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Five Great Mysteries With Female Protagonists

January 30th, 2013

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Sliver of Truth by Lisa Unger is the continuing story of Ridley Jones, the heroine of Beautiful Lies. This exciting sequel finds Ridley struggling to put her life in order and move on. When a seemingly mundane act—picking up a few envelopes of prints at a photo lab—puts her at the nexus of a global network of crime, Ridley finds herself at once hunting down a ghost and running for her life.

We love a good mystery, and we really love a mystery with a great female protagonist, like Ridley. To celebrate the mass market paperback publication of Sliver of Truth, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite heroines in mystery and thriller fiction…

North of MontanaNorth of Montana
Written by April Smith

FBI Special Agent Ana Grey debuts in this electrifying thriller marked by psychological acuity and unfaltering suspense. After Ana Grey pulls off “the most amazing arrest of the year,” the squad supervisor—who doesn’t like irreverent, tough-minded young women—gives her a reprimand instead of the promotion she deserves. As a test, she is assigned a high-profile case involving a beloved Hollywood movie star and an illegal supply of prescription drugs. It doesn’t take Ana and her partner, Mike Donnato, long to realize “this is not a case” but “a political situation waiting to explode”—and they’re holding the bomb.
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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective AgencyThe No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
Written by Alexander McCall Smith

This first novel in Alexander McCall Smith’s widely acclaimed The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series tells the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to “help people with problems in their lives.” Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors.
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Written by Alex Kava

A thrilling addition to Alex Kava’s Maggie O’Dell series! On a crisp fall evening in western Nebraska, two teenagers are seemingly electrocuted when their drug-fueled party turns into an explosive light show. While Maggie tries to make sense of the witnesses’ stories, sifting through what is real and what is hallucination, her friend, Colonel Benjamin Platt, is at the scene of a deadly outbreak that has infected children at a Virginia elementary school. Despite the miles that separate them, the two cases collide when Maggie and Platt uncover a threatening conspiracy that was meant to stay hidden in the remote Midwestern landscape…
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The Girl With the Dragon TattooThe Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Written by Stieg Larsson

An international publishing sensation, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo combines murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue—not to mention one of the most memorable female heroines ever—into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel. Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.
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