Fun Facts about Detectives:
– The queen of crime fiction, Dame Agatha Christie has written 66 detective novels.
– Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a British writer best known for his detective fiction character Sherlock Holmes.
– The word “detective” for a crime-solver, was first used in 1843.
– The first known use of the phrase “detective story” was in 1883 in the title of a crime story by the American author Anna Katharine Green.
– The first literary detective was probably C Auguste Dupin in Edgar Allan Poe’s 1841 short story Murders In The Rue Morgue.
– Wilkie Collins’ The Woman In White (1859) was the first full-length detective novel.
– One of the great mysteries of crime novels is the identity of the author of The Notting Hill Mystery (1862-63) which is still not known.
– Conan Doyle is said to have modeled Sherlock Holmes on Scottish surgeon and lecturer Joseph Bell who was a pioneer in forensic science.
– Agatha Christie, creator of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple and best-selling novelist of all time, was born on September 15, 1890.
– Kate Warne is considered the first female detective in the United States.
– 21% of private detectives and investigators are self-employed.
– “A really good detective never gets married.” – Raymond Chandler.
– Marriage is practically taboo in crime fiction. Rarely do fictional law enforcement officers enjoy the company of live spouses.
– In 1833, Eugene Francois Vidocq founded the first known private detective agency in France.
– Japanese police fire paint-balls at fleeing vehicles so that other police vehicles can see them and identify them at a later date if they get away.
– In the process of trying to catch serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, Soviet police ended up solving more than 1000 unrelated crimes.
– US police detectives have worn suits for more than 100 years. Dressing formally is “psychological armor”.
– In Thailand, police officers who misbehave or break the law are forced to wear Hello Kitty armbands.
– In 2015, police in Belfast, Northern Ireland used music from ice cream van to calm angry teen rioters.
– The Blue Code of Silence is an unwritten rule among police officers in the U. S. not to report on another colleague’s errors, misconducts, or crimes.
– Agatha Christie is the most-translated individual author – having been translated into at least 103 languages.
– The earliest known crime novel is The Rector of Veilbye by the Danish author Steen Steensen Blicher, published in 1829.
– There are four archetypes of fictional detectives: forensic specialist, police detective, private investigator and amateur detectives.
– During his investigation, Sherlock would come across dozens and sometimes hundreds of facts.
– Having a keen eye for detail and strong analytic skills is the key to becoming a good detective.
Fun Facts about Detectives: