Celebrating women today by thinking about some women detective novelists I have loved.

Margery Louise Allingham (20 May 1904 – 30 June 1966) was an English novelist from the “Golden Age of Detective Fiction,” best remembered for her hero, the gentleman sleuth Albert Campion.

Margery Allingham

Agatha Christie 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) is called the best selling author of all time, and is best known for her detective novels, short story collections, plays and famous detective sleuths Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

Agatha Christie

Sue Taylor Grafton (April 24, 1940 – December 28, 2017) was an American author of detective novels. She is best known as the author of the “alphabet series” (“A” Is for Alibi, etc.) featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California.

Sue Grafton

PD James: Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park, OBE, FRSA, FRSL (3 August 1920 – 27 November 2014), known professionally as P. D. James, was an English novelist and politician. She rose to fame for her series of detective novels featuring police commander and poet Adam Dalgliesh.[2]

PD James

Dorothy Leigh Sayers (13 June 1893 – 17 December 1957) was an English crime writer and poet. She was also a student of classical and modern languages. She is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between the First and Second World Wars that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. 

I have read all of these women’s books, and I love them. Women mystery writers are the best! Which of them have you read? Which female mystery novelist is your favorite?

We need more women writers of mystery! Are you the next one? Hawkshaw Press is seeking a great woman detective writer, and it could be you!

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