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

Alexa Crowe

Created by -- New Zealand's Lucy (Xena, Warrior Princess) Lawless returned to television as a ALEXA CROWE, a 'fearless and unapologetic" private investigator in the 2019 Australian series My Life is Murder. For those nostalgic for the Lucy of the cheesy sword-and-sorcery sagas featuring a lot of jumping around fighting monsters, you'll probably be disappointed -- … Continue reading Alexa Crowe

Jill Fitzpatrick

Created by Dorothy Porter (1954-2008) "Christ, not more bloody poems." Billed as an "An Erotic Murder Mystery," The Monkey's Mask (1995) 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, … 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

Peregrine Fisher

Inspired by characters created by Kerry Greenwood Created by Deb Cox & Fiona Eagger Did you know Kerry Greenwood's popular Jazz Age Australian eye Phryne Fisher had a niece? Neither did I. I'm not even sure Kerry Greenwood knew. But apparently MS. PEREGRINE FISHER, the star of a new Australian TV show, Ms Fisher's MODern Murder Mysteries is that niece. Peregrine, … Continue reading Peregrine Fisher

Phryne Fisher

Created by Kerry Greenwood (1954--) Imagine Honey West as a flapper with a vorocious sexual appetite -- and a clue. In a popular series of novels by Australian author Kerry Greenwood, society gal and flapper turned private eye PHRYNE (pronounced "Fry-Nee") FISHER prowls around jazz-era Melbourne, Australia, getting into all sorts of mischief, both sexual … Continue reading Phryne Fisher

Caleb Zelic

Created by Emma Viskic "Caleb Zelic can't hear you but he sees everything." -- now this is one great tagline It's been a while since we've had a good "defective detective," but Australia's Emma Viskic honours that legacy with trouble-prone CALEB ZELIC, a private eye who's "profoundly" deaf. Fortunately, he can lipread like a motherfucker. Unfortunately, … Continue reading Caleb Zelic