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Ruth Rendell has won many awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for 1976's best crime novel with A Demon in My View; a second Edgar in 1984 from the Mystery Writers of America for the best short story, The New Girl Friend; a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh in 1986. She was also the winner of the 1990 Sunday Times Literary award, as well as the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer. She died in May 2015.

In 2013 she was the winner of the Theakstons Old Peculier Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award.

Ruth Rendell said: "I feel quite overwhelmed by the most wonderful things ever said about me tonight. It’s very gratifying. I will have been published for 50 years next year, it’s a long time, but it also seems like yesterday" Ruth told how she sold her first manuscript, that first introduced the world to Inspector Wexford, for £75 before an American approached her and offered her 15 times that. “I wrote a lot of books after that.” She added, insisting there was still more to come from the octogenarian “It’s not curtains for Wexford and I hope it’s not curtains for me.”

If you like Ruth Rendell you might also like to read books by Peter Robinson, Minette Walters and Stephen Booth.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Ruth Rendell

No Man's Nightingale
Ruth Rendell
The 24th Wexford whodunit has him coming out of retirement at the request of his old colleague Mike Burden (but unpaid) to investigate the murder of a mix-race female vicar – lots of expected prejudice there then! Ruth Rendell’s last...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/08/2013
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The Vault
Ruth Rendell
'Don't forget', Wexford said, 'I've lived in a world where the improbable happens all the time'. However, the impossible has happened. Chief Inspector Reg Wexford has retired. He and his wife, Dora, now divide their time between Kingsmarkham and a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/08/2011
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Tigerlily's Orchids
Ruth Rendell
We are big fans of Ruth Rendell and once again she has supplied the goods with this mysterious and curious tale about a mysterious and curious young woman who appears to cast a magic spell... Darkly humorous, piercingly observant of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 00/04/2011
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Tigerlily's Orchids: Unabridged Audiobook
Ruth Rendell
This is an unabridged audiobook title. We are big fans of Ruth Rendell and once again she has supplied the goods with this mysterious and curious tale about a mysterious and curious young...
Format: CD-Audio - Released: 05/08/2010
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The Monster in the Box
Ruth Rendell
CWA Hall of Fame Dagger 2009. Inspector Wexford returns and so does an old adversary giving Wexford the chance to reflect on times past, including the beginnings of his relationship with his wife so this is a must for...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2009
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End In Tears
Ruth Rendell
A Chief Inspector Wexford mystery which throws more light on his own philosophy and family relationships as he investigates a particularly tricky crime. It’s a good one.Similar this month: Natasha Cooper, Minette Walters.Comparison: Peter...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/04/2006
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End In Tears
Ruth Rendell
A Chief Inspector Wexford mystery which says it all for really I should say as little as possible so as not to spoil the surprises. It centres on parenthood in all its guises; sensitive, touching, sad and wonderfully full of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2005
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Thirteen Steps Down
Ruth Rendell
One of her dark, suspenseful, psychological crime novels where circumstances and paranoia play important parts and the main characters are all a bit strange. It is eerie stuff.Comparison: Nicci French, Minette Walters, P D James.
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2005
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A Judgement in Stone
Ruth Rendell
October 2013 Guest Editor Linwood Barclay on Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell... This might just be the most daring crime novel ever written. In the first thirteen words, Rendell tells you who was murdered, who did it, and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/1994
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The Saint Zita Society
Ruth Rendell
Dex works as a gardener for Dr Jefferson at his home on Hexam Place in Pimlico: an exclusive street of white-painted stucco Georgian houses inhabited by the rich, and serviced by the not so rich.
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/07/2013
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From Doon with Death A Wexford Case - 50th Anniversary Edition
Ruth Rendell
The trampled grass led to the body of Margaret Parsons. With no useful clues and a victim known only for her mundane life, Chief Inspector Wexford is baffled until he discovers Margaret's dark secret - a collection of rare books,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/05/2014
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No Man's Nightingale (A Wexford Case)
Ruth Rendell
The 24th Wexford whodunit has him coming out of retirement at the request of his old colleague Mike Burden (but unpaid) to investigate the murder of a mix-race female vicar – lots of expected prejudice there then! Ruth Rendell’s last...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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The Girl Next Door
Ruth Rendell
A dark, sad, slightly depressing tale of old age. We start in the late thirties when the crime was committed (so this is no whodunit) and then leap to the present where a group of children, who used to play...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
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The Girl Next Door
Ruth Rendell
A dark, sad, slightly depressing tale of old age. We start in the late thirties when the crime was committed (so this is no whodunit) and then leap to the present where a group of children, who used to play...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/07/2015
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