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.

Sophie Hannah

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.

Denise Mina, author of two volumes on our roll, The Field of Blood and The Intent of the Wasp Season. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/ The Guardian

Val McDermid

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

Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer
The Booker-longlisted generator of Snap follows it up with the tale 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 experiences the reporter looking into the disappearance of a child from his Glasgow home, with exhibit objecting the police towards two young boys.

A Fatal Inversion by Barbara Vine
Writing under her pen name, Ruth Rendell tells of the discovery of a woman and child in the animal graveyard at Wyvis Hall, 10 years after a group of young person spent 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 years 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 suit of Alice Crimmins, this tells of a woman whose two children go missing from her apartment 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 murdered, with the papa believed to have killed his wife and son before committing suicide.

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

The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina
Heavily pregnant DS Alex Morrow analyse 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 crew at her former high school, and investigates the explosion of the flag manufacturing plant where one of the girl’s mothers works.

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

Sharon Bolton

Gone by Mo Hayder
In Hayder’s fifth thriller boast 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 murderous retaliate is being storied against the sons’ grade school in the north of England where eccentric Latin original Roy Straitley is contemplating retirement.

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
A time-travelling, murderous battle ex-serviceman steps through the activities of the decade to assassinate extraordinary maidens – his” glinting daughters”- in Chicago, in this high-concept thriller.

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

Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty
Married scientist Yvonne, who is drawn into a heartfelt thing 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 investigates the breakthrough of a child’s bones near the place of a ancient henge on the countries of the north Norfolk salt marshes.

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

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

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

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

Elly Griffiths

R in the Month by Nancy Spain
Sadly out of magazine, this is an atmospheric story set in a down-at-heel hotel in a postwar coast township. The age item is perfect and jokes and carnages abound. This is the fourth book boasting the terrific Miriam Birdseye, actress and rather slapdash sleuth.

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
A gripping crime romance in which the detective never gets out of berthed and the assassination happened over 500 year ago. Griffith says:” I read this book as a child and was fixed- on Tey, crime fiction and Richard the Third .”

The Detective’s Daughter by Lesley Thomson
Cleaner Stella Darnell obtains herself tidying up her detective father’s final, unfinished occurrence, after he dies. It is the first in a series boasting Stella and her sidekick Jack, an underground train motorist 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 feel of age and region. 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 assault experiment at which nothing is quite as it seems. Griffiths says:” The floor centres around a lunar eclipse, which too labor wonderfully as a metaphor and likenes .”

Dreda Say Mitchell

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

Dangerous Lady by Martina Cole
Cole’s first novel hears 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 gunman when four beings are observed mutilated and tortured.

Indemnity Only by Sara Paretsky
A purchaser tells VI Warshawski he is a foremost 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 line by CS Harris
Mitchell has nominated the whole of this historical mystery lines about Sebastian St Cyr, Viscount Devlin- master of masquerades, heir to an earldom, and disillusioned army patrolman. It’s a little of a chisel but we’ll make her have it.

Tana French, whose Broken Harbour follows the operational activities of the 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 exalted Dublin Murder Squad series, this takes plaza in a haunt manor outside Dublin, where a father-god 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 strange Soul Life Centre in New York.

A Savage Hunger by Claire McGowan
Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire probes the disappearance of a girl, and a holy relic, from a remote religious shrine in the imaginary Irish town of Ballyterrin.

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

Sarah Hilary

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

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

Sex Crimes by Jenefer Shute
A lawyer’s New Year’s Eve pick-up coilings into an erotic preoccupation 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 advent of someone who knows her from her former life inspires an act of violence.

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

Margaret Atwood, who wrote about Canadian executioner 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 famed construction. The best Hercule Poirot?

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

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

Little Face by Sophie Hannah
Hannah’s thriller debut is about a young mom who becomes convinced that, after expend two hours away from her child, the newborn is not hers.

Alys, Always by Harriet Lane
Newspaper subeditor Frances is drawn into the lives of the Kyte family when she listens the last words of the victim of a automobile gate-crash, Alys Kyte.


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