Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday Fives - Detective Types

Today the theme for Friday Fives is Top Five Detective Types (anyone who solves the mystery/crime.)
5. Suze - from the Mediator series by Meg Cabot, Suze can talk to ghosts. Most of the ones she sees are not yet at peace. A surprising amount of them have been murdered and she needs to find out who has done it before they off her. Not only is she stunningly resourceful, she also performs some incredibly awesome exorcisms. 
4. Nancy Drew - Nancy Drew is the original teenage detective (trumping both Donna Parker and Trixie Belson). She just wants to help. Nancy often inadvertently discovers a crime/conspiracy and with the help of cousins Bess and George she always solves the case. We also have her to thank for inspiring other teen mystery novels (Claudia Kishi, that's you!). 



3. Harriet the Spy - Harriet is the best spy ever, observing everything she notices about people in her journal (some of them not very nice).  She also has a spy route where she checks up on the most interesting people once a day (a bachelor with 26 cats, a rich couple with an ugly statue, a depressed divorcee, and of course an Italian family who run a grocery store). Harriet wants to figure out everything about everyone (future House maybe?) and eventually has a feud with the spy catchers club after they read her journal.

2. Beka Cooper - Beka Cooper is a Provest's Dog (think medieval cop) and once she sinks her teeth into something, she won't let go. Beka obsessively records everything about the victims of two of  the districts' most notorious serial killers. She also talks to Pigeons, and has the sight. She is accompanied by rogues, mages, other puppies, and her fair but stern mentors. And it's by Tamora Pierce!

1. Sherlock Holmes - Sherlock Holmes is the greatest investigative mind ever. Accompanied by his sidekick Watson, he solves crimes with his keen observations. He also is knowledgeable about chemistry and botany (poisons) and sensational literature. His only vice is his drug addiction.

Let me know your favorite detectives. 

BTW Readers Choice for Top Wizard is Gandalf ^_^

26 comments:

  1. Nice choices! When I was little, I always wanted to be Harriet the Spy. I even carried around one of those memo notebooks too thinking I was super cool for doing it.

    --Amber

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  2. No one beats Sherlock Holmes. NO BODY! :)

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  3. Amber - I used to try that too ^_^

    Christina - Agreed!

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  4. I'm partial to Mulder and Scully.

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  5. This is wonderful! I loved the Harriet the Spy book when I was younger :) And hope to read some of these others someday!

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  6. Lenore - from the X-files?

    Alea - Yeah Harriet pwns ^_^

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  7. That's right! I love the X-files :)

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  8. I really like this weekly segment but I have to say - Nancy Drew is my favourite. Have you played her PC games?

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  9. Lenore - I've never seen that much of them, but they were pretty good

    Iryna - I've played one of the older ones! I was really bad at it though ^_^

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  10. I loved Nancy Drew when I was growing up. I would spend HOURS reading all of the books. I even chose one for the read-a-thon but never got to it.

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  11. Great choices - especially since I just finished Bloodhound!

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  12. Lovely post! This is very unique and entertaining. :)
    I haven't read Tamora Pierce's Bekka Cooper series. But I'm starting to see them around everywhere, so I think I'll add them to my list.

    By the way, you have an award at my blog. :)

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  13. Ti - too bad, isn't she fun!
    Liviania - I just finnished too! It was super-good
    Mandy - Thanks! The Beka Cooper books got me really excited about Pierce again! Thanks for the award ^_^

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  14. Harriet the spy was one of my favorite movies when I was little.... I use to carry a notebook around and spy on the neighbors ;)

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  15. OMG, attacked of the awards! Come get yours!

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  16. Aw, man, I LOVE Harriet the Spy. But I guess you're right to put Sherlock Holmes as number one. Him being the man and all.

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  17. This feature is so cool. I also like Gandalf being top wizard, though I have to say that I think Merlin from Shrek 3 beats him. Was this considered?

    By the way, I gave you an award - http://aboutbooksforteens.blogspot.com/2009/04/awards-time.html

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  18. I always thought Suze was pretty awesome. She's more edgier and kicks ghost butt while dealing wit boy issues. And Nancy Drew... I still read those books even though they're a little more old-fashioned.

    I didn't know Sherlock Holmes had a drug addiction... hmm. Well, sometimes the smartest people are the crazy ones. o.O

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  19. Jess - I wish I was cool enough to do that! I emulated Obi - Wan ^_^

    Donna - Yay!

    Sadako - Sherlock most definitely is the man!

    H- Ooh Merlin, no-one suggested him (for readers choice), A lovely award from an uber-lovely person!

    Pirate - Yay Suze you are fierce!, Loves Nancy, thank god they don't update it a-la-removal-of-Britney!

    Poor Shelock and his addiction, its the inspiration for House!

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  20. looks like a good group. you know, i haven't even read any sherlock holmes, yet. and, your mention of watson and his vice has got me curious.

    i like the detectives found in the raymond chandler stories which is more old time noir settings.

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  21. ^_^ Yeah I love Serlock!
    I have to check out Raymond Chandler!

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  22. I love Nancy Drew too! I also like Hercule Poirot. P.S. I have an award for you at my blog
    http://www.bookworm-thebookworm.blogspot.com

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  23. Okay, this makes me really want to read that Tamora Pierce book.

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  24. Sherlock Holmes is awesome- I also love Kinsey Millhone,Hercule Poirot, Lord Peter Wimsey and I was a Nancy Drew junkie when I was little.

    And Gandalf is awesome.

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