Your 40 Favorite Case-Cracking Reporters in Fiction

Kelly Jensen


Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

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For this giveaway, we asked you to weigh in with your favorite case-cracking reporters in fiction and you responded with loads of favorites — over 40. Some of these are more case-crackers than reporters, but they’re still the folks who you’d call if you needed someone to take care of dirty business on the public record. Because there were so many answers, I separated them out for you by recurring characters in series and those who are in stand alone works.


Favorite Case-Cracking Reporters In A Series

Cotton Malone from The Cotton Malone Series by Steve Berry

Britt Montero from The Britt Montero Series by Edna Buchanan

Dave Robicheaux from The Dave Robicheaux Series by James Lee Burke

Miss Marple from The Miss Marple Books by Agatha Christie

Dillon Savich from The FBI Suspense Thrillers Series by Catherine Coulter

Emma Lord from The Emma Lord Mystery Series by Mary Daheim

Sherlock Holmes from The Sherlock Holmes Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Thursday Next from The Thursday Next Series by Jasper Fford

The reporters from The Hollywood Headlines Series by Gemma Halliday

Sookie Stackhouse from The Southern Vampire Mysteries Series by Charlaine Harris

Freddie Lounds from The Hannibal Lecter Series by Thomas Harris

Olivia Paras from The White House Chef Series by Julie Hyzy

Walt Longmire from The Walt Longmire Series by Craig Johnson

Mikael Blomkvist and Lizbeth Salander from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

Tess Monaghan from The Tess Monaghan Series by Laura Lippman

Annika Bengtzon from The Annika Bengtzon Series by Liza Marklund

Paddy Meehan from The Paddy Meehan Series by Denise Mina

Alex Cross from The Alex Cross Series by James Patterson

Eddie Dunford from The Red Rising Quartet by David Peace

Bill Smithback from Relic, Cemetery Dance, and various other entries in the series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Nadine Furst and Eve Dallas from the In Death Series by J. D. Robb

Rita Skeeter and Harry Potter from The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

Lois Lane and Clark Kent from Superman comics


Stand Alone Case-Crackers

Ford Prefect from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Narrator from World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

Wendy Tynes from Caught by Harlan Coben

Jack McEvoy from The Poet by Michael Connelly

Camille Preaker from Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Frank Mackey from Broken Harbor by Tana French

Rob Ryan from In the Woods by Tana French

Gray Grantham from The Pelican Brief by John Grisham

Julia Shumway in Under the Dome by Stephen King

Ashley from Tell Me Your Dreams by Sidney Sheldon

Skeeter from The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Hildy Johnson from Steel Beach by John Varley

Jack Burden from All The King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren