by Robin Spano
This week's question: If you could merge two fictional detectives, who would your dream mash-up be?
I'm in love with Ava Lee, the creation of Ian Hamilton who has taken Canada by storm and will soon do the same in the US. She's polite, empathetic, fiercely loyal to her friends and family, and a brilliant forensic accountant. But if you violate her moral code by, say, embezzling millions of dollars, she'll gladly kick your ass with bak mei, the martial art she has literally mastered. Her cases span the globe, from Canada to Europe to Asia. She's a lesbian Chinese Canadian whose residential home is Toronto and work home is Hong Kong.
She can be a bit of a prude though. She has fun when she lets loose, but that's not often enough. So I'd like to mash her up with James Bond.
Mashed up, Ava Bond or James Lee would of course love women. In my mash-up, this new lead is a female, but I think instead of gay I'll make her bisexual. More opportunity for scandalous fun. So instead of going home to “make love” like Ava Lee does, Ava Bond would use sex to open doors like James Bond does. She'd find beautiful men and women to connect with all over the globe. Some would live and some would die. She'd extract herself from harrowing situations with twice the alacrity, since we'd be doubling up his and her powers. And she'd give the bad guy the poetic justice that both of those lead characters always do, to such delicious reader satisfaction.
OK I know what I'm writing next now. Thanks to whoever asked this question!