As a woman of color who writes thrillers, I often feel like the oddball at almost every writing event I attend. Historically, the broad genre of crime fiction has belonged to white men, and while I’ve learned so much about writing from many of them, I find myself yearning to read books written by authors whose experiences more closely reflect my own. After all, crime is diverse. Crime fiction should be, as well.
Lately, it’s become something of a mission to read as many books written by women as I can, and amplify the voices of writers of color like me.
Here’s a list of ten mystery/suspense/thriller novels written by women of color that I’m most excited to read, releasing in 2020:
Out February 11 from Agora Books.
This first thriller by renowned author Moreno-Garcia is set in Baja California, Mexico. It’s 1979, and Viridiana, a bored…