My Five Favorite Female Sleuths by Rebecca Zanetti


[Note from Frolic: We’re so excited to have author Rebecca Zanetti guest posting on the site today. She’s sharing her love for female sleuths. Take it away, Rebecca!]

Hi there!  I hope everyone is staying as safe and healthy as possible right now.  Like many people, I’ve been social distancing, and when I’m not writing, I’m reading whatever I can find.  We’re celebrating the release of Disorderly Conduct, which is the first book in the Anna Albertini Files.  Anna is a lawyer who has a wild family and a crazy love life, not to mention tough cases with more than a hint of suspense.  I was asked about my five favorite female sleuths and why I became interested in this genre.  Here they are:

1. Nancy Drew

Oh, how I loved Nancy and all of her adventures.  I read the entire series by the end of second grade, and I knew I wanted to be a detective some time.  I loved how smart Nancy was and how wonderful her friends were around her.  I even like her boyfriend Ned, although I wished he would save himself once in a while.

2. Trixie Belden

After I read all of the Nancy Drew books, I moved on to the Trixie Belden mysteries.  She was so courageous and smart, and I really liked her brothers and her family.  Her best friend was perfect for her, and even boyfriend Jim was pretty cool to have around. 

3. Stephanie Plum

I’ve always loved the adventures my favorite bounty hunter consistently finds.  Stephanie is hilarious, down to earth, tough and a good sport.  Plus, she has Morelli and Ranger, although I think she’ll have to make a choice someday, right?  I think we’d be friends in real life, if she existed.

4. Temperance Brennan

Tempe is definitely my favorite forensic pathologist.  I love how brilliant and kind she is, while having difficulty relating to other people and struggling with being so literal.  Detective Andy Ryan is an intriguing character, and there’s definitely some tension between the two people.

5. Lieutenant Eve Dallas

Yeah, Eve is the best detective around with her attention to detail, devastating past, and raw determination to speak for the dead.  Throw in Roarke, the sexiest and most dangerous crimefighter who used to be a criminal, and I’ll read about these two any day.

So, there’s my list for today, anyway. Who did I miss? Is there a female sleuth you’d like to include on the list? Have a wonderful rest of the summer, and stay as safe as possible. If you’re looking for something new to read with humor, suspense, and a bit of romance, give Disorderly Conduct a try. Thanks!

About the Author:

Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over fifty romantic suspense and dark paranormal romances, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. The New York Times reviews has found that in her books, “humor surfaces in even the tensest moments, giving the high-stakes drama humanity and warmth.” She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own Alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat…and a huge extended family. She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off…and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out.

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Disorderly Conduct by Rebecca Zanetti, Out Now!

Bullets and Kisses Can Burn.

The last person Anna Albertini expects to see in an orange jumpsuit in District Court—a place she SO doesn’t belong as a new prosecuting attorney—is Aiden Devlin, the man who’d saved her life when they were kids. For years, she has dreamed about him. Now here he is—his eyes blue, his chest wide, and his hands in cuffs.

Sure, Aiden says he doesn’t want her help, and his ties to a deadly motorcycle club should give her warning. Yes, her new boss is a sexy Italian bad boy who might be using the case to climb to the top. Plus, the detective assigned to the case, with his green eyes and broad shoulders, wants her to stay out of his way.

With so much testosterone surrounding her all of a sudden, most women would find it hard to concentrate. This might be why the case leads Anna to yelp during a spa appointment, fall out of a tree, and chase a naked old man around the courtroom. It’s a good thing Anna learned a long time ago to be her own hero, no matter how fast the bullets fly or the kisses consume.

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1 thought on “My Five Favorite Female Sleuths by Rebecca Zanetti”

  1. Those first three or four Stephanie Plum novels are some of the funniest books I’ve ever read. When Lula started the Atkins diet and had all the bacon and meat stuffed in her purse, and the pack of dogs chased her? OMG, just thinking about it now makes me snort.

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