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

John Steel

Created by ??     Initially, JOHN STEEL was a "Special Agent" working for British Intelligence during World War II. Prior to the war, he'd been a sergeant in the London Police, but when duty called, he did not hesitate. He tried to enlist in 1939, only to be denied. That didn't stop him, though--he promptly … Continue reading John Steel

Thaddeus Grayle

Created by Seamus Heffernan When we meet him in his debut novel, Naplam Hearts (2018),  THADDEUS GRAYLE is an American ex-pat living in London, England who's made a life for himself, running a "fairly lucrative" detective agency out of a two-floor walkup in Shoreditch. Only problem? He's bored stiff. Recently divorced, estranged from his fourteen-year-old daughter … Continue reading Thaddeus Grayle

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

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

Cyrus Barker & Thomas Llewelyn

Created by Will Thomas At the close of the nineteenth century, CYRUS BARKER ("undoubtedly England's premiere private enquiry agent") and his assistant THOMAS LLEWELYN ply their trade on the fog-shrouded (and pointedly multicultural) Victorian streets of London, in an atmospheric historical series of mysteries by Will Thomas. Not exactly Sherlock Holmes, perhaps, but Sherlock-adjacent, and the … Continue reading Cyrus Barker & Thomas Llewelyn

Geoffrey Boscobell

Created by Cecil M. Wills (1891-1966) "Share your suspicions with Ex-Inspecor Boscobell" --front cover tagline on 1st edition of Defeat of a Detective When we first meet him, in Author in Distress (1934), DETECTIVE INSPECTOR GEOFFREY BOSCOBELL is a rising star in Scotland Yard, his boyish demeanor and easy-going facade never quite hiding a shrewd and cunning … Continue reading Geoffrey Boscobell

Hon. James Clarkson-Parry

Created by B.G. Quin (1891--) A bit late to the party, perhaps, but the very Holmesian detective THE HONORABLE JAMES CLARKSON-PARRY first showed up in The Death Box (1929), already almost fully formed. It didn't take him long to nab a Watson to narrate his adventures, and suffice it to say that he had the Holmes-sized … Continue reading Hon. James Clarkson-Parry

Major Martin Myers

Created by Bevis Winter Pseudonyms include Al Bocca, Peter Cagney, Sammy Coburn, Bennet Hill & Gordon Shayne; and the house pseudonym Hyman Zore (1918-1985) In a small town in England, ex-Corporal Philip Denton, just back from World War II, discovers the body of his wife in the basement of their farmhouse, and is promptly arrested by … Continue reading Major Martin Myers