Over one hundred names were nominated. The top 64 have been sifted. Today we begin the process of finding the favourite sleuth of detective fiction’s Golden Age (precise dates pending, but we’re saying 1920-45).
Here, then, is the top half in order — the winner of Vote 1 will play the winner of Vote 2 in the second round, and so on down for those of you who want to chart potential future matches — and all you need to do is click on your favourite in each pairing. I’d make some comments about who just missed the cut, but that would give away who to expect in the bottom half of the draw when it goes up in a fortnight.
Each character’s seeding is included after their name; I was going to include author names as well, but then I figured that you have the entire world’s knowledge at your fingertips and any unfamiliar names could be looked up quite easily (and, hey, if you don’t know who they are, I imagine you’re unlikely to vote for them).
Polls are open until 12:01 am BST on Saturday 17th September 2022; happy choosing!
The bottom half of the draw will be here for your voting pleasure in a fortnight, on Saturday 24th September — so if your favourite sleuth isn’t here, they might be there. And don’t worry: I don’t intend to split each round of voting across two posts all the way through this, I just thought 16 choices was enough to be going on with.
Spread the word, and I’ll see you soon for the next step on the epic quest…