Monday, February 9, 2015

Great tenant-detectives competition: a winner is announced

We recently asked readers of the Brown Couch – and crime fiction – to identify literature's great tenant-detectives (other than Sherlock Holmes, who is already known as the very worst tenant in London).

Please assemble in the parlour for the announcement of the winner...




Congratulations to Helen S, who identified not one but two great tenant detectives: Kinsey Millhone, from Sue Grafton's 'Alphabet' series of novels –


– and Stephanie Plum, from Janet Evanovich's numerical 'Plum' series.






Tough, resourceful, working against the odds: these two are exemplary tenant-detectives.

Honorable mentions to:


  • Anonymous, for Dashiell Hammett's Sam Slade;
  • PM, for Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe; and
  • Peter S, for Georges Simenon's Inspector Maigret.


Helen S gets a copy of Ruth Rendell's landlord-tenant thriller, '13 Steps Down'. Thanks for playing!


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