As before, this half is shown in order — the winner of Vote 17 will play the winner of Vote 18 in round 2, etc. — and seedings are shown in brackets after each name. Pick your favourite from each pair, job done. Polls are open until 12:01 am BST on Saturday 1st October.
I find it hilarious that the poll opened the top half with John Dickson Carr’s Gideon Fell vs. David Hadley and closes the bottom half with Carter Dickson’s H.M. vs. Humphrey Masters — I promise I did nothing to engineer that.
Obviously anyone not in any of the votes didn’t make the top 64, and I’m not sure what else to say about that. Seedings 61 onwards all received a single nomination and so were sorted purely on account of who had appeared in the most books during the given era as outline before. I’ll admit that some of the names were pretty obscure and I had a difficult time establishing exactly how many books some characters had been in, but I did the due diligence and am, like, 99% sure of my findings.
Hope you enjoyed that, because there are five more rounds of voting to go. I’ve worked out a schedule for this now, and the second round will be here for your choosing pleasure on Saturday 15th October.