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7th Dec '16 2:46:17 PM LongTallShorty64
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* In ''The Ex-Mrs. Bradford'', Paula (Jean Arthur) is a mystery writer who does this. Her husband, an M.D. (Creator/WilliamPowell) divorced her because she was constantly dragging him into risking life and limb in her real-life cases.

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* In ''The Ex-Mrs. Bradford'', Paula (Jean Arthur) (Creator/JeanArthur) is a mystery writer who does this. Her husband, an M.D. (Creator/WilliamPowell) divorced her because she was constantly dragging him into risking life and limb in her real-life cases.



* Lori Shepherd in the ''AuntDimity'' series, and in some respects, Dimity herself. Lori has some knowledge of old books and manuscripts (which does come in handy from time to time), but she inherited a fortune from Dimity and so no longer must work for a living. When not sleuthing, she oversees a charitable foundation and keeps house for her husband and sons. In life, Dimity wasn't a sleuth either.
* In ''Literature/TheSavannahReidMysteries'', Savannah (a PrivateDetective)'s assistant Tammy. Tammy even refers to what they do as "sleuthing", much to Savannah's amusement.
* ''Das Fräulein von Scuderi'' (1819, "Mademoiselle de Scudéri" in English) by E. T. A. Hoffmann is widely seen as the first German crime novella. Here a series of mysterious and brutal murders in Paris in 1680 is solved by [[HistoricalDomainCharacter real-life court poet]] Madeleine de Scudéry (1607-1701).
* Several of Creator/EdwardDHoch's series:
** In the ''Literature/SimonArk'' series, Simon ''claims'' to be a Coptic priest. Of course, he also ''claims'' to be 2000 years old, and searching for works of the devil. What he finds is [[ScoobyDooHoax usually more mundane]].
** The ''Literature/BenSnow'' series stars a cowboy drifter in the old west who discovers and solves mysteries.
* ''Enough'' by Donald Westlake. Carey Thorpe is a drama critic who in the novels solves several murders for the police. He himself also murdered someone at the start of the book. He drinks, drops valium, sleeps with other men's wives, and has two children from a previous marriage he does not care about. The book is basically a {{Deconstruction}} of the amateur slueth genre.
* The [=McGurk=] Organization in the ''McGurkMysteries'' series of children's books. A group of kids who meet in the McGurk basement and find themselves informally doing the legwork that solves real cases.
* Stuart Palmer's series character Hildegarde Withers is a veteran schoolteacher who both aids and exasperates New York police captain Oscar Piper.
%%* ''Literature/TheNorthAvenueIrregulars''
* The Detective Team KZ in ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'', which is essentially four sixth to seventh-grade AcademicAthlete plus one girl they knew at CramSchool.
* In ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'', Utterson is a lawyer by trade but spends the bulk of the novel investigating Dr. Jekyll and his association with Mr. Hyde.
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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' similarly starts off as a vigilante, eventually branching out into paranormal (and unlicensed) PI work where he sometimes is and isn't paid. The more personal work that becomes the StoryArc for the season is usually free, while the MonsterOfTheWeek case often ends up with money changing hands. In the third season, with [[spoiler:the birth of his son]], he becomes money-obsessed for a short time. This is mostly abandoned by season 5, when he and his group [[spoiler:take over Wolfram & Hart's LA branch]].
%%* Jonathan on ''Series/BoredToDeath''. (He's not good at it.)
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': Mystery writer Richard Castle. (He's very good at it.) A deal with the mayor allows him to shadow homicide detectives as they do their job.
* One of Tenkaichi's "conditions" from ''Literature/TheConditionsOfGreatDetectives'' is to be this so the story moves along.
** In the series finale the serial murderer is killing off fictional amateur sleuths, so he calls the remaining ones to a house so they can be killed one by one.
* John Smith, the hero of the TV version of ''Series/TheDeadZone'', is just a retired schoolteacher (with lots of money) who's driven to solve crimes and prevent disasters because of the visions he starts getting after waking up from a six-year coma. In the pilot, however, he develops an extremely useful law enforcement connection in the form of his ex-fiancee's new husband, who also happens to be the local sheriff. Throughout the series [[spoiler:(until Sheriff Bannerman dies)]] they constantly trade favors and help each other with their cases.

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* Lori Shepherd in the ''AuntDimity'' series, and in some respects, Dimity herself. Lori has some knowledge of old books and manuscripts (which does come in handy from time to time), but she inherited a fortune from Dimity and so no longer must work for a living. When not sleuthing, she oversees a charitable foundation and keeps house for her husband and sons. In life, Dimity wasn't a sleuth either.
* In ''Literature/TheSavannahReidMysteries'', Savannah (a PrivateDetective)'s assistant Tammy. Tammy even refers to what they do as "sleuthing", much to Savannah's amusement.
* ''Das Fräulein von Scuderi'' (1819, "Mademoiselle de Scudéri" in English) by E. T. A. Hoffmann is widely seen as the first German crime novella. Here a series of mysterious and brutal murders in Paris in 1680 is solved by [[HistoricalDomainCharacter real-life court poet]] Madeleine de Scudéry (1607-1701).
* Several of Creator/EdwardDHoch's series:
** In the ''Literature/SimonArk'' series, Simon ''claims'' to be a Coptic priest. Of course, he also ''claims'' to be 2000 years old, and searching for works of the devil. What he finds is [[ScoobyDooHoax usually more mundane]].
** The ''Literature/BenSnow'' series stars a cowboy drifter in the old west who discovers and solves mysteries.
* ''Enough'' by Donald Westlake. Carey Thorpe is a drama critic who in the novels solves several murders for the police. He himself also murdered someone at the start of the book. He drinks, drops valium, sleeps with other men's wives, and has two children from a previous marriage he does not care about. The book is basically a {{Deconstruction}} of the amateur slueth genre.
* The [=McGurk=] Organization in the ''McGurkMysteries'' series of children's books. A group of kids who meet in the McGurk basement and find themselves informally doing the legwork that solves real cases.
* Stuart Palmer's series character Hildegarde Withers is a veteran schoolteacher who both aids and exasperates New York police captain Oscar Piper.
%%* ''Literature/TheNorthAvenueIrregulars''
* The Detective Team KZ in ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'', which is essentially four sixth to seventh-grade AcademicAthlete plus one girl they knew at CramSchool.
* In ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'', Utterson is a lawyer by trade but spends the bulk of the novel investigating Dr. Jekyll and his association with Mr. Hyde.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]

* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' similarly starts off as a vigilante, eventually branching out into paranormal (and unlicensed) PI work where he sometimes is and isn't paid. The more personal work that becomes the StoryArc for the season is usually free, while the MonsterOfTheWeek case often ends up with money changing hands. In the third season, with [[spoiler:the birth of his son]], he becomes money-obsessed for a short time. This is mostly abandoned by season 5, when he and his group [[spoiler:take over Wolfram & Hart's LA branch]].
%%* Jonathan on ''Series/BoredToDeath''. (He's not good at it.)
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': Mystery writer Richard Castle. (He's very good at it.) A deal with the mayor allows him to shadow homicide detectives as they do their job.
* One of Tenkaichi's "conditions" from ''Literature/TheConditionsOfGreatDetectives'' is to be this so the story moves along.
** In the series finale the serial murderer is killing off fictional amateur sleuths, so he calls the remaining ones to a house so they can be killed one by one.
* John Smith, the hero of the TV version of ''Series/TheDeadZone'', is just a retired schoolteacher (with lots of money) who's driven to solve crimes and prevent disasters because of the visions he starts getting after waking up from a six-year coma. In the pilot, however, he develops an extremely useful law enforcement connection in the form of his ex-fiancee's new husband, who also happens to be the local sheriff. Throughout the series [[spoiler:(until Sheriff Bannerman dies)]] they constantly trade
favors and help each other with their cases.
16th Nov '16 6:32:45 PM JeffTheCat
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* The basis of the plot of ''Literaute/TheseSavageBones''. Alejandro has been bounty hunting for years now, but Esperanza has never solved a murder case before, nor has she ever done any sort of police work.
26th Oct '16 6:33:17 AM AgProv
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* The ''Paul Temple'' detective series, broadcast on Creator/{{BBC}} radio between 1938 and 1968, features a GentlemanDetective who solves crimes too baffling even for Scotland Yard, assisted by his wife "Stevie" and his [[BattleButler manservant]]. Being a man of independent means, he doesn't even claim expenses and solves crimes as a hobby. Thought to be too anachronistic and old-fashioned when it ended in 1968, it has been periodically revived in updated one-off specials and short runs between 2006 - 2013.
22nd Oct '16 6:43:42 PM BlueGuy
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* Jotaro Kujo, of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. The guy, as far as we know, has never taken a single class on the subject, but repeatedly outwits opponents and discerns the nature of the situation through intuition. Well, that and watching lots of ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' when he was younger.

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* Jotaro Kujo, of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''.''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders''. The guy, as far as we know, has never taken a single class on the subject, but repeatedly outwits opponents and discerns the nature of the situation through intuition. Well, that and watching lots of ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' when he was younger.
17th Sep '16 10:59:23 PM foxley
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%%* The priest ''Literature/FatherBrown'', in the Father Brown stories of G.K. Chesterton.
%%* ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown'', schoolboy.

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%%* * The priest ''Literature/FatherBrown'', in the Father Brown stories of G.K. Chesterton.
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Chesterton. He says that the understanding of human nature gained by a priest is all of the training one needs to be a detective.
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''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown'', schoolboy.a schoolboy who runs his own agency solving schoolyard mysteries, and sometimes assists his father who is the local police chief.



%%* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': Mystery writer Richard Castle. (He's very good at it.)

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%%* * ''Series/{{Castle}}'': Mystery writer Richard Castle. (He's very good at it.)) A deal with the mayor allows him to shadow homicide detectives as they do their job.



%%* ''Series/ElleryQueen''

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%%* ''Series/ElleryQueen''* ''Series/ElleryQueen''. Ellery is a MysteryWriterDetective who frequently assists his father who is a police inspector.
17th Sep '16 10:53:34 PM foxley
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* In ''Series/AgathaRaisin'', Agatha is PR expert who spends more time solving murders than she does doing public relations.
16th Sep '16 1:25:58 AM PaulA
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* Creator/JohnDicksonCarr's portly master detective Dr. Gideon Fell, and (under the pseudonym Carter Dickson) Sir Henry Merrivale, the masters of the locked room murder.

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* Creator/JohnDicksonCarr's portly master detective Dr. Gideon Fell, Literature/DrGideonFell, and (under the pseudonym Carter Dickson) Sir Henry Merrivale, Literature/SirHenryMerrivale, the masters of the locked room murder.
9th Sep '16 9:28:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* Flavia Gemina and her friends in the ''Literature/TheRomanMysteries'' are {{KidDetective}}s and {{Amateur Sleuth}}s in TheRomanEmpire.

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* Flavia Gemina and her friends in the ''Literature/TheRomanMysteries'' are {{KidDetective}}s and {{Amateur Sleuth}}s in TheRomanEmpire.UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire.
4th Sep '16 1:20:46 PM Lyendith
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* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', [[spoiler: Furudo Erika]] is one. Or believe to be one, anyway. Battler would count as well, had he actually solved anything.

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* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', [[spoiler: Furudo Erika]] Erika is one. Or believe to be one, anyway. even getting a power called the "Detective Authority". In the first four games, Battler would count as well, had he actually solved anything.(or rather his "piece" in the game) has the ''role'' of the detective but isn't aware of it.
1st Sep '16 8:54:45 AM Prinzenick
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* In one of the 1950's WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat cartoons, "Detective Thinking Hat", Felix becomes a junior G-Man and ends up tracking down and bringing in Rock Bottom.
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