I am fascinated by stories with female con artists and have gathered quite a collection.
Here is my list of non-romance novels.
I also have lists of con women in:
I'm always on the lookout, so if you've read other novels, let me know.
Sherlock Holmes meets his match in Irene Adler, who tricks him with disguises and with careful planning.
A male and two female con artist (one is his mother). A gritty look at the downside of conning. Made into a movie in 1990.
Three con artists (2 male, 1 female) swindle over and over, but when trouble arises, they cheat each other. Made into a movie.
Two young women steal and cheat at gambling games. One of them has a grand adventure.
A con woman pretends to be a psychic. But when she lands in prison, the upper-class lady who visits her wonders if she might be real.
She's a thief and con artist just out of prison. Family issues force her back in the game, and soon a crazed enforcer is killing everyone she ever knew.
The Camel Club is a group of Washington "specialists" who solve the nation's biggest problems. One of them is a female con artist.
A band of con artists in the 1700s includes a matriarch leader as well as two young girls. They cheat all across London and even manage to get their pickpocket son out of prison.
Sovay dresses as a man and robs people in old England. She also engages in subterfuge to spy on people and defend her home.
A cop story where one of the main forces of evil is a woman who runs an identity-theft ring, tricking people left and right.
In this dark tale of carnival trickery and fake psychics, a number of female con artists teach the hero his trade.
Letty is a thief and recovering addict who loves to steal. In these novellas, she gets involved in murder, deadly games, and casino heists.
All four members of this Danish family are con artists, especially the teenage daughter.
She tricks, and can read microexpressions to tell when people are lying.
Not strictly a con artist, Lumikki is a Finnish teenager with a nasty past who is uniquely skilled to solve crimes. Along the way, she must trick people.
She's a trapeze performer in the circus and a thief, but she does some trickery, too, as she avoids the Scotland Yard man who is tied to her in various ways.
She's an FBI agent, assigned to work undercover with a notorious con artist. He teaches her to con. The chemistry between them is strong, but not enough for her to accept his dishonest side.
An older woman is visited by a government-assigned helper, who moves right in. But all is not as it seems, both because of shady activities by the helper and also because of the older woman's advanced age.
In this third book of the "Gentlemen Bastards" fantasy series, Sabatha finally appears and is as tricky as any of them.
Although minor characters in this Mormon missionary tale, a woman learns to con from her husband and they work Brazilian tourist towns.
This is a true story, artfully told by the woman who pretended to be royalty and got away with it.
She's mostly a thief, with mystical powers, but also tricks people along the way. Young Adult fantasy.
She's a teenage con artist living with her father, who cons her way into a fancy academy where she starts selling her skills to other students.
Two teenagers, a boy and a girl, are both con artists who have tricked their way into a private school. Recognizing each other, they make a bet on who can scam money first, tricking each other along the way. A young adult story.
A teenager lost at sea after her cruise ship is attacked spends years preparing to take down the responsible family.
Three high-school kids help classmates cheat by selling information, alabis, and favors. But the three are not what they seem, and one of them is female.
A band of six teenagers rule the city in these fantasy books. Their leader (a boy) is certainly a con artist, but so is one of his crew, Nina, who also possesses magical powers.
She's a con artist trying to make an honest living as a paralegal. But the Silicon Valley company is so corrupt that she has to do what she knows best.
He swindles old women and chooses her. She seems to know what is going on, but the true depth of her knowledge is not revealed until the end.
He just lost his mother and lands in a foster home. She's a rich kid who scams for fun because her parents ignore her. They're good therapy for each other. Short story.
A young-adult story about a family of con artists. Although the main story is about a boy, there are plenty of women in the family and there's no shortage of conning.
A children's story about an 11-year-old girl whose family gets cheated, so she tricks the cheaters back.
In books two and three of this science-fiction young-adult trilogy, a mother/daughter team of con artists swindles men by making them fall in love.
She and her mother are fake psychics who get caught up in a real mystery. Young adult.
Trained by circus people to read tarot, she tricks her way through a Russian business deal.
In this fantasy series, a wandering woman has learned important lessons which she imparts to the hero. Although not a full con artist, she is definitely a trickster.
The story of an honest woman whose entire family is tricked by a con artist. But she learns his methods, and plays a very long con.
She's a fake psychic who pretends to be an heiress.
A young con artist pretends to be a missing rich girl, only to find herself surrounded by all sorts of trickery.
A tough high school girl from the city turns out to be related to some truly rich folks, and she has to do some trickery to navigate her new world.