Grace Culver

Created by Roswell Brown Pseudonym of Jean Francis Webb (1910-91)  One of the first female private eyes from the pulps, young, attractive, red-haired GRACE "REDSIE" CULVER was a secretary for Big Tim, who ran the Noonan Detective Agency. But don't let that fool you--Grace was a "fast action girl," Big Tim's "aider-and-abetter," and she was usually … Continue reading Grace Culver

Trixie Meehan & Mike Harris

Created by T.T. Flynn Pseudonym of (Thomas Theodore Flynn (1902-78) "Pert and sweet, soft and cuddly, harmless as a kitten and luscious-looking to all big strong men—that's Trixie if you don't know her." Nuts about each other, or just nuts? One of those hard-boiled dames from the pulps, cute, gun-toting TRIXIE MEEHAN was, along with her … Continue reading Trixie Meehan & Mike Harris

John Dortmunder

Created by Donald Westlake (1933-2008) What's so funny? Dortmunder is. Donald Westlake is the King of the Comic Caper Novel (any argument?) and JOHN ARCHIBALD DORTMUNDER, his prize creation, is the savvy professional thief whose plans always, for some strange reason, go spectacularly and hilariously awry. No, he's not a private eye, and he probably … Continue reading John Dortmunder

Daffy Dill

Created by Richard Sale Pseudonyms include Bernard Elas, Seymour Richards, John St. John (1911-93) Nearly every detective pulp worth its salt had some sort of brash, wisecracking reporter lurking among its regulars, sticking his nose into things, and Detective Fiction Weekly was no exception. It had easy-going (but pistol-packing) JOE "DAFFY" DILL of The New York Chronicle, always seemingly … Continue reading Daffy Dill

Garth Frederickson

Created by George C. Chesbro (1940-2008) A series of short stories featuring GARTH FREDERICKSON, a former NYPD lieutenant now pounding the pavement as a private investigator in Cairn, New York, a Big Apple suburb. If Garth's last name, or his creator's identity ring a bell, it's because Garth's "weird little brother" is world-renown criminalogist/private eye … Continue reading Garth Frederickson

Nick Chambers (Fog City Nocturne)

Created by the Bay Area Writer's Group "Nick Chambers, the detective you turn to when you can't afford anyone else." Now here's something you don't see everyday: a private eye created and written about by a collective. The gumshoe in this case is NICK CHAMBERS and the collective is the Bay Area Writer's Group. Nick … Continue reading Nick Chambers (Fog City Nocturne)

One-Short Wonders

The Private Eye, Briefly A Short Suspects List, Compiled by Martin Ross As a grade school wiseass and punching bag (related syndromes), I discovered the thrill of the mystery genre via the Ellery Queen story “Trojan Horse” from The New Adventures of Ellery Queen, which looked in 1968 like it hadn’t been touched since they’d … Continue reading One-Short Wonders

Stanley Melvin

Created by Frank Zafiro "On a basic level, Stanley understood sarcasm." The 2021 novella "Hallmarks of the Job" is "part mystery, part humour," according to the author. It introduces nit-picky, stick-in-the-mud private investigator, STANLEY MELVIN, who works out of his very tidy office above Hamilton's Barber Shop. It's a suitably non-exciting location for a P.I. who … Continue reading Stanley Melvin

Percy Hand

Created by Fletcher Flora Pseudonyms include Timothy Harrison, Ellery Queen (1914-68) "My name is Percy Hand, and I’m a private detective. My privacy is rarely invaded. This makes the rent a problem, but it gives me plenty of time to watch the rain come down into the alley on rainy days." Now almost forgotten, but … Continue reading Percy Hand

Thomas Langford

Created by John M. Floyd In the Shamus Award-winning short story, "Mustang Sally," former cop turned private eye THOMAS LANGFORD (and his "long-time and infinitely patient girlfriend" Debra Jo Wells) get in way over their heads in what even the author agrees is a "lighthearted, its only crime being an off-screen jewelry-store heist." Maybe it is … Continue reading Thomas Langford