Television producers have novelists to thank for some of their most successful crime dramas. The many fictional detectives that have inspired these series include gone-but-not-forgotten gems like Colin Dexter’s Morse and Ellis Peter’s Brother Cadfael, as well as perennial favorites such as Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Current adaptations that may eventually become classics themselves include Vera (based on Ann Cleeves’ Vera Stanhope) and Case Histories (inspired by Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie).
Due to join this esteemed list (although it may take a while) are two new characters – M.C. Beaton’s PR agent turned PI, Agatha Raisin and Alan Bradley’s precocious 11-year-old chemist/detective Flavia de Luce.
Fans of any of these shows should check out the books, they’re well worth a read. Fans of the books should check out the shows, they’re well worth a watch.