Dixie Flannigan

Created by Chris Rogers Former prosecutor turned Houston bounty hunter DIXIE FLANNIGAN is no cream puff, as she amply demonstrates in her well-received debut, 1998's Bitch Factor. She may be only five feet two inches and 120 pounds, but Dixie proved to be rough-and-ready, no matter what, and her combination of brains, cunning and general bitchiness, … Continue reading Dixie Flannigan

Gwenn Ramadge

Created by Lillian O'Donnell (1926-2005) GWENN RAMADGE is a private detective working for Hart Security and Investigations who teams up with handsome (of course) homicide detective Lew Sackler to investigate an apparent serial murderer, whose victims include two recent brides in A Wreath for the Bride (1990). Gwenn and Lew must have hit it off, because … Continue reading Gwenn Ramadge

Mici Anhalt

Created by Lillian O'Donnell (1926-2005) Not really a P.I., MICI ANHALT is an investigator, though. For the New York City Crime Victim's Compensation Board, and in her three book-length cases, she comes off more like a private eye than some paper-packing social worker, even if she is, tangentially, a government worker. An ex-ballerina and a former … Continue reading Mici Anhalt

Carlotta Carlyle

Created by Linda Barnes CARLOTTA CARLYLE's one tall (six feet!), red-headed, tough-talking, blues-loving, heart-on-her-sleeve-wearing, ex-cop cab-driving P.I. cruising the streets of Boston, MA, looking for trouble in all the wrong places. And usually finding it. "As smart as Spenser and as mean as Hawk" is how Margaret Cannon in The Globe and Mail puts it. … Continue reading Carlotta Carlyle

Lupe Solano

Created by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera Cuban-born private eye LUPE SOLANO claims Miami's Little Havana as her turf, as does her creator, former real-life gumshoe Carolina Garcia-Aguilera. Lupe runs her own agency, assisted by her health-conscious cousin Leonardo and a motley crew of colourful investigators. Lupe's young, tough, self-assured, and not above a roll in the hay, … Continue reading Lupe Solano

Arthur G. Crook

Created by Anthony Gilbert Pseudonym of Lucy Beatrice Malleson (1899-1973) "My clients are never guilty." -- Arthur's motto The aptly-named ARTHUR G. CROOK is a rather shifty, but charming London lawyer-detective who doesn't seem to know much law, but is apparently more than willing to do just about anything or go just about anywhere for … Continue reading Arthur G. Crook

Lydia Chin & Bill Smith

Created by S.J. Rozan "I cruised past travel agents and layaway furniture stores, fastfood takeouts and storefront clinics. The Concourse flowed through the Bronx like a river between high banks of stone and brick. Well-made andonce proud, the apartment buildings on either side stood together like elderly cousins lined up for the last family photograph." … Continue reading Lydia Chin & Bill Smith

Mali Anderson

Created by Grace Edwards Whoa, whoa, whoa, it's the Harlem Shuffle... Sometime-sleuth MALI ANDERSON is a savvy, street-smart student working towards a Ph.D. in social work with roots deep that go deep into her Harlem working class neighborhood. But this isn't some bleak, mean streets gangsta hip hop kinda film-at-eleven version of Harlem. Instead, it's … Continue reading Mali Anderson

Delilah West

Created by Maxine O'Callaghan (1937 --) Orange County, California is the stomping ground of street-smart private eye DELILAH WEST, who's been around longer than even Sharon, Kinsey or V.I. She made her first appearance in a short story in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine way back in 1974, predating all of them. But for some reason, … Continue reading Delilah West

Izzy Spellman (The Spellman Files)

Created by Lisa Lutz It's a family affair... Despite her habit of being arrested, former bad girl and wild child ISABEL "IZZY" SPELLMAN may just be the sane one in her family. Which may not be saying much. She's the obstensible bad girl heroine (and narrator) of this series that details the hijinks of an extremely … Continue reading Izzy Spellman (The Spellman Files)