Lady Sleuths

Back in 2016, I came across Death and a Cup of Tea.

This reminded me of:
Alexander McCall Smith’s No 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series and Nancy Drew – I see I’m not the only one to have had an affinity with this young lady.
There’s also Jessica Fletcher and Miss Marple by the number 1 Lady Sleuth writer, Agatha Christie, who advises writers to “Remember as you write, expectations are for others. Your only job is to write your story. Remove the pressure.”

While Sadie Trombetta includes Rizzoli and Isles in her list, I’m not sure I would given the fact that Rizzoli is a police detective but if that’s acceptable in a list of female sleuths, then I feel quite comfortable including the female police officer featuring significantly in Death is Waiting by Patricia Simpson. For a slightly different take on using the skills of a sleuth is the coroner in Naomi Young Rodas’ Right of Possession.

And for a more recent list, 2023, Angela Erickson has a list of historical female sleuths I’ve never heard of.

First published 22 April 2017, updated 2024