If there’s one thing we love, it’s a crime drama. It doesn’t matter if the main characters are cops, private eyes, FBI agents, or the redheaded girl down the block; if the criminals are from this world or not; if it involves a murder, a dark doorway into the unknown, or a serial killer. We love it. And the characters that solve the crimes become etched into our memories and hearts forever.

The first appearance of a private detective in fiction is Edgar Allen Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue, in which Monsieur Dupin solves the gruesome deaths of two women where the police are baffled. The next author to write a mystery (and the first mystery novel in the English Language) was Wilkie Collins, in The Moonstone. But it was not until Arthur Conan Doyle created Sherlock Holmes that history was truly made, a man of such incredible magnitude that he remains literature’s most ...

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In this issue: White Collar, The Thin Man, Dr. Joseph Bell, Doctor Who, Bones, Sherlock, Jane Austen, Aurelio Zen, Dana Scully, Agatha Christie, NCIS, Nancy Drew, Lord Peter Wimsey, Castle, Sidney Padget, Inspector Lewis, and Identity.