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Ruth Rendell - Author


Ruth Rendell was an exceptional crime writer, and will be remembered as a legend in her own lifetime. Her groundbreaking debut novel, From Doon With Death, was first published in 1964 and introduced the reader to her enduring and popular detective, Inspector Reginald Wexford, who went on to feature in twenty-four of her subsequent novels.

With worldwide sales of approximately 20 million copies, Rendell was a regular Sunday Times bestseller. Her sixty bestselling novels include police procedurals, some of which have been successfully adapted for TV, stand-alone psychological mysteries, and a third strand of crime novels under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. Very much abreast of her times, the Wexford books in particular often engaged with social or political issues close to her heart.

Rendell won numerous awards, including the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for 1976’s best crime novel with A Demon in My View, a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh in 1986, and the Sunday Times Literary Award in 1990. In 2013 she was awarded the Crime Writers’ Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in crime writing. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.

Ruth Rendell died in May 2015. Dark Corners is her final novel.

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

Featured Books, with extracts, by Ruth Rendell

Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell
Dark Corners
Ruth Rendell
One of our Books of the Year 2015. A stand-alone thriller, insightful and with wry humour, it portrays the psychological downward spiral of the main character, budding author Carl, as a result of his actions and then “non” actions. A...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/10/2015
The Girl Next Door by Ruth Rendell
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
The Girl Next Door by Ruth Rendell
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: 01/01/1970
No Man's Nightingale (A Wexford Case) by Ruth Rendell
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
From Doon with Death A Wexford Case - 50th Anniversary Edition by Ruth Rendell
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
No Man's Nightingale 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
The Saint Zita Society by Ruth Rendell
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
The Vault by Ruth Rendell
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
Tigerlily's Orchids by Ruth Rendell
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: 31/03/2011
Tigerlily's Orchids: Unabridged Audiobook by Ruth Rendell
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
The Monster in the Box by Ruth Rendell
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
End In Tears by Ruth Rendell
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
End In Tears by Ruth Rendell
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
Thirteen Steps Down by Ruth Rendell
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
A Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell
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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