Stephen Inch (The Inch Man)

Created by Lester Powell (1912 -93) STEPHEN INCH was a house detective working in at London's very busy Imperial Crescent Hotel in The Inch Man, a 1951-52 BBC drama series that apparently broadcast live. This was early days--the Americans had only aired the first private eye shows a few years earlier, and everyone was scrambling … Continue reading Stephen Inch (The Inch Man)

Mitch Roberts

Created by Gaylord Dold (1947-2018) Brooding MITCH ROBERTS is the hero of one of the best--and most criminally overlooked--private eye series of the 1980's. The first six books in the series were all paperback originals, the first put out by Avon, the next five by Ivy Books,  that seemed to have vanished with barely a trace. … Continue reading Mitch Roberts

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

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

Helena Handbasket

Created by Donna Moore Tired of mysteries that seem to spin out the same old tired clichés, one after another? Bored with the same old-same old private eye schtick? Had enough of books with all the fizz of that half-empty bottle of club soda left over from last Christmas? Then might I humbly suggest going … Continue reading Helena Handbasket

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

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