If you spend as much time on Instagram as I do, then you already know about #MCM aka Man Crush Monday. Every Monday, you’re supposed to post a pic of your favorite men along with the hashtag #MCM. (Don’t worry ladies, we get our turn on Wednesday with the equally fun #WCW, Woman Crush Wednesday!)
Since today is Monday, I figured it would be a perfect time to share three of my all-time favorite male characters in mystery novels.
Where you can find him: My first sighting was in Robert Crais’s award-winning debut, The Monkey’s Raincoat, as Elvis Cole’s best friend, partner and much-needed backup. He’s become so popular that he now even has his own books, beginning with The Watchman in 2007.
Why he’s crush-worthy: There’s nothing like the strong, silent type. Especially one who can single-highhandedly take out an entire gang of bad guys. Not to mention, he has tattoos and looks damn good in a pair of sunglasses.
Where you can find him: He just stepped onto the scene in VM Burns’s latest series, Travellin’ Shoes, where he looks into the murder of his church’s choir director.
Why he’s crush-worthy: Out of all the men on this list, RJ is the one you can take home to your mama. He goes to church. He spends quality time with his godmother. He’s a former police detective. And he’s still recovering from an on-work injury, which means he needs lots of TLC.
Where you can find him: Making Stephanie Plum’s heart race–in both good and bad ways–in Janet Evanovich’s best-selling series. Since One for the Money, their relationship has evolved from bounty hunter mentor to boss to lover to why-is-Joe-Morelli-still-in-the-picture-when-you-can-have-Ranger, Steph!
Why he’s crush-worthy: Like Joe, he’s tough, but he’s also got a sense of humor. And he’s patient. Why else would he stick around while Steph tries to figure out if she’s going to commit to stupid Joe Morelli?? I’ve had a crush on Ranger for going on twenty years now and it just gets stronger and stronger with each book.
So those are my current #MCM. What about you? Who are some of your favorite male characters in mystery novels? Comment below!