Detecting Duos

‘Tis the time of year when you can’t go ten feet without bumping into a paper heart taped to something, as Lila Maclean once observed.

So who makes your heart go pitter pat? Let’s chat about detecting duos–couples solving crimes–friends in forensics.

Tagging Sherlock and Dr. Watson first. I am referring here to the characters as played in the BBC series Sherlock specifically, who are full-on delightful as they both roll their eyes at each other’s nonsense. Outwardly, they may bristle but inside they know they’re besties.  They adore and admire each other. Eventually.

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And Mulder and Scully also count because what were they even doing every week if not sleuthing on The X-Files? So delightfully too. They set a high bar with their repartee and romantic tension…the result was absolutely-must-watch tv.

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Also loved these two teams at work solving mysteries…I wish I could watch Ghost and Moonlighting again for the first time, just to be delighted all over again.  


But now I’m going to toss it to you because I can’t wait to find out who your top mystery-solving pairs are!

Wishing you a wonderful (delightful!) week full of heart(s) and humor. ❤



42 thoughts on “Detecting Duos

  1. Oh, great topic. I most adore mysteries wrapped with romance. I choose BONES– Dr. Temperance Brennan and FBI agent Seeley Booth. And if you watch Canadian TV (or Acorn) you are already in love with the turn-of-the-century duo made up of Detective William Murdoch and his pathologist/love interest Dr. Julia Ogden. Both partnerships feature sharp-minded and determined characters who routinely challenge the other to see themselves and be better for it.

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  2. Great post.
    You know o got to go with Nick and Nora!
    Tied for second would be Moonlighting and Remington Steele.
    Followed by Psych. Do t know os this would be considered a detecting duo or not. Gus was a cover for Sean, but it reminds me of Sherlock and Watson, always thought Gus was the smarter, calmer one.

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  3. I love the relationship in the Decker and Lazarus novels by Faye Kellerman – while Rina isn’t a partner in detecting, should often helps and is wonderfully supportive at all times.

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  4. Nick and Nora were the first ones I thought of when I saw this topic.

    Got to mention Castle and Beckett as well. At least for the majority of the series. Personally, the last season doesn’t exist in my world.

    And another from the 80’s – Scarecrow and Mrs. King. Such a fun series.

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      1. Yes, that was the series with Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner. She was a divorced housewife who got paired with a spy. Naturally, they fell in love along the way.

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  5. I have to go with Nick and Nora. But I do also love the BBC Sherlock and Watson. And although they were spies, rather than traditional sleuths, let’s not forget Agents 86 (Don Adams) and 99 (Barbara Feldon) of “Get Smart”!

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  6. Going with a TV detective couple here, but…Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler on Law & Order: SVU. Their relationship seems so real–and the tension continues. On and on and…But also, I’m happy to watch them just for the detective partnership. The romance, such that it is, is a bonus.

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    1. That’s a terrific add, Lisa, and TV couples welcome! (Whenever someone references that show, I can’t help but hear the famous scene-transitioning CLONK! sound…whatever you call it…and what instrument created that, I wonder?)

      Update: It’s called a “dun-dun” sound, is considered music that generates royalties, and has an interesting creation story:

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  7. I just finished watching the 2nd Enola Holmes movie so I have to say Enola and Sherlock. And if you haven’t seen those movies, get thee to Netflix! They’re fun and charming.

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  8. Nick and Nora and Asta are my absolute favorites. I read all of the Dashiell Hammett books and I watch those movies every time they are on TV. I own them but have to watch them when they come on. I know every story line and the dialogues, but I seem to see something I missed every time that I watch them. There are many other good teams, but I love Nick, Nora and Asta the best.

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  9. So many duos! There’s also Rex Stout’s cantankerous duo, Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. I have a volatile duo in my series, Erik Jansson and Deb Metzger. Deb happens to be lesbian. I didn’t want a kissy-smoochy duo because, like, yuck.


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