Today's edition of BookPageXTRA (not signed up to receive our e-newsletter?—you can fix that here) is an expansion of Bruce Tierney's July Whodunit column: "The distaff side of mystery."

Bruce gives props to classic authors Dorothy L. Sayers, Josephine Tey, Ngaio Marsh and acknowledges contemporary authors Sara Paretsky, Sue Grafton and S.J. Rozan.

And then, he gives a shout-out to three talented women with new novels out this month: Alex Kava, Chevy Stevens and Sophie Hannah. You can read all about their books here.

Who are your favorite female mystery authors? And do you have a response to the question Bruce poses in his column:

Do female-penned novels offer up enough grittiness, or do they favor sweetness, light and romance?

Do you prefer male vs. female mystery authors—or does it make absolutely no difference?

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