TTT: Episode V: The Girl Detective Strikes Back.


Welcome back to our weekly Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Sorry to be late this week. Long story short…my husband is replacing our main level floors in our “spare” time. It’s a little chaotic at my house. But I digress…

April 17: Freebie (create your own topic)

It’s Freebie week! We haven’t had an open freebie for Top Ten Tuesday in a while.

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…I did a Top Ten Tuesday post titled Ten Books to Read if You Like Female Sleuths (Nancy Drew). OK, so it wasn’t in a galaxy far, far away. It was probably pretty close to the exact spot I’m typing now. But it WAS in September 2015. It’s been close to three years. That’s just about right for a sequel. At least, in Star Wars time it is.

Episode V: The Girl Detective Strikes Back.

Or, Ten MORE Books to Read if You Like Female Sleuths (Nancy Drew)

As I said in my original post, Nancy Drew mysteries feature a strong, independent female lead who has a knack for stumbling upon a mystery that she can’t resist. She’s got two best friends to back her up, and love interest Ned is always waiting in the wings.

These ten sleuths fit the bill, and most are cozy mysteries so be ready for some fun, too.


Double Mint by Gretchen Archer

A superspy working in a casino. Hilarity (always) ensues.
Sleuth: Davis Way
Faithful sidekick: Fantasy
Love interest: Bradley Cole

A Muddied Murder by Wendy Tyson

A lawyer turned organic farmer, Megan finds her self in the middle of a mystery in her small town.
Sleuth: Megan Sawyer
Faithful Sidekick: Her grandmother, Bibi
Love Interest: The town veterinarian, Dr. Denver Finn

An Old, Cold Grave by Iona Whishaw

Engaging mystery (and a cold case!) set in the 1940’s.
Sleuth: Lane Winslow
Faithful Sidekick: In this outing, Inspector Darling.
Love Interest: Inspector Darling

The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco by Laura DiSilverio

When someone in her mystery book club is murdered, Amy-Faye takes sleuthing into her own hands.
Sleuth: Amy-Faye Johnson
Faithful Sidekicks: The Readaholics
Love Interest: Detective Lindell Hart

The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs is a strong-willed, independent detective in 1930’s London.
Sleuth: Maisie Dobbs
Faithful Sidekick: Best friend Priscilla & employee Billy
Potential Love Interest: James

Lowcountry Book Club by Susan M. Boyer

Private Detective Liz gets the inside scoop from her suspects with a little help from her ghostly best friend.
Sleuth: Liz Talbot
Faithful Sidekick: Colleen (She’s a ghost)
Love Interest: Nate

Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton

Full of laughs, Riley Moon makes a great amanuensis to Emerson Knight.
Sleuth: Riley Moon
Faithful Sidekick: Emerson Knight
Potential Love Interest: Emerson Knight

Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson

This is a standalone middle-grade mystery. Tabitha is a delightful detective.
Sleuth: Tabitha Crum
Faithful Sidekick: Her mouse, Pemberly
Love Interest: None. She’s a kid.
Mentor: Fictional Detective Inspector Pensive

Deception on His Mind by Elizabeth George

While not a cozy, Barbara Havers is a dogged detective who fiercely protects those she loves. Usually paired with Lynley, this book finds Havers investigating on her own.
Sleuth: Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers
Faithful sidekick: Her boss, Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley
Potential love interest: Next door neighbor, Azhar

Kinsey Millhone series by Sue Grafton

And a super shout-out to Kinsey Millhone, whose alphabet now ends with Y. RIP, Ms. Grafton.
Sleuth: Kinsey Millhone
Faithful sidekick: Landlord Henry Pitts
Potential love interest: Depends on where you are in the series


Alright, my Nancy Drew lovers – what Female Sleuth do I need to add to my reading pile? And all you TTT peeps – what was YOUR freebie topic this week? Sound off below, and link up to your own TTT if you’ve got one!

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