12 Thrilling Mystery Novels with Badass Female Protagonists

These heroines won't let up until the case is closed.

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Buy Satan's Lambs at Amazon

Satan's Lambs

By Lynn Hightower

Buy The Mother Shadow at Amazon

The Mother Shadow

By Melodie Johnson Howe

Buy The Company of Saints at Amazon

The Company of Saints

By Evelyn Anthony

Buy The Likeness at Amazon

The Likeness

By Tana French

Buy Broken Monsters at Amazon

Broken Monsters

By Lauren Beukes

Buy The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo at Amazon

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

By Stieg Larsson

Buy Sharp Objects at Amazon

Sharp Objects

By Gillian Flynn

Buy Smilla's Sense of Snow at Amazon

Smilla's Sense of Snow

By Peter Høeg

Buy Field of Blood at Amazon

Field of Blood

By Denise Mina

Buy Postmortem at Amazon


By Patricia Cornwell

Buy Trail of Echoes at Amazon

Trail of Echoes

By Rachel Howell Hall

Buy The Beekeeper's Apprentice at Amazon

The Beekeeper's Apprentice

By Laurie R. King