This article is from the Books FAQ, by Evelyn C. Leeper email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
Albert, Susan Wittig
Braun, Lilian Jackson
Brown, Rita Mae
Christie, Agatha (a.k.a. Mary Westmacott)
Cooper, Susan Rogers
Craig, Alisa (a.k.a. Charlotte MacLeod)
Davidson, Diane Mott
Davis, Dorothy Salisbury
De La Torre, Lillian
Dominic, R. B. (see Emma Lathen)
Elrod, P. N.
Emmuska, Baroness Orczy
Ferrars, E. X.
Hart, Anne (apparently there are multiple mystery authors named Anne Hart)
Jackson Braun, Lilian
James, P. D.
King, Laurie R.
Lathen, Emma (pseudonym for Mary Jane Latsis and Martha Hennisart)
MacLeod, Charlotte (a.k.a Alisa Craig)
Meredith, D. L.
Michaels, Barbara (see Elizabeth Peters)
O'Connel (the Mallory series)
O'Marie, Sister Carol Anne
Orczy, Baroness Emmuska
Olliphant, B. J. (A. J. Orde and Sherri Tepper)
Orde, A. J. (Sheri Tepper)
Peters, Elizabeth (a.k.a. Barbara Michaels) (Barbara Mertz; a now-retired
archaeologist specializing in Egypt. Peters is the name she uses
for stories dealing with Egyptology somehow, and Michaels for the
Peters, Ellis (Edith Pargeter)
Pirkis, Catherine Louisa
Rinehart, Mary Roberts
Smith, Barbara Burnett
White, Ethel Lina
Wright, L. R.
(from Judy.Harris@nirvonics.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and others)
Marilyn Wallace has five or so "Sisters_in_Crime" anthologies for folks who
are looking for even more mystery authors who are women.
Cindy Steinhoff (firstname.lastname@example.org) writes:
"One of the questions included in the FAQ asks for a list of mysteries
written by women. The list is very complete. Thought that you might
want to add an additional resource to that question. Just published this
spring was a guide to mystery fiction by women, called BY A WOMAN'S
HAND: A GUIDE TO MYSTERY FICTION BY WOMEN, by Jean Swanson and Dean
James. The publisher is Berkeley, ISBN is 0-425-14143-8, cost is about
$10.00 in paperback. The book includes only female mystery writers
currently writing. It is not intended to be a complete bibliography of
all works by the authors listed, just a guide to provide basic info about
the author, name a few of her books (such as the first title in a series),
and give some suggestions for other writer who are similar."
Carol Wayne (email@example.com) writes:
"While at the Library Ltd. in St. Louis, I ran across a pocket guide to
Detecting women 2, a reader's guide and checklist for mystery series
written by women, which noted that a full-sized edition was available.
I now have both and find it wonderful reading. Lists authors, titles,
characters, pseudonyms, etc."