In this uncertain time of pandemic, experts say that we should all wear masks whenever we’re in a public or social setting. And many places are now requiring masks. We’re all handling this a bit differently, since we’re all individuals. Some people are wearing simple, plain, white, black, green or blue masks. Others are wearing fashion masks, or masks with a team logo, or something else. It’s all got me wondering what our top crime-fictional sleuths might do about the mask requirement. I’ll bet they’d all have some good ideas. So, if you’ll set your disbelief up with some snacks and a Netflix film, let’s take a look at what happens…
When Sleuths Wear Masks
Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle) : Conducts a series of experiments to determine which mask materials are the most effective. Meanwhile, his own mask is lying about somewhere in his rooms – probably under the Persian slipper where he taps his pipe.
Hercule Poirot (Agatha Christie): Is not happy that there are no masks that will allow his moustaches to show in all their glory. Insists that the masks he does wear be properly cleaned and pressed, and go with his suit du jour.
Maud Silver (Patricia Wentworth): Knits her own masks. And masks for everyone she knows.
Nero Wolfe (Rex Stout): Does not want to wear a mask, on the grounds that he never leaves the brownstone. Reluctantly dons a yellow silk mask when clients visit.
Kinsey Millhone (Sue Grafton): Wears the same little black mask for every occasion.
Walt Longmire (Craig Johnson): Has heavy-duty all-weather masks made with sheep’s wool. Ruby makes sure he keeps one in his truck at all times.
Aimée Leduc (Cara Black): Shops online for Christian Louboutin and Louis Vuitton masks. Matches masks carefully to outfit and level of formality.
Maeve Kerrigan (Jane Casey): Never wears floral, pink, or pastel masks. Does not want to hear about it from Josh Derwent.
V.I. Warshawski (Sara Paretsky): Has a Chicago Cubs mask and a Chicago Bears mask. Has had to replace both several times after ‘difficult’ encounters with people who don’t want her to investigate.
Armand Gamache (Louise Penny): Wears custom-designed masks created and painted by Clara Morrow. Has commissioned several for his wife, Reine-Marie.
Got any you’d like to add? If you’re a writer, what would your sleuth do about masks?