It’s getting very exciting now.
We started with 64 of the most prestigious and admired detectives from detective fiction’s Golden Age (c. 1920-1945) and have, by a process of head-to-head voting, now boiled it down to the last four names. One more vote after this and it’s Christmas! I mean, er, and we’ve named the legally-binding World’s Favourite Golden Age Sleuth, who is definitely going to be referred to as that by everyone who matters. Just you wait and see.
But what of the quarter-finals? Who remains? Well…
Yes, that seismic juddering you feel is the resounding crash of the gargantuan number one seed Dr. Gideon Fell being knocked from his perch by the always-dangerous Lord Peter Wimsey. Personally, I’m devastated — I’ve never made a secret of Fell being my favourite GAD sleuth — but from a results perspective I can’t deny that I love an upset, and I consider this to (almost) be one. Wimsey’s been very popular round-by-round, frequently pulling in huge numbers compared to his competitors, so this was always on the cards, even if I think you’re mad for making it happen. And on the other side, did anyone really expect Albert Campion to beat Hercule Poirot? The little Belgian is popular for a reason, and I have a feeling this vote might go down to the wire…
I anticipated that crime-solving spinster Miss Jane Marple would probably see off Ellery Queen, but never in my wildest imaginings did I think that the margin of victory would be quite so wide. Equally, I thought Carter Dickson’s barrister-cum-impossible-crime-unpicker H.M. would trounce the realism-focussed Jules Maigret…and that actually ended up a pretty close-run thing. Nice to see H.M. polling more than his usual 128 votes, but this was still the least-contested of the four votes in the last round…so did people just not think it worth voting in? Overall the numbers are up, however, suggesting that some of you have waited until this late stage when the votes might be closer to pitch in for your favourite. Keep at it, I say! Nothing is certain any more!
These votes will remain open until 12:01 am UK time on Sunday 18th December 2022, with the final — the actual final, the one that really matters — then going live on 24th December. So it really is Christmas, eh?