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Pioneering Crime Writers of Women’s History Month

Iconic writers vital for any mystery reader


Although we think every month should be devoted to celebrating kick-ass women crime writers, March is Women’s History Month, so we’re officially devoting ourselves to reading everything we can from these pioneers.

The list of smart, well-written, and fearless mysteries and thrillers by women writers goes on forever, so we’ve done our best to compile a short list of sixteen authors well worth your attention this month. Dorothy L. Sayers, Ruth Rendell, Dorothy Salisbury Davis, Mary Roberts Rinehart—these writers are icons in their field, and their works are vital for any serious mystery reader.

Check out the infographic below to learn more about these women and their works.

Women in Mystery: Women's History Month Infographic

Dorothy L. Sayers

Ruth Rendell

Dorothy S. Davis

Charlotte MacLeod

Susan Isaacs

Mary R. Rinehart

Jane Dentinger

Barbara C. Pope

Patricia Wentworth

Susan Dunlap

Shirley Kennett

Dorothy Uhnak

Barbara Wilson

Dorothy B. Hughes

Anne Perry

Gertrude C. Warner


Published on 06 Mar 2014

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