Sloane Monroe

Created by Cheryl Bradshaw Outdoorsy "sassy, headstrong" Utah private eye SLOANE MONROE isn't afraid to leave the pavement, especially with her hunky police officer boyfriend in tow, in this well-regarded (well) series of self-published thrillers which have drawn enthusiastic online comparisons at various time to everyone from Sue Grafton and Robert Parker to Mary Higgins Clark … Continue reading Sloane Monroe

Cardula

Created by Jack Ritchie  Pseudonym of John George Reitci Other pseudonyms include Steve Harbor, Steve OíConnell & Steve O'Donnell (1922-1983) Private eye CARDULA sucks! Then again, he's a vampire, so I guess allowances must be made. Bet he really enjoys sinking his teeth into a good mystery. He's the sole employee of the Cardula Detective … Continue reading Cardula

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

Leo Waterman

Created by G.M. Ford Should you judge a private eye by the company he keeps? A hapless, rumpled, heart-on-his-sleeve, middle-aged, grumpy smart-ass, Seattle private eye LEO WATERMAN stumbles from one quixotic case to another, in this highly-entertaining, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, critically-acclaimed series, by G.M. Ford. Aiding him in his escapades are "the boys," a gang … Continue reading Leo Waterman

Bragg

Created by Jack Lynch (1930-2008) A Korean War vet and ex-reporter turned San Francisco gumshoe, and very much cast in the Hammett mold, PETER BRAGG appeared in a string of equally tough paperback originals, starting with Bragg's Hunch (1981), an impressive debut. But the second book in the series, 1982's The Missing and the Dead, … Continue reading Bragg

Streeter

Created by Michael Stone One of the more promising eyes of the nineties, Michael Stone's Denver bounty hunter and sometime private eye STREETER is just a pile of exes. He's an ex-linebacker, an ex-accountant, an ex-bouncer, an ex-husband (four times) and an ex-fiancé (three times). And he works out of an ex-church. Obviously, judging from … Continue reading Streeter

Nick Forte

Created by Dana King A sort of spin-off from his Penns River books, A Small Sacrifice (2013) kicked off a new series featuring Doc's cousin NICK FORTE, a former musician turned private eye working the Chicago area. Nick, who previously appeared in Grind Joint (2013), the second Penns novel, is an appealing enough detective, a divorced but … Continue reading Nick Forte

Atticus Kodiak

Created by Greg Rucka (1969--) ATTICUS KODIAK is a professional bodyguard, headquartered in New York, whose career, despite his youth, has already experienced a few ups and downs. He's a great character, a deft combination of cold-blooded professionalism, brooding introspection and easy-going charm, surrounded by a fascinating crew of sometimes-larger-than-life characters, many of whom are … Continue reading Atticus Kodiak

Jacob Asch

Created by Arthur Lyons (1946-2008)  JACOB ASCH was a glib, cynical, half-Jewish reporter for the L.A. Chronicle until he got sent to jail for refusing to reveal a source. He did six months on a contempt of court beef, and when he was sprung, the glamour of journalism, for some reason, had lost its appeal … Continue reading Jacob Asch

Dr. Elizabeth Chase

Created by Martha C. Lawrence Once you get beyond (if you can get beyond) the fact that she's a licensed private eye and a "parapsychologist," the adventures of San Diego's DOCTOR ELIZABETH CHASE (two Ph.D.s from Stanford) are quite rewarding. And pretty fun. But then, you knew I was going to say that, right? Actually, part … Continue reading Dr. Elizabeth Chase