My top list of fictional detectives:
- C. Auguste Dupin by Edgar Allan Poe
- Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
- Nero Wolfe by Rex Stout
- Commissaire Maigret by Georges Simenon
- Feluda by Satyajit Ray
- Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau
- Hercule Poirot by Agatha Christie
- Philip Marlowe by Raymond Chandler
- Commissario Salvo Montalbano by Andrea Camilleri
- Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton
- Samuel “Sam” Vimes by Terry Pratchett
The best mystery novel continues to be The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.
Illustration to “The Purloined Letter” by E. A. Poe.
Source “Модный магазин” (Fashion magazine), 1864, №23 (December)