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The best future is a mystery novel

I really enjoy Robb's "in death" series and recently discovered Alex Hughes' Mindspace series which I enjoyed tremendously. (And, many, many years ago, likely before most of you were born, I read Asimov's stories and will always remember fondly R. Daneel Olivaw.) What other detective series set in the future should I read?
posted by aroberge on Aug 3, 2014 - 11 answers

Movie recco filter: detective/noire edition

Looking for a good detective/noire movie. [more inside]
posted by askmehow on Aug 3, 2014 - 35 answers

True Detective Withdrawl

Looking for alternatives [more inside]
posted by jellyjam on Jul 22, 2014 - 33 answers

Detective/Mystery Novels in Current Day New York?

A little while back I stumbled upon a detective novel (Losers Live Longer) that takes place in 2009 NYC and utilizes actual city streets, restaurants, bars, etc. The writing was pretty average, but the book kept me constantly aware of the protagonist's location (oftentimes cross-streets). The real-world geography of areas I knew well really sucked me into the world and engaged me on another level than the narrative alone. Are there any other good detective or mystery novels that use post-2000s (or, better yet, post-2010) New York accurately? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Jul 8, 2014 - 13 answers

Historical British Detective Novel(s)

I'm looking for suggestions for a book that could appeal to a diverse set of people (i.e. my family). Some historical fiction set in England/Scotland/Wales/Ireland, with a detective-style plot, seems like it would work. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by benito.strauss on Jun 8, 2014 - 29 answers

The Art of Finding Someone

Fellow skip-tracers and family historians: I am looking for ways to improve my investigative skills in public records and the like. What are some good tips and tricks for tracking down people, dead or alive? [more inside]
posted by Driven on May 13, 2014 - 10 answers

Name that book: a detective novel in Los Angeles

Help me remember the title of this book? [more inside]
posted by Cwell on Mar 27, 2014 - 5 answers

Young Adult Detective Bookfilter

Need help identifying a book from childhood. [more inside]
posted by Ham Snadwich on Feb 13, 2014 - 11 answers

Using metadata to search for artifacts

Are you aware of a book or paper that has insights into how one might go about searching for information about things or artifacts? [more inside]
posted by PHINC on Jan 19, 2014 - 4 answers

I'm looking for the name of a kid's book series.

There was a short-lived kid's book series whose title that for the life of me I can't remember. It came out around the time that ESP McGee did. The main character had this unusual ability - he could draw anything and he had a photographic memory. The series was basically like Encyclopedia Brown, with a series of short mysteries in each volume, except that the clues to be gleaned were always hidden in the drawing. The protagonist, at the scene, always said "click" like a camera, and remembered the scene to be drawn later in his sketchbook. I mentioned this to a friend of mine and he asked me if it was Cam Jansen, who also says click, but I looked that series up and it's not her. Can anyone help? This has been haunting me for years.
posted by Sully on Dec 14, 2013 - 3 answers

Smart detective fiction?

What are some particularly intelligent or well-written novels in the suspense/mystery/detective fiction genre? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Dec 12, 2013 - 55 answers

Cuckoo cuckoo?

My girlfriend just read and deeply enjoyed The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling). She is not a regular reader of detective fiction. Can you recommend other books she might like? [more inside]
posted by raisindebt on Dec 7, 2013 - 11 answers

Highfalutin' Genre Fiction

Give me your most well written genre fiction! [more inside]
posted by latkes on Nov 4, 2013 - 49 answers

More reading material, please

My partner keeps rereading the Phrynee Fisher series. He likes them because they're on his E-reader, detective stories, and they pass the Bechdel and Russo tests. He likes the characters in these novels: these are relatively happy people for the most part. Please, O MetaFilter. He's ready for a new series. What else is out there?
posted by aniola on Oct 19, 2013 - 13 answers

Good mystery movies to watch?

I'd like to get some good mystery movie recommendations from the 80s on. It's OK if they veer toward the thriller, like Michael Clayton, ridiculous like Ford Fairlaine, noirish like Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, or are a more standard outing with a strong, interesting, well developed detective lead like Zero Effect. Drawing room mysteries totally A-OK too. Super bonus points if I can stream them now on Hulu plus or Netflix.
posted by jsturgill on May 16, 2013 - 25 answers

Help me find this book featuring a female police detective!

It's actually a series. The protagonist is a female detective, who seems to be in love with her ex-husband, and at some point has to live with him and his new wife because she is injured. I think she has lived with her elderly mother, too. Sorry, not much to go on!
posted by cherrybounce on May 8, 2013 - 4 answers

I'm pretty sure the first letter was G, but maybe it as a 2.

How do police departments use/search partial license plate information in their investigations? Or incomplete information about cars generally? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Apr 18, 2013 - 5 answers

How does one become an FBI (or similar) agent?

I'm a late-twenties adult finishing my BA a little late. I'm still a little unsure as to what I'd like to do, but I've always had an interest in solving crimes. What are my options for doing this as a career, preferably NOT for a local police department, at least in the long term? [more inside]
posted by ancient star on Apr 1, 2013 - 20 answers

Sci-Fi Noir?

I recently read Berlin Noir, The City and The City and Chasm City, and was looking for recommendations for sci-fi detective fiction, or detective fiction that reads like sci-fi. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Mar 18, 2013 - 37 answers

Detective fiction set in Colonial Africa 1930s-1950s?

I'm looking for examples of detective stories, or stories set among the Colonial police force, in Africa during roughly the period 1918-1955. Short stories, novels, even films. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Feb 4, 2013 - 12 answers

Film Noir Cartoons

Does anyone have any examples of some cartoons that reference Film Noir or are drawn in a noir-esque fashion/explore noir themes? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Dec 13, 2012 - 17 answers

Help searching for old PC and Playstation 1 games? Probably about early to mid 90's

Help searching for old PC and Playstation 1 games? Probably about early to mid 90's [more inside]
posted by LittleNami on Jul 29, 2012 - 10 answers

SF&F tragedy, noir, and "defective detectives."

BookFilter: Noir and postmodern fiction in sci-fi clothing. Find me The Big Sleep of science fiction. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jul 8, 2012 - 39 answers

Nancy Drew 10 years later

Help me play private detective! For a totally innocent cause, I promise. [more inside]
posted by custard heart on Jun 3, 2012 - 10 answers

Can you help me sniff out some possible astroturfing?

Can you help me sniff out some possible astroturfing? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Mar 19, 2012 - 12 answers

It's elementary my dear Watson!

What small details on a person or surroundings would indicate a person's personality / job / background? [more inside]
posted by SRMorris on Feb 28, 2012 - 18 answers

Reference Books to Write a Thriller

I am wanting to write a novel involving detective work and criminal profiling. (Yes, it may turn out horrid.) I am looking for some reference books that might help me be a little bit more informed. So far, I have gotten Criminal Profiling by Brent Turvey, and Body Trauma by David Page. Anybody have some recommendations?
posted by snap_dragon on Nov 12, 2011 - 11 answers

I don't have a butler, though, so that's right out.

How might one go about having a (murder?) mystery-themed dinner party? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Sep 22, 2011 - 10 answers

Private investigator wanted in Washington DC / n. Virginia

Looking for recommendations for private investigator / detective in Washington DC and northern Virginia area. If you know of anyone good, please suggest. Thanks.
posted by miomiomio on Sep 7, 2011 - 1 answer

Bug detectives! What bug is this??

What bug is this? We have a bunch of them, and they seem to like fabric (and they like to hang on for dear life). Are they going to eat our clothes? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Aug 6, 2011 - 4 answers

Looking for next of kin, hit dead end. Need people sleuths.

How can I use a name, a birth date, a town, a social security number and an approximate date of death (month/year) to find next of kin? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on May 5, 2011 - 9 answers

Does a living body reveal the story of its life?

Are there ever any reliable inferences to be drawn about a person's work or lifestyle from physical characteristics? [more inside]
posted by yesster on Apr 3, 2011 - 63 answers

How to be a PI?

How do I become a white collar Private Eye? [more inside]
posted by Snackpants on Mar 21, 2011 - 19 answers

We fought the law and the law... won't do anything.

Help! We know who broke into our house and stole our computers (we intercepted a laptop), but the detective is either totally incompetent or totally disinterested in helping us. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by bradly on Jan 12, 2011 - 16 answers

Sherlock Holmes pastiche recommendations?

I am interested in any recommendations on Sherlock Holmes pastiches. I finished a few Jack the Ripper-related stories (_The Last Sherlock Holmes Story_, and _The Whitechapel Horrors_) and would like your suggestions. I am not a big fan of Laurie King, though. The game is afoot!
posted by snap_dragon on Oct 4, 2010 - 22 answers

Who's the big enigmatic private dick who's a puzzle machine to all the chicks?

According to this PDF (previously on the Blue), in 1934, Martin Gardner said in an interview that (prior to himself) the only puzzle collector he'd ever heard of was fictitious, a detective character "in a series of short stories that ran many years ago in one of the popular mystery magazines." Who was the character (and author)? [more inside]
posted by Zed on May 6, 2010 - 8 answers

Hard boiled in spaaaaaaace.

Future noir. Please recommend detective fiction in a scifi setting. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Feb 8, 2010 - 67 answers

Looking for books where a person or people are searching for a long lost person.

Looking for books where a person or people are searching for a long lost person. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Dec 18, 2009 - 23 answers

If you think about it, if someone helps CF Kane get the sled back earlier, a lot of people lead much better lives. So who is that hero?

Say that Citizen Kane really wanted to find Rosebud - who would he call? Is there a kind of specific person who tracks down these personal lost things? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Oct 14, 2009 - 3 answers

Who was that noir/gothic/steampunk dude?

Super vague and obscure comicy question: Help me remember this steampunk/gothic/noir graphic-novel type story from the 1980's. [more inside]
posted by washburn on Oct 4, 2009 - 6 answers

I can has Wimmelbild?

The Adventures of the Black Hand Gang, are there other books that are similar? [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Jul 30, 2009 - 12 answers

More detective stories!

It's summertime and that means detective stories. I've read ALL of Simenon, Agatha Christie (Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot), Dorothy Sayers, John Sandford, Denise Hamilton, Lee Child, Edward Wright, Henning Mankell. Tried but didn't like Tony Hillerman. Any suggestions for another engaging series? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Jun 8, 2009 - 63 answers

Is the case REALLY afoot?

Are there any real-life Sherlock Holmeses, Hercule Poirots, or Adrian Monks? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Saint on Dec 3, 2008 - 10 answers

Help me remember this detective comedy film from my childhood!

I am trying to find the title of this film I remember scantily from my childhood. I do remember belly-laughing at this film when I was a kid, but can't remember for the life of me more than just a few details. Here's what I know (or think I remember)... [more inside]
posted by jspierre on Mar 22, 2008 - 5 answers

I knew this dame was trouble...

Police procedural/gumshoe, sandbox games? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Jan 14, 2008 - 8 answers

Mejore Mi Castellano

I need to read something in Spanish. I want excellent writing, with involving plots, and it must be in print. Good detective fiction perhaps? [more inside]
posted by andrew cooke on Aug 6, 2007 - 22 answers

System Wide Hotkey reporting tool for Windows?

Lots of programs allow you to create system wide hotkeys, or identify hotkeys in shortcuts, but what about a utility that reports what's already taken and what program owns it? [more inside]
posted by lasitter on Jul 4, 2007 - 1 answer

Whither realistic cops on TV and film?

Which cinematographs or televisual serials most faithfully depict the operations of police or detectives?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on May 29, 2007 - 25 answers

How would one become Batman?

Let's say you wanted to actually BE Batman... [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Feb 20, 2007 - 33 answers

Boston PI?

Does anyone have a recommendation for a private investigator/detective in the Boston area? Any tips for finding the best one, or helpful experiences working with one to share? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2007 - 3 answers

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