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* Flavia Gemina and her friends in the ''Literature/TheRomanMysteries'' are {{KidDetective}}s and {{Amateur Sleuth}}s in UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire.

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* Flavia Gemina and her friends in the ''Literature/TheRomanMysteries'' are {{KidDetective}}s {{Kid Detective}}s and {{Amateur Sleuth}}s in UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire.



* Although the TropeCodifier Literature/SherlockHolmes has no formal connection to law enforcement and is occasionally referred to as an "amateur" in the stories, he doesn't quite fit this trope since crime-solving is still his primary line of work. ''And he gets paid for it''.
** He is professionally termed as a "Consulting Detective" and charges fees for his services. He would appear to be what we'd commonly call now a private investigator. Holmes describes himself as an "amateur of crime", using the term in the then-current usage to mean an enthusiast or "lover" of crime, from the latin "amo". He does refer to "remitting his fees entirely" at his discretion, and does so on at least one occasion; there are also occasions where he does not actually solve the crime - the murder of Charles Augustus Milverton, for example, where [[LetOffByTheDetective he colludes in covering the matter up]] - or there IS no crime, such as "The Man With The Twisted Lip".

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* Although the TropeCodifier Literature/SherlockHolmes has no formal connection to law enforcement and is occasionally referred to as an "amateur" in the stories, he doesn't quite fit this trope since crime-solving is still his primary line of work. ''And he gets paid for it''.
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it''. He is professionally termed as a "Consulting Detective" and charges fees for his services. He would appear to be what we'd commonly call now a private investigator. Holmes describes himself as an "amateur of crime", using the term in the then-current usage to mean an enthusiast or "lover" of crime, from the latin "amo". He does refer to "remitting his fees entirely" at his discretion, and does so on at least one occasion; there are also occasions where he does not actually solve the crime - -- the murder of Charles Augustus Milverton, for example, where [[LetOffByTheDetective he colludes in covering the matter up]] - -- or there IS no crime, such as "The Man With The with the Twisted Lip".



* Sujata Massey's ''ReiShimura'' is a Japanese-American antique dealer/amateur sleuth. In later books of the series, however, she becomes an official agent for a CIA-wannabe.

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* Sujata Massey's ''ReiShimura'' ''Literature/ReiShimura'' is a Japanese-American antique dealer/amateur sleuth. In later books of the series, however, she becomes an official agent for a CIA-wannabe.



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* Robert Cath, protagonist and player character of the adventure game ''TheLastExpress'', boards a train to find his friend murdered, and proceeds to investigate both the murder and various pieces of international intrigue aboard.

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* Robert Cath, protagonist and player character of the adventure game ''TheLastExpress'', ''VideoGame/TheLastExpress'', boards a train to find his friend murdered, and proceeds to investigate both the murder and various pieces of international intrigue aboard.



* The main cast of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', except for Naoto, who is a KidDetective.

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* The main cast of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', ''VideoGame/Persona4'', except for Naoto, who is a KidDetective.



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* Asia Ellis in ''[[{{Webcomic/Morphe}} morphE]]''. She was kidnapped and dragged into the supernatural world while working on a private investigation.

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* Asia Ellis in ''[[{{Webcomic/Morphe}} morphE]]''.''Webcomic/{{morphE}}''. She was kidnapped and dragged into the supernatural world while working on a private investigation.



* 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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* In one of the 1950's WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat ''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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6th Mar '17 5:48:12 PM Vilui
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* Lori Shepherd in the ''Literature/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 favors and help each other with their cases.

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* Lori Shepherd in the ''Literature/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 favors and help each other with their cases.[[/folder]]

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1st Mar '17 7:29:39 PM nombretomado
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* ElleryQueen, created by Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee under the pseudonym "Ellery Queen," is a mystery writer who assists his police chief father on tough cases.

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* ElleryQueen, Creator/ElleryQueen, created by Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee under the pseudonym "Ellery Queen," is a mystery writer who assists his police chief father on tough cases.
10th Feb '17 4:55:02 AM Kitchen90
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* Sister Mary Bonaventure, a nun in charge of a hospital, in ''Film/ThunderOnTheHill''. When she meets the sister of a murdered pianist, she has a gut feeling that the sister is innocent and sets out to prove her innocence.
4th Feb '17 1:51:15 PM nombretomado
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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 favors and help each other with their cases.

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* Lori Shepherd in the ''AuntDimity'' ''Literature/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 favors and help each other with their cases.
14th Jan '17 2:25:37 PM Xtifr
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* WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse, believe it or not. Building on traditions from the newspaper strip by FloydGottfredson, and the later Mickey/Goofy adventure comics by PaulMurry, Mickey often appears as an Amateur Sleuth in comics, in some stories even being presented as a licensed private eye.

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* WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse, believe it or not. Building on traditions from the newspaper strip by FloydGottfredson, Creator/FloydGottfredson, and the later Mickey/Goofy adventure comics by PaulMurry, Mickey often appears as an Amateur Sleuth in comics, in some stories even being presented as a licensed private eye.
11th Dec '16 3:30:21 PM LongTallShorty64
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* In ''The Ex-Mrs. Bradford'', Paula (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.

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* In ''The Ex-Mrs. Bradford'', ''Film/TheExMrsBradford'', Paula (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.
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.
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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.
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.
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