I’m always looking for new crime fiction writers to try. In this article, I decided to focus just on the women crime fiction writers who seem to be getting some buzz or have managed to snag my interest and get me to buy their book. They seem to hold their own very well when compared to their male counterparts. Most of these authors are on my ebook reader.
Nordic crime fiction writer Karin Fossum grabbed my attention when she made the list at No.27 in Time’s list of The 50 Greatest Crime Writers . From what I can tell she just has the Inspector Konrad Sejer series going. I’ve bought two of her books to try: Black Seconds and Calling Out For You or The Indian Bride. Looks like all of her books are translated to English but digital availability for the entire series is spotty.
British crime fiction writer, Ann Granger was an Amazon recommended read. How could I resist. I bought Cold in the Earth  in what seems like a long series featuring Mitchell & Markby. On her wiki page it says she used to write historical romances. I don’t recognize any of the titles and there aren’t very many.
Fred Vargas is a French crime fiction writer who is both an archeologist and an medieval historian which she uses in her books. Or at least in the one that I read. I did read The Three Evangelists which was good and is apart of her medieval historian series. I’d heard great things about her books especially about this title, Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand . Bought that one and plan to read it this year. It’s apart of a series and is book number three in her Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg series.
Camilla Lackberg slid onto my radar after visiting a very active crime fiction thread. Lackberg is a young Swedish crime writer who has been getting some buzz. She has two books already translated in English with several forthcoming. I bought both: The Ice Princess and The Preacher.
Karin Alvtegen is yet another Swedish crime fiction writer who has garnered critical acclaim for her books. She won The Glass Key award in 2001 for Missing which was also nominated for an Edgar Award for best novel in 2009. She has three books available in English: Missing, Betrayal and Shame. I have all three on my ereader. From the looks of it, her novels are stand alone or probably loosely connected.
British crime fiction writer Anne Cleeves showed up as another Amazon recommendation. She has her Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope series. Word around the net and from reading reviews it looks like her books are well received. I bought one, forgot the title but it’s not the first in the series. Her books are not widely available in digital format either. Bummer.
Anne Holt is a Nordic crime fiction writer and a lawyer. She has her The Hanne Wilhelmsen series along with some stand alone titles. I bought one of hers to try too.
On the fence about Helene Tursten. Her covers look so bleak and with titles like The Torso. Undecided on her. She keeps showing up as a recommended read.
Everybody knows how much I love Karin Slaughter and if you don’t know, I’m telling you right now. I am currently reading her latest, Broken (all I can say is wow, wow, wow). Then there is Alafair Burke’s 212 still waiting for me to read. An aside, who in the hell is still reading Stephanie Plum? Just saw the latest release from Janet Evanovich, Sizzling Sixteen. She lost me at Hot Six, for real. Just the die hard-can’t-stop-reading-her are the only people still reading her at this point. Her stories are funny but not that funny. Anyway, that’s at least a glimpse at my virtual bookshelf. Now I just need to read them.