Leo Desroches

Created by Wayne Arthurson "People always assume that newspapers are keen to print the truth, but that's wrong. The first goal of a news story is to be accurate.There's a big difference between accuracy and the truth." -- Fall from Grace Reporter LEO DESROCHES, the son of Cree and French-Canadian parents, is a compulsive gambler … Continue reading Leo Desroches

Nat Lawson

Created by John McFetridge Oh, John, you're such a tease... If there's one thing that gets my shamus senses tingling, it's a Montreal private eye. And Toronto author (and Montreal ex-pat) McFetridge delivers just enough with the short story "Barbotte" to get me all hot and bothered. It's 1946, and NAT LAWSON is just back … Continue reading Nat Lawson

Elliot Forsman & Rivka Goldstein

Created by Gary Raymond Coffin When we first meet him in Ogrodnik (2016), the first in the series, long-time Montreal criminology professor (he teaches a course in "Logical Deduction" at the university) and part-time private eye ELLIOT FORSMAN is at loose ends, growing older and going nowhere. He's living on plastic cheese, packaged salami of … Continue reading Elliot Forsman & Rivka Goldstein

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)

My Scrapbook: Raymond Chandler’s Attestation Papers

My Scrapbook Raymond Chandler's Attestation Papers (August 14, 1917, Victoria, British Columbia) Although he was an American citizen, Raymond Thornton Chandler enlisted with the Canadian Army in August 1917, as his attestation paper above shows. Some have suggested he chose the Canadian Army due to his fondness for all things British (Canada being part of the … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Raymond Chandler’s Attestation Papers

Deacon Riis

Created by John Jantuen To say that bumbling newshawk DEACON RIIS, is the hero of No Quarter (2018), would be misleading. In this thriller, the first of a proposed trilogy by Canadian writer John Jantuen, Deacon, the only full-time reporter for local paper The Chronicle, is nobody's hero. Not even that of Rain, the woman twenty years … Continue reading Deacon Riis

Sally Sullivan & Bernie Fox (Mom P.I.)

Created by Chris Haddock Save your snark! Mom P.I. (1990-92) was a sly little gem from Canada's CBC-TV, an offbeat family show that managed to be smarter and more clever than it looked, without sacrificing one bit of heart -- or scaring anyone away. SALLY SULLIVAN was a recently-widowed mother with two kids to feed, struggling … Continue reading Sally Sullivan & Bernie Fox (Mom P.I.)

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

Neil Walker

Created by Bill Prentice NEIL WALKER is a former Mountie who specialized in Financial Crimes. Now he's a Toronto private eye, but money laundering, financial scams and political corruption seem to still be his beat, in this promising new series by Canadian writer Bill Prentice.Bill Prentice is a crime fiction writerwhose debut novel Why Was … Continue reading Neil Walker