Lindsey Davis was interviewed in the April edition of Writing Magazine, and her Marcus Didius Falco was described as being a kind of Philip Marlow-type detective. Three more times the article refers to Philip Marlow, or Marlow!
From a previous post:
Alleyn founded a "College of God's gift" at Dulwich, which was attended over the years by such distinguished alumni as explorer Ernest Shackelton, C.S.Forester, Raymond Chandler, P.G.Wodehouse and myself.
Dulwich College had 6 athletic houses named for Tudor or Stuart personalities; Drake, Sidney, Raleigh, Grenville [my house which was usually last in competitions], Spenser and Marlowe.
That is why Raymond Chandler's detective is Phillip Marlowe, with an e.
It also explains why Robert B Parker presumably in homage to Chandler called his detective Spenser.
Raymond Chandler's detective is Marlowe with an e, named after the playwright Christopher Marlowe.
Well now I have got that little diatribe off my chest I feel better.
"I count religion but a childish toy, and hold there is no sin but ignorance."The Jew of Malta; Christopher Marlowe 1564-1593
Review of Interpretations of a Murder coming soon.