Eliza Scarlet (Miss Scarlet & The Duke)

Created by Rachael New Lord knows there were several "lady detectives" bouncing around in the late 1800s that would make for a great film or television adaptation, but the Irish/Anglo producers of Miss Scarlet & The Duke decided to scratch build their own, no doubt eying the success of such period mysteries as Miss Fisher (Thumbs up!) … Continue reading Eliza Scarlet (Miss Scarlet & The Duke)

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

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

Ken Franklin (International Detective)

(Possibly) created by Edward J. Mason or Guy Morgan The short-lived television show, International Detective (1959-60), followed the thrilling adventures of private detective KEN FRANKLIN, who was played by blandly handsome, future quiz show host Art Fleming (billed as “Arthur” Fleming). Whether it was planned this way or not, his character seemed to combine elements from … Continue reading Ken Franklin (International Detective)

Johnny Hawke (Johnny One-Eye)

Created by David Stuart Davies (1946--) The war evidently didn't belong just to Foyle... When he made his debut in "One for the Monet," a 2000 short story, World War II had just broken out, and action-craving young copper JOHNNY HAWKE quits the London police department to enlist in the British Army, intending to give his … Continue reading Johnny Hawke (Johnny One-Eye)

Horace Dorrington

Created by Arthur Morrison (1863-1945) Arthur Morrison is one of the forgotten crime authors of the Conan Doyle generation. He grew up in genuine poverty, and is remembered by literary critics for his social protest "slum novels", most famously the semi-autobiographical A Child of the Jago. His work also included the intriguingly-titled, but as I … Continue reading Horace Dorrington

Harry Lawton

Created by Matthew Carr It's the summer of 1909, and Caruso-loving London private investigator HARRY LAWTON is hired by the widow of English explorer Randolph Foulkes, the victim of a terrorist bomb that blew him to bits while he was doing the tourist thing, sitting in a Barcelona cafe. It seems the dearly departed left a … Continue reading Harry Lawton

Hamilton Cleek (The Man of the Forty Faces)

Created by Thomas W. Hanshew Pseudonyms include Charlotte May Kingsley (1857 – 1914) Is it a defect or a feature? Caught somewhere between Sherlock Holmes and the rise of the hard-boiled dick in the 1920s is HAMILTON CLEEK, also known as "The Man of the Forty Faces," a "consulting detective" who prefigures the weird menace … Continue reading Hamilton Cleek (The Man of the Forty Faces)