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Famous Female Crime Writers

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List of famous female crime writers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female crime writers list contains the most prominent and top females known for being crime writers. There are thousand of females working as crime writers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic crime writers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a crime writer then the people below should give you inspiration.

List is made up of many different people, including Meg Gardiner and Martina Cole.

While this isn't a list of all female crime writers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female crime writers?" and "Who are the best female crime writers?"


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    Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, DBE was an English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best known for the 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections she wrote under her own name, most of which revolve ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1890-1976)
    • Birthplace: Torquay, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: Murder on the Orient Express, Witness for the Prosecution, And Then There Were None, Death on the Nile, Ten Little Indians, + more
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    Patricia Cornwell
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    Patricia Cornwell is a contemporary American crime writer. She is widely known for writing a popular series of novels featuring the heroine Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a medical examiner. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies.more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Crime writer, Journalist, Novelist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: At Risk, The Front, A.T.F.
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    Patricia Highsmith
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    Patricia Highsmith was an American novelist and short story writer, most widely known for her psychological thrillers, which led to more than two dozen film adaptations. Her first novel, Strangers on a Train, has been adapted for stage and screen numerous times, notably by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. In ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1921-1995)
    • Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Crime writer, Novelist, Cartoonist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: Strangers on a Train, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley's Game, The American Friend, Purple Noon, + more
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    Lynda La Plante
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    Lynda LaPlante is a 1993 Edgar Award winning screenwriter.more

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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer
    • Credits: Prime Suspect, Prime Suspect, Above Suspicion, Rentaghost, Widows, + more
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    Ann Rule
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    Ann Rule is an American true crime writer of such works as The Stranger Beside Me, about serial killer and former Samaritans co-worker Ted Bundy, and Small Sacrifices, about child murderer Diane Downs.more

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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: Lowell, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Crime writer, Author
    • Credits: And Never Let Her Go, Too Late to Say Goodbye, The Hunt for the I-5 Killer, Small Sacrifices, Ann Rule Presents: The Stranger Beside Me, + more
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    Ruth Rendell
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    Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE, is an English author of thrillers and psychological murder mysteries. Rendell's best-known creation, Chief Inspector Wexford, is the hero of many popular police stories, some of them successfully adapted for TV. But Rendell has also generated a ...more

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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: South Woodford, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Crime writer, Politician, Novelist
    • Credits: Live Flesh, The Bridesmaid, La Cérémonie, Alias Betty, The New Girlfriend
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    Kathy Reichs
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    Kathleen Joan Toelle "Kathy" Reichs is an American crime writer, forensic anthropologist and academic. She is a professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; as of 2013 she is on indefinite leave. She divides her work time between the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Crime writer, Author
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    Val McDermid
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    Val McDermid is a Scottish crime writer, best known for a series of suspense novels featuring Dr. Tony Hill.more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Crime writer, Author, Writer
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    Martina Cole is a British crime writer, businesswoman and occasional television presenter. Cole was brought up in Aveley, Essex. As of 2009 she has released seventeen novels about crime, some of which examine London's gangster underworld. Four of her novels, Dangerous Lady, The Jump, The Take and The ...more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Essex, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Crime writer, Businessperson, Novelist, Author, Writer, + more
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    Denise Mina
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    Denise Mina is a Scottish crime writer and playwright. She has written the Garnethill trilogy and another three novels featuring the character Patricia "Paddy" Meehan, a Glasgow journalist. Described as an author of Tartan Noir, she has also dabbled in comic book writing, having recently written 13 ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Crime writer, Novelist, Author, Writer
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    Susan Wittig Albert, also known by the pen names Robin Paige and Carolyn Keene, is an American mystery writer from Vermilion County, Illinois, United States.more

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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Crime writer, Author, Writer
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    Meg Gardiner
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    Meg Gardiner is an Edgar Award-winning American crime writer, who lives in Austin, Texas. Her best-known books are the Evan Delaney novels. In June 2008, she published the first novel in a new series, featuring forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett. The second Jo Beckett novel, The Memory Collector, was ...more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Oklahoma, United States of America
    • Profession: Crime writer, Novelist, Lawyer
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    Diane Fanning
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    Diane Fanning is an American crime writer and author who writes nonfiction and mystery novels.more

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    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
    • Profession: Crime writer, Novelist, Author
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    Liza Marklund
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    Eva Elisabeth "Liza" Marklund is a Swedish journalist and crime writer. She was born in Pålmark near Piteå, Norrbotten. Her novels, most of which feature the fictional character Annika Bengtzon, a newspaper journalist, have been published in thirty languages. Marklund is the co-owner of Sweden's third ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Piteå, Sweden
    • Profession: Crime writer, Writer
    • Credits: Nobel's Last Will, Deadline
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    Libby Fischer Hellmann

    Libby Fischer Hellmann
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    Libby Fischer Hellmann is an American crime fiction writer who currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. Most of her novels and stories are set in Chicago; the Chicago Sun-Times notes that she "grew up in Washington, D.C., but she has embraced her adopted home of Chicago with the passion of a convert." ...more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Profession: Crime writer
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