10 Mysteries with Women in the Lead

In these gripping tales of detectives, deception, and domestic life, women are much more than damsels in distress. These fictional females—each created by a male author—are out for justice and won’t let glass ceilings or thick heads get in their way.


 Before I Go to Sleep, by S.J. Watson

 Bleeding Edge, by Thomas Pynchon

 Celine, by Peter Heller

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson

 Just One Look, by Harlan Coben

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith

 Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

The Twenty-Seventh City, by Jonathan Franzen

 Void Moon, by Michael Connelly






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About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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