By Rudyard Kennedy "Consider the case of Henry Pifield Rice... I must explain Henry early, to avoid disappointment. If I simply said he was a detective, and let it go at that, I should be obtaining the reader's interest under false pretences. He was really only a sort of detective, a species of sleuth. At Stafford's … Continue reading P.G. Wodehouse: P.I. Writer
Some Hot (and not-so-hot) Wheels Okay, so some of these aren't exactly "hot wheels," but they have become rather intrinsically linked with their drivers. It's weird. You would assume private eyes would drive bland, inconspicuous cars that blend into the background, and for most of them, that is ithe case. But a few … Continue reading Get Your Motor Runnin’…
An Ever-Growing List of Lester Dent's Detective Characters Kenneth Robeson was the prolific author of about a jillion pulp stories, and was best known as the creator of the Doc Savage series. But his real name was Lester Dent. And under that name and an avalanche of other pseudonyms and house names that included H.O. Cash, … Continue reading Lester Dent’s Rogues Gallery
Organizations & Societies The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) The PWA was founded in 1981 by Robert J. Randisi, as an organization devoted to private eye fiction. Membership is open to fans, writers, and publishing professionals. There are three levels of membership: Active, Associate, and International. The aim of the organization is to support and … Continue reading Murder in the Links: Writing Sites & Services
EDITOR'S NOTE: This one's taken from the third and final issue of P.S. Magazine, a general interest magazine from the 1960s. It was their August 1966 issue, and it was dedicated to "the rise of the gumshoe" and included an interview with Rex Stout, "The White Rabbit Caper," a tongue-in-cheek detective story by James Thurber, an essay … Continue reading “I Dunit”
aka "Masterpiece Mystery (1980--) Mystery! is a long-running American television anthology series, produced by WGBH Boston for PBS, featuring predominately British mystery stories, usually literary adaptations. When the show, intended as a spin-off of the popular PBS show Masterpiece Theatre, made its debut in 1980, however, nobody suspected it would have such an influence on crime and mystery … Continue reading Mystery!
What? You thought I made this all up, or downloaded it all from Wikipedia? Nope. Here are the books that inspired me to create this site, and the books I've used to cobble it together over the years, as well as the ones I've discovered along the way. If you like this site, you may … Continue reading Murder in the Library: Television
P.I.'s of the Emerald Isle "There are no private eyes in Ireland. The Irish wouldn't wear it. The concept brushes perilously close to the hated 'informer.' You can get get away weith almost anything except 'telling.'" -- Jack Taylor on the paucity of P.I.s in Ireland, in The Guards (2001) by Ken Bruen John Blaine … Continue reading Irish Eyes, Smiling or Otherwise
A bestselling mystery author reveals all. The ever-cheeky Craig Rice had a slew of bestselling mysteries under her belt, including such classics as The Big Budget Murders, Having a Wonderful Crime and Home Sweet Homicide, when she appeared on the cover of Time -- the first mystery writer to do so. But it wasn't the first time she was … Continue reading Craig Rice on “How To Write a Mystery Novel”
The Place Where the Pulps Came From In helping me assemble my list of post-pulp digests, Richard Moore openly speculated that 1 Appleton Street, Holyoke, Massachusett, listed so often as the "publisher's address" of so many crime pulps and digests, must surely have been a mail drop to dodge bill collectors -- or that Holyoke … Continue reading Good Ol’ Holyoke, Mass.