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Ruth Rendell


UK flag (1930 - 2015)

aka Barbara Vine

Ruth Rendell wrote her first novel From Doon with Death in 1964, which introduced her enduring and popular detective, Inspector Reginald Wexford. She went on to write sixty bestselling novels, including police procedurals, some of which were successfully adapted for TV, standalone psychological mysteries, and a third strand of crime novels under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. 
 

Genres: Mystery
 
Series
Chief Inspector Wexford
   1. From Doon with Death (1964)
   2. A New Lease of Death (1967)
     aka Sins of the Fathers
   3. Wolf to the Slaughter (1967)
   4. The Best Man to Die (1969)
   5. A Guilty Thing Surprised (1970)
   6. No More Dying Then (1971)
   7. Murder Being Once Done (1972)
   8. Some Lie and Some Die (1973)
   9. Shake Hands Forever (1975)
   10. A Sleeping Life (1978)
   Means of Evil (1979)
   11. Put On By Cunning (1981)

     aka Death Notes

   12. The Speaker of Mandarin (1983)
   13. An Unkindness of Ravens (1985)
   14. The Veiled One (1988)
   15. Kissing the Gunners Daughter (1992)
   16. Simisola (1994)
   17. Road Rage (1997)
   18. Harm Done (1999)
   19. The Babes in the Wood (2002)
   20. End in Tears (2005)
   21. Not in the Flesh (2007)
   22. The Monster in the Box (2009)
   23. The Vault (2011)
   24. No Man's Nightingale (2012)
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Novels
   To Fear a Painted Devil (1965)
   Vanity Dies Hard (1965)
     aka In Sickness and in Health
   The Secret House of Death (1968)
   One Across, Two Down (1971)
   The Face of Trespass (1974)
   A Demon in My View (1976)
   A Judgement in Stone (1977)
   Make Death Love Me (1979)
   Talking to Strange Men (1980)
   The Lake of Darkness (1980)
   Master of the Moor (1982)
   The Killing Doll (1984)
   The Tree of Hands (1984)
   Live Flesh (1986)
   Heartstones (1987)
   The Bridesmaid (1989)
   Going Wrong (1990)
   The Crocodile Bird (1993)
   The Keys to the Street (1996)
   Thornapple (1998)
   A Sight for Sore Eyes (1998)
   Adam and Eve and Pinch Me (2001)
   The Rottweiler (2003)
   Thirteen Steps Down (2004)
   The Water's Lovely (2006)
   Portobello (2008)
   Tigerlily's Orchids (2010)
   The Saint Zita Society (2012)
   The Girl Next Door (2014)
   Dark Corners (2015)
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Collections
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Anthologies edited
   The Reason Why (1995)
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Chapbooks
   The Strawberry Tree (1995)
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Novellas and Short Stories
   The Vinegar Mother (1976)
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Non fiction
   Undermining the Central Line (1989) (with Colin Ward)
   Ruth Rendell's Suffolk (1992)
   Archie and Archie (2013)
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Omnibus editions
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Series contributed to
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Anthologies containing stories by Ruth Rendell
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Short stories
Bribery and Corruption
The Convolvulus Clock
A Dark Blue Perfume [short story]
Father's Day
Fen Hall
The Green Road to Quephanda
Hare's House
The Orchard Walls
An Outside Interest
The Whistler
The Venus Fly Trap (1972)
A Bad Heart (1973)
The Clinging Woman (1974)
The Fallen Curtain [short story] (1974)
Almost Human (1975)
The Double (1975)
The Fall of a Coin (1975)
Divided We Stand (1976)
People Don't Do Such things (1976)
You Can't Be Too Careful (1976)
A Glowing Future (1977)
The Haunting of Shawley Rectory (1979)
The Dreadful Day of Judgment (1982)
Loopy (1982)
The New Girlfriend [short story] (1985)
For Dear Life (1991)
Long Live The Queen (1991)
A Pair Of Yellow Lilies (1993)
The Astronomical Scarf (1996)
Computer Seance (1997)
The Brimstone Wedding Clothes (1998)
Unacceptable Levels (1998)


Awards
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (1986) : The Tree of Hands
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (1986) : An Unkindness of Ravens


Ruth Rendell recommends
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Stagestruck (2011)
(Peter Diamond, book 11)
Peter Lovesey
"A wickedly clever writer."
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The Shadows in the Street (2010)
(Simon Serrailler, book 5)
Susan Hill
"Not all great novelist can write crime fiction, but when one like Susan Hill does it, the result is stunning."
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Broken (2008)
Karin Fossum
"I always eagerly await a new novel from Karin Fossum."
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A Secret Inheritance (2007)
Elizabeth Lord (Maggie Ford)
"Elizabeth Lord is a natural storyteller."
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Divas Don't Knit (2007)
The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club

(Beach Street Knitting Society, book 1)
Gil McNeil
"Funny and sparkling--a profoundly moving study of motherhood and true love."
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My Perfect Silence (2006)
Penelope Evans
"Remarkable... Tension holds the reader in page-turning compulsion and never flags until the last word has been read."

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