Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Fictional Female Detectives

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish which has now found a lovely new home at That Artsy Reader Girl

I absolutely love crime thriller series. This week’s prompt has allowed me to give a shout out to all my favorite heroines, fictional female detectives. There are more female detectives that I have enjoyed but I will restrict this list to only the police procedural series that I am currently reading.

  1. Detective Erika Foster – The Erika Foster series by Robert Bryndza was my first dip into the police procedural genre and I absolutely adored Erika and her team
  2. Detective Gina Harte – I absolutely love Gina. She has annoyed me through some books but I still have love for her especially now.
  3. Detective Madison Harper – I love Madison’s storyline. She started out as a former police officer wrongly convicted. The uniqueness of her storyline and her sidekick continues to captivate me as the series progresses.
  4. Detective Ellie Reeves – I couldn’t stand Ellie when the series began. She had a knack of getting knocked out multiple times in one case, trying to solve everything alone and was caught up in a love triangle. She did grow on me eventually and is easily one of my favorites.
  5. Detective Amanda Steele – Amanda continues to grow on me. I wasn’t too sure about her in the first book but now she is definitely a favorite. I like how she is invested in her cases and how well she works with her team
  6. Private Detective Kate Marshall – Kate is different, she is a private detective and not working with the police. Her tenacity to solve cases especially involving missing persons is admirable. Plus, I love her sidekick, Tristan and the unlikely pair that they make.
  7. Detective Morgan Brookes– First met Morgan on her first day as a rookie officer on her first day and then got to watch her rise through the ranks.
  8. Detective Kay Sharpe – Kay is stationed at a small town with endless cases. Mount Chester is the perfect setting for this series and Kay is quite likeable with an interesting background as a former FBI agent. I also like the fact that she is a detective with her own many, dark secrets.
  9. Special Agent Nikki Hunt – An agent who hunts down serial killers, what is not to like? I really enjoy this series and our heroine.
  10. Detective Megan Carpenter – Megan Carpenter is one of my favourite detectives. She has a dark past. Unlike most detectives in crime thrillers who are haunted by their dark pasts, Megan embraces the darkness which is what makes her unique. When it comes to criminals, the line between right and wrong becomes blurry for her.

Honorable mentions

  • Agent Tori Hunter – Another fierce detective who never shies away from all the action.
  • Detective Kate Young – love this detective and her backstory. Kate is one detective that works in a department that seems to be working against her. She is tenacious though and quite determined even when it means going at it solo.

Are any of these detectives familiar to you? Are you reading any series featuring detectives not on this list? If you participated in this week’s TT, kindly share the link to your post. I’d like to see your list of favorite heroines too.


14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Fictional Female Detectives

  1. I’ve not read any of these, but I’m glad you’ve been enjoying this genre so much. I tend to watch mysteries more than I read them, though annoyingly most police/detective shows tend to have male detectives. The ones I’ve watched that have been based on books though have had a few female detectives, ones I’ve liked have been Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Agatha Raisin both based on long running series of books.
    My TTT:

    1. I don’t watch many police procedural shows but I did use to like ‘Criminal Minds’. It had a few female leads too. Haven’t heard of Miss Fisher’s Murder. Will have to look that up. Thank you so much for the visit and comment 🙂

  2. Great list Deanna. I would have had Morgan, Gina, Erika and Amanda on my list as well. I also would have added Mercy Kilpatrick, Kim Stone, Katniss Everdeen, and a couple of strong women from historical fiction.

  3. I love police procedurals with strong female detectives! I’m not familiar with the ones you’ve mentioned but I’d like to check them out. Great list and thanks for visiting my TTT! 🙂

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