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Stories of Strong Women

Mysteries and Suspense

This is the genre, more than any other, where women have become leading characters as high-powered (and sometimes as hard-boiled) as their male counterparts. There are many guides to women's mysteries, so we have chosen just a few titles you may not have heard of.

Skeleton Crew: A Lindsay Chamberlain Novel
Beverly Connor

Sarah Dunant

A Darker Place
Laurie King (also in large print and on audiocassette)

The Step Between
Penny Mickelbury

Denise Mina

Shell Game
Carol O'Connell (also on audiocassette)

The Intersection of Law and Desire
J. M. Redmann

Unwanted Company
Barbara Seranella

Mitchell Smith

The Glass Factory
K. J. A. Wishnia (also in large print)

Inner City Blues: A Charlotte Justice Novel
Paula L. Woods

Science Fiction

Margaret Wander Bonanno

C. J. Cherryh

Flesh and Gold
Phyllis Gotlieb

Brown Girl in the Ring
Nalo Hopkinson

Souls in the Great Machine
Sean McMullen

Extra (Ordinary) People
Joanna Russ

The Jazz
Melissa Scott

The Fresco
Sheri S. Tepper

The Color of Distance
Amy Thomson

Welcome, Chaos
Kate Wilhelm (also in large print)

Doomsday Book
Connie Willis (also in large print and on audiocassette)


The Forest House
Marion Zimmer Bradley

Pigs Don't Fly
Mary Brown

The Spirit Ring
Lois McMaster Bujold

War for the Oaks
Emma Bull

Ship of Magic
Robin Hobb

Tea with the Black Dragon
R. A. Macavoy

Spindle's End
Robin McKinley

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West: A Novel
Gregory Maguire (also in large print and on audiocassette)


Running with the Demon
Terry Brooks (also on audiocassette)

Dennis Danvers

A Kiss of Shadows
Laurrell K. Hamilton

Rose Madder
Stephen King (also in large print and on audiocassette)

Anne D. LeClaire

The Angry Angel
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro


City of Light
Lauren Belfer (also in large print and on audiocassette)

Girl with a Pearl Earring
Tracy Chevalier (also on audiocassette)

Pope Joan: A Novel
Donna Woolfolk Cross

Impassioned Clay
Stevie Davies

Hearts and Bones
Margaret K. Lawrence

Ahab's Wife, or, The Star-Gazer: A Novel
Sena Jeter Naslund (also on audiocassette)

Fearless: A Novel of Sarah Bowman
Lucia St. Clair Robson

River of the Sun
Patricia Shaw

Fortune's Rocks
Anita Shreve (also in large print and on audiocassette)

These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901: Arizona Territories
Nancy E. Turner (also in large print)


In the Forest of Harm
Sallie Bissell

Choosers of the Slain
James H. Cobb

Wild Life: A Novel
Molly Gloss (also in large print)

Blood Money
Thomas Perry (also in large print)

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (also on audiocassette)

The Cage
Audrey Schulman (also in large print)

Due North
Mitchell Smith