“Big Jim” Foote

Created by Tom Bredehoft This private eye is a little different—he ain't human! Nope, “BIG JIM” FOOTE is the genre’s first Sasquatch Shamus, a fact not immediately recognized by the good citizens of Morgantown, West Virginia. They simply don’t suspect that the friendly local P.I with the rather large feet is “one of them,” living … Continue reading “Big Jim” Foote

Del Farmer (aka Del Winter)

Created by Duane Swierczynski He's hot, he's hip, he's dead. Meet DEL WINTER, hard-boiled dick. But Winter isn't like the other shamuses you may find on this site. For one thing, he's shuffled off this mortal coil and assumed permanent room temperature. Really. He's dead, Jim. Or at least, he was. For a while. And … Continue reading Del Farmer (aka Del Winter)

Fernlight & Bramble (The HOP-D Cases)

Created by P A Wilson Down these mean streets a fairy must flit? Here we go again... another fantasy/private eye hybrid. This time out, it's FERNLIGHT, a sprite intent on running her own detective agency. Her partner is BRAMBLE, a not-too-swift but fiercely loyal fairy, winged and three foot tall, and together they set out to … Continue reading Fernlight & Bramble (The HOP-D Cases)

Miles Paladon

Created by Robert J. Randisi & Kevin D. Randle 1939 Chicago shamus MILES PALADON is gunned down in a back alley but comes to on a bloody medieval battlefield, with an arrow sticking out of his chest and a bunch of Prince Valiant lookalikes calling him Prince Paladon. Yep, it's another of those "how the hell … Continue reading Miles Paladon

Rex Shepard (You Never Can Tell)

Created by Lou Breslow and David Chandler "Oh Goldie, these are humans we're dealing with. You can't just tell them the truth and expect them to believe it." -- Rex explains the inadequacies of humans. Speaking of unfortunate viewing habits, how could you not include You Never Can Tell in the list of movies on your … Continue reading Rex Shepard (You Never Can Tell)

Lord Darcy

Created by Randall Garrett Pseudonyms include David Gordon, John Gordon, Darrel T. Langart, Alexander Blade, Richard Greer, Ivar Jorgensen, Clyde Mitchell, Leonard G. Spencer, S. M. Tenneshaw & Gerald Vance (1927-87) In a sort of parallel world where magic and ESP, not to mention knights and castles, co-exist peacefully alongside railroads, handguns and various other … Continue reading Lord Darcy

Raguel (Murder Mysteries)

Created by Neil Gaiman “And what do you do in the dark, Lucifer?” -- Raguel poses a question I tell ya, eventually everyone shows up here on this site. Sooner or later, everybody dips his toe into the P.I. Pool. In the case of comics whiz and storyteller extraordinaire Neil Gaiman, it was in a … Continue reading Raguel (Murder Mysteries)

John Justin Mallory

Created by Mike Resnick (1942-2020) Dragons? Vampires? Unicorns? Mallory's your man. Down on his luck (naturally) Big Apple gumshoe JOHN JUSTIN MALLORY needs a bit of sunshine in his life when we first meet him in 1987's Stalking the Unicorn. His wife has has run off with his partner, who's--surprise, surpise-- also taken a powder. … Continue reading John Justin Mallory

Charlie Waterfield

Created by Andrew Kaufman Middle-aged and recently divorced, CHARLIE WATERFIELD is no private eye. But one cold winter night, Charlie splits a cab fare with a stranger in a purple hat, and as they chat, a cloud of purple smoke floods the vehicle, and poofs him away. When he wakes up, he discovers himself sitting … Continue reading Charlie Waterfield

Ivy Gamble

Created by Sarah Gailey "I never wanted to be magic. That was Tabitha's thing, not mine." Ever wanted a story about a young Muggle P.I. set loose in Harry Potter Land? Me neither. But that's more of less what we get in Magic for Liars (2019), a series debut from Sarah Gailey. Twenty-something IVY GAMBLE, unlike … Continue reading Ivy Gamble