Richard Diamond

Created by Blake Edwards (1922-2010) "Diamond Detective Agency. A pleasant smile, a cheerful rhyme, and we'll keep you from doing time." -- Diamond answers his own phone. Babyfaced Dick Powell was considered pretty much a lightweight song-and-dance man until his rebirth as a movie tough guy in Murder My Sweet (1944, RKO), where he played … Continue reading Richard Diamond

Nick and Nora Charles

Created by Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) Nora: "I read where you were shot five times in the tabloids." Nick: "Not true. He didn't come anywhere near my tabloids." -- from The Thin Man (1934 film) The glitzy adventures of Dashiell Hammett's retired private eye NICK CHARLES and his rich, beautiful (and not quite as ditzy as … Continue reading Nick and Nora Charles

The Falcon (aka Michael Waring, Gay Stanhope Falcon, Gay Stanhope Lawrence, Tom Lawrence)

Created by Drexel Drake Pseudonym of Charles H. Huff (1887-1959) Or possibly: Michael Arlen Pseudonym of Dikran Kouyoumdjian (1895-1956)  THE FALCON was the nom de guerre of a true man of mystery. He was either MICHAEL WINGATE, a shadowy figure who took on the underworld with the aid of his friend Sarge, avoiding the police … Continue reading The Falcon (aka Michael Waring, Gay Stanhope Falcon, Gay Stanhope Lawrence, Tom Lawrence)

The Rivals

Radio Anthology Series A radio anthology, dramatizing early stories of the "rivals of Sherlock Holmes," narrated by Arthur conan Doyle's Inspector Lestrade. THE RIVALS (2011-15, BBC 4) 16 30-minute episodes Starring Tim Pigott-Smith as Inspector Lestrade SEASON ONE "Murder by Proxy" Based on the story by By Matthias McDonnel Bodkin Starring Anton Lesser as PAUL BECK "The … Continue reading The Rivals

Murder in the Library: Radio

What? You thought I made this all up, or cut-and-pasted it all from Wikipedia? Nope. Here are the books that inspired me to create this site, and the books I've used to cobble it together over the years, as well as the ones I've discovered along the way, broken down into various categories. If you … Continue reading Murder in the Library: Radio

Perry Mason

Created by Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) PERRY MASON is Raymond Burr as a Defense Attorney, right? Not a P.I., right? Well, sorta. In the first ten or so books by pulpmeister Erle Stanley Gardner, Perry comes off as a particularly hard-boiled lawyer/detective, throwing his weight around, breaking and entering, and other private eye shenanigans, not above … Continue reading Perry Mason

Flashgun Casey

Created by George Harmon Coxe (1901-84) Originally appearing in the pages of Black Mask under the watchful eyes of then-editor Joseph Shaw, JACK "FLASHGUN" CASEY of the Boston Express was the original fast-talking crime photographer, a big, hot-tempered Boston Mick with a gift for gab and a nose for trouble. No "artiste", Casey kept a bottle of … Continue reading Flashgun Casey

Precious Ramotswe

Created by Alexander McCall Smith One of the most unlikely but likable of private eyes, PRECIOUS RAMOTSWE is a fat, jolly young (she's only 22 in the first novel) woman who sets up The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency in Gaborone, Botswana, thus becoming that emerging south African nation's first female detective. Although there's something downright … Continue reading Precious Ramotswe

Charlie Wild

"He's a man's man, but the ladies, too, go for Charlie Wild, Private Eye. Follow him into adventure." -- TV promo CHARLIE WILD was a P.I. with a rather unique back story to his creation. He was basically called in -- QUICKLY! -- as a sub for Dashiell Hammett's SAM SPADE. After years of success, … Continue reading Charlie Wild