Gil Yates

Created by Alistair Boyle (Pseudonym) (1952--) GIL YATES is a real find: a private investigator from--get this!--California! What're the odds? But actually, Gil does carve a bit of a cockeyed niche for himself, as a sort of high-tech, big business, high-priced, Los Angeles contingency expert. But it's all a delicious blend of mid-life crisis and … Continue reading Gil Yates

Singer Batts

Created by Thomas B. Dewey Pseudonyms include Tom Brandt and Cord Wainer (1915-81) Whatever fame the great but unjustly ignored Thomas B. Dewey managed to claim was for his two fine private eye series, featuring the husband-and-wife team of Pete and Jeanne Schofield and hard-boiled Chicago gumshoe Mac respectively. But he created another very entertaining … Continue reading Singer Batts

Randall Lee

Created by Charles Colyott "Things are oriental, Detective. People are Asian. As you say, I am neither. Just another Gwailo, like yourself." -- Randall explains it (again) on Changes RANDALL LEE isn't your typical addition to these pages. Hell, when we first meet him in Changes (2010), he's not really a private eye at all--even … Continue reading Randall Lee

Agatha Raisin

Created by M.C. Beaton Cozy alert! (The character's first name was a clue). M.C. Beaton's AGATHA RAISIN wasn't even a private investigator for a good piece of her career. When she first appeared, in Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death way back in 1992, she was just your typical amateur sleuth-- a successful, middle-aged … Continue reading Agatha Raisin

Colton Parker (Jim Sanderson)

Created by Jim Sanderson It's the 1980s, and there's boom money to be made--one way or another--in the hard-scrabble West Texas oil patches out near Odessa, but COLTON PARKER isn't exactly setting the world on fire. He's a chump-change criminal, trying to stay out of trouble, working as a bouncer for a local gambler, and … Continue reading Colton Parker (Jim Sanderson)

Professor Stanley Hopkins

Created by Paul J. Heald There's something about PROFESSOR STANLEY HOPKINS that harkens back to the glory days of the detective pulps of the thirties and forties, and all the gimmicky accidental sleuths that swarmed their pages. That's right--the so-called "Sociologist of Sleaze" is not a private eye. He's not even much of a sociology … Continue reading Professor Stanley Hopkins

Guy Hanks (The Cosby Mysteries)

Created by William Link and David Black Did you miss The Cosby Mysteries? Don't worry -- almost everyone else did, too. The pilot of this series aired originally as part of The NBC Friday Night Mystery in January 1994, and introduced hot-shot New York criminalogist GUY HANKS (Bill Cosby!) who retires after winning $44 million in … Continue reading Guy Hanks (The Cosby Mysteries)

Valentino

Created by Loren D. Estleman If you miss Stuart Kaminsky's movie trivia-packed Toby Peters series, boy, do we have a treat for you! Private eye writer and film buff Loren Estleman's latest series, originally exclusive to EQMM, irelates the adventures and misadventures of film detective VALENTINO, who works an archivist for UCLA's Film Preservation Department. … Continue reading Valentino

Humphrey Bogart (Rest in Pieces)

Fictionalized by John Stanley & Kenn Davis "Would you call yourself a character actor, Mr.Bogart?" "I better have character. Character is the only thing a man ever has." Okay, HUMPHREY BOGART is not a private eye. Or a writer of private eye stories. He was an actor, for cryin' out loud! And yet, has anyone else … Continue reading Humphrey Bogart (Rest in Pieces)

Mickey Bolitar

Created by Harlan Coben Young teenager MICKEY BOLITAR's even further removed from P.I. status than his crime-solving uncle Myron Bolitar, the trouble-bound sports agent who thinks he's Spenser. But, like his uncle with whom he goes to live with after the death of his father in this series of young adult mysteries, Mickey's got the … Continue reading Mickey Bolitar