Mary Kelly

Created by Diana Killian Pseudonym of D.L. Browne Other pseudonyms include Josh Lanyon, Colin Dunne, Louise Harris It had to happen. The female eye, So Cal division, finally went retro. In a promising short story debut which creator Diana Killian assured us was just the start, MARY KELLY is an op for the Brannigan Detective … Continue reading Mary Kelly

Luke Fischer

Created by Craig Terlson "I ran into Franko Toledo three weeks ago while searching for a delinquent husband in Santa Fe. Truth was, his last name wasn’t Toledo. That’s just where he came from: Toledo, Spain... I never got Franko’s real last name until I saw it on his hospital bracelet." -- the first lines … Continue reading Luke Fischer

Sam Grunion (Love Happy)

Created by Frank Tashlin, Mac Benoff, Ben Hecht (uncredited), Harpo Marx "I am the same Sam Grunion who solved the international uranium-mining swindle. Scotland Yard was baffled; the FBI was baffled. They sent for me and the case was solved immediately: I confessed." -- Sam Grunion In Love Happy (1949), the last film the Marx Brothers … Continue reading Sam Grunion (Love Happy)

Wolf J. Flywheel (The Big Store)

Created by Hal Fineberg, Ray Golden, Sid Kuller & Nat Perrin "We won't need any stores detectives with him around." -- Hah! Not your average gumshoe, but certainly one of the mouthiest, Groucho Marx stars as WOLF J. FLYWHEEL, possibly the most useless private eye in the world in the 1941 Marx Bros. comedy The … Continue reading Wolf J. Flywheel (The Big Store)

Happy Doll

Created by Jonathan Ames There’s nobody in the world Jonathan Ames likes writing about more than… Jonathan Ames?  "Jonathan Ames” has been his favourite subject in numerous semi-autobiographical articles and essays, collected in such books as What’s Not to Love?: The Adventures of a Mildly Perverted Young Writer and The Double Life is Twice as Good. "Jonathan … Continue reading Happy Doll

Brenna Spector

Created by Alison Gaylin "Honest to God, this whole place could benefit from a good, long liquid nitrogen bath." -- Brenna's evidently not a big fan of Las Vegas ."Hyperthymestic, that's what you are..." Certainly one of the most hyped books to cross my transom in the winter of 2011/12 was Alison Gaylin's And She Was, … Continue reading Brenna Spector

Timothy Trench

Created by Denny O'Neil 1939-2020 "Don't move an eyelash! Me an' Lulu are gonna smoke out some skunks!" -- Tim warns Diana Prince to back off, while he does the heavy lifting, in Wonder Woman #180 Middle-aged tough guy private eye TIMOTHY TRENCH (sheesh!) was a pet project of legendary comics creator/writer Dennis O'Neil. Trench first showed up … Continue reading Timothy Trench

Jack Palmer

Created by Réné Pétillon(1945- 2018) JACK PALMER is the clown prince of bede private eyes. He's a scooter-riding squirt; a hapless low-rent private peeper in a beat-up fedora and a dingy, rumpled trench coat several sizes too big for him, with an ass-backwards style of investigation that leaves him stuck in some pretty bizarre predicaments. Not … Continue reading Jack Palmer

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)

Hettie Bagshot (The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency)

Created by Mandy Morton "An unfamiliar noise made Hettie's elegant tabby fur stand on end..." -- from The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency. The prosecution rests... Hack! Koff! Koff! Just what we don't need now is some cutie pie cat private eye mystery, with a crime-solving feline named HETTIE BAGSHOT who runs her own struggling … Continue reading Hettie Bagshot (The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency)