Robin Bishop

Created by Geoffrey Homes Pseudonym of Daniel Mainwaring (1902-77) ROBIN BISHOP is one of those pesky reporters with a nose for news who acts like a private eye, but isn't. He works for a rag in Los Pinos in southern California, and isn't even particularly tough or wise-cracking, but he manages to get himself into … Continue reading Robin Bishop

Greg and Jill McKenzie

Created by Chester D. Campbell Church-going sixty-something GREG McKENZIE was simply a retired Air Force OSI investigator who, with the aid of his long-suffering wife, JILL, showed a penchant for solving crimes for two books. But in the third book of the series, Deadly Illusions (2005), the detecting duo turned pro, opening up McKenzie Investigations in a … Continue reading Greg and Jill McKenzie

Carney Wilde

Created by Bart Spicer Pseudonym of Jay Barbette (1918-1978) "If Bart Spicer's been forgotten, it's a real shame. He was one of the best writers of private-eye fiction in the last century." -- Bill Crider Philladelphia's CARNEY WILDE was one of the few P.I.'s who ever seemed to make money and remain respectable. Over the … Continue reading Carney Wilde

Frank Malloy

Created by Victoria Thompson Although FRANK MALLOY has been a central figure in Victoria Thompson's long-running and bestselling "Gaslight Mystery" series since Book One (1999's Murder on Astor Place), it wasn't until the nineteenth book in the series, Murder in Morningside Heights (2016) that he becomes a "confidential inquirer". That's the book where the former … Continue reading Frank Malloy

Jim Bennett

Created by Robert Martin  Pseudonyms include Lee Roberts (1908-1976) Cleveland, Ohio's own JIM BENNETT was a rarity in detective fiction in the fifties--a happily-married man. Thomas Dewey, Bart Spicer and James M. Fox are about the only other writers of this period that seemed to stray from the whole lone wolf/P.I. thing. His long-suffering wife … Continue reading Jim Bennett

Married to It!

Hitched! Married Eyes and Their Spouses... A few of these are actual detecting duos, but most, sadly, have the wife reduced to the role of "the little woman," there simply as someone to occasionally be kidnapped, to make breakfast or to stamp her pretty little foot when hubby rushes out of the house to confront some … Continue reading Married to It!

Nick & Sue Burney

Created by Edward Churchill Pseudonym o Edward C. Off (1902-1960) The Rock City correspondent for the Las Verdes Sentinel, tall thin NICK BURNEY has an"unruly mop of black hair," a beat-up but reliable Ford pick-up, and a habit of drinking and driving. He also has a wife, SUE BURNEY, an outdoorsy type who's "slim and boyish" with … Continue reading Nick & Sue Burney

Brock Callahan

Created by William Campbell Gault (1910-97) "Well, what had I brought to this trade? Three years in the O.S.S. and my memories of a cop father. Along with a nodding acquaintanceship with maybe fifty lads in the [Los Angeles Police] Department. That didn’t make me any Philip Marlowe. Work alone wouldn’t do it, nor determination; … Continue reading Brock Callahan

Nick and Nora Charles

Created by Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) Nora: "I read where you were shot five times in the tabloids." Nick: "Not true. He didn't come anywhere near my tabloids." -- from The Thin Man (1934 film) The glitzy adventures of Dashiell Hammett's retired private eye NICK CHARLES and his rich, beautiful (and not quite as ditzy as … Continue reading Nick and Nora Charles

Jennifer Mays & Gabriel Webb (The Maze Agency)

Created by Mike W. Barr One of the longer-running P.I. comic books was The Maze Agency, which ran for twenty-three issues in the early nineties, plus several specials, one-shots, and the like, making it arguably the second-longest running English-language P.I. series, after Ms. Tree. The stories tended to the more traditional Golden Age mystery, particularly … Continue reading Jennifer Mays & Gabriel Webb (The Maze Agency)