Top 10 Great Iconic Fictitious Detective Characters

We read them, we watch them and we fall in love with them. This fictitious detective character of all times makes us imagine the unimaginable and they take us to a world of detective secrets and yet they are just acting.

Let us take a look at the top 10 of the most fictitious of them all

10. Cordelia Gray

Cordelia Gray

This is a character created by P.D. James. She is a private detective stationed in London and first appeared in the novel “Unsuitable Job for a Woman” in 1972. She made her final appearance in 1982 in the novel The Skull Beneath the Skin.

9. Miss Marple

Miss Marple

This character was created by Agatha Christie  and first appeared in 1926 in The Sketch magazine. She has appeared in 20 short stories and 12 crime novels. She is depicted as an elderly spinster and a consulting detective who is able to solve difficult crimes due to her shrewd intelligence. She also has this remarkable ability whereby she can latch a casual comment and connect it to the case at hand. Some of the novels she has appeared in include: The Mirror Cracked from Side to Side, The Murder at the Vicarage, A Pocket Full of Rye, Nemesis, A Murder is Announced.

8. Byomkesh Bakshi

Byomkesh Bakshi

This is a character created by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. He has appeared in ten movies, thirty two stories, five television series and in many radio plays thus making him to be one of the most intriguing detective character. Some of his appearances are in Adwitiyo, Makorshar Rosh, Chholonar Chhondo, Benishonghar, Banhi-patanga, Bishupal Bodh.

7. Feluda


This is a fictitious private investigator character first appearance in 1970. He has featured in many novels, films and TV series. Though he is strongly built, Feluda relies mostly on observation and his superb analytical ability to do his detective work.

6. Gideon Fell

Gideon Fell

This is a character created by John Dickson Carr. He has appeared in 33 novels. He started acting in 1933 to 1967. He is portrayed as an amateur sleuth who in most instances calls the police and ends up frustrating them in the usual manner of fictional detectives by refusing to reveal his deductions until he arrives at a final conclusion.

5. Jules Maigret

Jules Maigret

Jules Maigret is a fictitious private detective created by Georges Simenon. He has appeared in 28 short stories and 75 novels. Some of the novels he has appeared in include: Charretier de la Providence, Pietr-le-Letton, M. Gallet decede

4. Nancy Drew

Nancy Drew

This is a character created by Edward Stratemeyer and she first appeared in the year 1930. She is one of the most recognizable fictitious detectives around the world. She has been featured in two television shows, five films, and a number of video games.

3. Hercule Poirot

Hercule Poirot

This is a fictitious Belgian detective, created by Agatha Christie. He has appeared in one play (black coffee), 33 novels, and more than 50 short stories. He carries out his detective work in a more conventional, logical and clue based way. He has been portrayed in several TV shows and films.

2. Professor Shonku

Professor Shonku

This is a character created by Satyajit Ray. He is aacts as a scientist and he has appeared in several detective science fiction. He is portrayed as having the capacity to speak in more than 69 languages.

1. Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

This is the best fictitious detective character of all times and he is known all around the world. He is created by the Scottish author and physician Sir Authur Conan Doyle. He first appeared in 1887 and has featured in 56 short stories and four novels. He is a character who has been featured in several TV series, films and stage plays.

To say the least, the aforementioned are some of the best fictitious detective characters of all times and they keep as glued on the screen or in the books whenever they are mentioned.

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