Mystery! (aka “Masterpiece Theatre,” “Masterpiece Mystery”)

Public Broadcast, Private Eyes (1980-2006) Lord knows, the American public broadcasting network wasn't exactly known for its tough, gritty fare. Nope, its flagship crime anthology series MYSTERY! (and Masterpiece Theatre from which it sprang) have been mostly aimed at American Anglophiles of a certain class, and as such it's been largely domestics and cozies, featuring assorted Lord … Continue reading Mystery! (aka “Masterpiece Theatre,” “Masterpiece Mystery”)

Cordelia Gray

Created by P.D. James (1920–2014) "She wanted to appear efficient, but not too efficient." -- Cordelia in An Unsuitable Job for a Woman A far cry fromt G.G. Fickling's Honey West or Carter Brown's Mavis Seidlitz. One of the true Grand Dames of Mystery Fiction, P.D. James should get credit for also creating the modern female … Continue reading Cordelia Gray

Hercule Poirot

Created by Agatha Christie (1890-1976) "My name is Hercule Poirot. I am probably the greatest detective in the world." (modest bastard, isn't he?) Yes, yes, yes, HERCULE POIROT was so a private detective. No, he was not hard-boiled. He wasn't some rye-guzzling brute in a trenchcoat and fedora, with an eye for the ladies, a … Continue reading Hercule Poirot