Best Women’s Detective Fiction in 2022


Women's Detective Fiction Has Grown Beyond the Original Authors

If you've been looking for a good read for female readers, try a book by a woman. Sharon McCone is one of the first hard-boiled female PIs, and preceded both V.I. and Kinsey in the 1980s. She deals with sexism at Brierly Security, and is often called in to solve problems for her male downstairs neighbors. But the genre has grown beyond the original authors.

Gloria Green

"Gloria Green in Women's Detective Fiction" is an exciting new mystery from Marina Richards, who has published short stories, poems, and novels in several literary journals. Her debut novel, Gloria, is set in the fictional town of Foliate Oak, Florida, where she and her husband Henry are living. Linda was the only one who knows about their relationship, but she's afraid that her husband might be dead.

Brown, a native of the District of Columbia, began her career as an agency transcriptionist, and then went on to become the first black woman to work in the US Forest Service. After she was married and had three children, she moved to Missoula and eventually led the Siuslaw National Forest in Oregon, and later the Los Padres in California. Brown's story unfolds against the backdrop of an ever-changing society.

Antoinette Conway

The main character of Tana French's novel The Trespasser is a jaded Irish murder detective. Her blustery and blunt personality sets her apart from her squadmates. While she's highly intelligent, she has little patience for them. Her cynicism and paranoia are a major drawback to her otherwise successful career. But her determination to solve the murder of a young man's girlfriend and save her sister's life make her a compelling heroine.

In her second book, she's a lead detective on the Murder Squad. She's tough, but doesn't get much respect from her male colleagues. So she needs a big case to show them what she's made of. She finds it in a case of a murder that took place in a woman's home. But her investigation of the case makes her question her own abilities, and the other detectives are determined to make her arrest her boyfriend.

The novel opens with Conway, a two-year veteran of Dublin's elite Murder Squad. A loner with a volatile temper, Conway is an odd choice among her murder squad colleagues. Moran made some sensitive comments about Conway's race, and her character will eventually speak out about her race and her feelings for her partner. It's difficult to predict the outcome of any case, and the novel makes the reader want to read more.

Cassandra Neary

Readers of women's detective fiction will appreciate the unconventional character of Cass Neary, a photojournalist who has rediscovered her passion for detecting murder. During the 1970s, Cass Neary made her name as an alcoholic punk photographer, but her career subsequently flamed out while she became a part of the local punk rock scene. Now, she finds herself on a collision course between her career and saving herself. Her solace comes in the form of alcohol, drugs, and photography.

Elizabeth Hand is an exceptional storyteller, introducing readers to her crime novels with Generation Loss and Available Dark, both featuring the offbeat photographer Cass Neary. One critic has described Cass Neary as "one of literature's great noir antiheroes," comparing her to Lisbeth Salander, Stieg Larsson's popular heroine. In Available Dark, Cas Neary is reunited with her long-lost lover, Quinn O'Boyle, but she is suspicious of him and runs when he fails to show up.

Hand's novels are humorous, erudite, and terrifying, and her descriptions of both light and dark milieuxes are superb. Her novels are a rare treat for women who enjoy mystery and suspense. While some female detectives might shy away from crime fiction, Hand has a talent for capturing the interplay between light and dark, and never shies away from the most horrific scenes. And with Cass, she's found a one-of-a-kind character and a unique narrative voice.

Gillian Flynn

Many readers of crime fiction will recognize the name Gillian Flynn, and will appreciate the genre-defying stories she writes. A writer of espionage, crime, and suspense, Flynn has consistently challenged readers' preconceptions about women. Her characters are unreliable, and subvert typical scripts and tropes. Several of her novels have even won awards, including the 2007 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, and the most recent best seller, Gone Girl. These novels are often categorized into several subgenres, which can be helpful in determining which genre they belong to.

Mosley's writings often feature a sense of loss. Death and disappearance are common themes, and crime fiction is often about missing people and larger gaps in the world. Some of her most recent works are inspired by real-life events, and are set in a world that seems to be falling apart. Melissa Ginsburg's debut novel, Sunset City, is about the murder of a high school friend.

In her second novel, Sharp Objects, Flynn challenges these notions and presents some nasty women. While society teaches women not to hurt or kill without reason, Flynn's protagonists are thoroughly damaged and psychologically disturbed. Their characters are ruthless, and even cruel. Her protagonists, Amma and Libby Day, for example, don't show love to their children. There are no damsels in distress in Flynn's work.

Eleanor Taylor Bland

Known for her Black female detective, Eleanor Taylor Bland blazed a trail in the women's detective fiction genre. Bland's novels were well-received by readers, and she became a member of the Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. In addition to writing great mysteries, Bland also acted as a mentor to other women writers, setting high standards for themselves and their works.

While writing women's detective fiction, Taylor Bland struggled with many personal challenges, including early marriage to a sailor. In addition to raising her two sons, she also devoted time to helping abused and disabled children. She suffered from terminal cancer in 1972, but remained determined to write. After learning that her cancer was incurable, she completed a master's degree in accounting and education, and continued to write.

The prestigious award for women's crime fiction has been a motivating factor for her success. In the last few years, her novels have been widely praised and published. The 2020 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award will be awarded to Yasmin Angoe McClinton, a Chicago-based writer who uses humor to explore queerness, pop culture, and her own personal life.

The Eleanor Taylor Bland Award honors authors who are beginning their careers in crime writing. To honor her memory, Sisters in Crime have established the Eleanor Taylor Bland Award. The award is open to women and minorities writing crime fiction and is capped at two novels, two short stories, and two traditionally published books. Applicants can also apply for a grant to support research.

Sharon McCrumbi

Sharon McCrumbi has been an important voice in the field of women's detective fiction since her debut novel, Once Around the Track. It is also one of the most popular mysteries of the last two decades, and received praise from both readers and critics alike. McCrumb was nominated for the 2008 Virginia Woman of History Award, which recognizes women who have made outstanding contributions to Virginia. One of her most popular novels is The Ballad of Frankie Silver, which was recently staged at Burnsville NC's Parkway Playhouse.

In this novel, the protagonist, Sharon McCone, is a private investigator who has recently left Berkeley. She is working for a corporate turnaround man named T.J. "Suitcase" Gordon. He's investigating the mysterious Diplo-bomber, who has been targeting U.S. consulates. This particular case, however, has escaped the embassy in San Francisco. As a result, McCone is left to do all the work herself, which leaves her uncertain of the true intentions of Gage.

McCrumb's work has received several honors, including the Mary Frances Hobson Prize for Southern Literature from Chowan University. She was also named Virginia Woman of History in 2008 and was a guest author at the National Festival of the Book in Washington, D.C. Her work has been translated into eleven languages, and she's lectured on her work at Oxford University and Chautauqua Institute in western New York.


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