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Ruth Rendell

UK (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.



Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by Ruth Rendell

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)
The Vinegar Mother (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)

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

Books about Ruth Rendell
Ruth Rendell recommends
A Helping Hand
A Helping Hand (1966)
Celia Dale
"Celia Dale's writing is quiet, clever, subtle - and terrifying. I can't think of anyone whose stories of suspense I appreciate more."
A Cold Mind
A Cold Mind (1983)
(Stuart Haydon, book 1)
David Lindsey
"It enthralled me...A Cold Mind stands alone, it is entirely original."
The Criminal Comedy of the Contented Couple
The Criminal Comedy of the Contented Couple (1985)
Julian Symons
"Superlative... A master at the top of his form."
Writing a Thriller
Writing a Thriller (1986)
André Jute
"A private godsend."
The Mysteries of Algiers
The Mysteries of Algiers (1988)
Robert Irwin
"Magical, bizarre and frightening."
The Safety of Objects
The Safety of Objects (1990)
A M Homes
"Remarkable... awesomely well-written. Here are all the things that even in our frank, outspoken times we don't talk about. We think of them punishingly in our sleepless nights."
The Playroom
The Playroom (1991)
Frances Hegarty (Frances Fyfield)
"Wholly believable... frighteningly real."
Wilderness (1991)
Dennis Danvers
"A remarkable book...sensuous and erotic, compelling and deeply serious."
Tony and Susan
Tony and Susan (1993)
Austin Wright
"Absorbing, terrifying, beautiful and apalling... This novel I know I never shall forget."
There Was an Old Woman
There Was an Old Woman (1993)
(Benny Cooperman, book 8)
Howard Engel
"Mr. Engel is a born writer, a natural stylist.... This is a writer who can bring a character to life in a few lines."
The Last Girl
The Last Girl (1995)
Penelope Evans
"Tension holds the reader in page-turning compulsion and never flags till the last word has been read."
A Hand at the Shutter
A Hand at the Shutter (1996)
Francis King
"No one writes better prose than Francis King."
Hey Yeah Right Get a Life
Hey Yeah Right Get a Life (2000)
Helen Simpson
"A collection that includes some of the most sensitive, insightful and finely-crafted stories I have ever read."
Rumours of a Hurricane
Rumours of a Hurricane (2002)
Tim Lott
"Very clever, very funny. If it fails to win a big prize there is no justice in the world."
Have You Seen Dawn?
Have You Seen Dawn? (2003)
Steven Saylor
"Saylor's scholarship is breathtaking and his writing enthralls."
The Ghost Writer
The Ghost Writer (2004)
John Harwood
"Its complexities provoke a feverish breathlessness...Well written and subtly constructed."
Memory Book
Memory Book (2005)
(Benny Cooperman, book 11)
Howard Engel
"Mr. Engel is a born writer, a natural stylist... this is a writer who can bring a character to life in a few lines."
The Pure in Heart
The Pure in Heart (2005)
(Simon Serrailler, book 2)
Susan Hill
"Not all great novelists can write crime crime fiction but when one like Susan Hill does it the result is stunning."
My Perfect Silence
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."
Divas Don't Knit
Divas Don't Knit (2007)
(Beach Street Knitting Society, book 1)
Gil McNeil
"Funny and sparkling--a profoundly moving study of motherhood and true love."
A Secret Inheritance
A Secret Inheritance (2007)
Elizabeth Lord
"Elizabeth Lord is a natural storyteller."
Broken (2008)
Karin Fossum
"I always eagerly await a new novel from Karin Fossum."
Dead On Time
Dead On Time (2009)
Meghnad Desai
"Exciting and unputdownable."

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."

Stagestruck (2011)
(Peter Diamond, book 11)
Peter Lovesey
"A wickedly clever writer."

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