List is made up of many different people, including Meg Gardiner and Martina Cole. Featuring murder mystery authors and more, this list has it all.
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?"
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
Age: Died at 86 (1890-1976)
Birthplace: Torquay, United Kingdom
Profession: Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright
Credits: Witness for the Prosecution, Agatha Christie: Poirot, And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie's Marple
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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
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 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. ...more
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 LaPlante is a 1993 Edgar Award winning screenwriter. ...more
Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom
Profession: Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer
Credits: Prime Suspect, Prime Suspect, Above Suspicion, Rentaghost, Widows, + more
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