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

Myron Bolitar

Created by Harlan Coben One of the most entertaining series to pop out of the nineties features mild-mannered amateur sleuth (and former FBI investigator) sports agent MYRON BOLITAR, a man who by all rights shouldn't even be listed on these pages. What can I say? Nope, he's not a private eye in any traditional sense, … Continue reading Myron Bolitar

Mali Anderson

Created by Grace Edwards Whoa, whoa, whoa, it's the Harlem Shuffle... Sometime-sleuth MALI ANDERSON is a savvy, street-smart student working towards a Ph.D. in social work with roots deep that go deep into her Harlem working class neighborhood. But this isn't some bleak, mean streets gangsta hip hop kinda film-at-eleven version of Harlem. Instead, it's … Continue reading Mali Anderson

Jim Steele

Created by Dana Chambers Pseudonym of Albert Leffingwell; other pseuds include Giles Jackson (1895-1946) Who is this bozo? Judging from the eyeball-rolling monicker and the great pulp-style illos on the American mass market paperback editions, full of guns, booze and babes, you'd certainly be forgiven if you thought JIM STEELE was some two-fisted brawling tough … Continue reading Jim Steele