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Top 10 fictional police detectives

Characters like Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch really put a human element into a crime story. Proper cops getting about the business of working out complex puzzles. Readers ride shotgun with them, from clues to crime scenes, through rescues and red herrings.

From your classic ‘whodunits’ to intense police investigation fiction, detective stories are more popular than ever. Case closed. Enjoy a salute to the 10 top detectives from fiction.

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Discover these 10 top fictional police detectives:

  1. Harry Bosch by Michael Connelly
    LAPD veteran police homicide detective in the best-selling police procedural series. Reserve The Night Fire
  2. DCI Vera Stanhope by Ann Cleeves
    With a calculating mind and a short, sharp personality, check out Vera in the new release The Darkest Evening
  3. Jack Reacher by Lee Child
    Discharged US Army Major in military police. Be sure to read Lee Child’s last book The Sentinel
  4. Detective Jane Rizzoli by Tess Gerritsen
    You will love the brash and brilliant detective in the Boston Police Department. Catch Jane in I Know A Secret
  5. DI Vincent Ruiz by Michael Robotham
    The tough talking homicide detective in the Joseph O’Loughlin series. Read more Ruiz in The Other Wife
  6. DCI Jane Tennison by Lynda La Plante
    A no-nonsense Detective Chief Inspector from the Metropolitan Police.Discover the queen of crime in Blunt Force
  7. Alex Cross by James Patterson
    Alex started in the homicide division and becomes an FBI Senior Agent near Washington, D.C Straight off the desk of the master in Criss Cross
  8. Sergeant D.D. Warren by Lisa Gardner
    Say hello to this tough city cop from Boston. Tuck into the page turner When You See Me
  9. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan by Val McDermid
    Thriller series about a criminal psychologist and his police partner. It’s lights out in How the Dead Speak
  10. Clarice Starling by Thomas Harris
    FBI agent Clarice Starling, who goes up against the most fearsome fictional serial killer of all time, Hannibal Lecter. Revisit the classic The Silence of the Lambs

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Stream these detective movies on Bemafilm:

  • Blind Detective: a cop teams up with an inspector after witnessing a bank robbery
  • Goldstone: Detective Jay Swan gets caught up in a web of crime and corruption
  • Out of Blue: homicide Detective Mike Hoolihan gets pulled into the darker world of a wider conspiracy


Reserve these thrilling police detective series:

  • Luther: British psychological crime show starring Idris Elba as DCI John Luther
  • Line of Duty:  British BBC police procedural series about the Anti-Corruption Unit 12
  • Scott and Bailey:  thrilling investigative series focussing on two police detectives
  • Bosch: an LAPD homicide detective based on Michael Connelly's best-selling book series
  • True Detective Season 1: Detectives Marty Hart and Rust Cohle, partners in Louisiana's criminal investigation unit. Starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey.

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