By Jeanine Englert
Brooding romantic hero? Check.
One that can also solve murders, too. Yes, please.
I love a good man of mystery, so I have decided to devote a blog to my current favorite detectives, constables, and inspectors. The ones I cannot wait to watch on television or read about in their latest book. I forced myself to pick a current top five, and for the sake of being slightly unbiased, I did not allow myself to pick from my own fictional detectives and constables, although I do adore my wounded hero and Victorian constable of Clun, John Brodie, from Lovely Digits. I think Richard Armitage would make a great John Brodie on television, don’t you? (Insert sigh here.)
The list of my favorite men of mystery changes every so often, but don’t hate me for it. Sometimes, a new brooding constable comes onto the scene, and knocks an old favorite from the list, even if it might be only temporary. What makes these inspectors and detectives so engaging? Is it their intellect and curiosity? Their complex back story and internal conflict? Or how they manage to solve the worst of crimes while still being empathetic to the human condition?
I say it is all of the above.
See if you agree with my current top Five Men of Mystery:
#5: Hinterland’s DCI Tom Mathias (BBC)
#4: Shetland’s DI Jimmy Perez (BBC)
#3: Anna Lee Huber’s Inquiry Agent Sebastian Gage from the Lady Darby Series (Berkley)
#2: Miss Scarlet and the Duke’s Scotland Yard Detective Inspector William Wellington (PBS)
#1: Dalgliesh’s Detective (and poet!) Adam Dalgliesh based on P.D. James’s novels (BBC)
Care to share your own favorite men of mystery? Let me know what you think of my top five. Any changes you’d make? I’m always up for a little lighthearted verbal sparring to defend my favorites.
Jeanine Englert is a double VIVIAN ® FINALIST, Golden Heart ® Finalist, Silver Falchion Award Winner, and Daphne du Maurier Award Winner in historical romantic suspense. After years of writing in secret, she joined Romance Writers of America and Georgia Romance Writers in 2013 and has been an active member ever since. She writes Scottish Highland historicals and historical romantic suspense novels.
When she isn’t wrangling with her characters on the page, she can be found trying to convince her husband to watch her latest Masterpiece or BBC show obsession. She loves to talk about books, writing, her beloved pups, and of course mysteries with other readers on Twitter @JeanineWrites, Facebook, or at her website www.jeaninewrites.com.
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