Created by James Powell (1932 --)
James Powell's best known series of short stories relates the adventures of the Ganelon family, four generations of private detectives all named AMBROSE GANELON, who live in the small Riviera principality of San Sebastiano -- a thinly disguised Monaco. These stories romp through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and are chockful of imaginative richly detailed historical lore and occasionally biting social satire, not to mention a slew of missing jewels, international skullduggery and do-it-for-the-King heroics, all very reminiscent of turn-of-the-century thrillers.
The Ganelon clan is the creation of James Powell, a Canadian who's written a ton of short stories, mostly of the mysterious and humorous bent, and who also writes about private eye Harry Grundig.
Powell was born in Toronto in 1932 and graduated from the University of Toronto. His stories have appeared in EQMM and Playboy among others and are reprinted regularly in Best of anthology series. He's a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the Crime Writers of Canada. In 2003 his "Bottom Walker" received their Arthur Ellis Award for best short story of the year, and that same year the Ganelon story "The Jewels of Atlantis" was nominated for a Shamus award by the PWA. In 2006 the Scene of the Crime Festival on Wolfe Island ON bestowed upon him their Grant Allen award. He currently lives in the States with his American wife.
The author (and his fans) are eagerly anticipating Crippen and Lundru's upcoming collection, A Pocketful of Noses: the Adventures of One Ambrose Ganelon or Another.