Phil Beaumont & Jane Turner

Created by Walter Satterthwait (1947-2020) Now, here's a truly historic private eye series. PHIL BEAUMONT is an op for the Pinkerton Agency (shades of Hammett!), who often works with attractive rookie detective JANE TURNER. British-born Jane, in fact, partially narrates the stories in a series of chatty, revealing, and amusing letters to an old school chum … Continue reading Phil Beaumont & Jane Turner

Lucas Hallam

Created by L.J. Washburn (1957 --) Shucks. LUCAS HALLAM is an ex-Texas Ranger and honest-to-god cowboy trying to make a living as a stuntman in the Hollywood of the 1920's. But times are tough and business practices can get a mite rough in the fledgling movie industry, so ol' Luke ends up tossing his Stetson … Continue reading Lucas Hallam

Ace Mifflin

Created by Ted Slampyak "Private eyin's what I do. It's a dirty job. That's why I like it." He ain't scuzzy--he's just drawn that way. Here's another private eye spawned during the 1980's comic book/graphic novel boom/renaissance. In the "jazz age" of 1926 Boston, ALEXANDER C. "ACE" MIFFLIN is a scruffy private detective who appeared … Continue reading Ace Mifflin

Roger Garrison

Created by Jeff Rovin (1951--) No doubt hoping to cash in on the nostalgia for the twenties, thirties and forties of the early seventies (Chinatown, The Sting, Paper Moon, etc.), Jeff Rovin put out a now forgotten paperback original series featuring Los Angeles private eye ROGER GARRISON, who has an office on Melrose Avenue and … Continue reading Roger Garrison

Tommy Crane

Created by Richard Helms "One week, we'd bust up an IWW meeting in the Chicago stockyards. The next week, we'd take a train to Kentucky to drive off organizers encouraging coal miners to join the UMW. Wherever anti-capitalists showed their heads..." With two years of "slogging through the trenches of France" in the Great War … Continue reading Tommy Crane

Perveen Mistry

Created by Sujata Massey PERVEEN MASSEY, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family in Bombay has just received a top notch legal education from Oxford, and before you can say "Perry Mason," she's joined Mistry Law, her father's law firm, becoming Bombay's first (and so far only) only female lawyer. But it's her hands-on approach … Continue reading Perveen Mistry

Phryne Fisher

Created by Kerry Greenwood (1954--) Imagine Honey West as a flapper with a vorocious sexual appetite -- and a clue. In a popular series of novels by Australian author Kerry Greenwood, society gal and flapper turned private eye PHRYNE (pronounced Fry-knee, to rhyme with briny) FISHER prowls around jazz-era Melbourne, Australia, getting into all sorts … Continue reading Phryne Fisher

Frankie Drake & Trudy Clarke (Frankie Drake Mysteries)

Created by Carol Hay and Michelle Ricci World class, my ass. This "frothy" (that's what a friend called it; I won't be that charitable) CBC drama series follows the adventures of 1920s-era motorcycle-riding private detective FRANKIE DRAKE and her associate TRUDY CLARKE. Together they make up Drake Private Detectives, the city’s only all-female detective agency. It's no … Continue reading Frankie Drake & Trudy Clarke (Frankie Drake Mysteries)