In response to a directory of the 100 best crime tales that had only 28 female columnists, Ann Cleeves, Val McDermid and Dreda Say Mitchell and other extending scribes elect some alternatives

When the Sunday Times picked its 100 favourite crime and snoop tales issued since 1945 last weekend, simply 28 were by girls.” Seeing the chronic conscious and instinctive bias against make by girls is infuriating ,” 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 journals that could have been included. So we questioned some of the UK’s best girl crime columnists for further suggestions, just to get us up to 50 and even the scales.

Sophie Hannah

Hannah please choose” amazing tales that your readers probably haven’t yet detected. All were absolutely vital to my developing as a mental crime writer .”

Summertime by Liz Rigbey
Follows a woman who loses her child and whose father-god unexpectedly drowns. When her husband and sister close ranks against her, she is starting 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 occupant of her age-old cottage, her marriage, sanity and life come under threat.

Hidden by Katy Gardner
When a young mother’s seven-year-old daughter disappears, she determines herself questioning everything in her life. Then a police officer starts asking 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 spot of open parkland in the centre of town.

Searching for Shona by Margaret Jean Anderson
The wealthy Marjorie Malcolm-Scott crafts suitcases, destinations 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 notebooks on our roll, The Field of Blood and The Terminate 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 mistreat, but something about her storey 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 understands the reporter looking into the disappearance of small children from his Glasgow home, with ground parting 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 cemetery at Wyvis Hall, 10 years after a group of young person expended 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 butchered 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 example 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 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 dame in Glasgow.

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

Lauren Beukes, author 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 reprisal is being storied against the boys’ grammar school in the north of England where eccentric Latin lord Roy Straitley is contemplating retirement.

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
A time-travelling, murderous struggle ex-serviceman gradations through the decades to murder remarkable dames – his” glittering daughters”- 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 discovers their own bodies of a teenager.

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

Sarah Ward

A Place of Execution by Val McDermid
Journalist Catherine Heathcote investigates the fade-out 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 disclosure of a child’s bones near the site of a ancient henge on the north Norfolk salt marshes.

The Ice House by Minette Walters
A decade after Phoebe Maybury’s husband inexplicably vanished, a body is obtained 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 incarcerated assassin will simply talk to the woman he was date where reference is devoted his crimes.

This Night’s Foul Work by Fred Vargas ( translated by Sian Reynolds )
Commissaire Adamsberg analyse whether there is a connection between the escape 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 print, this is an atmospheric storey set in a down-at-heel hotel in a postwar shore city. The age detail is perfect and jokes and carnages bristle. This is the fourth work peculiarity the magnificent Miriam Birdseye, actress and instead slapdash sleuth.

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

The Detective’s Daughter by Lesley Thomson
Cleaner Stella Darnell acquires herself straightening up her detective father’s final, unfinished event, after he dies. It is the first in a series featuring Stella and her chum Jack, an underground train move 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 journalist revisiting a shocking 1960 s murder, is probably my favourite because of its wonderful gumption 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 rape trial at which nothing is quite as it seems. Griffiths says:” The narration centres around a lunar eclipse, which also wields wonderfully as a metaphor and persona .”

Dreda Say Mitchell

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
The Gone Girl author’s debut follows columnist Camille’s investigation into the abduction and assassination of two girls in her Missouri home town.

Dangerous Lady by Martina Cole
Cole’s firstly novel interprets 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 executioner when four souls are acquired mutilated and tortured.

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

The St Cyr sequence by CS Harris
Mitchell has nominated the whole of this historical mystery series about Sebastian St Cyr, Viscount Devlin- master of disguises, heir to an earldom, and disillusioned infantry officer. It’s a little of a cheat but we’ll tell 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 notes start to arrive …

Broken Harbour by Tana French
The fourth in French’s sublime Dublin Murder Squad series, this takes target in a ghost manor outside Dublin, where a papa and his two children have been found dead, with the mother on her lane 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 investigates the departure of a girl, and a holy relic, from a remote religious temple in the fictional 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 baby tries to stay sane while her panics thrive 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 gave him back in prisons, but Maeve begins doubting his guilt- until another woman disappears.

Sex Crimes by Jenefer Shute
A lawyer’s New Year’s Eve pick-up spirals into an erotic infatuation which translates into 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 passing herself off as an English socialite on the Riviera for 25 years- until the entrance of someone who knows her from her former life spurs an routine 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 famed turn. The best Hercule Poirot?

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

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
The generator 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 entry is about a young mother who becomes convinced that, after spending two hours away from her child, 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 gate-crash, Alys Kyte.


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