In response to a inventory of the 100 best crime romances that had only 28 female writers, Ann Cleeves, Val McDermid and Dreda Say Mitchell and other passing columnists nominate some alternatives
When the Sunday Times picked its 100 favourite crime and sleuth romances published since 1945 last weekend, merely 28 were by ladies.” Seeing the chronic conscious and instinctive bias against make by maidens is enraging ,” wrote Marian Keyes on Twitter.” Yeh, and don’t@ me, saying that soldiers are just better, don’t be that tool .”
Keyes got the ball wheel with some suggestions of books that could have been included. So we questioned some of the UK’s best girl crime writers for the purposes of the suggestions, just to get us up to 50 and even the scales.
Hannah has chosen” amazing fictions that your readers probably haven’t yet discovered. All were absolutely vital to my progress as a mental crime scribe .”
Summertime by Liz Rigbey
Follows a woman who loses her babe and whose parent unexpectedly drowns. When her husband and sister close ranks against her, she begins to doubt 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-fashioned bungalow, 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 her life. Then a police officer starts expecting 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 wealthy Marjorie Malcolm-Scott transactions suitcases, ends and identities with orphan Shona McInnes, as children are evacuated from Edinburgh at the start of the second world war.