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Simply put, a mystery writer who solves actual crimes. After all, who better to unravel all the twists and turns of a mystery than someone who creates them for a living? Possibly a result of Write What You Know.

Compare Most Writers Are Writers, Interdisciplinary Sleuth. See also Mystery Fiction and Detective Fiction.

Examples of Mystery Writer Detective include:

Anime & Manga

  • The leads from Kamen Tantei kind of subvert this. Yes, they're mystery writers who investigate mysteries. But the female lead, especially, is a "fairplay" mystery writer living in a world where ghosts, psychic powers, "all a dream" endings and fictional characters come to life (including the title character) make it impossible to use logic and common sense to actually solve mysteries.
  • Detective Conan: The protagonist's father is a mystery writer who occasionally steps in to solve mysteries when his son is stumped.

Comic Books


Live-Action TV

Real Life

  • A Real Life partial example might be Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. From The Other Wiki: "Conan Doyle was also a fervent advocate of justice and personally investigated two closed cases, which led to two men being exonerated of the crimes of which they were accused." See here.
    • Granted, Conan Doyle had actual forensic training, and he had been a detective and lecturer himself before writing the Sherlock Holmes stories.
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