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)

Sherlock Holmes & Jane Watson (Return of Sherlock Holmes)

Based on character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Developed for television by Bob Shayne What the hell were they smoking? The Great One himself, the one and only SHERLOCK HOLMES is defrosted (after eighty years of suspended animation, of course) by his great-great-great-niece JANE WATSON after discovering his frozen body in a basement in … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes & Jane Watson (Return of Sherlock Holmes)

Remington Steele & Laura Holt (Remington Steele)

Created by Michael Gleason and Robert Butler "Try this for a deep dark secret: The great detective Remington Steele... He doesn't exist. I invented him. Follow: I'd always loved excitement, So I studied and apprenticed, and put my name on an office. But absolutely no one knocked on my door. A female private investigator seemed … Continue reading Remington Steele & Laura Holt (Remington Steele)

Clayton Guthrie & Rachel Vasquez

Created by Alaric Hunt "You're a smart girl. You'll figure it out..." --Clayton's ongoing advice to Rachel Put your disbelief in the back, Jack, and get ready for one helluva ride. Cuts Through Bone (2013) was one hard-boiled rip, heavy on Noo York colour, slam-bang action and a breezy, slang-filled style that wasn't afraid to … Continue reading Clayton Guthrie & Rachel Vasquez

How Can You Do It Alone?

A Dozen or So Detective Agencies to Keep in Mind The image of the private eye as a lone wolf stalking the streets, all on his own, is pretty much embedded in our brains now, but some of the most famous gumshoes weren't actually flying solo--they were company men and women, working on behalf of … Continue reading How Can You Do It Alone?

Dan Kearney, O.B., Larry Ballard, Bart Heslip, Gisele Marc, etc. (Dan Kearney & Associates)

Created by Joe Gores (1931-2011)   The DAN KEARNEY & ASSOCIATES novels and short stories by Joe Gores are one of the all-time great private eye series; the closest anyone has ever come to a private eye version of Ed McBain's famed 87th Precinct procedural novels. A motley crew of San Francisco detectives, repo men … Continue reading Dan Kearney, O.B., Larry Ballard, Bart Heslip, Gisele Marc, etc. (Dan Kearney & Associates)

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

John Hunchman & David Purefoy (Dicktown)

Created by John Hodgman & David Rees Who says cartoons are for kids? In the clever and decidedly adult cartoon Dicktown (2000, FXX), maladjusted, socially awkward middle-aged private eye JOHN HUNCHMAN and his slacker sidekick DAVID PUREFOY (voiced by series creators and co-writers John Hodgman and David Rees) aren't going anywhere. They're still living in small North Carolina town … Continue reading John Hunchman & David Purefoy (Dicktown)

Berkeley Barnes & Larry Howe

Created by Eugene FranklinPseudonym of Eugene Franklin Bandy, Jr.(1914-1987)   Here's another spin on the Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin formula. Pill-popping BERKELEY HOY BARNES is a New York City hypochondriac, and former lawyer turned private eye, who really doesn't like meeting people he doesn't know. He relies on LARRY HOWE to do the legwork, keep track of … Continue reading Berkeley Barnes & Larry Howe

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