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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: Witness for the Prosecution, Agatha Christie: Poirot, And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie's Marple
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    Patricia Cornwell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Crime Writers
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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: 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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Crime Writers
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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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Crime Writers
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    Lynda LaPlante is a 1993 Edgar Award winning screenwriter. more

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    • 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 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Crime Writers
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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: 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 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Crime Writers
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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: 85
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, South Woodford, England
    • Profession: Crime writer, Politician, Novelist
    • Credits: Live Flesh, The Bridesmaid, La Cérémonie, Alias Betty, The New Girlfriend
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    Kathy Reichs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Crime Writers
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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: 67
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
    • Profession: Crime writer, Author
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    Val McDermid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Crime Writers
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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: 60
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, Kirkcaldy, Fife, United Kingdom, + more
    • Profession: Crime writer, Author, Writer
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