Mak Vanderwall

Created by Tara Moss I've only read one MAKEDDE "MAK" VANDERWALL book so far, and I  the character appears to be closely based on the author herself, a Canadian ex-pat and former model now living in Australia. Mak is studying forensic psychologist and working as a part-time model... and a budding P.I. for the Marion Wendell agency … Continue reading Mak Vanderwall

Jeffrey Blackburn

Created by Max Afford (1906 - 1954) “I wonder if the old bird would be interested in buying a few antiques from this family? A .45 automatic, rusty through disuse, an unused set of brass knuckles and an out-of-date private eye, sound in wind and limb except for a pickled liver!” -- Jeffrey ponder his … Continue reading Jeffrey Blackburn

Jill Fitzpatrick

Created by Dorothy Porter (1954-2008) "Christ, not more bloody poems." Subtitled "An Erotic Murder Mystery," Dorothy Porter's  1995 book The Monkey's Mask is more than just the story of JILL FITZPATRICK, an Australian lesbian private detective who dives head first into "murder, manipulation and the consuming power of sex." It's also some kind of literary tour-de-force, stunning … Continue reading Jill Fitzpatrick

Jefferson Shields

Created by Patricia Carlon (1927-2002) It's the 1960s and Australian private detective JEFFERSON SHIELDS is hired to look into the death of a young female student, Robyn Calder, killed during a protest against the Vietnam War  at a Sydney university that somehow turns into a murder, in Patricia Carlon's very well-received but preachy Death By Demonstration … Continue reading Jefferson Shields

Clyde Smith

Created by Garrick Jones "... to be brutally honest, I couldn't be fucked playing the game." -- Clyde on why he left the Sydney police department In The Cricketer's Arms (2019), the first in a proposed series by Garrick Jones, it's 1956 Sydney, Australia where we meet CLYDE SMITH, an ex-cop and current freelance restaurant reviewer (having … Continue reading Clyde Smith

Jill Fitzpatrick

Created by Dorothy Porter (1954-2008) "Christ, not more bloody poems." Subtitled "An Erotic Murder Mystery," Dorothy Porter's  1995 book The Monkey's Mask is more than just the story of JILL FITZPATRICK, an Australian lesbian private detective who dives head first into "murder, manipulation and the consuming power of sex." It's also some kind of literary tour-de-force, stunning … Continue reading Jill Fitzpatrick

Ted Conkaffey & Amanda Pharrell

Created by Candice Fox "My charge had been rendered ‘no billing’, meaning that the state could take it up again at any time, . . . They wanted me to slowly boil in purgatory, just above the fires of hell, hopelessly far from the clear, clean air of the earth." -- Ted in Crimson Lake. Not … Continue reading Ted Conkaffey & Amanda Pharrell

Harry Kenmare

Created by A. B. Patterson "This is going to go down better than a stripper and a sack of cash at a Cabinet meeting." -- Harry in Harry's World  The one word that keeps coming up in the blurbs about Sydney, jaded Australia private eye HARRY KENMARE is "prehistoric." And they ain't kiddin'--Harry makes Amos … Continue reading Harry Kenmare

Cliff Hardy

Created by Peter Corris (1942-2018) "Not for the first time I reflected that a hundred and twenty a day wasn't a good rate for getting dead, but there was no point in upping the fees. A thousand a day is still a poor deal." -- Cliff Hardy One of the great private eye series to … Continue reading Cliff Hardy