A legendary Bengali detective with legions of fans across India. Byomkesh Bakshi was created by Saradindu Bandopadhyay, although the story Satyanweshi(The Inquisitor), in which Byomkesh and Ajit meet for the first time, is often the first story in most Byomkesh anthologies, the first Byomkesh story ever written was Pother Kanta( The Gramophone Pin Mystery) in 1932. Saradindu wrote 33 stories about Byomkesh but one was left incomplete due to his death. These 33 stories are an amalgam of both long and short stories and are classic "Whodunit?"
Byomkesh calls himself the inquisitor and not a detective, but in reality he is a brilliant detective who often gets very well paid for doing his job. Saradindu provides Byomkesh with intriguing and sensational cases which are very well written and capture the essence of Pre and Post colonial Bengal.
Byomkesh Bakshi stories were immortalized on the small screen by Rajat Kaput in the Hindi television serial "Byomkesh Bakshi" in 1994. The Oscar winning director and perhaps the most famous Bengali after Rabindranath Tagore Satyajit Ray was a big fan of Byomkesh Bakshi and made a movie on the 1953 published story The Menagerie aka 'Chiriakhana'.
These stories were written originally in Bengali but for the benefit of readers like me, erudite scholars like Sreejata Guha have translated these books in English, and they have done a fine job of it.
The Inquisitor aka Satyanweshi (সত্যান্বেষী)
Pother Kanta aka The Gramophone Pin Mystery (পথের কাঁটা)
Seemonto-Heera aka The Hidden Heirloom (সীমন্ত হীরা)
The Venom of the Tarantula aka Makorshar Ros (মাকড়সার রস)
Where There's a Will aka Arthonamortham (অর্থমনর্থম)
Chorabali aka Quicksand(চোরাবালি)
Calamity Strikes aka Agniban (অগ্নিবাণ)
An Encore for Byomkesh aka Uposonghar (উপসংহার)
Raktomukhi Neela aka The Deadly Diamond (রক্তমুখী নীলা)
Byomkesh O Boroda aka Byomkesh and Barada ব্যোমকেস ও বরদা)
Picture Imperfect aka Chitrochor (চিত্রচোর)
Durgo Rahosyo aka Mystery of the Fortress (দুর্গরহস্য)
The Menagerie aka Chiriyakhana (চিড়িয়াখানা)
Adim Ripu (আদিম রিপু)
Rokter Dag (রক্তের দাগ)
The Jewel Case aka Monimondon (মণিমণ্ডন)
Amriter Mrityu aka The Death of Amrito (অমৃতের মৃত্যু)
Shailo Rahosyo aka Phantom Client (শৈল রহস্য)
Achin Pakhi aka The Avenger (অচিন পাখি)
Kohen Kobi Kalidas aka Thus spoke Kavi Kalidasa (কহেন কবি কালিদাস)
Adrishyo Trikon aka The Invisible Triangle (অদৃশ্য ত্রিকোণ)
The Will that Vanished Khunji Khunji Nari (খুঁজি খুঁজি নারি)
Dushtochokro aka The Crooked Circle (দুষ্টচক্র)
Hneyalir Chhondo aka The Rhythm of Riddles হেঁয়ালির ছন্দ)
Room Nombor 2 aka Room Number 2 (রুম নম্বর ২)
Chholonar Chhondo aka Man in a Red Coat (ছলনার ছন্দ)
The Quills of the Porcupine aka Shojarur Kanata (শজারুর কাঁটা)
Lohar Biscuit aka Iron Biscuits লোহার বিসকুট)
Bishupal Bodh (বিশুপাল বধ)