I vaguely remember a series of stories where the protagonist was a male detective (I think an ex-cop?), in one of the stories he met with a female historian/archeologist to whom he became romantically involved with.

Then there's also this mysterious, if horror circus, with in a later story turned out to be a gateway to a dimension where a very evil person-creature existed. And the protagonist helped by someone (I think it was his former wife?) killed the evil entity, resulting the circus to wink out of existence.

I think the story took place in 20th century New York, but I really am not sure about the place. There are cars, that's for sure.

Edit: Oh, almost forgot: The dwarf is the main protagonist's assistant.

Does this vague description ring a bell?

  • Are these short stories or a series of books?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Feb 1, 2019 at 16:13
  • @fuzzyboots I don't remember exactly... Probably a series of books.
    – pepoluan
    Feb 1, 2019 at 16:14

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Is it possible you're thinking of the Mongo series? It features a dwarf detective, a former circus acrobat, who solves crimes, sometimes with horror and mystical elements.

Meet Dr. Robert Frederickson, or "Mongo" to his friends. He's a former circus tumbler, black belt in karate, doctor of Criminology, and professor at a New York City university. And he's quite an unusual fellow as well, not only because he's a private investigator but also because he's a dwarf...

The Fear in Yesterday's Rings looks like the most likely match for the particular plot:

A rash of hideous killings throughout the Great Plains seizes the imagination of the more lurid tabloid newspapers, which bray WEREWOLF! Hunters and gun buffs have been torn to shreds and partially devoured. Mongo finds himself in the heartland on a mission of mercy for old friend Phil Statler, former owner of the Statler Brothers Circus. Many years ago, Phil spirited young Robert Frederickson away from a painful childhood in Nebraska and secured him fame as the star acrobat "Mongo the Magnificent." Mongo, now in league with Harper Rhys-Whitney, a snake charmer of seductive beauty and diminutive stature, backed financially by an entire Florida town of wealthy ex-circus freaks, hopes to buy back the circus from the mysterious new owners and restore Statler as its head.

But the trail of the circus and the trail of the "werewolf" cross. Behind the scenes at the big top, Mongo encounters a pair of outlandish international criminals---a brilliant genetics scientist and a wild animal trainer of uncanny talents. Surely it's not a coincidence that corpses, not just handbills and popcorn boxes, are left in the wake of this traveling show.

Once the star, Mongo finds himself back in the center ring...in the Deadliest Show on Earth.

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    No, the dwarf was the protagonist's assistant. The team of protagonists did not have circus backgrounds; rather, there's this seemingly-abandoned circus that the protagonist would visit when he get stumped.
    – pepoluan
    Feb 1, 2019 at 16:12

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