In response to a list of the 100 best crime novels that had only 28 female authors, Ann Cleeves, Val McDermid and Dreda Say Mitchell and other leading writers nominate some alternatives
When the Sunday Times picked its 100 favourite crime and spy novels published since 1945 last weekend, only 28 were by women. Seeing the chronic conscious and unconscious bias against work by women is enraging, wrote Marian Keyes on Twitter. Yeh, and dont @ me, saying that men are just better, dont be that tool.
Keyes got the ball rolling with some suggestions of books that could have been included. So we asked some of the UKs best female crime writers for further suggestions, just to get us up to 50 and even the scales.
Hannah has chosen amazing novels that your readers probably havent yet discovered. All were absolutely vital to my development as a psychological crime writer.
Summertime by Liz Rigbey
Follows a woman who loses her baby and whose father unexpectedly drowns. When her husband and sister close ranks against her, she begins to suspect they are lying to her.
The Spiders House by Sarah Diamond
Also published as In the Spiders House. When Anna Howell discovers that a 1960s child murderess was the previous resident of her old cottage, her marriage, sanity and life come under threat.
Hidden by Katy Gardner
When a young mothers seven-year-old daughter disappears, she finds herself questioning everything in her life. Then a police officer starts asking about the murder of a woman 14 months earlier
A Shred of Evidence by Jill McGown
DI Judy Hill and DCI Lloyd investigate the murder of a 15-year-old girl on a patch of open parkland in the centre of town.
Searching for Shona by Margaret Jean Anderson
The wealthy Marjorie Malcolm-Scott trades suitcases, destinations and identities with orphan Shona McInnes, as children are evacuated from Edinburgh at the start of the second world war.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/may/16/50-great-thrillers-by-women-agatha-christie-gillian-flynn-val-mcdermid