Best fictional detectives
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'Veronica Mars' (2004-07)( The CW )
Detective name: Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) in "Veronica Mars" (2004-07)
Sleuthing style: Blond side-swept bangs and a quick wit. Mars isn't exactly the most popular girl at Neptune High, but she's definitely the coolest. A trusty messenger bag and cute jeans allow her to investigate in sensible style.
Claim to fame: The CW teen noir series has a strong following because of the title character's likability factor. Mars is the underdog who wins in the end, a symbol to young girls that hard work pays off and you can even look good doing it!