From my list on sleuths who aren't cops.
Who am I?
I’ve always been besotted with crime fiction. As a journalist in Scotland, I got to experience real-life crime on a daily basis. And the world of cozy crime fiction became a very valuable, indispensable escape for me. So, when it came to coming up with my characters for The Bingo Hall Detectives, I knew that I had to create a cast, a setting, a mystery even, that would take me out of the relentlessness of the real world and into the confines of a bloody good read. And I’m so glad I did. The Bingo Hall Detectives series is very dear to me and I’m very lucky to be able to bring it to readers.
Jonathan's book list on sleuths who aren't cops
Why did Jonathan love this book?
I know it’s a bit of a cheat to have Sherlock Holmes here as he’s one of, if not the most famous detective in all of fiction.
However, he’s not an official cop so I’m claiming him for my list.
I remember being gifted a complete works of ACD when I was around 14 for a birthday. And I absolutely adored it from the off.
Like so many other crime and mystery writers, the Sherlock Holmes stories have been a constant, a mainstay throughout my career.
The Sign of Four is the second adventure with Holmes and Watson. And I recently re-read it for the Bloody Scotland Book Club.
It’s remarkable how well it’s aged, despite being over 100 years old. The tropes, style, and attention to forensic detail that ACD shows off are still used in crime fiction today. A truly wonderful masterpiece.