Thrilling, humorous and timeless adventures, the Modesty Blaise series are seminal British crime novels by Peter O’Donnell.
Often described as a female James Bond, hard-hitting Modesty Blaise is feisty, funny and fearless. With her trusty side-kick Willie Garvin, they are a formidable team, a partnership comparable to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
The 2012 radio adaptation on BBC Radio 4 of A Taste For Death (starring Daphne Alexander as Modesty Blaise and adapted for radio by author Stef Penney) showed the enduring popularity of Modesty Blaise, who is as much a cult favourite today as ever she was.
Modesty Blaise was created by Peter O’Donnell for a strip cartoon in 1963, such was her popularity that the series was syndicated in 42 countries and produced 13 novels (all published by Souvenir Press).
In 2015, Souvenir Press is celebrating 50 years of Modesty Blaise. We’ve released a special anniversary edition of the first Modesty Blaise novel (above); you can learn more about the Modesty Blaise story here.
Also published in our Modesty Blaise paperback series:
Sabre-Tooth, I Lucifer, A Taste for Death, The Impossible Virgin, Pieces of Modesty, The Silver Mistress, Last Day in Limbo, Dragon’s Claw, The Xanadu Talisman, The Night of the Morningstar, Dead Man’s Handle and Cobra Trap.
Praise for Modesty Blaise:
“One of the great partnerships in fiction, bearing comparison with that of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.”
“O’Donnell is one of those rare popular writers, like Josephine Tey or P.G. Wodehouse, who inspire not just fandom but love.”
New York Times Book Review
“These books are the finest escapist thrillers ever written.”
“Before Buffy, before Charlie’s Angels, before Purdy and Emma Peel there was Modesty Blaise. For almost 40 years, Peter O’Donnell’s iconic heroine drop-kicked her way through a swath of villains and into a unique place in popular culture.”
“Modesty Blaise was the comic-strip criminal genius, turned occasional secret service operative, who managed to combine timeless beauty and elegance with the ability to break every bone in your body… there’s never been a better time to become acquainted.”
“The continuing renaissance of the immortal heroine: thrilling, humorous and timeless adventures, the Modesty Blaise series are seminal British crime novels.”
The stories of Modesty… are better than James Bond and funnier.”