Sarah Hilary: Marnie’s Case Crackers

Sarah Hilary: Marnie’s Case Crackers

Ten Times Marnie Worked with New Partners, and One Time She Couldn’t

Marnie Rome has a great partner in DS Noah Jake, but that didn’t stop me imagining what would happen if I teamed her up with some of my favourite fictional detectives…

1. Jack Caffrey

  1. Who: Tortured hero of Mo Hayder’s Walking Man series.
  2. Upside: Jack and Marnie both have tragic pasts, and an unconventional method of coping.
  3. Downside: Too much empathy might get in the way of their work.
  4. Upshot: Marnie would find Jack’s brooding silences a bit much. Ultimately, she’d prefer working with Flea, his police diver.

2. Clarice Starling

  1. Who: FBI Special Agent who brought down Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs.
  2. Upside: What’s better than one kick-ass female detective? Two kick-ass female detectives.
  3. Downside: The FBI would become suspicious of all those prison visits; Clarice to Hannibal Lecter, and Marnie to Stephen Keele.
  4. Upshot: They’d hang out in bars, undercover, so they could compare notes on their pet psychos.

3. John Luther

  1. Who: Brooding, great-coated hero of Neil Cross’s hit TV drama.
  2. Upside: Marnie would control John’s worst impulses, and he’d encourage hers.
  3. Downside: He already has a dangerous redhead he hangs out with, way too much.
  4. Upshot: Alice would try to kill Marnie.

4. Lacey Flint

  1. Who: Edgy heroine of Sharon Bolton’s crime series.
  2. Upside: Marnie and Lacey are all about secrets, and teenage rebellion.
  3. Downside: Marnie would want to solve the mystery of Lacey’s true identity.
  4. Upshot: If they’d met as sixteen year olds, they’d have been best friends, or sworn enemies.

5. Patrick Jane

  1. Who: Reformed (almost) con-man turned police consultant.
  2. Upside: He’s the Mentalist; she’s Marnie Rome. They’d solve crimes at the speed of light.
  3. Downside: The FBI would get in the way of their teamwork.
  4. Upshot: If all else fails, they could run away to the circus together.

6. Jane Tennison

  1. Who: Formidable heroine of Lynda la Plante’s Prime Suspect series, about to get her own prequel.
  2. Upside: DCI Tennison paved the way for Marnie to follow in her footsteps.
  3. Downside: They’d intimidate too many men.
  4. Upshot: Jane would watch Marnie’s progress from afar.

7. Archie Sheridan

  1. Who: Tormented hero of Chelsea Cain’s crime series.
  2. Upside: Archie and Marnie know all about crazy killers and how to get close to them.
  3. Downside: Marnie would be rooting for Susan and Archie to get together.
  4. Upshot: Gretchen would try to kill Marnie.

8. Milo Sturgis

  1. Who: Gay homicide detective hero of Jonathan Kellerman’s crime series.
  2. Upside: Marnie gets to go to Hollywood, or Milo comes to London.
  3. Downside: Too many psycho celebrities.
  4. Upshot: Marnie would introduce Milo to French toast, and Noah would take him clubbing up West.

9. Saga Norén

  1. Who: Blunt but brilliant detective in The Bridge.
  2. Upside: Antisocial heroines solve crimes together.
  3. Downside: I can’t actually think of one.
  4. Upshot: The world is not ready for that much Cool.

10. Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg

  1. Who: Peripatetic police chief, hero of Fred Vargas’s crime series.
  2. Upside: Marnie gets to go to Paris, and hang out with Violette Retancourt.
  3. Downside: Adamsberg would drive her crazy in about a day and a half.
  4. Upshot: All that coffee…

And One Time She Couldn’t:

1. Sherlock Holmes

  1. Who: Seriously?
  2. Upside: A chance for Marnie to get her geek on. Nothing he kept in his fridge would surprise her.
  3. Downside: No one likes a smartarse.
  4. Upshot: He’d try to solve the mystery in her past, and then she’d have to hire Alice and Gretchen to take care of him.

Someone Else’s Skin‘ is available to buy online today.

Read about Sarah Hilary’s Favourite Crime Fiction Books of 2014 here.