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Top 5 Mystery Book Characters: In my view

Updated on June 12, 2014

Kinsey Millhone, Joanna Brady, Bernie Rhodenbarr, Sharon McCone, Matthew Scudder: My Top 5

I have listed my Top 5 Favorite Mystery Book Characters above - over the last 30 or so years, I suppose I could add. I will discuss each in turn, below, an Amazon Spotlight book on each one, and comments on the four authors who created these 5 characters. Each, of course, star in on-going mystery series over many years. I've read most if not every single one.

I've used a Wikimedia Commons image of Author Sue Grafton, creator of Kinsey Millhone, for the intro because, of course, none of the characters have images - we each create our own for each as we read their adventures and immerse ourselves in their stories.

Come join an interesting journey! ;-) I look forward to your comments on "my favorite characters" as well, of course! ;-)

Amazon Spotlight Personal Review-Kinsey Millhone

V is for Vengeance: A Kinsey Millhone Novel
V is for Vengeance: A Kinsey Millhone Novel
V is for Vengences is the latest in the series. Kinsey continues to develop and change over time, as one would expect. It is fun to see the way Sue weaves past characters back into the stories, and the books, and the years, flow past. Kinsey exudes a special brand of independence that really resonates with me. I look forward, anxiously, to the arrival of each new book in the series. Do you agree? ;-)

Amazon Spotlight Personal Review-Joanna Brady

Judgment Call: A Brady Novel of Suspense (Joanna Brady Mysteries, 15)
Judgment Call: A Brady Novel of Suspense (Joanna Brady Mysteries, 15)
This is the latest is the series as well. This is a much newer series, although it is now several years old. Having a professional wife and three grown, professional daughters, you will note that three of my Top 5 are female... it is not by accident. Joanna also exerts her independence, but 'within' the system rather than outside it, as Kinsey seems to... although she doesn't ever really violate the 'major rules' of her profession. I've read some of Jance's other characters, but this is by far my favorite! ;-)

Amazon Spotlight Personal Review-Bernie Rhodenbarr

The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling (Bernie Rhodenbarr)
The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling (Bernie Rhodenbarr)
This was an interesting read... Lawrence Block was the author of Matthew Scudder, that I read first... after several of them (see below), I found out about Bernie. Their is something 'mischievous' about him that really appeals to me, as the reader, I think. I know he does bad things, as well as solving crimes and doing good things. Block has a special talent for creating distinctive characters. I've read several others of his, as well, and like each one of them... each in their special ways. ;-)

Amazon Spotlight Personal Review-Sharon McCone

Looking for Yesterday (A Sharon McCone Mystery, 29)
Looking for Yesterday (A Sharon McCone Mystery, 29)
As I recall, I started reading about Sharon McCone after the early alphabet books about Kinsey. I went back and got the earlier books in this series in paperback, so that I could read from the beginning. In later years, Muller went too much into the psychology of Sharon's thinking, for, and I dropped off. But, the earlier books, I really appreciated and still carry fond memories.

Amazon Spotlight Personal Review-Matthew Scudder

The Sins of the Fathers (Matthew Scudder)
The Sins of the Fathers (Matthew Scudder)
This is the first series detective mystery I read. In the early years, Matthew Scudder was the hard-drinking, tough-nosed detective that had become common, over the years - but this was the first one I read. I learned, in 'writer's classes' that Block was a master, so that got me started. Over the years, Matthew Scudder changed with the times. In the later books about him that I read, he became a reformed alcoholic. Block wove this story into his individual books over several years. But, eventually, while I appreciated Scudder becoming clean, he also lost some of what he was before... and lost my interest, it seemed. Still loved the early stories! ;-)
Cover of Skeleton Canyon book
Cover of Skeleton Canyon book

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