Thanks for your recommendation. Good luck with your new book ...Karen :))
Thanks David, for your recommendations.
Yes, I 've heard of Tess Gerritsen but have never read her novels.
Good luck with your set of short stories.
I'll put them on my reading list ...Karen :))
I'm a multi-genre reader and a multi-genre writer. Just about all the books I read are written by female authors with a female main character/ protagonist .. crime, fantasy, historical mystery, fiction etc.
But I enjoy male authors such as Jeff Lindsay (Dexter) and Jeffrey Deaver.
Each to his own :))
Which reminds me, Jeffery Deaver has a series (2or 3 books so far) featuring a female lead, Kathryn Dance. She is a forensic kinesics expert (The study of non-verbal body language used in interviews and interrogations). The first one, I thought, was quite good.
And more of a thriller, I just finished FIRST DROP by Zoe Sharp featuring her female protection agent, i.e. bodyguard, Charlie Fox (a female even though she's named Charlie).
Neither has a female sidekick though, sorry.
Thanks for all your suggestions. My reading list is growing longer. LOL.:))
I think I will change the MC in the WIP to a female. It works just as well. She'll be a farm-raised Dakotan returning to town after college.
What I meant by the "misogynistic tropes" is that I read a lot of crime flash fiction. Aside from a few exceptions, the females in them are a) something to take revenge upon through brutal physical violence, b) forced to do sexual favors in return for something else or c) boxed into the "annoying bitch" character.
I know this specific segment of fiction is a boy's club, but not every male in my day is a tough guy, just like every female isn't a doormat. Strong females, even if they're antagonists, are more than overdue in this genre. Shake things up a bit.
In my WIP, as in real life, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone farming the prairie who isn't tough as nails. It's time for a change up.