Dorothy Skelf, Janny Skelf & Hannah Skelf (The Skelfs)

Created by Doug Johnstone They are women--hear them roar. Tere have been some strange families in the Shamus Game over the years, from the duplicitous, fractious Spellmans of San Francisco and the loud, unruly British-Italian Lunghis to the enternally bickering father-son combo of the Doyles of Newfoundland, but THE SKELFS of Edinburgh, Scotland are in a class … Continue reading Dorothy Skelf, Janny Skelf & Hannah Skelf (The Skelfs)

Paul Shaw

Created by Mark Sadler Pseudonym of Dennis Lynds "Brass knuckles and bottles in the drawer are out. We're Madison Avenue, not Tenth Avenue..." -- Thayer explains the firm's image... "We all do what we must, even though we don't know why..." -- Paul philosophizes Tall, handsome, well-dressed PAUL SHAW is every inch the polished NYC … Continue reading Paul Shaw

S.J. Rook (The Ross Agency)

Created by Delia C. Pitts The Ross AgencyPrivate InvestigationsLost? Missing? Cheated?Your Problems--Our Solutions-- the agency's business card The Ross Agency is a tiny Harlem detective firm on the side of the angels, dedicated to offering affordable services to its clients, taking  those cases the police are too busy--or too indifferent--to solve. Things like tracking down … Continue reading S.J. Rook (The Ross Agency)

Some Great Detective Agencies, A-Z

Alphabetically Yours... More to come as I think of 'em.... The Anthropoid Detective Agency by Louis Trimble The Blue Moon Detective Agency by Glenn Caron (Moonlighting) The Continental Detective Agency by Dashiel Hammett DKA (Dan Kearney & Associates) by Joe Gores The EH Detective Agency by J.B. Jenkins Faraday and Co. by Ken Pettus The Grendelman Detective Agency by Kurt … Continue reading Some Great Detective Agencies, A-Z

The Lunghi Detective Agency

Created by Michael Z. Lewin(1942--) It's a family affair! In Bath, England, when you get in a jam, you could do worse than call in THE LUNGHI DETECTIVE AGENCY, run by three generations (and counting) of a loud and unruly, but affectionate Italian-Anglo family. Not exactly a hard-boiled series, but there's plenty of fun in … Continue reading The Lunghi Detective Agency

Dan Kearney, O.B., Larry Ballard, Bart Heslip, Gisele Marc, etc. (Dan Kearney & Associates)

Created by Joe Gores (1931-2011)   The DAN KEARNEY & ASSOCIATES novels and short stories by Joe Gores are one of the all-time great private eye series; the closest anyone has ever come to a private eye version of Ed McBain's famed 87th Precinct procedural novels. A motley crew of San Francisco detectives, repo men … Continue reading Dan Kearney, O.B., Larry Ballard, Bart Heslip, Gisele Marc, etc. (Dan Kearney & Associates)

Marion Lane

Created by T.A. Willberg I dunno. This seems like a cross between Harry Potter and Harriett the Spy. With some Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie tossed in, and a quick spritz of steampunk, just in case. So you've got a little whimsy,a little fantasy, and a little mystery. We leave anyone out? When we meet MARION … Continue reading Marion Lane

McShan

Created by Stephen Mertz Other pseudonyms include Stephen Brett, Jim Case, and house pseudonyms Jack Buchanan, Cliff Garnett, Don Pendleton and Dick Stivers (1947--) "McShan! I want a report!" -- Agatha's refrain Prolific pulpster (and huge P.I. fan) Stephen Mertz's very first novel was Some Die Hard (which introduced Denver gumshoe "Rock" Dugan). It was published back in 1979, but it … Continue reading McShan

Harlan Judd (Eyes)

Created by John McNamara Eyes was a "promising" (Hah! Where have we heard that before?) new private detective drama, heavy on the wry, originally scheduled for the 2004-05 TV season. For whatever reasons, it finally made its debut in March 2005. It starred Tim Daly as slick-as-spit, wisecracking HARLAN JUDD, the president of Judd Risk Management, … Continue reading Harlan Judd (Eyes)

Frank and Steve Faraday (Faraday and Co.)

Created by Ken Pettus After spending twenty-eight years in a Caribbean jail for a crime he didn't commit (the murder of his partner), FRANK FARADAY (played by the movies' likable 40's song-and-dance man Dan Dailey) busts out and heads back home to Los Angeles... to a family he doesn't know anymore, on the short-lived series, Farady … Continue reading Frank and Steve Faraday (Faraday and Co.)