Here they are, in no particular order, my favorite fictional female characters:
Lt. Karrin Murphy, Proven Guilty, a Dresden Files novel by Jim Butcher. Murphy is charge of CPD’s Special Investigations squad, where she regularly calls on wizard/PI Harry Dresden for help in dealing with the supernatural. Professional, tough, smart, loyal and “cute” according to Dresden.
Lt. Piper, Dreadnought!, by Diane Carey. Piper is a (very) young Starfleet lieutenant who gets drawn into a major crisis and manages catch Jim Kirk’s professional eye while helping him save the day. One of Carey’s best characters ever. Would have loved to see more of Piper in the Star Trek: Lost Era series.
Stephanie Plum, One for the Money, by Janet Evanovich. Stephanie’s misadventures make me laugh until my sides hurt. (There are 17 now.) ‘Nuff said!
Mary Patricia Foley, Red Rabbit by Tom Clancy. Equal parts vivacious, smart and savvy, Mrs. Foley is a far more realistic fictional spy than James Bond. Also a major character in The Cardinal of the Kremlin.
Irene Adler, “A Scandal in Bohemia,” a short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Ms. Adler is the only character who ever outsmarted the great Sherlock Holmes. One wonders what might have happened if her character had been created after 1920.
Coming soon: favorite comic book, TV & movie characters