Top 7 Female Crime/Suspense/Mystery Writers You Must Have In Your Library

This list consist of those female crime/mystery/thriller writers that have succeeded in captivating me with their books.

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Image Source: lisagardner.com


Lisa Gardner #1 New York Times crime thriller novelist, and a self-described research junkie, her work as a research analyst for an international consulting firm parlayed her interest in police procedure, cutting edge forensics and twisted plots into a streak of internationally bestselling suspense novels. She has over 22 million books in print.

I Recommend
The Killing Hour, Touch and Go and The Next Accident.


Mary Higgins Clark, also a #1 international and New York Times bestselling author, she has written thirty- four suspense novels; and helped co-author five more suspense books. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies in the United States alone. She’s a master of suspense.

I Recommend
All Dressed In White, Daddy’s Gone A Hunting, I’ll Walk Alone, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Death Wears A Beautiful Mask, The Cinderella Murder.


Karin slaughter is a very popular American crime writer, whose first novel Blindsighted (2001) became an international success, was published in almost 30 languages, and made the Crime Writers’ Association’s Dagger Award shortlist for “Best Thriller Debut” of 2001. She has sold more than 30 million copies of her books, and is published in 35 languages.

I Recommend
Fractured, Faithless, Triptych (2006). Pretty hurts, first thrills


Iris Johansen is an author of crime fiction and romance novels. Who first achieved success in the early 1980s writing category romances. In 1996 Johansen switched genres, turning to crime fiction, with which she has had great success.

I Recommend
Sleep no more, The face of deception, Hunting Eve, Bonnie, hide away, shadowplay


Sandra brown is an American bestselling author of romantic novels and thriller suspense novels. She started professionally in 1981, and since then has published over seventy novels.

I Recommend
Mirror image, Charade, Envy, Mean streak, Ricochet, The crush


Alafair Burke is the author of “two power house series” (Sun-Sentinel) that have earned her a reputation for creating strong, believable, and eminently likable female characters, such as NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher and Portland Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid. Alafair’s novels grow out of her experience as a prosecutor in America’s police precincts and criminal courtrooms.

I Recommend
All dressed in white (withmary higgins), all day and a night, never gone, don’t tell, 212.


Allison is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen thrillers and numerous short stories. Reviewers have called her “a master of suspense” and RT Book Reviews said her books are “mesmerizing” and “complex”.
She currently writes two series—the Lucy Kincaid/ Sean Rogan thrillers and the Maxine Revere cold case mysteries.

I Recommend
Lucy kinkaid series.

Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

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