OK, this week’s challenge: choose three women who have a knack for solving mysteries. Since I’m planning a Choose Your Investagative Team challenge later, for this one, amaetur sleuths only, please. Not in their work ethic, of course – just in the fact they don’t get paid for it. These are women who do it for fun (or just have a talent for finding trouble) and discovered a knack for unravelling the clues that no-one else can and finding the bad guy.
Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher and Corinna Chapman. Is it cheating to have two characters from the same multiverse? I don’t know, but this is my series, so I can make up the rules as I go and change them when it suits me :p Oddly enough, no matter what the challenge, when I think of one, the other always comes closely to mind. They’re such different women and yet Greenwood has imbued them with many of the same core characteristics; intellligence, perseverence, a sense of justice. All of which make for a great sleuth.
Val McDermid’s Lindsay Gordon. A journalist-cum-lecturer, she’s the first person her friends call when one of them’s in trouble with the law. I suspect the real reason McDermid moved her to California was that she had run out of friends in England to get in trouble. I liked how her journalistic skills come into play regarding her sleuthing ability, and how she manages to get results on the cheap (with the occasional wealthy backer) on account that she isn’t actually getting paid to do any of this.