SYKM


Gay & Lesbian
Nathan Aldyne
  • Dan Valentine: gay half-owner of a gay bar in Boston, Massachusetts

Kate Allen
  • Alison Kaine: lesbian police officer in Denver, Colorado

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

Josh Aterovis
  • Killian Kendall: gay high school sleuth in Maryland

Nikki Baker
  • Virginia Kelly: black lesbian stockbroker in Chicago, Illinois

George Baxt
  • Pharoah Love: gay, black police detective in New York City

Rose Beecham
  • Jude Devine: lesbian ex-FBI agent, now a Montezuma County Sheriff’s detective in Utah
  • Amanda Valentine: lesbian detective inspector in Wellington, New Zealand

Anthony Bidulka
  • Russell Quant: ex-farmboy, half-Ukrainian, half-Irish, gay private detective, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

P.A. Brown
  • David Eric Laine: in-the-closet gay LAPD homicide detective

Kate Calloway
  • Cassidy James: lesbian private investigator in the fictional town of Cedar Hills (near the Southern Oregon Coast about 350 miles from Portland)

Jessie Chandler
  • Shay O’Hanlon: co-owner of The Rabbit Hole, a quirky-cool coffee shop, and amateur sleuth, along with JT Bordeaux, her cop girlfriend, in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mark Coggins
  • Chris Duckworth: cross-dressing friend and assistant to August Riordan, a jazz bass-player and private investigator, in San Francisco, California

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

Michael Craft
  • Mark Manning: gay journalist in Chicago, Illinois

Stan Cutler
  • Mark Bradley: gay writer of celebrity biographies, and Rayford Goodman, a jaded, once-famous private investigator, in Los Angeles, California
Kaye Davis
  • Maris Middleton: lesbian forensic chemist working as an independent crime scene specialist, in Dallas, Texas

Lauren Wright Douglas
  • Allison O’Neil: lesbian Bed & Breakfast owner and refugee from California, in fictional Lavner Bay, Oregon
  • Caitlin Reece: lesbian private investigator, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Sarah Dreher
  • Stoner McTavish: lesbian travel agent in Boston, Massachusetts

Joan M. Drury
  • Tyler Jones: lesbian feminist newspaper columnist, based in San Francisco, California

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

Michael Allen Dymmoch
  • Jack Caleb: gay psychiatrist in Chicago, Illinois

Tony Fennelly
  • Matthew Arthur Sinclair: gay epileptic DA turned store owner, in New Orleans, Louisiana

David Fingerman
  • Louise Miller: a lesbian police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Katherine V. Forrest
  • Kate Delafield: lesbian homicide detective in Los Angeles, California

Dorien Grey
  • Dick Hardesty: gay detective

Nicola Griffith
  • Aud Torvingen: half-American, half-Norwegian lesbian ex-Atlanta cop and self-defense teacher

Lisa Haddock
  • Carmen Ramirez: 24-year-old Irish-Puerto Rican lesbian copy editor at her hometown newspaper in Frontier City, Oklahoma

Joseph Hansen
  • Dave Brandstetter: gay death-claims investigator in Los Angeles, California

Ellen Hart
  • Jane Lawless: lesbian restaurateur in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Patty Henderson
  • Brenda Strange: lesbian private investigator of the weird in Tampa, Florida

Greg Herren
  • Dick Dansoir: gay personal trainer and occasional go-go dancer at the boys’ bars in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Chanse MacLeod: gay private investigator in New Orleans, Louisiana

Anne Holt
  • Hanne Wilhelmsen: lesbian police officer in Oslo, Norway

Morgan Hunt
  • Tess Camillo: single, middle-aged lesbian amateur sleuth who lives with a straight housemate, in San Diego, California

Fred Hunter
  • Alex Reynolds: gay accidental spy in Chicago, Illinois

Dean James
  • Simon Kirby-Jones: gay American writer who became a vampire in Houston, now living in Snupperton Mumsley, a small village in England

Bett Reece Johnson
  • Cordelia Morgan: lesbian hit artist turned sleuth, in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado
Dan Kavanagh
  • Nick Duffy: bisexual ex-cop turned private investigator in London, England

Laurie King
  • Kate Martinelli: lesbian homicide detective, in San Francisco, California

Phyllis Knight
  • Lil Richie: ex-rocker lesbian private investigator in coastal Maine, Charlottesville, Virginia, and elsewhere

Lori L. Lake
  • Leona “Leo” Reese: lesbian Saint Paul Minnesota police sergeant turned investigator for the State of Minnesota, in the Public Eye series
  • Desiree “Dez” Reilly and Jaylynn Savage: lesbian policewomen in St. Paul, Minnesota

Joe Lansdale
  • Leonard Pine: gay and black, in East Texas

Josh Lanyon
  • Christopher (Kit) Holmes: gay bestselling mystery writer in decline, and J.X. Moriarity, a former cop and bestselling novelist

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

Randye Lordon
  • Sydney Sloan: lesbian private investigator in New York City, in the Stonewall Inn mysteries

Lauren Maddison
  • Connor Hawthorne: lesbian mystery novelist and former district attorney

Jaye Maiman
  • Robin Miller: lesbian romance novel and travel writer turned private investigator, in New York City

William Maltese
  • Stud Draqual: maybe gay, maybe not CEO of Draqual Fashions, and a much-in-demand New York City haute-couture fashion designer of ladies' silk underwear

Dominique Manotti
  • Daquin: gay police detective, in Paris, France

Jean Marcy
  • Meg Darcy: working-class lesbian private investigator, and police detective Sarah Lindstrom, in St. Louis, Missouri

Janet McClellan
  • Tru North: lesbian police detective in Kansas City, Missouri

Val McDermid
  • Lindsay Gordon: lesbian journalist and socialist, in Glasgow, Scotland

Claire McNab
  • Carol Ashton: lesbian detective inspector in Sydney, Australia
  • Kylie Kendall: lesbian manager of a pub in tiny Wollegudgerie, Australia, who inherits 51% of her father's private detective agency in Los Angeles, California

Grant Michaels
  • Stan Kraychik: gay hairdresser in Boston, Massachusetts

Penny Mickelbury
  • Gianna Maglione: lesbian police lieutenant in Washington, DC

Carlene Miller
  • Lexy Hyatt: lesbian crime reporter in Florida

Michael Nava
  • Henry Rios: gay criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles, California

Joan Opyr
  • Wilhelmina “Bil” Hardy: baby dyke in Cowslip, Idaho

Orland Outland
  • Doan McCandler: gay private investigator. and Binky Van de Kamp, his sidekick. in San Francisco, California
Abigail Padgett
  • Blue McCarron: independent social psychologist and private investigator living outside San Diego, California

Edward O. Phillips
  • Geoffrey Chadwick: an acerbic, single, gay, 50-something corporate lawyer based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Elizabeth Pincus
  • Nell Fury: lesbian private investigator in San Francisco, California

Neil Plakcy
  • Kimo Kanapa’aka: gay police detective in Honolulu, Hawaii

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

Lev Raphael
  • Nick Hoffman: gay professor in Michiganapolis, Michigan

J.M. Redmann
  • Micky Knight: lesbian private investigator in New Orleans, Louisiana

Jeffrey Round
  • Bradford Fairfax: a gay 30-something special agent with a secret organization called Box 77
  • Dan Sharp: missing persons investigator and gay single father in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sandra Scoppettone
  • Lauren Laurano: lesbian private investigator in Manhattan, New York

Manda Scott
  • Kellen Stewart: lesbian therapist in Great Britain

Anne Seale
  • Jo Jacuzzo: charismatic lesbian in Buffalo, New York

Scott Sherman
  • Kevin Connor: 20-something gay escort and amateur sleuth, with attention deficit disorder, in New York City

Linda Kay Silva
  • Delta Stevens: lesbian police officer in River Valley, California, near Los Angeles

Mehmet Murat Somer
  • Burçak Veral: a transvestite nightclub hostess by night, and computer technician by day, in Istanbul, Turkey, in the Turkish Delight mysteries, by Mehmet Murat Somer

Richard Stevenson
  • Donald Strachey: gay private investigator, and Timothy Calahan, a legislative aide for a New York state senator, in Albany, New York

David Stukas
  • Robert Wilsop: recovered Catholic and copywriter for feminine hygiene products, Michael Stark, the oversexed heir-apparent to a herpes ointment fortune, and Monette O’Reilley, a towering lesbian and star player of the Leaping Lesbians soccer team and graphic artist in New York

Therese Szymanski
  • Brett Higgins: lesbian sleuth with a criminal past, in Detroit, Michigan

Jean Taylor
  • Maggie Garrett: young, lesbian private investigator in San Francisco, California

Haley Walsh
  • Skyler Foxe: a gay high school English teacher in Redlands, California, in a romantic mystery series

Pat Welch
  • Helen Black: ex-cop lesbian private investigator, based in Berkeley, California

Amanda Kyle Williams
  • Madison McGuire: lesbian deep-cover secret agent for the US government, later with the CIA, In the US and overseas, starting in 1978

Barbara Wilson
  • Pam Nilsen: lesbian printing company owner in Seattle, Washington

John Morgan Wilson
  • Benjamin Justice: gay crime reporter and writer in Los Angeles, California

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

Eve Zaremba
  • Helen Keremos: 40-something lesbian private investigator and former intelligence operative based in Vancouver, British Columbia, also operating in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and elsewhere

R.D. Zimmerman
  • Todd Mills: gay TV news reporter in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mark Richard Zubro
  • Tom Mason: gay teacher, and his lover, Scott Carpenter, a baseball player, in Chicago, Illinois
  • Paul Turner: gay police detective in Chicago, Illinois