In response to a inventory of the 100 best crime novels that had only 28 female generators, Ann Cleeves, Val McDermid and Dreda Say Mitchell and other leading writers select some alternatives

When the Sunday Times picked its 100 favourite crime and spy fictions issued since 1945 last weekend, simply 28 were by girls.” Seeing the chronic conscious and unconscious bias against wreak by women is infuriating ,” wrote Marian Keyes on Twitter.” Yeh, and don’t@ me, saying that gentlemen are just better, don’t be that tool .”

Keyes got the ball rolled with some suggestions of books that could have been included. So we asked some of the UK’s best girl crime scribes for further suggestions, precisely to get us up to 50 and even the scales.

Sophie Hannah

Hannah has chosen” amazing fictions that your readers probably haven’t yet detected. All were absolutely vital to my development as a psychological crime scribe .”

Summertime by Liz Rigbey
Follows a woman who loses her newborn and whose father-god unexpectedly drowns. When her husband and sister close ranks against her, she has started to believe they are lying to her.

The Spider’s House by Sarah Diamond
Also published as In the Spider’s House. When Anna Howell discovers that a 1960 s child murderess was the previous inhabitant of her old shack, her matrimony, sanity and life come under threat.

Hidden by Katy Gardner
When a young mother’s seven-year-old daughter disappears, she encounters herself questioning everything in their own lives. Then a police officer starts requesting about the murder of a woman 14 months earlier …

A Shred of Evidence by Jill McGown
DI Judy Hill and DCI Lloyd investigate the murder of a 15 -year-old girl on a patch of open parkland in the center of town.

Searching for Shona by Margaret Jean Anderson
The prosperous Marjorie Malcolm-Scott trades suitcases, ends and identities with orphan Shona McInnes, as children are evacuated from Edinburgh at the start of the second world war.

Denise Mina, generator of two notebooks on our schedule, The Field of Blood and The Demise of the Wasp Season. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/ The Guardian

Val McDermid

The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey
A teenage war orphan accuses two women of kidnap and defamation, but something about her tale doesn’t add up.

Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer
The Booker-longlisted columnist of Snap follows it up with the narrative of a medical student with Asperger’s who attempts to solve a murder.

The Field of Blood by Denise Mina
The first in the Paddy Meehan series accompanies the reporter looking into the disappearance of small children from his Glasgow home, with indicate placing the police towards two young boys.

A Fatal Inversion by Barbara Vine
Writing under her pen name, Ruth Rendell tells of the breakthrough of a woman and child in the animal graveyard at Wyvis Hall, 10 years after a group of young people wasted the summer there.

When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson
In the third Jackson Brodie book, a man is released from prison 30 times after he killer the mother and siblings of a six-year-old girl in the Devon countryside.

Ann Cleeves

Little Deaths by Emma Flint
Inspired by the real occasion of Alice Crimmins, this tells of the status of women whose two children go missing from her suite in Queens.

The Dry by Jane Harper
During Australia’s worst drought in a century, three members of one family in a small country town are assassinated, with the leader believed to have killed his wife and son before committing suicide.

Devices and Desires by PD James
Adam Dalgliesh takes on a serial murderer terrorising a remote Norfolk community.

The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina
Heavily pregnant DS Alex Morrow investigates the violent death of a prosperous lady in Glasgow.

Fire Sale by Sara Paretsky
The inimitable VI Warshawski takes over coaching duties of the girls’ basketball team at her former high school, and probes the explosion of the flag manufacturing plant where one of the girl’s mothers works.

Lauren Beukes, writer of time-travel crime drama The Shining Girls. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/ Getty Images

Sharon Bolton

Gone by Mo Hayder
In Hayder’s fifth thriller featuring Bristol DI Jack Caffrey, he goes after a car-jacker who is taking vehicles with children in them.

Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris
A cruel reprisal is being planned against the boys’ grammar school in the north of England where eccentric Latin employer Roy Straitley is contemplating retirement.

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
A time-travelling, cruel war ex-serviceman gradations through the activities of the decade to assassinate astonishing women – his” glowing girls”- in Chicago, in this high-concept thriller.

The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood
Two women who were sentenced for assassinating a six-year-old when they were children meet again as adults, when one detects the body of a teenager.

Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty
Married scientist Yvonne, who is drawn into a heartfelt liaison with a stranger, is on trial for murder.

Sarah Ward

A Place of Execution by Val McDermid
Journalist Catherine Heathcote analyse the disappearance of a 13 -year-old girl in the Peak District village of Scarsdale in 1963.

The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
Forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway analyse the detection of a child’s bones near the site of a archaic henge on the north Norfolk salt marshes.

The Ice House by Minette Walters
A decade after Phoebe Maybury’s husband inexplicably faded, a corpse is discovered and the police become determined to charge her with murder.

The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard
When a person is found in Dublin’s Grand Canal, police turn to the notorious Canal Killer for help. But the jailed murderer will only talk to the woman he was dating where reference is perpetrated his crimes.

This Night’s Foul Work by Fred Vargas ( carried by Sian Reynolds )
Commissaire Adamsberg investigates whether there is a connection between the escape of a brutal 75 -year-old nurse from prison, and the finding of two men with their throats cut on the outskirts of Paris.

Elizabeth Mackintosh, who wrote mystery romances as Josephine Tey, photographed in 1934. Photograph: Sasha/ Getty Images

Elly Griffiths

R in the Month by Nancy Spain
Sadly out of publish, this is an atmospheric floor set in a down-at-heel hotel in a postwar shore township. The interval item is perfect and jokes and assassinations bristle. This is the fourth volume featuring the superb Miriam Birdseye, actress and instead slapdash sleuth.

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
A seize crime novel in which the detective never gets out of bed and the assassination happened over 500 years ago. Griffith says:” I read this book as a child and was hooked- on Tey, crime story and Richard the Third .”

The Detective’s Daughter by Lesley Thomson
Cleaner Stella Darnell locates herself tidying up her detective father’s final, unfinished occurrence, after he dies. It is the first in a series featuring Stella and her crony Jack, an underground train operator who can sense murder.

A Place of Execution by Val McDermid
Griffiths says:” I could have chosen any of Val’s novels, but this book, about a columnist revisiting a shocking 1960 s murder, is probably my favourite because of its wonderful appreciation of time and target. It’s also pitch perfect about journalism, police investigation and life in a small community .”

He Said, She Said by Erin Kelly
An account of a crime visitation at which nothing is quite as it seems. Griffiths says:” The narration centres around a lunar eclipse, which likewise acts wonderfully as a metaphor and persona .”

Dreda Say Mitchell

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
The Gone Girl author’s debut follows reporter Camille’s investigation into the abduction and slaughter of two daughters in her Missouri residence town.

Dangerous Lady by Martina Cole
Cole’s first novel learns 17 -year-old Maura Ryan taking on the men of London’s gangland.

The Mermaids Singing by Val McDermid
Clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill is asked to profile a serial murderer when four soldiers are acquired disfigured and tortured.

Indemnity Only by Sara Paretsky
A client tells VI Warshawski he is a prominent banker looking for his son’s missing girlfriend. But VI soon detects he’s lying, and that the real banker’s son is dead.

The St Cyr series by CS Harris
Mitchell has nominated the whole of this historical riddle successions about Sebastian St Cyr, Viscount Devlin- master of disguises, heir to an earldom, and disillusioned horde detective. It’s a bit of a defraud but we’ll let her have it.

Tana French, whose Broken Harbour follows the work of the Dublin murder squad. Photograph: Yvette Monahan/ The Guardian

Erin Kelly

No Night Is Too Long by Barbara Vine
Tim Cornish thinks he has gotten away with killing his lover in Alaska. But then the letters start to arrive …

Broken Harbour by Tana French
The fourth in French’s sublime Dublin Murder Squad series, this takes plaza in a phantom owned outside Dublin, where a parent and his two children have been found dead, with the mother on her method to intensive care.

Chosen by Lesley Glaister
When Dodie’s mother hangs herself, she has to leave her baby at home and go to bring her brother Jake back from the mysterious Soul Life Centre in New York.

A Savage Hunger by Claire McGowan
Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire analyse the fade-out of a girl, and a holy relic, from a remote religious sanctuary in the fictional Irish town of Ballyterrin.

The Cry by Helen Fitzgerald
Parents Joanna and Alistair start to turn against each other after their babe goes missing from a remote roadside in Australia.

Sarah Hilary

The Hours Before Dawn by Celia Fremlin
A sleep-deprived young mom tries to stay sane while her anxieties originate about the family’s new lodger, in this 1950 s lost classic.

Cruel Acts by Jane Casey
Leo Stone, sentenced to life in prison for the murder of two women, is now free and claims he is innocent. DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwen want to put him back in prison, but Maeve begins doubting his regret- until other women disappears.

Sex Crimes by Jenefer Shute
A lawyer’s New Year’s Eve pick-up spirals into an sexual infatuation which leads to graphic cruelty.

Skin Deep by Liz Nugent
Nugent, whom Ian Rankin has compared to Patricia Highsmith, tells the story of a woman who has been transferring herself off as an English socialite on the Riviera for 25 years- until the arrival of someone who knows her from her former life spurs an play of violence.

Cuckoo by Julia Crouch
Rose’s home and family start to fall apart when her best friend Polly comes to stay.

Margaret Atwood, who wrote about Canadian murderer Grace Marks in Alias Grace. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/ The Guardian

Louise Candlish

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Christie’s classic- with a famous twist. The best Hercule Poirot?

The Two Faces of January by Patricia Highsmith
A conman on the run with his wife assembles a young American who becomes drawn into the crime they commit.

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
The writer of The Handmaid’s Tale imagines the life of the real 19 th-century Canadian assassin Grace Marks.

Little Face by Sophie Hannah
Hannah’s thriller entry is about a young father who becomes convinced that, after spending two hours away from her newborn, the infant is not hers.

Alys, Always by Harriet Lane
Newspaper subeditor Frances is drawn into the lives of the Kyte family when she discovers the last words of the victim of a auto clang, Alys Kyte.


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