Real People
Susan Wittig Albert
  • Beatrix Potter: author and illustrator in the Lake District in 1900s England

Bruce Alexander
  • Sir John Fielding: blind magistrate and founder of the first police force in 1700s London, England

Lawrence Alexander
  • Theodore Roosevelt: Police Commissioner in 1890s New York City

Steve Allen
  • Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows: celebrity crime-solvers in Los Angeles, California

Michael Atkinson
  • Ernest Hemingway investigates

Stephanie Barron (Francine Mathews)
  • Jane Austen: famous author in England

Bernard Bastable (Robert Barnard)
  • Amadeus Mozart: 18th century musician in London, England

George Baxt
  • Celebrity Murder series

Albert Bell
  • Pliny the Younger: wealthy young aristocrat in 1st century Rome

Gyles Brandreth
  • Oscar Wilde: poet, wit, and playwright, friend of Arthur Conan Doyle, and Robert Sherard, great-grandson of Wordsworth, investigate murders in Victorian England, Scotland, and France

Joanna Challis
  • Daphne du Maurier: young aspiring author in 1920s Cornwall, England

Rory Clements
  • John Shakespeare: investigator and older brother of Will, in Elizabethan (1580s-1590s) England
Lillian De La Torre
  • Dr. Sam. Johnson: real-life 18th-century lexicographer and sage, in London, England

Mary Devlin
  • Geoffrey Chaucer: poet and detective in the late 1300s, in England

Margaret Doody
  • Aristotle, the philosopher, and Stephanos, a former student, in 330s BCE Athens under the rule of Alexander

Mark Frost
  • Arthur Conan Doyle: doctor, author, and student of the paranormal, in late 19th century London, England

Ron Goulart
  • Groucho Marx: movie star in Hollywood, California

Robert Lee Hall
  • Benjamin Franklin: 18th-century American inventor, in London, England

Barbara Hamilton (Barbara Hambly)
  • Abigail Adams, the future first lady, married to a rebellious lawyer, in mid-1770s Massachusetts Colony

Peter J. Heck
  • Mark Twain: 19th century American author, and Wentworth Cabot, his secretary, in the USA

Peg Herring
  • Elizabeth Tudor, and her friend Simon Maldon, amateur sleuths during the reign of her father Henry VIII, in London, England, in the Simon & Elizabeth mysteries

Ed Ifkovic
  • Edna Ferber the author

Jane Jakeman
  • Claude Monet: French impressionist painter, in early 1900s London, England, and Venice, Italy
Stuart M. Kaminsky
  • Toby Peters: 1940s Hollywood P.I. in Los Angeles, California who works for famous people

Peter King
  • Jack London: author in the 1890s (before his famous novels) in San Francisco, California

Daniel M. Klein
  • Elvis Presley: back from his tour of duty in Germany, singing and sleuthing in Tennessee

Edward Koch
  • Edward Koch: mayor of New York City

Anna Maclean
  • Louisa May Alcott: amateur sleuth before becoming a famous author, in pre-Civil War Boston, Massachusetts

Jeffrey Marks
  • General Ulysses Grant: returning to his hometown of Georgetown, Ohio, after the Civil Wa

Carol McCleary
  • Nellie Bly: American investigative reporter, in Paris and around the world, starting in 1889

Philippa Morgan (Philip Gooden)
  • Geoffrey Chaucer: acting as an agent for Edward III in the late 1300s in England and on the continent

J.J. Murphy
  • Dorothy Parker: the witty writer in 1920s Manhattan, New York City, in the Algonquin Round Table mysteries
Félix J. Palma
  • H.G. Wells, Thomas Edison, and other historical characters, in a historical-fantasy-thriller Victorian trilogy

William J. Palmer
  • Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens: 19th century writers in London, England

S.J. Parris
  • Giordano Bruno: monk, philosopher, and astronomer on the run from the Roman Inquisition, serving as an agent for Queen Elizabeth I, in late 16th century England

Robert J. Randisi
  • The Rat Pack: (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford, et al.) in Las Vegas, Nevad

Roberta Rogow
  • Rev. Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) and Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle team up in 1880s Victorian England

Elliot Roosevelt
  • Eleanor Roosevelt: 1940s First Lady in Washington, DC

Robert Ross and Martin Woodhouse
  • Leonardo da Vinci: the James Bond of the Renaissance

Laura Joh Rowland
  • Charlotte Brontë: the author, in mid-1880s England

Walter Satterthwait
  • Phil Beaumont and Jane Turner: Pinkerton agents who investigate famous people in the 1920s
  • Lizzie Borden: three decades after her acquittal of the axe-murder of her father and stepmother

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

Randall Silvis
  • Edgar Allan Poe: author in 1800s New York City

Daniel Stashower
  • Harry Houdini: escape artist

Rosemary Stevens
  • Beau Brummell: arbiter of fashion in the Regency era of Great Britain

Diane A.S. Stuckart
  • Leonardo da Vinci: court engineer to the Duke of Milan, and his apprentice Dino (Delfina in disguise as a boy), in 1480s Milan, Italy

M.J. Trow
  • Kit (Christopher) Marlowe, the Elizabethan playwright in his youth, beginning in 1583 Cambridge, England

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

Nancy Means Wright
  • Mary Wollstonecraft: the 18th century English feminist, working as a governess at Mitchelstown Castle, in County Cork, Ireland

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