Ed Clive

Created by Leigh Brackett (1915-1978) She was wearing a white raincoat with the hood thrown back. There were raindrops caught in her soft black hair, but the drops in her thick lashes never came out of a Los Angeles sky. Her arms went around him, tight. He kissed her. "Hello, tramp." EDMOND CLIVE's your classic, … Continue reading Ed Clive

Leigh Brackett

(1915-1978) "Hawks liked my dialogue and called my agent.  He was somewhat shaken when he discovered that it was Miss and not Mister Brackett, but he rallied bravely and signed me on anyway..." -- Leigh Brackett "In walked a rather attractive girl who looked like she had just come in from a tennis match.  She … Continue reading Leigh Brackett

Gloria Demasco

Created by Lucha Corpi (1945--) GLORIA DEMASCO is a petite Chicana, born in Oakland, California. She came from a working class family, and was trained as a speech therapist. She's a young widow (she was married to a Puerto Rican, Nuerriqueño) with a daughter. She's very involved in local politics, both as an activist and a … Continue reading Gloria Demasco

Addison Holmes

Created by Liliana Hart "His muscles had muscles, and I was pretty sure it wasn't his gun pressing into my belly." -- Whiskey Sour A little bit of Shell Scott, a whole lotta Stephanie Plum... ADDISON HOLMES is so very, very bored with teaching history in nowheresville Whiskey Bayou, Georgia, until she lands a job at … Continue reading Addison Holmes

Sam Jones

Created by Lauren Henderson Punky, irreverent SAM JONES, young sculptor and occasional aerobics instructor, not to mention accidental private investigator, bouncing around the London art scene. She's feisty, tough, sarcastic, and a thoroughly modern millie dipped in hipster chic. As one would-be, teacup-rattling social critic on DorothyL pointed out "I don't think Lauren's character is … Continue reading Sam Jones

Kate Shugak

Created by Dana Stabenbow (1952 --) When this long-running series started, KATE SHUGAK was an investigator for the Anchorage, Alaska D.A.'s office. She became a P.I eight or so books into the series, after she was badly injured during a fight with a child molester, resulting in the murder of her lover and a scar … Continue reading Kate Shugak

Lori Andersen

Created by Steph Broadribb Pseudonyms include Stephanie Marland Originally published by Orenda Books, Steph Broadribb's action-packed LORI ANDERSON series features a former stripper turned single mom working hard to keep it together as a bounty hunter in Florida. Lori's as tough as they come, but raising  nine-year old Dakota, who suffers from leukemia, ain't easy. … Continue reading Lori Andersen

Paula Mitchell

Created by Jan Christensen Perfect Victim (2013), the first in a proposed series, introduced PAULA MITCHELL, a "feisty private investigator" based in the small town of Springton, Rhode Island, whose speciality seems to be helping "women in trouble." The book was praised by the SMFS peanut gallery for Paula being "sassy" and being "tough, but … Continue reading Paula Mitchell