending. The Marple stories are so much more human, IMHO, less intellectual puzzles and more emotional ones.

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