30+ of Your Favorite Female Crime-Stoppers in Books

Kelly Jensen


Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

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Ex-FBI Agent Brigid Quinn thinks she has a second chance at life. After too many years spent in the company of evil, she’s quit the Feds and is working out what normal is meant to feel like. She’s swapped serial killers, stakeouts and interrogation for a husband, friends and free time. But when you’ve walked in darkness for so long, can you stand the light? When a local teenager dies in a tragic drowning accident, the community thinks Brigid might be able to help comfort the family. But when she does so, something doesn’t add up. And it’s no easier at home: after a bereavement in the family, Brigid has reluctantly taken in her niece to give her a break before she starts college. Brigid’s ever-patient husband Carlo tells her they must go easy on Gemma-Kate, the grieving youngster. Which is fine, until she starts taking an unhealthy interest in dissecting the local wildlife. For Brigid, death still seems to be wherever she turns. But as she herself starts to feel unwell, it’s her own mortality that is the most troubling. And as she tries to get to the bottom of a series of allegedly accidental deaths and increasingly gruesome occurrences at home, she slowly realises that maybe this time, she’s let the darkness inside the only place she ever felt safe. Sometimes, death is closer than you think.


We asked who your favorite female crime-stoppers in books were, and you answered. Let’s dig into this list of 30+ of the best books featuring female crime stoppers:

Irene Adler from Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

China Bayles from the China Bayless Herbal Mysteries by Susan Wittig Albert

Lindsay Boxer from The Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Joanna Brady from the Joanna Brady series by JA Jance

Eve Dallas from the Eve Dallas series by JD Robb

October Daye from the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire

Flavia de Luce from the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley

Maisie Dobbs from the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear

Nancy Drew from the Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

Eve Duncan from the Eve Duncan series by Iris Johansen

Phryne Fisher from the Phryne Fisher series by Kerry Greenwood

Angela Gennaro from the Kenzie & Gennaro series by Dennis Lehane

Fina Ludlow from the Fina Ludlow series by Ingrid Throft

Miss Marple from the Miss Marple series by Agatha Christie

Veronica Mars from the Veronica Mars mystery series by Rob thomas

Dorothy Martin from the Dorothy Martin series by Jeanne M. Dams

Kate Martinelli from the Kate Martinelli series by Laurie R. king

Rebecka Martinsson from the Rebecka Martinsson series by Asa Larsson

Kinsey Millhone from the Kinsey Millhone series by Sue Grafton

Rachel Morgan from the Hallows series by Kim Harrison

Amelia Peabody from the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters

Anna Pigeon from the Anna Pigeon series by Nevada Barr

Stephanie Plum from the Stephanie Plum mysteries by Janet Evanovich

Precious Ramotswe from The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith

Jane Rizzoli from the Rizzoli and Isles series by Tess Gerritsen

Amelia Sachs from the Lincoln Rhyme series by Jeffrey Deaver

Lisbeth Salander from the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson

Kay Scarpetta from the Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell

Alexia Tarabotti from the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger

Aurora Teagarden from the Aurora Teagarden series by Charlaine Harris

V.I. Warshawski from the V.I. Warshawski series by Sara Paretsky