Self-Help Books For Sleuths ;-)

A new year has started, with all sorts of possibilities. A lot of people use this time to make resolutions and try to make some positive changes. Gym memberships go up, people go on diets and enlist in classes, and there are lots of commitments to budgeting. People buy a lot of self-help books, too.

The problem with resolutions is that it can be very hard to keep them. Still, people try. And they often buy books to help them focus on their goals. It’s all got me to thinking. What if some of our most famous fictional sleuths decided to try to mend their ways and make some changes? What sort of self-help books might be useful to them? If you’ll send your disbelief out to watch the fireworks, let’s take a look at….

Self-Help Books For Sleuths

Andy Dalziel (Reginald Hill) – How to Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie)

Ruth Galloway (Elly Griffiths) – Attachment: The New Science of Adult Attachment, and How It Can Help You Find (and Keep) Love (Amir Levine and Rachel Heller)

Nero Wolfe (Rex Stout) – The Fitness Mindset (Brian Keane)

Kinsey Millhone (Sue Grafton) – The Hidden Art of Homemaking (Edith Schaeffer)

Inspector Morse (Colin Dexter) – Alcohol and You: 21 Ways to Control and Stop Drinking (Lewis David)

Phryne Fisher (Kerry Greenwood) – How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew (Erin Bried)

Hercule Poirot (Agatha Christie) – Rebel Vegan Life: A Plant-Based Nutrition & Beginner’s Guide (Todd Sinclair)

Joanne Kilbourn Shreve (Gail Bowen) – Why It’s OK to Ignore Politics (Christopher Freiman)

John Rebus (Ian Rankin) – Building Your Own Computer Made Easy (James Bernstein)

Anna Pigeon (Nevada Barr) – How to Throw Parties Like a Professional (Richard Lowe, Jr.)


If those famous sleuths did change their ways, though, I wonder if they’d have the same appeal…

Got any you’d like to add? Have you made any resolutions (other than that TBR reduction thing, I mean 😉 )?

All my best wishes to all of you for a good new year. May your joys be many, may your burdens be light, and may 2022 be good to you!