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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. 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?"
Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous 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 around the investigations of such characters as Hercule Poirot, Jane Marple, Parker Pyne, Harley Quin/Mr Satterthwaite, and Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. She wrote the world's longest-running play, The Mousetrap. Born into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon, Christie served in a hospital during the First World War, before marrying and starting a family in London. She was ...more

Age: Died at 86 (1890-1976)

Birthplace: Torquay, United Kingdom

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#36 on The Best Writers of All Time

#4 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#21 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#35 on The Best Short Story Writers of All Time

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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

Age: 61

Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States of America

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#56 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#25 on The Best Crime Authors

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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 addition to her acclaimed series about murderer Tom Ripley, she wrote many short stories, often macabre, satirical or tinged with black humor. Although she wrote specifically in the genre of crime fiction, her books have been lauded by various writers and critics as being artistic and thoughtful enough to rival mainstream literature. Michael Dirda observed, "Europeans honored her as a ...more

Age: Died at 74 (1921-1995)

Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America

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#45 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#12 on The Best Gay Authors

#53 on The All-Time Greatest Horror Writers

#75 on The Best Crime Authors

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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

Age: 75

Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom

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