Clyde Smith

Created by Garrick Jones "... to be brutally honest, I couldn't be fucked playing the game." -- Clyde on why he left the Sydney police department In The Cricketer's Arms (2019), the first in a proposed series by Garrick Jones, it's 1956 Sydney, Australia where we meet CLYDE SMITH, an ex-cop and current freelance restaurant reviewer (having … Continue reading Clyde Smith

Alexa Crowe

Created by Claire Tonkin New Zealand's Lucy (Xena, Warrior Princess) Lawless returned to television as a ALEXA CROWE, a 'fearless and unapologetic" private investigator in the 2019 Australian series My Life is Murder. For those nostalgic for the Lucy of the cheesy sword-and-sorcery sagas featuring a lot of jumping around fighting monsters, you'll probably be disappointed … Continue reading Alexa Crowe

Jill Fitzpatrick

Created by Dorothy Porter (1954-2008) "Christ, not more bloody poems." Subtitled "An Erotic Murder Mystery," Dorothy Porter's  1995 book The Monkey's Mask is more than just the story of JILL FITZPATRICK, an Australian lesbian private detective who dives head first into "murder, manipulation and the consuming power of sex." It's also some kind of literary tour-de-force, stunning … Continue reading Jill Fitzpatrick

Ted Conkaffey & Amanda Pharrell

Created by Candice Fox "My charge had been rendered ‘no billing’, meaning that the state could take it up again at any time, . . . They wanted me to slowly boil in purgatory, just above the fires of hell, hopelessly far from the clear, clean air of the earth." -- Ted in Crimson Lake. Not … Continue reading Ted Conkaffey & Amanda Pharrell

Peregrine Fisher

Inspired by characters created by Kerry Greenwood Created by Deb Cox & Fiona Eagger Did you know Kerry Greenwood's popular Jazz Age Australian eye Phryne Fisher had a niece? Neither did I. I'm not even sure Kerry Greenwood knew. But apparently MS. PEREGRINE FISHER, the star of a new Australian TV show, Ms Fisher's MODern Murder Mysteries is that niece. Peregrine, … Continue reading Peregrine Fisher

Harry Kenmare

Created by A. B. Patterson "This is going to go down better than a stripper and a sack of cash at a Cabinet meeting." -- Harry in Harry's World  The one word that keeps coming up in the blurbs about Sydney, jaded Australia private eye HARRY KENMARE is "prehistoric." And they ain't kiddin'--Harry makes Amos … Continue reading Harry Kenmare

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

Cliff Hardy

Created by Peter Corris (1942-2018) "Not for the first time I reflected that a hundred and twenty a day wasn't a good rate for getting dead, but there was no point in upping the fees. A thousand a day is still a poor deal." -- Cliff Hardy One of the great private eye series to … Continue reading Cliff Hardy

Larry Kent

Created by Ron Ingleby "It was an underground joint. A neon sign in read and blue and yellow flashed on and off over the stone steps. The neon sign showed kicking girls and glasses of bubbly stuff. But you were just as likely to get a Mickey Finn down there as you were to get … Continue reading Larry Kent

Jack Irish

Created by Peter Temple (1946-2018) Got a cryptic note in my in-box. It said: "JACK IRISH -- Aussie ex-soldier, ex-lawyer, ex-alcoholic, punter, footy fan, cabinet-maker and finder of people and conspiracies." Well it certainly piqued my interest, so I did a little digging. Turns out Jack's a character created by some guy called Peter Temple. … Continue reading Jack Irish