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Great Female Lead Character Novels

James N Simpson
The list author says: "Whilst Christopher Nicole's Jessica Jones character may be the favourite female lead character amongst many readers there are others which you should give a look to as well."
The Voyage (Severn House Large Print)
The Voyage (Severn House Large Print)
"The British Detective Sergeant Jessica Jones is by far the best female action lead character series ever written.  Although can be read as stand alone novels, sometimes the plots of former novels are given away in newer ones."
A Body to Die For
A Body to Die For
"Kate White’s Bailey Wiggins character is a freelance crime journalist and part of a great murder series which can be read as stand alone novels as well."
Angel From Hell
Angel From Hell
"Christopher Nicole's Anna Fehrbach World War II era series gives his Jessica Jones novels a run for your money.  Can be read as stand alone novels or in a series."
Dangerous Women
Dangerous Women
"Collection of short stories with great female characters by leading authors including Connelly, Deaver, McBain, Lippmann, Leonard, Perry. Eg - response by a beautiful blonde to a guy’s bar pickup line of “What do we do for a little excitement tonight?”  “Why don't we kill somebody?”  Each story varies in quality but there are some masterpieces and great female villains and heroes in here!"
The Best American Mystery Stories 2006 (The Best American Series)
The Best American Mystery Stories 2006 (The Best American Series)
"If Dangerous Women has gone out of print you'll find about a third of that anthologies stories in this collection.  Also a few other great female lead stories as well such as Dust Up by Wendy Hornsby and The Cocaine Diet by Laura Lippman."
May Contain Nuts: A Novel of Extreme Parenting
May Contain Nuts: A Novel of Extreme Parenting
"Alice, although obviously with her fair share of faults is one of the most interesting stand alone novel lead characters you'll come across in a long time in this hilarious look at cotton wool kid parents."
Monkeewrench
Monkeewrench
"Grace MacBride leads a bizarre crew of computer geniuses who help solve various homicides in Minnesota in this great thriller series."
Void Moon
Void Moon
"Cassie Black is out on Parole after serving time for the manslaughter of her partner in a Vegas robbery that ended with him taking a dive from twenty stories up onto a craps table. Life is going according to plan, she has a great job and is content to wait out her parole. Unforseen events force her to need money real fast and her ex crime contact Leo sets her up with a high paying robbery scheme."
Embrace the Grim Reaper (Grim Reaper Series)
Embrace the Grim Reaper (Grim Reaper Series)
"Casey Maldonado whose family was killed in a car crash is on the run, she's one of the strongest female characters ever writtten.  The novel isn't a standalone book though, you need to buy the sequel to know how the first book ends."
A Running Jump (Magna Large Print General Series)
A Running Jump (Magna Large Print General Series)
"Hammond writes interesting novels with sensational lead characters, usually female, and Polly Turnbull from this book is the best yet. A tale of survival and murder solving all in one."
On the Warpath
On the Warpath
"Most people's grandmas are sweet and kind old ladies but defenceless and vulnerable. Not so Helen Mercier, former lead soldier in the French resistance who will go to any length to get back her dimwitted grandson's expensive car and money from a con artist."
Snatch
Snatch
"Enraged after a fight with her parents Alice storms out and runs into her friend Sarah in a cafe. Upon leaving they are both kidnapped by two moronic men who were only after Sarah but could not be bothered waiting for her to be alone. Alice quickly works out they are in no danger from these fools and takes control of this situation. Another great female lead by Hammond!"
THE INSIDER.
THE INSIDER.
"Henrietta (Harry) Martinez is a sensational, very intelligent computer hacker who much find the identity of the Prophet before he has her killed."
The Tannery (Quick Reads)
The Tannery (Quick Reads)
"The Tannery is a brilliant short story with on of the strongest female lead characters you'll ever come across.  Dolly Ramsden a six year left at home with a violent malcoholic other who loves to sleep around when her father goes off to fight in World War I is forced to become the breadwinner through hard labour in order to survive."
The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, Book 1)
The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, Book 1)
"Although marketed to young adults the Maximum Ride series can be enjoyed by readers of any age.  Max is one the most courageous female lead characters you'll ever come across.  Unfortunately the quality of these novels does drop after the first couple."
Angel with a Bullet (A Dixie Flynn Mystery)
Angel with a Bullet (A Dixie Flynn Mystery)
"This is a pretty good series with a wise cracking female journalist who pretty much acts like a detective."