Saturday, March 26, 2016

Dog Names for Mystery Lovers

Need to name your new pooch? Looking for a distinguished moniker for your canine hero or heroine or for your faithful furry sidekick? You can honor an author, a character, or a fictional pet from your favorite tales. Here are some suggestions:


Douglas Adams:
Dirk Gently (picture a sweet-tempered mutt)


Raymond Chandler:
Philip Marlowe (or just Marlowe)


Lee Child:
Jack Reacher (Reacher would be a great name for a Jack Russell, wouldn't it?)


Agatha Christie:
Dame Agatha (sounds like a breeding champion to me)
Miss Marple (or Jane)
Hercule and/or Poirot
Captain Arthur Hastings
Tuppence and Tommy Beresford


Michael Connelly:
Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch (definitely a shaggy dog name, maybe a Havanese)


Patricia Cornwell:
Kay Scarpetta (as in Scar...PET...ta?)


Colin Dexter:
Inspector Endeavor Morse ("Morse!)
Sergeant Robert Lewis, AKA Robbie (feel free to bellow "Lew-is!" at the dog park)


Franklin Dixon:
Joe Hardy
Frank Hardy


Arthur Conan Doyle:
Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock or Holmes -- definitely a dog who sniffs around)
Dr. John Watson (you might have to explain your dog isn't named for Alexander Graham Bell's assistant if you holler, "Watson, come here!")


Janet Evanovich:
Stephanie Plum (definitely a hunting breed)
Bob (Golden Retriever)
Lula
Connie Risolli
Mary Lou
Joseph Morelli
Ranger
Diesel
Vinnie Plum


Elizabeth George:
Inspector Thomas Lynley (handsome, a little spoiled, but "Tommy" is definitely a good dog)
Sergeant Barbara Havers (a loyal working dog who needs a good home and lots of love)


Tess Gerritsen:
Dr. Maura Isles (definitely has a top knot with a little bling)
Detective Jane Rizzoli (puppy cut)


Sue Grafton:
Kinsey Milhone (Me? I'd go with Kinsey MILKBONE)


Caroline Graham:
Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (Barnaby's a good dog name, isn't it?)
Sergeant Gavin Troy (sidekick)
Sergeant Benjamin Jones (sidekick)
Sergeant Daniel Scott (sidekick)


Kerry Greenwood:
Phryne Fisher ("She's a right lookah, mate!")
Dorothy "Dot" Williams
Detective John "Jack" Robinson
Albert "Bert" Johnson
Cecil "Cec" Yates


Dashiell Hammett:
Sam Spade
Nick and Nora Charles
Asta (for any couple just starting out married life, Asta is the perfect "fur child")


Hergé:
Tin Tin
Snowy (who wouldn't like a little white dog as a sidekick?)


Tony Hillerman:
Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn
Jim Chee
(Both good names for hard-working dogs who track, especially K-9 recruits, aren't they?)


P. D. James:
Chief Inspector Adam Dalgliesh ("Dalgliesh, walkies!")
Cordelia Gray ( a pretty dog with a stubborn streak and a curious nature)


Carolyn Keene:
Nancy Drew
Ned Nickerson
Bess Marvin
George Fayne


John D. MacDonald:
Travis McGee (Travis or McGee, it's definitely a guy's guy dog)


Ross Macdonald:
Lew Archer (Lew or Archer -- dog who rides shotgun)


Walter Mosley:
Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins (Ezekiel is a strong male name; or go with Rawlins, as in "Easy, Rawlins!" )


Sara Parestsky:
V. I. Warshawski (or "Victoria Iphigenia Warshawski" when she chews your new shoes)


Robert B. Parker:
Spenser (no first name)
Hawk
Sunny Randall
Pearl the Wonder Dog


James Patterson:
Alex Cross (good for a mixed breed dog, eh?)
Lindsay Boxer (self-explanatory)


Elizabeth Peters:
Amelia Peabody (You'll have to explain that you're not talking Peabody and Sherman)
Radcliffe Emerson (Emerson's a good name for a dog.)
Ramses Emerson (good for a Pharaoh Hound)


Dorothy L. Sayres:
Lord Peter Wimsey (a little snooty but means well)
Mervyn Bunter (down-to-earth and has your back)


Alexander McCall Smith:
Precious Ramotswe (what's not to love about a dog named Precious?)
Grace Makutsi (Grace sounds like a well-behaved sidekick)


Mickey Spillane:
Mike Hammer (just lock up the liquor cabinet!)


Rex Stout (now that's a dog name if I ever heard one!):
Nero Wolfe (great for any dog that resembles a wolf, such as a German Shepherd, or even for an Irish wolfhound)
Archie Goodwin


Julie Campbell Tatham:
Trixie Belden (what female dog named Trixie wouldn't be adorable?)


If you just can't bring yourself to give your dog a human name, why not consider:
Conundrum
Dunit (when you call your dog and someone says "Who's Dunit?", it's okay to snicker)
Enigma
Paradox
Quandary
Riddle
Sleuth
Solver
Stumper
Thriller


Or go with one of my favorites -- Miss Terry