Fearless Females



Mysteries, crime novels and thrillers featuring female detectives.

Fiction only, please -- and if part of a series, please only list ONE * book from that series -- preferably, if the woman is part of a man/woman team, one where her role is particularly highlighted in some fashion or other.

STRICTLY NO HORROR, SCI-FI, SUPERNATURAL TALES or ROMANCE, PLEASE! All of these will be removed.

This list is about the real world, and the great crime fiction of the present and of years past.

* Please also note that a LOT of series are already represented on this list. So before adding a[nother] book from a given series, you may want to double check whether that series is still lacking in its entirety. If it is not, any further books from the series added regardless will likewise be removed again.

Similarly, spam will be removed without any warning.
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Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Folks, PLEASE stick to the list description. There are several nonfiction entries here now, several cases where more than one book per series has been added, and several books that, however great they may be, are neither mysteries nor thrillers by any definition whatsoever -- all of which I'm going to remove. Again, this doesn't say anything about the books in question. I just don't think they happen to belong on this list.


message 2: by Meels (last edited Apr 11, 2012 09:13PM) (new)

Meels Female Detectives? How does Hunger Games and Tess of the D'Ubervilles (which I abhor) fit in?


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) See coments above -- someone evidently didn't bother to read the list description.

I'm willing to leave "Hunger Games" (book 1) in for the moment on the grounds that it might (just) be considered a thriller, and at least it has a female protagonist. May end up changing my mind about that eventually, though.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Alright -- I did delete The Hunger Games after all because it kept attracting the wrong kind of books.

Also amended the list description. -- If anybody sees anything on this list that doesn't seem to fit the description, I'd be most grateful for a heads-up.


message 5: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Divergent is YA Dystopia, not a mystery.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Cindy wrote: "Divergent is YA Dystopia, not a mystery."

Thanks, much appreciated. Deleted that and also Blood in the Skies (steampunk).

Do keep the alerts coming if you see something else. This is one hard-to-monitor list ...


message 7: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited Dec 09, 2012 10:28PM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Alright, since this list has started to collect more than an average amount of spam entries, here's a warning: Any and all entries I consider spam will be removed REGARDLESS to what extent, facially at least, they would appear to meet the criteria for inclusion.


message 8: by Theresa (last edited Feb 20, 2013 09:59AM) (new)

Theresa Dunn In the Bleak Midwinter Julia Spencer-Fleming (Clare Fergusson mystery series #1)


message 9: by Theresa (new)

Theresa Dunn A Duty To The Dead (Bess Crawford, #1) by Charles Todd by Charles Todd
A Bess Crawford mystery #1


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You add books at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes."


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I would consider The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane to be supernatural. I voted for it and then deleted my vote.


message 12: by Judy (new)

Judy The Eyre Affair is a great story, but is clearly fantasy.


message 13: by Artemisa (last edited Nov 10, 2015 04:55PM) (new)

Artemisa Ask Agregué "El Moái de Obsidiana" escrito por Artemisa Ask.
La novela ocurre en Isla de Pascua, en Chile y está ambientada en 2014.
¿Qué más temible que una madre que protege a su hija de un posible asesino que ronda a los turistas en Isla de Pascua?

El Moái de Obsidiana


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