Slim Callaghan

Created by Peter Cheyney (1896-1951) Hard-boiled (some would argue over-boiled), bull-in-a-china-shop SLIM CALLAGHAN, prone to lying to just about anyone about just about anything, is--after Lemmy Caution--the most famous of Cheyney's tough guys. Unlike Lemmy, readers are mercifully spared the ersatz Americanisms--Slim is an English tough guy, a private eye working in England. Anthony Boucher even … Continue reading Slim Callaghan

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

Jim Stringer

Created by Andrew Martin A train man to the core, JIM STRINGER finally becomes an official "private eye" (after acting as an amateur sleuth in his first two adventures) when he's given the title of railroad detective for the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway in The Lost Luggage Porter (2008), the third book in this entertaining … Continue reading Jim Stringer

Horace Rumpole

Created by John Mortimer (1923-2009 ) Down those mean streets and meaner chambers a man must waddle... Lord knows, he's not a private eye--but I wish he were. Like Philip Marlowe, HORACE RUMPOLE is "a relatively poor man... a common man or he could not go among common people. He has a sense of character, … Continue reading Horace Rumpole

The McGurk Organisation

Created by E.W. Hildick (1925–2001) Adult private eye fans have plenty of books to choose from, kids have THE MCGURK ORGANISATION. It's that simple. Their comic adventures appeared in a long-running and popular series of books aimed squarely at 9-12 year olds, from 1973 to 1996, by British author E.W. Hildick. JACK P. McGURK, a ten-year-old … Continue reading The McGurk Organisation

Pearl Nolan (Whistable Pearl)

Created by Julie Wassmer Now that her beloved son Charlie has trundled off to university (all of fifteen or so minutes away!), restauranteur and single mother PEARL NOLAN finds herself wanting to do more than just work at the family pub/restaurant in the small touristy town of Whitstable on the north coast of Kent in south-east England. … Continue reading Pearl Nolan (Whistable Pearl)

Ralph Henderson

Created by Charles Felix Pseudonym of Charles Warren Adams (1833-1903) "Is that chain one of purely accidental coincidences, or does it point with terrible certainty to a series of crimes, in their nature and execution too horrible to contemplate?" -- Victorian P.I. Ralph Henderson gets all noir on us Forget The Moonstone (1868) by Wilkie … Continue reading Ralph Henderson

James Hazell (Hazell)

Created by P.B. Yuill Joint pseudonym of Gordon Williams and Terry Venables "My name is James Hazell and I'm the biggest bastard who ever pushed your bell-button." -- from Hazell Plays Solomon When cocky Cockney private eye JAMES HAZELL first showed up in 1974 in the novel The Boneless Keeper, it opened up a whole … Continue reading James Hazell (Hazell)

Buck Ryan

Created by Don Freeman (text) and Jack Monk (art) He initially dressed like he'd just raided Dick Tracy's closet (just a coincidence, I'm sure), but two-fisted, hard-boiled private eye BUCK RYAN had his own comic strip which ran for an amazing twenty-five years in London's Daily Mirror from March 22, 1937 to July 1962. In fact, … Continue reading Buck Ryan

Zoë Boehm

Created by Mick Herron "Oxford Town, Oxford Town, Guns and clubs followed (her) down..." ZOË BOEHM is a struggling, forty-something Oxford private eye ("five foot nine, dark-eyed, curly black hair"), who gets mixed up with all sorts of peculiar types, from crossbow-wielding jewel thieves to Motown-loving murderers, in a vivid, literate and "noir-tinged" series by … Continue reading Zoë Boehm