I have always been an admirer of crime fiction. Ever since my teens when I first stumbled upon Sherlock Holmes, I was in love with crime solving. But I wanted a female detective. I wanted to see women taking on the case. Sure I knew about Nancy Drew, but I had yet to discover the pleasures of Miss Marple by Agatha Christie, let alone all the others. Here’s a collection of my top female detectives in crime!:
First is the delightful Miss Marple:
I searched around on Google and found that the first Miss Marple books were actually short stories published back in 1927… quite a long time ago, or so it feels to me. I have barely begun to read these delightful tales of murder and mayhem but I am forever going out of my way to collect all things Agatha Christie. I so far have a tiny collection of six books but I’m happy to keep it growing next year. Miss Marple is set in the 1950’s and Interestingly her age is never mentioned in the series according to google, and I hope to eventually confirm that.
Second Favorite Woman Detective:
Miss Peabody is another detective that I became absolutely enthralled with. I first read Crocodiles on the Sandbank a few years ago and am waiting for a binge read of the rest of the series, after-of course-rereading the first book. The first book came out in 1975, and was the start of a long historical mystery series. The Author, Elizabeth Peters, is a pseudonym of Barbara Louise Mertz, and she also has another author name of Barbara Michaels. I have many Barbara Michaels books, though sadly only a few of the Elizabeth Peters. I’m hopeful to eventually collect all of them. The Amelia Peabody character is a Victorian lady who is quite smart, brave, and warm hearted as well as open minded. The first book was quite a fast read and I will eventually make my way through the rest of the series soon as I get my hands on them.
My Third Favorite Detective:
I discovered Maisie Dobbs about past the time I discovered Miss Marple. I enjoy both women solving crimes. Ms. Dobbs is set in between the years 1910 and 1929, and is quite entertaining. I love the writing and the characters grow on you from the start. As I’ve only read the first book (same with every series it seems) I can’t say much except there’s expected to be another new one of this series this coming year by March 22, 2022 called A Sunlit Weapon. I desperately need to catch up on the series but it seems as though I have far to much to read!
My Forth Favorite Sleuth:
Told in diary format, these delightful novels are fun, fast, and I am actually almost caught up on the series! The main character is a woman named George, who is 34 in line to the throne of England. Set during the year 1932, London. There’s all sorts of humor in these books and they never fail to entertain. I hope to own the whole set on day, but I will be content enough that a new book, book number fifteen (I’m on book twelve) is already out and titled God Rest Ye, Royal Gentleman and I cannot wait to be all caught up!
M.C. Beaton is another author I’ve found and adore in reading her Agatha Raisin mysteries. They’re fun, witty, and quite clever at times. I love her writing and there are currently 31 books in the series. I believe I’ve only read a maybe six of them so far but I like these as well as her Hamish character who has his own series. I still hope to collect these books along with all the others.
Well there you have it. Those are my top five favorite women detectives. I’d love if you have suggestions of your own favorites, or if you shared any here that you loved a lot. If you want more exposure on a series I’d be happy to make another post about it. There’s probably going to be a lot of cozy mysteries along with thrillers and the like shared on my blog. If you have any suggestions please comment below.
Until next time,
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