'I like a good murder that can't be found out' says Mrs Hopkinson in Emily Eden's novel The Semi-Detached House 
There is 'a detective fever' [The Moonstone:Wilkie Collins] all these years later with crime fiction still the most popular genre.
Maisie Dobbs- Jacqueline Winspear
Marcus Didius Falco-Lindsey Davis
Alan Banks -Peter Robinson
Guido Brunetti- Donna Leon
Bernie Gunther- Philip Kerr
Frederick Troy- John Lawton
How are these series going nearly six years after the Time article?
I haven't read either Jacqueline Winspear or Lindsey Davis, clearly an oversight I must remedy soon.
Lindsey Davis has written her twentieth Marcus Didius Falco book, Nemesis, is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2011 CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger, and is a featured guest author at Crime Fest 2011 in Bristol.
The other four series are all among my favourites, and are all still very successful.
I really enjoy Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther series and If The Dead Rise Not, the sixth novel in the series, won the 2009 CWA Ellis Peters Award for Best Historical Crime Novel. The seventh novel in the series Field Grey sits temptingly on my TBR shelf. I recently finished reading Donna Leon's A Question of Belief and was reminded how much I enjoy reading about Guido Brunetti and his supporting cast; perfect Paola, cool Signorina Elettra, reliable Vianello and the truly obnoxious Vice- Questore Patta. Thanks to the ever generous Maxine of Petrona I have the next book in the series Drawing Conclusions on my TBR shelf.
What other detective series do you enjoy, and do you think they will still be going strong in five or six years time?