Cassidy James

Created by Kate Calloway (pseudonym of Kit Cameron; 1957 --)

Neophyte "uppity lesbian gumshoe" (according to at least one cop she meets) CASSIDY JAMES is the star of a series put out by (who else?) Naiiad Press in the 1990s. It received some good press, particularly at first, and people were whispering good things about it on the Internet, for what that's worth.

Cassidy did seem to be an appealing young heroine, not afraid to get physical if she had to, either on the mean streets of Oregon or -- unapologetically -- between the sheets. With its tough, tender, appealing lead and frank, realistic love scenes, many readers considered it a fresh and welcome alternative -- in those pre-Fifty Shades days -- to so much "straight" mystery fiction.

With its numerical titling gimmick (Grafton has problems with 26 letters?), fill-in-the-blanks cover design and the two-books-a-year publishing schedule it looked like the series was on its way to becoming the Lesbian equivalent of a Men's Adventure series from the seventies, but the series petered out after 8th Day (2001).

In 2010, Florida's Bella Books began to bring back the books in print and digital.


  • "I'm not sure about that "uppity lesbian gumshoe." She is not. She is actually well-liked by most of the small town in which she lives and tries hard to fit in. And like many lesbian sleuths, few people outside her intimate circle know her sexual orientation."

-- Megan Casey



Megan Casey takes a peek at the history of the Sapphic Sleuth.

Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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