Dirk Gently

Created by Douglas Adams (1952-2001) THAT Douglas Adams? The guy with the BBC show and the Vogons and the towels and the three-armed Betelgeusians? Yup, that Douglas Adams. So now he's writing about trenchcoats, fedoras, smoky jazz, and femmes fatales? Well, no... Even in an era of maverick and increasingly non-traditional P.I.'s, DIRK GENTLY defies … Continue reading Dirk Gently

They Also Served: Richard Lillis

Artist & Illustrator (1899-94)   One of the earlier pulp artists (he was young enough to serve in the first World War), RICHARD LILLIS was born in 1899 in Oxford, New York, the son of dairy farmers who ran a small grocery store on their property. He managed to attend an upstate New York college for … Continue reading They Also Served: Richard Lillis

They Also Served: H.J. Ward

Artist & Illustrator (1909-45)    Despite his short life (he died of lung cancer at the age of 35), HUGH JOSEPH WARD cut a wide swath, responsible for some off the most sensational and iconic pulp mag covers of all time, working for Munsey, Dell and Popular, but mostly for Culture Publication's notorious Spicy line--which … Continue reading They Also Served: H.J. Ward

Purkis and Wilburt Flower (The Flower Case)

Created by James Saunders The Flower Case was a radio mini-series broadcast as part of the CBC's The Mystery Project in 2000, featuring rival private investigators PURKIS and WILBURT FLOWER, who just happen to be father and son. Neither's exactly setting the world on fire (or getting any younger) though, and both have resorted to taking domestic … Continue reading Purkis and Wilburt Flower (The Flower Case)

Marty Carlin (In the Blood)

Created by Paul Ledoux MARTY CARLIN worked for fifteen yeara as a detective for the Toronto cops until health problems, a botched stakeout and a dead partner had him and his wife Sharon hightailing it back to his hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he planned to pursue a calmer, quieter career as an insurance … Continue reading Marty Carlin (In the Blood)

Michael Flynn (Flynn)

Created by Lyal Brown Another popular series from The Mystery Project on the CBC was Flynn, which enjoyed a 13-episode run in the mid-1990's.  In this one, MICHAEL FLYNN is a part-time private detective living on his boat in Vancouver.  A middle-aged drop-out from UBC Law School, he now lives on the Blarney Boy, a weather-beaten … Continue reading Michael Flynn (Flynn)

Peggy Delaney

Created by James W. Nichol About time someone put the "broad" back in "broadcasting" at the CBC. PEGGY DELANEY is a hard-drinking, hard-writing forty-ish Toronto newspaper columnist who can more than hold her own with any of the guys in the newsroom, in a 1998 series of radio dramas which originally aired as part of … Continue reading Peggy Delaney

Walker Devereaux (Midnight Cab)

Created by James W. Nichol One of the most popular series, airing as part of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's The Mystery Project, was Midnight Cab, which was aired in three runs of 13 episodes, 9 episodes, and 13 episodes respectively (making a total of 35 episodes for the series).  The first series ran in 1992-93, … Continue reading Walker Devereaux (Midnight Cab)

The Mystery Project

CBC Radio Anthology Series (1992-2002) "Radio's Outstanding Theatre of Thrills!" Evidently, radio drama is harder to kill than anyone suspected. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, last I heard, still to this day cranks out more than 150 hours of original radio drama every year, produced in regional centres across the country and in the network studios … Continue reading The Mystery Project

Becker (Becker: House Detective)

Created by Martin Kitsch The hero of Becker: House Detective, another CBC radio series,\clues us in on his lot in life: "The Queen of the Rockies. A Grand Hotel. About the last thing you'd expect to find in the Rockies in 1923, but then I may be the last thing you'd expect to find in … Continue reading Becker (Becker: House Detective)