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.
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.