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.
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.