abebooks.com has a wonderful article (illustrated with terrific covers) on their blog. You'll want to read about all of the literary sidekicks, but for the purposes of Mystery Fanfare, here are a few from the mystery world. To read the entire article, go HERE.
Dr. Watson from the Sherlock Holmes mysteries by Arthur Conan Doyle
Watson is the very ordinary catalyst to Holmes' highly advanced deductive reasoning.
Brother Eadulf from the Sister Fidelma series by Peter Tremayne
Set in 7th century Ireland, Fidelma solves crimes in the company of her partner Brother Eadulf.
Archie Goodwin from the Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex Stout
Archie said: "I grab something before the other guy can get his paws on it and collect pieces of the puzzle."
When her husband Nick is drawn back into detective work, Nora works splendidly as his right hand woman.
Detective Sergeant Robbie Lewis from the Inspector Morse series by Colin Dexter
Although troubled by the erratic Morse, Lewis displays the loyalty and graft you'd expect from a companion.
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