I love a good private investigator story. They’re usually operating in the narrow grey area between the law and the outlaws they have to interact with in their work, which makes for great tales filled with the dark, gritty underworld of whatever city or world they inhabit.
Here’s five of my favourite Private Investigators:
1 Cain Noble from Femme Faux Fatale by Susan Laine. A stunning M/M romance noir private investigator story, with a crossdressing femme fatale. Private dick Cain Noble is hired to find a missing husband and a precious missing sculpture, and he finds love along the way. This book really captures the atmosphere of the noir genre, while also working within a modern setting with modern values.
2 Kate Kane from the Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator series by Alexis Hall. This is a paranormal F/F romance private investigator story with a 800-year-old vampire femme fatale and plenty of werewolves. This is a hilarious story chock-full of action set in an inventive fantasy world.
3 Phil Morrison from The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries series by J.L. Merrow. A series of paranormal M/M romance murder mysteries. Phil Morrison is a PI in an English village. His boyfriend, plumber Tom Paretski, has a sixth sense for finding hidden things – one that frequently gets him in trouble but also comes in handy in helping investigate Phil’s cases.
4 Cassie Tam from The Cassie Tam Files series by Matt Doyle. This is a science fiction private investigator F/F romance series set in New Hopeland, a futuristic city. There’s virtual reality addicts, drug dealers, Tech Shifters, robotic Familiars, and corrupt cops. Cassie Tam really knows her stuff, she’s a badass, and not afraid of bending the rules a little when needed.
5 Griffin Flaherty from the Whyborne & Griffin series by Jordan L. Hawk. An M/M romance fantasy series and one of my favourites. Whyborne is a great character, a nerdy comparative philologist grudgingly thrown into adventure. But ex-Pinkerton Griffin Flaherty is the heart of these stories. He is a trustworthy, smart, charming private investigator with a dark past who just doesn’t give up.