“A Hard-Boiled Christmas”

By Stephen Reid "I refuse to don this ridiculous costume.." Albert sucked in his belly and swelled up like a rooster.  "A saint I ain't, Mac. I am a highly regarded thespian." "You're a highly regarded has-been, is what you are, Albert. Now sit down and try those boots on." I had to pick the … Continue reading “A Hard-Boiled Christmas”

“Mac” MacCauley

Created by Stephen Reid (1950-2018) "After fifteen years as a private investigator -- the last ten as a practising drunk --I had lost my license twice and my self-respect more times than I could count. The chances of me ever regaining either were between zero and entropy." That's how long-past-his-prime P.I. "MAC" MacCAULEY sums up … Continue reading “Mac” MacCauley

Michael Devitt & Christina Towne (Two of Diamonds)

Created by Keith Johnson Once upon a time, there was a Canadian television show (syndicated in the U.S.) called Diamonds (1987-89), that asked us to go all meta, and imagine two television actors, MICHAEL DEVITT and CHRISTINA TOWNE, who once starred together on a hit television show called "Two of Diamonds," about two private eyes married … Continue reading Michael Devitt & Christina Towne (Two of Diamonds)

Gord Stewart

Created by John McFetridge "Why not, as a location scout I spend my life finding things that people believe are something else; a bar in Toronto is in New York, the front of a house propped up on an empty lot in Oshawa is a haunted house in Maine in 1955, half of downtown is … Continue reading Gord Stewart

Doug D’Mello (The Indian Detective)

Created by Frank Spotnitz and Smita Bhide Okay, so DOUG D'MELLO is not a private eye. What he is is a recently demoted (to Constable Fourth Class) and suspended (for a month) member of the Toronto Metropolitan Police Force, following a spectacularly botched drug arrest. That went viral. Of course, that's not the real hook for … Continue reading Doug D’Mello (The Indian Detective)

Sam Jones

Created by Mike Knowles Diane: “You a cop or something?” Jones: “I’m a something.” Diane: “What does that mean?” Jones: “I’m a private investigator.” Diane: “Shut up. That’s not a real thing.” -- Running from the Dead Those who lament that Canadian author Knowles' professional go-between and career criminal Wilson isn't really a private eye … Continue reading Sam Jones

Wilson

Created by Mike Knowles Who says Canadians are nice? At one point in Darwin's Nightmare (2008), a hard-charging series debut, career criminal and certified nasty piece of work  WILSON confesses he isn’t “one of the good guys.” Well, duh. Before this blitzkrieg of a crime novel has run its course, young Wilson will have inflicted … Continue reading Wilson

Dan Sharp

Created by Jeffrey Round When we first meet him in Lake on the Mountain (2013), winner of the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Mystery, DAN SHARP is a single dad and missing persons investigator in Toronto who offers a few twists. Not only is he gay, but more amazingly, perhaps, his child is a boy! In … Continue reading Dan Sharp

Brad Shade/Matt Shade & Angie Everett

Created by G.B. Joyce Developed for television by Tim Kilby and Shelley Eriksen "I played with a bunch of names you'd recognize: Gretz, Mess, Mario. I played against all the others who mattered. I didn't last long in the league: 457 career games. One year near the end I got called up from Hartford for … Continue reading Brad Shade/Matt Shade & Angie Everett

Ava Lee

Created by Ian Hamilton "I chase bad debts for a living. You can't be cynical enough." -- Ava responds to accusations that she's too cynical for "someone so young" in The Disciple of Las Vegas The spin is that if Jack Reacher and Lisbeth Salander had a daughter, she might well turn out like Toronto-based AVA … Continue reading Ava Lee