Detectives on The Point

I had the pleasure of discussing detectives in fiction this morning on The Point on WCAI, which usually is hosted by Mindy Todd, but today we were joined by the delightful Kathryn Eident. Returning to the book show this morning was Nelson Ritschel, Author and Professor in the Humanities Department at Mass Maritime Academy. Many, many thanks for all of your calls and emails! We are already thinking we might need a part two to this show, as Nelson and I both arrived with big piles of books, and only got to a handful. Below you will find what we DID have time for, including all the spectacular suggestions made by our listeners! Miss the show? You can listen online!


Nelson’s Picks

The Art of the English Murder by Lucy Worsley

Father Brown: the essential tales by G. K. Chesterton

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Miss Marple: the complete short stories by Agatha Christie

Silent Voices by Ann Cleeves


Jill’s Picks

A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch

A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George

Blanche on the Lam by Barbara Neely

Great Reference Books on Mysteries:

Make Mine a Mystery: a reader’s guide to mystery and detective fiction by Gary Warren Niebuhr

Make Mine a Mystery II: a reader’s guide to mystery and detective fiction by Gary Warren Niebuhr

Listener Picks

Maisie Dobbs, first in series Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Harry Bosch, first in series The Black Echo by Michael Connelly

Ian Rutledge, first in series A Test of Wills by Charles Todd (pseud. of Caroline Todd & Charles Todd)

Ruth Galloway, first in series The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

Maggie Hope, first in series Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal

Evan Evans, first in series Evans Above by Rhys Bowen

Flavia de Luce, first in series The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Chet and Bernie, first in series Dog On It by Spencer Quinn



4 comments on “Detectives on The Point

  1. Michelle says:

    Cormoran Strike, first in series ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Rowling has created one of the more original private detectives in the genre.

    1. Jill Erickson says:

      Great suggestion! And thanks for listening!

  2. Peggy Aulisio says:

    I love Charles Todd and Jacqueline Winspear so was glad to see them on here. What about Donna Leon and Andrea Camilleri? I always try to get on waiting lists to read their books as soon as they come out.

    1. Jill Erickson says:

      Yes, I love Donna Leon as well, and Andrea Camilleri was actually in my pile of books, but we ran out of time. Thanks for listening! We’ll add these authors to our listener’s picks.

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