One guest post wasn't enough for crime fiction fan Mother Butterfly and so in addition to her Top 5 Crime Detectives post at the start of #BBCrimeWeek, she's compiled a list of her favourite crime fighting duos in literature!
1) Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson – author Arthur Conan Doyle. The Sherlock Holmes books are interesting as they are not novels but collections of short stories. Even so the author manages to get all the amazing brainpower of Holmes and the excitement of each story in each story. You almost forget that is isn’t a full length novel. Holmes and Watson must be the most famous detective pair in literary history and most of us will have seen some version of one of the stories on TV. The books are well worth a visit though.
2) Peter Grant and Valentine – author Ben Aaronovitch. I really enjoy reading these books. They have only been around for a few years but have gained quite a following. Peter Grant is an ordinary policeman who inadvertently gets involved in a supernatural case and comes to the notice of Valentine and his superiors who have a covert supernatural division based at “The Folly”. If you have never read one of these books, you are in for a treat. They are funny, exciting and if you are into the supernatural, these have lots of interesting creatures too.
3) Tony Hill and Carol Jordan – author Val McDermid. Tony Hill is a forensic psychologist who is almost as damaged as the people committing the crimes he is called in to help investigate. Carol Jordan is a seasoned police officer who has a “will they, won’t they” kind of relationship with him. I love these books as they are truly clever and show just how screwed up some criminals can be.
4) India Black and French – author Carol K. Carr. India Black is a Madam at her own brothel in Victorian London. She gets involved with the British Secret Service working directly with Disraeli who pairs her up with a toff called French. These books are such fun to read. Ms Carr involves a lot of the history of the day to bring her stories alive. I always look forward to reading these books.
5) Newbury & Hobbes – author George Mann. These books come under the Steampunk genre. They are based in the Victorian era, but it is not the Victorian era that we think we know. The Queen is more machine than human and weird mechanical people and machines populate the pages of these exciting books. Newbury himself is an interesting character who just like Sherlock Holmes is a drug addict. Veronica Hobbes is his new assistant. She is brave and fiercely independent and gets more an more involved with each case that she’s involved in.
6) Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko – author A.A. Aguirre. This pair have only been in a couple of books so far but I enjoy the relationship that these two have – he is a free spirit in the extreme and she is wound so tight that she might crack at any moment. The books are fantasy so might not be to everyone’s taste but these two are my “Ones to Watch”.