SYKM


1930s
Harold Adams
  • Carl Wilcox: ex-convict and Depression-era sign-painter in South Dakota

Susan Wittig Albert
  • Miss Elizabeth Lacy and the Darling Dahlias, a garden club, in fictional 1930s Darling, Alabama

James Anderson
  • Inspector Wilkin: in 1930s England

Aileen Baron
  • Lily Sampson: young American graduate student archeologist, in late 1930s and early 1940s Jerusalem and Morocco

George Baxt
  • The Celebrity Murder series: featuring celebrity detectives from the 1920s through 1950s

Rhys Bowen
  • Lady Georgiana: minor royalty in 1930s England

Rebecca Cantrell
  • Hannah Vogel: crime reporter in 1930s Berlin, Germany

Jim Christy
  • Gene Castle: private investigator in late 1930s to 1945 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Max Allan Collins
  • Nate Heller: 1930s ex-cop turned private eye, in Chicago, Illinois
  • Eliot Ness: 1930s public safety officer in Cleveland, Ohio
Maurizio de Giovanni
  • Luigi Alfredo Ricciardi: 31-year-old Commissario of Police in 1930s Naples, Italy

August Derleth
  • Solar Pons: acknowledged imitation of Sherlock Holmes

David Downing
  • John Russell: British journalist working as an amateur spy in 1939 Berlin, Germany

Sam Eastland (Paul Watkins)
  • Inspector Pekkala: of Finnish extraction, a former investigator of Tsar Nicholas II, imprisoned by the Bolsheviks, now an investigator for Stalin starting in 1929, in the Soviet Union

P.N. Elrod
  • Jack Fleming: 1930s reporter turned vampire in Chicago, Illinois, in the Vampire Files

Alan Furst
  • Non-series spy books about 1930s Europe and World War II

Sarah Gainham
  • Julia Homburg: leading actress with the Burg Theater in the late 1930s and 1940s, in Vienna, Austria

Sulari Gentill
  • Rowland Sinclair: young artist and gentleman from a wealthy family, and reluctant amateur sleuth, in 1930s Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Friedrich Glauser
  • Jakob Studer: police sergeant (Wachtmeister) in 1930s Bern, Switzerland

Robert Goldsborough
  • Steve “Snap” Malek: police reporter for the Tribune, in 1930s–1940s Chicago, Illinois

Paul Grossman
  • Willi Kraus, a decorated soldier in WWI, and the most celebrated Jewish detective in Weimar Germany

Peter Guttridge
  • Robert Watts: disgraced chief constable in mid-1930s Brighton, England, in the Brighton trilogy

Fred Harris
  • Okie Dunn: sheriff in 1930s Vernon, Oklahoma

Jack D. Hunter
  • Bruno Stachel: the German flying ace from WWI to 1945

H. Paul Jeffers
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Harry MacNeil: ex-cop private investigator who wants to be a jazz clarinetist, in 1930s New York City

Philip Kerr
  • Bernie Gunther: German private eye who hates the Nazis, in Berlin, Germany, 1936-1947

Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl
  • Mina Beckwith, a newspaper reporter, and Ned Manusia, a playwright, in 1930s Honolulu, Hawaii

Michael Kurland
  • Alexander Brass: newspaper columnist in 1935 New York City

Elmore Leonard
  • Carl Webster: US Marshall in the 1930s and 1940s

William F. Nolan
  • The Black Mask Boys: 1930s detective heroes in California

Amy Patricia Meade
  • Marjorie McClelland: a smart and sassy mystery writer, and rich British expat Creighton Ashcroft, in 1930s Ridgebury, Connecticut

Craig McDonald
  • Hector Lassiter: legendary crime novelist who writes what he lives and lives what he writes, in the 1930s-1950s
Rebecca Pawel
  • Carlos Tejada Alonso y Leon: sergeant in Guardia Civil in 1930s and 1940s Madrid, Spain

Deborah Powell
  • Hollis Carpenter: lesbian crime reporter and her schnauzer Anice, in 1936-37 Houston, Texas

Linda L. Richards
  • Kitty Pangborn: secretary to private eye Dexter J. Theroux, in 1930s Los Angeles, California

David Roberts
  • Lord Edward Corinth: jaded English aristocrat, and Verity Browne, a leftist journalist, between the wars in 1930s London, England

Dorothy & Sidney Rosen
  • Belle Appleman: Jewish immigrant and garment worker during the Great Depression, in Boston, Massachusetts

Andrew Rosenheim
  • Jimmy Nessheim: young FBI agent beginning in late 1930s Chicago, Illinois

William Ryan
  • Alexei Korolev: captain in the militia’s Criminal Investigation Division under Stalin, in 1930s Moscow, Russia

Harold Schechter
  • Edgar Allan Poe: in the 1830s-1840s, in Baltimore, Maryland, New York City, and Massachusetts

Robert Skinner
  • Wesley Farrell: Creole nightclub owner passing for white, in 1930s New Orleans, Louisiana

Neville Steed
  • Johnny Black: private detective in 1930s England

Donald Thomas
  • Sonny Tarrant: gangster in 1930s-1940s London, England

Richard J. Thomas
  • D.B. Murphy: ex-blacksmith private investigator in the 1920s-1930s, in the Georgian Bay port town of Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada

Nicola Upson
  • Josephine Tey: the mystery writer in 1930s Britain

Jacqueline Winspear
  • Maisie Dobbs: psychologist and investigator based in 1920s and 1930s London, England

James Garcia Woods
  • Inspector Paco Ruiz: at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, in Madrid, Spain