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Magical Mystery Names

February 5, 2009 Linda Rosenkrantz

In our baby-naming books, from Beyond Jennifer & Jason on, we’ve often offered lists of name-inspiring authors and literary characters. But it occurred to me recently that we’ve neglected one of the richest sources–the genre of mystery writers and their fictional heroes and heroines–from Agatha Christie to Alex Delaware. The band of gumshoes, shamuses, cerebral sleuths, police inspectors and forensic investigators populating vintage and modern mystery books and television detective shows provides some really interesting choices, among them:

AUTHORS

AGATHA CHRISTIE
CHANDLER, Raymond
Arthur CONAN Doyle
COLIN DEXTER
CONNOLLY, Michael


CRISPIN, Edmund
DASHIELL Hammett
ELLERY Queen
IAN Rankin
JASPER Fford
JOSEPHINE TEY
MARGERY Allingham
NEVADA Barr
NGAIO Marsh
POE, Edgar Allan
PLUM, Stephanie
REX Stout
SAX Rohmer
WILKIE Collins

DETECTIVES

ADAM Dagliesh
ALEX DELAWARE
ARCHER, Lew
CARTER Dickson
CAT Marsala
EASY Rawlins
ELLERY Queen (both author and character)
ELVIS COLE
GERVASE Fen
GIDEON Fell
JANE Marple
KAY Scarpetta
KINKY Friedman (both author and character)
KINSEY Millhone
MAIGRET, Jules
MARLOW, Philip
MASON, Perry
NERO Wolfe
PHILO VANCE
POIROT, Hercule
SIMON Templar
SPENSER
THURSDAY Next
TRAVIS McGEE

TV SLEUTHS

ADDISON, David
ADRIAN Monk
BANYON
BARETTA
BARNABY Jones
CAGNEY, Christine
COLUMBO
FLETCHER, Jessica
FOX Moldour
HAMISH Macbeth
LACEY, Mary Beth
MADOLYN (MADDIE) HAYES
MAGNUM
McCLOUD
MORSE
NASH Bridges
OLIVIA Benson
QUINCY
REMINGTON Steele
TENNISON, Jane
THEO Kojak

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