Paul Adam
  • Gianni Castiglione: violin maker in rural Cremona, Italy

Vivien Armstrong
  • Roger Hayes: detective chief inspector and former classical pianist, in the village of Newton Greys, Oxfordshire, England

Ace Atkins
  • Nick Travers: ex-football star, part-time detective, and full-time expert on blues in New Orleans, Louisiana

Tessa Barclay
  • Gregory Crowne: former Crown Prince Gregory of Hirtenstein, a classical music event organizer, in Europe

Nancy Bartholomew
  • Maggie Reid: beautician turned country-western singer, in North Carolina

Jack Batten
  • Crang: lawyer and jazz buff in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

K. K. Beck
  • Jane da Silva: lounge singer and private detective, in Seattle, Washington

Rick Blechta
  • Marta Hendriks: renowned opera singer on the international stage

Don Bruns
  • Mick Sever: rock and roll journalist

Meg Cabot
  • Heather Wells: 28 year-old former teen pop star turned private investigator, in New York City

Massimo Carlotto
  • Marco “Alligator” Buratti: former blues singer and ex-con, working as a private investigator in Venice, Italy

Sally Carpenter
  • Sandy Fairfax: a ’70s teen idol, now 38 years old and making a comeback, in 1990s southern California

Charlotte Carter
  • Nanette Hayes: jazz-playing saxophonist, in New York City

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

Judith Cutler
  • Sophie Rivers: college lecturer and amateur singer in Birmingham, England
Carroll John Daly
  • Vee Brown: private investigator who writes songs as Vivian Brown (his real name), in New York City

Carole Nelson Douglas
  • Irene Adler: opera star and sleuth in 19th century France

Åke Edwardson
  • Erik Winter: jazz-loving Chief Inspector of police, in Gothenburg, Sweden

Gerald Elias
  • Daniel Jacobus: blind, reclusive, and crotchety violin teacher living in self-imposed exile in rural New England

Ron Ellis
  • Johnny Ace: DJ with a controversial phone-in radio show who runs “Ace Investigations” in his spare time in Liverpool, England

Bill Fitzhugh
  • Rick Shannon: FM rock disc jockey and private investigator in the Mississippi Delta

Kinky Friedman
  • Kinky Friedman: country-western singer turned sleuth, in New York City

Sara Hoskinson Frommer
  • Joan Spencer: orchestra manager in Oliver, Indiana

Hal Glatzer
  • Katy Green: violin player in the Ultra Belles, an all-girl swing band in 1940s California

Deborah Grabien
  • John “JP” Kinkaid: member of Blacklight, a legendary British rock group

Andrew M. Greeley
  • Nuala Anne McGrail: young Irish immigrant psychic and singer in Chicago, Illinoi

Kate Grilley
  • Kelly Ryan: general manager of WBZE, on the Caribbean Island of St. Chris

Lorie Ham
  • Alexandra Walters: gospel singer in the fictional town of Donlyn in the San Joaquin Valley of California

Barbara Hambly
  • Ben January: surgeon and music teacher, in 1830s New Orleans, Louisiana

John Harvey
  • Charlie Resnick: jazz-loving police detective in Nottingham, England

Richard Helms
  • Pat Gallegher: failed seminarian, retired forensic psychologist, and jazz musician, in New Orleans, Louisiana

David Hiltbrand
  • Jim McNamara: former record company insider turned insurance investigator specializing in hardcase rockers, on the road in the USA

Morag Joss
  • Sara Selkirk: renowned cellist, in Bath, England
Lucille Kallen
  • C.B. Greenfield: newspaper editor and musician, and Maggie Rome, a reporter and musician, in Sloan's Ford, Connecticu

Larry Karp
  • Scott Joplin: in the Ragtime series

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

John Leslie
  • Gideon Lowry: 50-something, piano-playing private detective, in Key West, Florida

Wendell McCall (Ridley Pearson)
  • Chris Klick: 6'4" dropout-songwriter turned PI in Idaho

Bill Moody
  • Evan Horne: jazz piano player with an injured hand

Beverle Graves Myers
  • Tito Amato: sold as a child to be a castrato opera singer, in 18th century Italy, in the Baroque Mystery series
Barbara Paul
  • Enrico Caruso: Italian tenor in New York City

Audrey Peterson
  • Jane Winfield: British journalist and music writer, in London, England

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

Mary Saums
  • Willie Taft: former back-up singer and private investigator, in the South

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

Dylan Schaffer
  • Gordon Seegerman: reluctant public defender by day and lead singer in a Barry Manilow cover band by night, in northern California

Mark Schweizer
  • Hayden Konig: police chief, and choir director and organist at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, in the Appalachian town of St. Germaine, North Carolina

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

Josef Škvorecký
  • Danny Smiricki: jazz saxophone player, teacher, and observer of post-WW2 life in Czechoslovakia and Canada

Sarah Smith
  • Perdita Halley, a concert pianist, and Alexander von Reisden, a young Austrian biochemist, first in pre-WWI Boston, Massachusetts, and then Paris, France

Roz Southey
  • Charles Patterson: determined but impoverished musician in 18th century Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England

Keith Snyder
  • Jason Keltner: composer and ex-spy, in Los Angeles, California

Virginia Swift
  • “Mustang” Sally Adler: hard-drinking singer who comes home after 17 years as a scholar of women’s studies at the University of Wyoming

David J. Walker
  • Malachy P. Foley: jazz piano-playing private investigator in Chicago, Illinois

Janice Weber
  • Leslie Frost: secret agent and concert violinist, in Washington, DC

Robert Westbrook
  • Nicky Rachmaninoff: reluctant cop, divorced father, and jazz pianist, in Beverly Hills, California, in the Left-Handed Policeman mysteries

John Morgan Wilson & Peter Duchin
  • Phil Damon: bandleader playing jazz in 1963 San Francisco, California

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