This is discussion archived from a time before the current discussion method was installed.
: Removed Nero Wolfe. He is fully capable of acting personally when necessary (The Red Box, Booby Trap, In the Best Families, The Black Mountain, The Next Witness).
: Actually, the rearranged mantlepiece comes up in the TV version of the Mysterious Affair at Styles
Antaeus Feldspar: Removed "The Singing Detective". While this is a classic work, it doesn't fit the trope: the main character is Defective and his fictional creation The Singing Detective is obviously a Detective, there is no character who is both.