Mystery Writer Detective

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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    Anime & Manga 
  • 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, Yusaku Kudo, is a mystery writer who occasionally steps in to solve mysteries when his son is stumped.

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  • 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.

  • Ellery Queen, whose adventures were further publicized by his two creators using the byline "Ellery Queen", is at least the Trope Codifier.
  • Ariadne Oliver, a self-insert parody of Agatha Christie, is a mystery crime writer who occasionally gets involved with real murders.
  • Harriet Vane from the Lord Peter Wimsey novels is another example.
  • A case could be made for Dr. Watson, as he writes stories about the crimes he helps solve.
  • In Chris Ewan's The Good Thiefs Guide series, Charlie Howard is a thief who solves murders who has written several mystery novels about Faulks, a thief who solves murders.
  • In Carter Dickson's Sir Henry Merrivale novel And So To Murder, William Cartwright is a detective novelist hired to work for a film studio, only to find some unknown person is trying to use his plots as actual murder methods.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Jessica Fletcher from Murder, She Wrote is the classic example.
  • Castle has the famous mystery novelist Richard Castle who work with Detective Kate Beckett (Katic) of the NYPD using his knowledge of criminal methodology to solve real crimes.
  • The Snoop Sisters aired monthly as part of the Wheel Program NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie. In it, A spinster and her widowed sister, who are both mystery writers solved crimes.
  • 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.
  • BBC Radio show Foul Play pitted three mystery writers to guess who's the murderer in the short skit they presented.

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    Real Life 
  • 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.