Simply put, a mystery writer who solves actual crimes. After all, who better to unravel all the twists and turns of a mystery than someone who creates them for a living? Possibly a result of Write What You Know
Compare Most Writers Are Writers
, Interdisciplinary Sleuth
. See also Mystery Fiction
and Detective Fiction
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- The leads from Kamen Tantei kind of subvert this. Yes, they're mystery writers who investigate mysteries. But the female lead, especially, is a "fairplay" mystery writer living in a world where ghosts, psychic powers, "all a dream" endings and fictional characters come to life (including the title character) make it impossible to use logic and common sense to actually solve mysteries.
- Detective Conan: The protagonist's father is a mystery writer who occasionally steps in to solve mysteries when his son is stumped.
- In the 1959 film version of The Bat, Cornelia is rewritten as a mystery writer renting the mansion for some inspiration, which she gets in spades.
- Jessica Fletcher from Murder, She Wrote
- The Snoop Sisters
- Temperance Brennan, from Bones. She writes mystery novels, and she also helps solve crime. Although her career as a forensic anthropologist is probably more important to her ability to solve crimes than her alleged skill as a writer.
- McGee on NCIS is a special agent, who wrote a best selling novel... that he would have preferred his coworkers never found out about. Later on, he was able to use his fame to get into a club that other undercover agents couldn't get in to.
- Maxwell Beckett (Edward Woodward) in Over My Dead Body
- Paul Temple from Send For Paul Temple, plus its various spin-off films, television series, novels and comic strips.
- A Real Life partial example might be Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. From The Other Wiki: "Conan Doyle was also a fervent advocate of justice and personally investigated two closed cases, which led to two men being exonerated of the crimes of which they were accused." See here.
- Granted, Conan Doyle had actual forensic training, and he had been a detective and lecturer himself before writing the Sherlock Holmes stories.