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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, Lady Mallowan, (née Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was an English writer. She is known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Christie also wrote the world's longest-running play, a murder mystery, The Mousetrap, and, under the pen name Mary Westmacott, six romances. In 1971 she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her contribution to literature.Christie was born into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon. Before marrying and starting a family in London, she had served in a ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 86 (1890-1976)

Birthplace: Torquay, United Kingdom

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Patricia Cornwell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Crime Writers
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Patricia Cornwell (born Patricia Carroll Daniels; June 9, 1956) is a contemporary American crime writer. She is known for writing a best-selling series of novels featuring the heroine Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a medical examiner. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 62

Birthplace: Miami, Florida

Patricia Highsmith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Crime Writers
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Patricia Highsmith

Patricia Highsmith (January 19, 1921 – February 4, 1995) was an American novelist and short story writer best known for her psychological thrillers, including her series of five novels featuring the character Tom Ripley. She wrote 22 novels and numerous short stories throughout her career spanning nearly five decades, and her work has led to more than two dozen film adaptations. Her writing derived influence from existentialist literature, and questioned notions of identity and popular morality. She was dubbed "the poet of apprehension" by novelist Graham Greene.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: Fort Worth, Texas

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Lynda La Plante is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Crime Writers
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Lynda La Plante, CBE (born Lynda Titchmarsh; 15 March 1943) is an English author, screenwriter and former actress, best known for writing the Prime Suspect television crime series. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 75

Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom