A recent Oprah.com article, "9 Mysteries Every Thinking Woman Should Read," features mystery series that have “brilliant, believable female detectives.” Here are some recommended titles from the list:
Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear (#9 in series) MYS
When Maisie Dobb’s old friends suspect the death of Eddie Pettitt wasn't an accident, they prevail upon her to investigate.
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (#1 in series) SF
The original manuscript of Dickens’ Martin Chuzzlewit is stolen and literary detective Thursday Next is called on to solve the case.
A Field of Darkness by Cornelia Read (#1 in series) MYS
In an effort to clear the name of her favorite cousin, reporter Madeline Dare gets involved in an unsolved murder case.
Jane and the Canterbury Tale by Stephanie Barron MYS
A wedding celebration turns deadly when a husband, once presumed dead, turns up very much alive.
A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R King (#2 in
series) MYS KIN
Members of a feminist preacher’s inner circle are dying and Mary Russell decides to investigate.
The Shanghai Moon by S. J. Rozan (#9 in series) MYS
Lydia Chin and a fellow investigator are asked to find stolen jewels that once belonged to Holocaust survivors.
Sun Storm by Asa Larsson (#1 in series) FIC
Attorney Rebecka Martinsson returns to her hometown where a friend’s brother has been killed and the friend accused of the murder.
The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley (#2
in series) MYS BRA
Master puppeteer Rupert Porson is electrocuted during a performance, and 11-year-old Falvia sets out to solve the case.