45+ of Your Favorite Female Crime Writers

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.

This giveaway is sponsored by The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel.

the forgotten girls coverIn a forest in Denmark, a ranger discovers the fresh corpse of an unidentified woman. A large scar on one side of her face should make the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing. After four days, Louise Rick- the new commander of the Missing Persons Department- is still without answers. But when she releases a photo to the media, an older woman phones to say that she recognizes the woman as Lisemette, a child she once cared for in the state mental institution many years ago. Lisemette, like the other children in the institution, was abandoned by her family and branded a “forgotten girl.” But Louise soon discovers something more disturbing: Lisemette had a twin, and both girls were issued death certificates over 30 years ago. As the investigation brings Louise closer to her childhood home, she uncovers more crimes that were committed-and hidden-in the forest, and finds a terrible link to her own past that has been carefully concealed.


We asked you for your favorite female crime writers and you answered! Get ready to check your locks twice as you dive into this big round-up of great ladies writing crime.

Megan Abbott

Kate Atkinson

Lauren Beukes

Sara Blaedel

Chelsea Cain

Linda Castillo

Kathryn Casey

Agatha Christie

Mary Higgins Clark

Ann Cleeves

Patricia Cornwell

Janet Evanovich

Gillian Flynn

Tana French

Lisa Gardner

Elizabeth George

Sue Grafton

Sara Gran

Martha Grimes

Ellen Hart

Mo Hayder

Patricia Highsmith

P. D. James

Alex Kava

Laurie R. King

Camilla Lackberg

Asa Larsson

Donna Leon

Laura Lippman

Ngaio Marsh

Val McDermid

Denise Mina

Marcia Muller

Sara Paretsky

Louise Penny

Marisha Pessl

Kathy Reichs

Ruth Rendell

J. D. Robb

J.K. Rowling (as Robert Galbraith)

Ann Rule

Dorothy Sayers

Lisa Scottoline

Karin Slaughter

Dana Stabenow

Lisa Unger

Patricia Wentworth