John Francis Cuddy

Created by Jeremiah Healy (1948-2014)

P.I. JOHN FRANCIS CUDDY is based in Beantown and, at least in the early novels, seems to have been based quite clearly on that 1980's Boston success story Spenser. But he's coming along quite nicely now, all on his own, thank you. And how many private eyes seek out advice, or carry on conversations with their dead wives?

One of the most consistently entertaining series of the eighties and nineties (and beyond), the Cuddy books and stories are routinely nominated for Shamus and other mystery awards. Blunt Darts, Swan Dive, Shallow Graves, Foursome and Invasion of Privacy have all been nominated for Shamuses and the second book in the series, The Staked Goat, actually won. And the short stories have also been regularly graced with nominations, and even occasional wins.

Jeremiah Healy was a graduate of Rutgers College and Harvard Law School, and was a professor at the New England School of Law for eighteen years. He also served as president of the Private Eye Writers of America.



  • "Till Tuesday"" (April 1988, AHMM)
  • "One Eye Open" (July 1989, EQMM)
  • "Bertie's Mom" (September 1989, EQMM)
  • "The Three Musketeers" (April 1990, EQMM)
  • "A Soul to Tell" (December 1990, AHMM)
  • "Battered Spouse" (Fall 1990, The Armchair Detective)
  • "Someone to Turn Out the Lights" (1990, Justice for Hire)
  • "Crossed Wires" (March 1992, EQMM)
  • "Rest Stop" (May 1992, AHMM)
  • "Summary Judgment" (1992, Deadly Allies)
  • "Georgie Boy" (July 1992, EQMM)
  • "The Bagged Man" (February 1993, EQMM)
  • "Yellow Snow" (1994, Deadly Allies II)
  • "St. Nick" (April 1995, AHMM)
  • "Soldier to the Queen" (August 1996, EQMM)
  • "Turning the Witness" (1996, Guilty As Charged)
  • "Lessons" (1998, Private Eyes)
  • "Voir Dire" (1998, Legal Briefs)
  • "The Holiday Fairy" (1998, Mysterious Bookshop giveaway; also January 2002, AHMM)
  • "Body of Work" (January 1999, EQMM)
  • "Chou's Gambit" (November 1999, EQMM)
  • "Hodegetria" (1999, Death Cruise)
  • "The Full Marty" (1999, Mystery in the Sunshine State)
  • "A Book of Kells" (Summer 2000, MHCMM)
  • "What's In a Name?" (2000, The Shamus Game)
  • "Blood Brothers" (March 2002, AHMM)
  • "And If He Sees His Shadow" (March/April 2004, EQMM)
  • "Two Birds with One Stone" (January/February 2005, AHMM)
  • "A Matter of Honor" (March/April 2006, EQMM)



The official web site for Healy and his pen name. "Either way, it's about justice."

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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