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?"
Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, DBE was an English 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 WWI, before marrying and starting a family in London. ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Dec. at 86 (1890-1976)
Birthplace: Torquay, United Kingdom
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Patricia Cornwell is a contemporary American 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 on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Area code 786, Miami-Dade County, Florida, Area code 305, Florida, + more
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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 on Wikipedia
Age: Dec. at 74 (1921-1995)
Birthplace: Texas, Tarrant County, Area codes 682 and 817, Denton County, Contiguous United States, + more
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