Bridget O’Donnell’s Top Ten Fictional Detectives

Bridget O'Donnell gives you a run-down of her top ten fictional detectives...

29/08/2012
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Bridget O'Donnell gives you a run-down of her top ten fictional detectives.

1. Inspector John Rebus – a classically flawed yet brilliant police detective living in the beautiful city of Edinburgh, where I lived as a student and loved.

2. Jimmy McNulty – another handsome maverick cop with an Irish rebellious streak, sounds rather like another policeman I know…

3. Jane Tennison – a fabulously poised female detective, succeeding in a tough man’s world.

4. Sabrina Duncan – Charlies Angels – because I adored her as child. She may not have been as fluffy or as pretty as the others but she certainly had wit and a tad more intellect.  

5. Jules Maigret – discovered during a long rainy weekend in a caravan many years ago.

6. Lisbeth Salandar and Mikael Blomkvist – not police, but detectives all the same, Lisbeth is a refreshing, original character and I can relate to the journalist ‘detective’, Mikael.

7. Mr. Whicher – Kate Summerscale’s fantastic Victorian detective, who broke the mould and was proved to have been right all along.

8. Sherlock Holmes – one of the original and the best.

9. Miss Marple – simple but always satisfying tales by the great Agatha Christie, particularly well played on television by Joan Hickson, a little mouse with hidden claws.

10. Magnum PI – for the grand moustache and kitsch Hawaii backdrop.


Inspector Minahan Makes a Stand

by Bridget O'Donnell

Book cover for 9780330544658

In Victorian London, the age of consent was just thirteen. Unwitting girls were regularly enticed, tricked and sold into prostitution. All the while, the Establishment turned a blind eye. That is until Irish inspector Jeremiah Minahan wrote an incendiary report. The findings Minahan did reveal in 1885 sparked national outrage: riots, arrests, a tabloid war and a sensational trial…other secrets were so fearful he took them to his grave, where they remained - until now. This is the true tale of a man caught between a corrupt English Establishment and his own rebel heart: a very Victorian scandal, but also, a story for our times.