Mysteries Set in Greater London
Douglas Adams
  • Dirk Gently (alias of Svlad Cjelli), a holistic detective who investigates based on the fundamental interconnectedness of all things, in London, England, in a comic, sci-fi mystery series

Rennie Airth
  • Inspector John Madden of Scotland Yard, a shell-shocked veteran of World War I

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

Tasha Alexander
  • Lady Emily Ashton: young and recently widowed, in Victorian London, England

Margery Allingham
  • Albert Campion: suave sleuth with noble blood, in London, England

Val Andrews
  • Sherlock Holmes: sleuth based in London, England

William Ardin
  • Charles Ramsay: Chelsea antiques dealer in London, England

Campbell Armstrong (Campbell Black)
  • Frank Pagan: detective from Special Branch, Scotland Yard, in London, England, combating international spies and terrorists

Jake Arnott
  • Harry Starks: charismatic homosexual gangster in 1960s London, England

Gordon Ashe (John Creasey)
  • Patrick Dawlish: works with British Intelligence and later, Scotland Yard

Marian Babson
  • Trixie Dolan and Evangeline Sinclair: aging actresses in London, England
  • Douglas Perkins and Gerry Tate: in public relations in London, England

Sam Baker
  • Annie Anderson: tabloid feature writer and fashion editor at Handbag Magazine, based in London, England

H.C. Bailey
  • Joshua Clunk: Bible-spouting, hymn-singing lawyer, in London, England
  • Reginald Fortune: surgeon and medical consultant to Scotland Yard, in London, England

T.F. Banks
  • Henry Morton, in Regency London, England, in the Memoirs of a Bow Street Runner series:

Robert Barnard
  • Charlie Peace: young black Scotland Yard detective first in London and then in Leeds, England
  • Perry Trethowan: Scotland Yard inspector in London, England

Trevor Barnes
  • Blanche Hampton: detective superintendent at Scotland Yard, in London, England

James Barnett
  • Owen Smith: detective chief superintendent at Scotland Yard, in London, England

Colin Bateman
  • Jimmie Murphy: undercover police officer in London, England,

Josephine Bell
  • Amy Tupper: amateur sleuth in London, England
  • Dr. David Wintringham, Inspector Steven Mitchell of Scotland Yard, and barrister Claude Warrington-Reeve, in England

C.C. Benison
  • Jane Bee: housemaid at Buckingham Palace in London, England

Raymond Benson
  • James Bond: master spy in London, England in the continuation of the Ian Fleming series

E.C. Bentley
  • Philip Trent: journalist in London, England

Anthony Berkeley
  • Roger Sheringham: writer and obnoxious sleuth, in London, England

Mark Billingham
  • Tom Thorne: middle aged detective inspector in London, England

Lionel Black
  • Kate Theobald: reporter in London, England

S.J. Bolton
  • Lacey Flint: a young detective constable in London, England

Rick Boyer
  • Sherlock Holmes: detective in London, England

Ruth Brandon
  • Reggie (Regina) Lee: PhD art curator for the National Gallery in London, England
  • Andrew Taggart: journalist with New Politics, based in London, England

Emily Brightwell
  • Inspector Witherspoon: a policeman, and Mrs. Jeffries, his housekeeper, in London, England, in the Victorian mysteries

Tony Broadbent
  • Jethro: cat burglar recruited by MI5, in post-WWII London, England

James Brownley
  • Alison Glasby: crime reporter, in 1970s London, England

Ken Bruen
  • Detective Sergeant Tom Brant and Chief Inspector James Roberts: in London’s southeast precinct

Fiona Buckley
  • Ursula Blanchard: Lady-in-Waiting to Queen Elizabeth I , in London, England

Carole Buggé
  • Sherlock Holmes: detective in London, England

Thomas Burke
  • Quong Lee: elderly Chinatown philosopher in London, England

Roger Busby
  • Leric: detective inspector for Scotland Yard in London, England
  • Tony Rowley: detective inspector for Scotland Yard in London, England

Christopher Bush
  • Ludovic Travers: wealthy writer and amateur sleuth, later proprietor of the Broad Street Detective Agency, along with Scotland Yard Superintendant George Wharton and later Chief Inspector Jewle, in London, England

Gwendoline Butler
  • John Coffin: a police inspector rising through the ranks to Commissioner, and his wife, Stella Pinero, an actress, in south London, England
  • William Winter: police inspector, later superintendent, in south London, England

Susanna Calkins
  • Lucy Campion: young orphan working as a chambermaid in 1665 London, England

Kenneth Cameron (Gordon Kent)
  • General Denton: expatriate U.S. Civil War veteran and former frontier sheriff turned novelist, in turn of the 20th century London, England

Mike Carey
  • Felix Castor: free-lance exorcist, in supernatural fantasy thrillers set in London, England

Carol K. Carr
  • India Black, a young madam running a brothel catering to gentlemen, in 1870s London, England

Philip J. Carraher
  • Sherlock Holmes: detective in London, England

Jennifer Lee Carrell
  • Kate Stanley: an academic sleuth, directing Shakespeare at the rebuilt Globe Theatre in London, England, and elsewhere

Jane Casey
  • Maeve Kerrigan: ambitious young detective constable, in London, England

Cassandra Chan
  • Jack Gibbons: detective sergeant at Scotland Yard, and Phillip Bethancourt his rich friend, man-about-town from university days, in London, England

Kate Charles
  • Callie Anson: newly ordained Anglican cleric, her boyfriend Mark Lombardi, a police officer, and DI Neville Stewart, in London, England
  • Lucy Kingsley: artist, and David Middleton-Brown, a solicitor, in London, England, and the Church of England, in the Book of Psalms mysteries

Paul Charles
  • Christy Kennedy: the Irish-born Detective Inspector of Camden CID in England

Agatha Christie
  • Superintendent Battle: of Scotland Yard, and Bundle Brent
  • Hercule Poirot: Belgian private detective in London, England

Pamela Christie
  • Arabella Beaumont: courtesan and sleuth in Regency London, England

Douglas Clark
  • George Masters, a Scotland Yard DCI and later Chief Superintendent, and Bill Green, a Detective Inspector and later DCI, in London, England

Anna Clarke
  • Paula Glenning: professor and writer, in London, England

Mary Andrea Clarke
  • Georgiana Grey: young, independent gentlewoman, and a highwayman, the Crimson Cavalier, in late 18th century London, England

Liza Cody
  • Anna Lee: private investigator in London, England
  • Eva Wylie: wrestler and security guard, in London, England

Martina Cole
  • Patrick Kelly who has underworld connections, and Kate Burrows, a detective inspector, in the East End of London, England
  • Maura Ryan: who joins the family “firm” and becomes the young queen of the criminal underworld, in the East End of London, England

Bob Cook
  • Michael Wyman: 50-something philosophy professor and MI-6 agent, based in London, England

Judith Cook
  • Simon Forman: physician-astrologer in Elizabethan London, England

Natasha Cooper
  • Willow King: romance novelist in London, England

Rick Copp
  • Jarrod Jarvis: former child-star and gay amateur sleuth, in Los Angeles, California, and London, England

Catherine Coulter & J.T. Ellison
  • Nicholas Drummond: American-born chief inspector at Scotland Yard, London, England, in the Brit in the FBI series

David Craig (Bill James)
  • Roy Rickman: Home Officer Administrator in London, England

James Craig
  • John Carlyle: inspector in the Metropolitan Police, in London, England

John Creasey
  • Inspector Roger West: of Scotland Yard, in London England

Adam Creed
  • Will (“Staffe”) Wagstaffe: detective inspector in London, England

Freeman Wills Crofts
  • Joseph French: inspector at Scotland Yard, in London, England

Deborah Crombie
  • Duncan Kincaid: Scotland Yard superintendent, and Gemma James, a sergeant, in London, England

Clare Curzon
  • The Stakerly series in early 1900s London, England
Denise Danks
  • Georgina Powers: computer journalist in London, England

Lillian De La Torre
  • Dr. Sam Johnson: real-life 18th-century lexicographer and sage, in London, England

Len Deighton
  • Harry Palmer: lazy cynical British agent in London, England
  • Bernard Samson: 40-something British spy, based in London, England

August Derleth
  • Solar Pons: acknowledged imitation of Sherlock Holmes

Eileen Dewhurst
  • Neil Carter: Scotland Yard detective in London, England
  • Helen Markham-Johnson: actress recruited by the Secret Service in London, England
  • Phyllida Moon: private eye on television, in London, England

Carter Dickson (John Dickson Carr)
  • Colonel March: head of Scotland Yard’s fictitious Department D-3, the Department of Queer Complaints

Peter Dickinson
  • James Pibble: Scotland Yard Superintendent, later a private investigator, in London, England

Paul Doherty
  • Brother Athelstan, a Dominican monk, and John Cranston, a coroner, in 14th century London, England
  • Mathilde of Westminster: physician and former lady-in-waiting, in the court of Edward II, in 14th century, London, England

Anabel Donald
  • Alex Tanner: freelance TV researcher and part-time private investigator, in London, England, in the Notting Hill mysteries

Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Sherlock Holmes: detective in London, England

Charles Drummond (Kenneth Giles)
  • Bob Reed: a police sergeant under a disciplinary cloud, used for odd jobs by Scotland Yard, in London, England

Ivor Drummond (Roger Erskine Longrigg)
  • Jennifer Norrington, Alessandro Di Ganzarello, and Coleridge Tucker: James Bond-like trio in London, England

Stella Duffy
  • Saz Martin: lesbian private investigator in London, England

Sarah Dunant
  • Hannah Wolfe: private investigator in London, England

Francis Durbridge
  • Paul Temple: crime writer turned private investigator, in London, England

Lance Elliot (Keith McCarthy)
  • Lance Elliot: doctor in 1975 Thornton Heath, England

Loren D. Estleman
  • Sherlock Holmes: 19th century consulting detective in London, England

Colin Falconer
  • Madeleine Fox: detective inspector in London, England

Richard Falkirk (Derek Lambert)
  • Edmund Blackstone: Bow Street runner in early 19th-century London, England

Quinn Fawcett (Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and Bill Fawcett)
  • Mycroft Holmes: Sherlock’s older brother, in London, England

Gordon Ferris
  • Danny McRae: former spy turned private investigator who suffers from memory problems due to war injuries, in post-WWII London, England

E.X. Ferrars
  • Virginia Freer: a physiotherapist, and Felix Freer, a thief, in London, England

Charles Finch
  • Charles Lenox: gentleman sleuth, in 1860s London, England

Robert L. Fish
  • Schlock Homes: of 211B Bagel Street, a Sherlockian pastiche with a Yiddish perspective, in London, England

Ian Fleming
  • James Bond: master spy in London, England

Elena Forbes
  • Mark Tartaglia: detective inspector in London, England

Christopher Fowler
  • Arthur Bryant and John May: detectives in the Peculiar Crimes Unit, in London, England

Antonia Fraser
  • Jemima Shore: investigative television journalist in London, England

Nicci French
  • Frieda Klein: psychotherapist in London, England

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

Frances Fyfield
  • Sarah Fortune: lawyer in a prestigious British firm, in London, England
  • Helen West: Crown Prosecutor in London, England

Diana Gabaldon
  • Lord John Grey: soldier and gentleman, in mid-18th century London, England, and elsewhere

Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
  • Cormoran Strike: private detective, and his secretary/assistant Robin Ellacott, in London, England

Ashley Gardner
  • Captain Gabriel Lacey: former cavalry officer in Regency-era London, England

John Gardner
  • James Bond: master spy in London, England
  • Suzie Montford: Woman Police Constable in London, England during the Blitz
  • Professor Moriarty: archenemy of Sherlock Holmes in London, England

Roberta Gellis
  • Magdalene la Batarde: whorehouse madame in 12th-century London, England

Elizabeth George
  • Thomas Lynley: Scotland Yard inspector, Sergeant Barbara Havers, forensic pathologist Simon Allcourt-St. James, his wife Deborah, and lab assistant Lady Helen Clyde, in London, England

Anthony Gilbert
  • Arthur G. Crook: fat, beer-drinking Cockney barrister in London, England

Michael Gilbert
  • Inspector Hazelrigg: police inspector in London, England
  • Luke Pagan and Joe Narrabone: metropolitan police who become British intelligence operatives, in London, England
  • Patrick Petrella: Spanish-English police inspector in London, England

Kenneth Giles
  • Harry James: detective sergeant, later inspector at Scotland Yard, based in London, England

E.X. Giroux
  • Robert (Robby) Forsyth: retired barrister, and Abigail (Sandy) Sanderson, his crisply efficient secretary, in London, England

Philip Gooden
  • Thomas Ansell: London attorney who travels to British cathedral towns during the Victorian era
  • Nick Revill: actor in Shakespearean times in London, England

Bruce Graeme
  • William Stevens, a Scotland Yard inspector in London, England, and Pierre Allain, an agent in the Sûreté in Paris, France

Ann Granger
  • Lizzie Martin: companion to a wealthy widow slum landlord, in 1860s London, England
  • Fran Varady: an out-of-work actress turned private investigator, in London, England

Pip Granger
  • Rosie Featherby: child raised by her Aunt Maggie and Uncle Bert running a Soho cafe in early 1950s London, England

Lesley Grant-Adamson
  • Laura Flynn: private investigator in London, England
  • Rain Morgan: newspaper reporter in London, England

Tracy Grant
  • Charles Fraser: idealistic MP and former intelligence agent, and his wife Mélanie, a war refugee, in Regency London, England

John Gray
  • Edmund Whitty: correspondent for a Victorian tabloid in London, England

Alex Grecian
  • The Murder Squad, Scotland Yard, in 1890s London, England

D.M. Greenwood
  • Theodora Braithwaite: clergy woman in London, England

Susanna Gregory
  • Thomas Chaloner: reluctant spy for the Secretary in London, England

Leonard Gribble
  • Anthony Slade: Superindendent at Scotland Yard, in London, England

Martha Grimes
  • Richard Jury: Scotland Yard investigator based in London, England

Adam Hall
  • Bishop: author of books about personality under stress and an observer of other people’s problems, and his Oxford-educated assistant, Vera Gorringe, based in London, England

Patricia Hall
  • Kate O’Donnell: aspiring photographer in 1960s London, England

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

Barbara Hambly
  • James Asher: professor and one-time spy in London, England

June Hampson
  • Daisy Lane, caught up in gangster life starting in 1960s London and Gosport, England

Paul Harding
  • Brother Athelstan: a Dominican monk, and John Cranston, a coroner, in 14th century London, England

Ray Harrison
  • Joseph Bragg, a down-to-earth detective sergeant, and James Morton, an upper-crust constable, in 1890s London, England

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
  • Bill Slider: police inspector at Shpherd’s Bush CID, in London, England

Simon Hawke
  • Will Shakespeare, a young writer, and Tuck Smythe, an aspiring actor, the Elizabethan era’s answer to Holmes and Watson, in London, England

Mo Hayder
  • Jack Caffery: troubled police detective in London, England

Tim Heald
  • Simon Bogner: special investigator with the Board of Trade, in London, England

Veronica Heley
  • Bea Abbot: recently widowed and trying to retire from the Abbot Agency, which specialized in cases where clients wanted to avoid police involvement, in London, England
  • Ellie Quicke: 50-ish widow and amateur sleuth, in the suburbs of London, England

Keith Heller
  • George Man: 18th century parish watchman in London, England

Lauren Henderson
  • Sam Jones: sculptor in Camden Town, London, England

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

Jack Higgins (originally written as Harry Patterson)
  • Nick Miller: sergeant detective at Central Division, in London, England

John Buxton Hilton
  • Simon Kenworthy: hard-working detective inspector, later superintendent, with Scotland Yard, in London, England

Anne Hocking
  • William Austen: chief inspector, later Superintendent, at Scotland Yard, in London, England

Sydney Hosier
  • Mrs. Hudson: housekeeper for the other sleuth of Baker Street, in London, England

Lis Howell
  • Kate Wilkinson: television producer based in London, England

Fergus Hume
  • Octavius Fanks: detective at Scotland Yard, in London, England

Michael Innes
  • John Appleby: inspector at Scotland Yard in London, England
  • Charles Honeybath: portrait painter in London, England

D.E. Ireland

Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins, the flower girl and professor, as amateur sleuths beginning in 1913 London, England

Graham Ison
  • Harry Brock: a world-weary detective chief inspector, and Dave Poole, a scruffy detective sergeant, in London, England
  • Tommy Fox: Detective Chief Superintendent, and the raffish, cockney head of the Flying Squad, in London, England
  • John Gaffney: Detective Chief Superintendent of Scotland Yard’s Special Branch, and Harry Tipper, a detective chief inspector, in London, England
  • Ernest Hardcastle: divisional detective inspector, head of CID for the Whitehall Division of the Metropolitan Police, during World War I, in London, England

Lee Jackson
  • Sarah Tanner: proprietor of the Dining and Coffee Rooms and amateur sleuth, in 1850s London, England
  • Decimus Webb: Scotland Yard inspector in 1870s London, England

P.D. James
  • Adam Dalgliesh: critically acclaimed poet and Scotland Yard commander, in London, England
  • Cordelia Gray: fledgling private investigator in London, England

Quintin Jardine
  • Oz Blackstone: private investigator in London, England

Alison Joseph
  • Sister Agnes Bourdillon: ex-cloistered nun in London, England
Julie Kaewert
  • Alex Plumtree: publisher in London, England, in the Booklover mysteries

M.R.C. Kasasian
  • Sidney Grice: London’s most famous personal detective, and his goddaughter and ward, March Middleton, in 1880s London, England, in the Gower Street Detective series

Dan Kavanagh
  • Nick Duffy: bisexual ex-cop turned private investigator, in London, England

Jessie Keane
  • Annie Bailey, later Annie Carter, on the streets of London, a gangster’s moll, and more, in early 1970s London, England

M.E. Kemp
  • Hetty Henry, a twice-widowed and wealthy young Puritan, and Increase “Creasy” Cotton, a young minister, based in 1690s Boston, Massachusetts

Michael Kenyon
  • Henry Peckover: police inspector and the Scotland Yard Cockney poet, in London, England

Peter King
  • Goodwin Harper: food consultant in London, England
  • Ned Parker: hansom cab driver in 1870s London, England

Charles Kingston
  • Chief Inspector Wake of Scotland Yard, in London, England

Roberta Kray
  • Gangland novels in London, England

Michael Kurland
  • Professor Moriarty: the Napoleon of Crime and nemesis of Sherlock Holmes, in 1890s London, England

Lynda La Plante
  • Jane Tennison: detective chief inspector in London, England
  • Anna Travis: rookie detective, in London, England

Deryn Lake
  • John Rawlings: apothecary and associate of John Fielding, mostly in 18th-century London, England

Clare Langley-Hawthorne
  • Ursula Marlowe: Oxford-educated heiress, suffragette, and aspiring journalist in Edwardian London, England

Janet Laurence
  • Canaletto: Italian painter in 18th century London, England

David Lawrence
  • Stella Mooney: Detective Sergeant in London, England

Paul Lawrence
  • Harry Lytle: member of the intelligence service of King Charles II, starting in 1664 in London, England

John Lawton
  • Frederick Troy: police sergeant and later Chief Inspector, from the late 1940s to the 1960s, in London, England

Stephen Leather
  • Dan “Spider” Shepherd: former SAS trooper turned undercover cop, based in London, England

John Le Carre
  • George Smiley: British Intelligence agent and scholar, based in London, England

Elizabeth Lemarchand
  • Tom Pollard and Gregory Toye: Scotland Yard detectives, in London, England

Kevin Lewis
  • Stacey Collins: single mother, detective inspector who grew up in the slums of London, England

Irene Lin-Chandler
  • Holly-Jean Ho: bisexual Anglo-Chinese computer fraud consultant and private investigator, in London, England

Gillian Linscott
  • Birdie Linnet: ex-cop fitness trainer in London, England

David Liss
  • Benjamin Weaver: Jewish ex-pugilist hired by gentry to pursue debtors and thieves, in 18th Century London, England

Joan Lock
  • Ernest Best: detective sergeant, later inspector, starting in 1870s London, England

E.C.R. Lorac (Carol Carnac)
  • Robert MacDonald: London Scot, Inspector and later Superintendent, in England

Peter Lovesey
  • Richard Cribb and Edward Thackeray: policeman in Victorian London, England

Gavin Lyall
  • Harry Maxim: Special Services major, assigned to 10 Downing Street in London, England

Marianne MacDonald
  • Dido Hoare: bookseller in London, England

Susan Elia MacNeal
  • Maggie Hope: spy for MI-5 in 1940s London, England

Adrian Magson
  • Riley Gavin: freelance journalist, and Frank Palmer, an ex-military policeman and private investigator, in London, England

Barry Maitland
  • Kathy Kolla, a young Scotland Yard detective, and David Brock, her mentor, in London, England

John Malcolm
  • Tim Simpson: financial consultant turned art investment specialist in London, England

Hannah March (Tim Wilson)
  • Robert Fairfax: private tutor in the 1760s in and around London, England

J.J. Marric (John Creasey)
  • George Gideon: Commander of Scotland Yard’s Criminal Investigation Department

Ngaio Marsh
  • Roderick Alleyn: second son of a baronet and police inspector in London, England

Edward Marston
  • Nicholas Bracewell: stage manager for Elizabethan acting company in London, England
  • Robert Colbeck: former attorney now serving as an inspector in the fledging Scotland Yard in 1851 London, England
  • Inspector Harvey Marmion and Sergeant Joe Keedy: metropolitan police in 1915 London, England
  • Christopher Redmayne, an architect, and Jonathan Bale, a constable in 1600s London, England

Lew Matthews
  • Horatio T. Parker: crime reporter for the weekly Explorer, in Hampstead, England

Nigel McCrery
  • Dr. Samantha (Sam) Ryan: pathologist working for the Home Office, in London, England

Philip McCutchan
  • Simon Shard: Detective Chief Inspector at Scotland Yard, in London, England

James McGee
  • Matthew Hawkwood: former English army officer, now a Bow Street Runner, in early 19th century London

Rafe McGregor
  • Alec Marshall: British army major making inquiries into the will of Cecil Rhodes, at the time of Edward VII’s coronation, in 1902 London, England

Jenn McKinlay
  • Scarlett Parker: moving from Florida to London to run Mims’s Whims, a ladies’ hat shop, with her British cousin Vivian Tremont, in the Hat Shop mysteries

M.R.D. Meek
  • Lennox Kemp: disbarred solicitor working as a detective, in London England

D.E. Meredith
  • Adolphus Hatton: professor and forensic scientist advising the police, and his trusty assistant, Albert Roumande, in late 1850s London, England

John Milne
  • Jimmy Jenner: pensioned-off cop with a wooden leg in the Stoke Newington section of London, England

Gladys Mitchell
  • Beatrice Lestrange Bradley: psychiatrist and consultant to the Home Office in London, England

James Mitchell
  • Ron Hoggett: private investigator with expertise at finding lost things, based in London, England

Anne Morgellyn
  • Louise Moon: mortuary technician at Charity’s (Charitable Hospital of St. Roche Without the Walls) mortuary, in London, England

Fidelis Morgan
  • Lady Ashby de la Zouche, Countess of Clapham, a 60-something former mistress of the deceased Charles II, fallen on hard times, and her former maid Alpiew, around 1700 in London, England

R.N. Morris
  • Silas “Quick-fire” Quinn: Detective Inspector in charge of the Special Crimes Unit of Scotland Yard, beginning in 1914, by R.N. Morris

Arthur Morrison
  • Martin Hewitt: solicitor's clerk  in turn-of-the-century London, England

John Mortimer
  • Horace Rumpole: an elderly "junior" barrister in London, England

Patricia Moyes
  • Henry Tibbett: Scotland Yard Inspector in London, England

Amy Myers
  • Auguste Didier: master chef in Victorian London, England
  • Tom Wasp: chimney sweep in Victorian times in the East End of London, England

Barbara Nadel
  • Francis Hancock: undertaker in 1940s London, England

Janet Neel
  • John McLeish, DCI, and Francesca Wilson a civil servant turned housewife, in London, England

G.F. Newman
  • Terry Sneed: unscrupulous Scotland Yard inspector, based in London, England

Peter O’Donnell
  • Modesty Blaise: gorgeous crime fighter for British Intelligence, in London, England

Baroness Orczy
  • Bill Owen, the Old Man in the Corner, an armchair detective who sits in a restaurant playing with string, and relates the solution of crimes to Polly Burton, a young journalist, in London, England
William J. Palmer
  • Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens: 19th century writers in London, England

Laurence Payne
  • Sam Birkett: amusing detective inspector at Scotland Yard, and his assistant, Sergeant Saunders, in London, England
  • Mark Savage: former stunt man and movie star turned private investigator after a car crash, based in London, England
  • John Tibbett: petty thief turned reluctant spy and hero, in London, England

Caro Peacock (Gillian Linscott)
  • Liberty Lane: young woman sleuth in 1830s London, England

Andrea Penrose
  • Lady Arianna Hadley: posing as a French chef in an aristocratic household in 1813 London, England

Andrew Pepper
  • Pyke: beginning as a Bow Street Runner in 1829-1940s London, England

Anne Perry
  • William Monk: amnesiac police inspector in Victorian London, England
  • Thomas and Charlotte Pitt: police inspector and wife in Victorian London, England
  • Matthew Reavley: British intelligence officer, pre-World War I, in London, England

Audrey Peterson
  • Claire Camden: California English professor in London, England
  • Jane Winfield: British journalist and music writer, in London, England

Mike Phillips
  • Sam Dean: Jamaica-born black journalist in London, England

John Pilkington
  • Thomas Finbow: master falconer in late 16th century London and Berkshire, England

Sarah Pinborough
  • Dr. Thomas Bond: physician assisting the police investigating brutal serial killings, in 1880s London, England

Jeremy Potter
  • Sergeant Hiscock (later inspector) of the CID, in London, England

E.R. Punshon
  • Inspector Carter and Sergeant Bell, a tortoise and hare team of Scotland Yard detectives, in London, England
  • Bobby Owen, an Oxford graduate, starting as a police constable, later a detective sergeant then Commander of Scotland Yard, mostly in London, England

Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz)
  • Lavinia Lake and Tobias March: lovers and partners-in-crime investigators in Regency London, England

R.T. Raichev
  • Antonia Darcy: librarian at the Military and Naval Club, and grandmother, along with Major Hugh Payne, in London, England

Deanna Raybourn
  • Lady Julia Grey: a young widow in 1880s London, England
  • Veronica Speedwell: young woman seeking adventure in 1880s London, England

Derek Raymond
  • A police detective-sergeant in the Factory, Department A14 — Unexplained Deaths, in Soho, London, England

Claire Rayner
  • Dr. George Barnabas: forensic and general pathologist at Royal Eastern Hospital, in London, England

Jon Redfern
  • Inspector Owen Endersby, of the recently formed London Detective Police, in early 1840s London, England

Kate Rhodes
  • Alice Quentin: psychologist in London, England

Michael Ridpath
  • Alex Calder: former RAF fighter pilot, now a City bond trader based in London, England

Mike Ripley
  • Fitzroy Maclean Angel: trumpet-playing taxi driver in London, England

Stella Rimington
  • Liz Carlyle: an agent in MI-5 Joint Counter-Terrorist Group, in London, England

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

Michael Robertson
  • Reggie and Nigel Heath: solicitors with office space on Baker Street in London, England, who receive letters written to Sherlock Holmes

Madeleine E. Robins
  • Sarah Tolerance: freelance agent of inquiry in Regency London, England

Michael Robotham
  • Joseph O’Loughlin, a psychologist, and Vincent Ruiz, a detective inspector, in London, England

Kate Ross
  • Julian Kestrel: dandy-about-town in 1820s London, England

Anne Rutherford
  • Suzanne Thornton: former kept woman, organizing a troupe of actors at the Globe, in 1660s London, England, in the Restoration mysteries

Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Lord Peter Wimsey: pianist, book collector, and criminologist in London, England

Francis Selwyn (Donald Thomas)
  • William Verity: detective sergeant mostly in mid-19th century London, England

Simon Shaw
  • Grace Cornish: private investigator in London, England
  • Philip Fletcher: British thespian and killer in London, England

William Shaw
  • Cathal Breen: detective sergeant, and WPC Helen Tozer, of the Metropolitan Police, in the late ’60s music scene, in London, England

Lloyd Shepherd
  • Charles Horton: Thames River Police Chief, and John Harriott, a River Police magistrate, in 1810s London, England

Lynn Shepherd
  • Charles Maddox: former Metropolitan police officer now working privately as a thief taker (detective) in 1850s London, England

Stav Sherez
  • Jack Carrigan, a detective inspector, and Geneva Miller, a detective sergeant, in London, England

John Sherwood
  • Celia Grant: botanist and horticulturist in London, England

George Sims
  • Ed Buchanan: member of the police Special Branch, in London, England

Gillian Slovo
  • Kate Baeier: Portuguese journalist turned private investigator, in London, England

Cynthia Smith
  • Emma Rhodes: private problem-resolver for the rich, in London, England

Joan Smith
  • Loretta Lawson: feminist professor in London, England

Kelli Stanley
  • Arcturus: the Roman governor’s doctor and investigator, in 83 AD Londinium, Britain

Christine Spindler
  • Inspector Frederick Terry: detective in London, England

Linda Stratmann
  • Frances Doughty, the young daughter of a pharmacist, and an amateur sleuth (later professional detective), in Victorian London, England

Ian Stuart
  • David Grierson: bank inspector, in London England
  • Graham Lorimer: investigator for the Home Office concerning infringements on British interests overseas

Thomas Swan
  • Jack Oxby: Scotland Yard art forgery investigator in London, England

Martin Sylvester
  • William Warner: wine merchant and amateur sleuth, based in London, England

Josephine Tey
  • Alan Grant: Scotland Yard Inspector in London, England

Donald Thomas
  • Alfred Swain: detective inspector at Scotland Yard in late 19th century England
  • Sonny Tarrant: gangster in 1930s-1940s London, England

Graham Thomas
  • Erskine Powell: Detective-Chief Superintendent of New Scotland Yard, in London, England

Leslie Thomas
  • “Dangerous” Davies: detective constable in north London, England

Will Thomas
  • Cyrus Barker, a private detective, and his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, an ex-student and ex-thief, in Victorian London, England

Mark Timlin
  • Nick Sharman: hard-living ex-cop private eye in London, England

Charles Todd
  • Ian Rutledge: shell-shocked World War I veteran returning to his job at Scotland Yard, in London, England

Malcolm Torrie (Gladys Mitchell)
  • Timothy Herring: running a society for Preservation of Buildings of Historic Interest, in London, England

Miles Tripp
  • John Samson: private investigator in London, England

M.J. Trow
  • Sholto Joseph Lestrade: Scotland Yard inspector in 19th century London, England

Peter Turnbull
  • Harry Vicary: detective inspector and recovering alcoholic, in London, England

Michael Underwood
  • Nick Atwell: police sergeant at Scotland Yard, and detective constable Clare Reynolds, in London, England
  • Rosa Epton: solicitor in London, England
  • Simon Manton: police inspector, later superintendent, in London, England

Peter Van Greenaway
  • Francis Cherry: Scotland Yard inspector, in London, England

Piers Venmore-Rowland
  • Rafi Khan: a London fund manager, and detective inspector Kate Adams of the City’s economic crime unit

Dan Waddell
  • Nigel Barnes: genealogist working with Detective Chief Inspector Grant Foster, in London, England

Patricia Wentworth
  • Ernest Lamb: police inspector in London, England
  • Miss Maud Silver: retired governess and teacher who becomes a professional private detective, in London, England

Jeri Westerson
  • Crispin Guest: disgraced knight reduced to living by his wits on the mean streets of 1384 London, England

Peter Whalley
  • Harry Sommers: former bouncer and con man, now a private investigator, based in London, England

David Williams
  • Mark Treasure: merchant banker in London, England

Barbara Wilson
  • Cassandra Reilly: Spanish translator based in London, England

Laura Wilson
  • Ted Stratton: detective inspector in 1940s London, England

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

Elizabeth Woodcraft
  • Frankie Richmond: 30-something lesbian barrister specializing in family law, in London, England

Wayne Worcester
  • Sherlock Holmes: detective in London, England, from the journals of Dr. Watson

Felicity Young
  • Dody McCleland: doctor in turn of the 20th century Edwardian London, England

P.B. Yuill
  • James Hazell: tough private investigator in the East End of London, England

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