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

Helen Keremos

Created by Eve Zaremba Back in the eighties, The Globe and Mail called HELEN KEREMOS "the best of the feminist lesbian detectives." I'm not sure about the best, but she certainly was one of the first, and certainly the first (1978) to be printed by a mainstream press (Paperjacks). Personally, I found her a little … Continue reading Helen Keremos

Pulp Fiction Chez Vous: An Introduction to David Montrose’s The Body on Mont-Royal

By Kevin Burton Smith Here we are. David Montrose's The Body on Mont-Royal. The third and final of his books to feature private eye Russell Teed. First published in 1953, by Harlequin. Yes, Harlequin. And now it's finally back in print. Pulp fiction chez nous. As vivid as Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles, as Montreal as … Continue reading Pulp Fiction Chez Vous: An Introduction to David Montrose’s The Body on Mont-Royal

Maxwell Dent

Created by Kenneth Orvis Pseudonym of Kenneth Lemieux "God help us, Dent – the thing is, my daughter has become a dope fiend." Montreal private eye MAXWELL DENT studied law at McGill and served in the RCAF and Intelligence M-5 during the Korean War, where he took down a drug ring. He’s got a reputation for … Continue reading Maxwell Dent

Russell Teed

Created by David Montrose Pseudonym of Charles Ross Graham) (1920-68)   A Montreal eye! RUSSELL TEED, "Montreal's version of the tough private eye" appeared in three n ovels set in my hometown back in the early fifties. And Bob and Doug would be proud of this particular hoser. Dow? Molson? Labatt? The pages of these … Continue reading Russell Teed