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Ruth Rendell

UK (1930 - )

aka Barbara Vine

Ruth Rendell is the author of Road Rage, The Keys to the Street, Bloodlines, Simisola, and The Crocodile Bird. She is the winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award. She is also the recipient of three Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America and four Gold Daggers from Great Britain's Crime Writers Association. In 1997, she was named a life peer in the House of Lords. Ruth Rendell also writes mysteries under the name of Barbara Vine, of which A Dark Adapted Eye is the most famous. She lives in England.
To Fear a Painted DevilVanity Dies HardThe Secret House of DeathOne Across, Two Down
The Face of TrespassA Demon in My ViewA Judgement in StoneMake Death Love Me
Talking to Strange MenThe Lake of DarknessMaster of the MoorThe Killing Doll
The Tree of HandsLive FleshHeartstonesThe Bridesmaid
Going WrongThe Crocodile BirdThe Keys to the StreetThornapple
A Sight for Sore EyesAdam and Eve and Pinch MeThe RottweilerThirteen Steps Down
The Water's LovelyPortobelloTigerlily's OrchidsThe Saint Zita Society
The Girl Next DoorDark Corners
The Second Wexford OmnibusThe Third Wexford OmnibusThe Fourth Wexford OmnibusRuth Rendell Omnibus
Ruth Rendell Omnibus Vol 2The Second Ruth Rendell OmnibusSixth Wexford OmnibusThe Bridesmaid / To Fear A Painted Devil
Lake of Darkness / Veiled One
The Fallen Curtain: And Other StoriesThe New Girlfriend: And Other StoriesThe Copper Peacock: And Other StoriesThe Fever Tree: And Other Stories
Wexford: An OmnibusCollected Short StoriesRuth Rendell Mysteries: Three Inspector Wexford Mysteries as Seen on TelevisionUnguarded Hours: Strawberry Tree / Flesh and Grass
Tales of ObsessionBlood Lines: Long and short storiesA Dark Blue Perfume: And Other StoriesA Needle For the Devil: And Other Stories
Piranha to Scurfy: And Other StoriesThree Cases for Chief Inspector WexfordCollected Stories IIExpectations / Lizzie's Lover / Shreds and Slivers / The Carer / Unacceptable Levels
The Strawberry Tree
Series contributed to
The Thief
Anthologies edited
The Reason Why: An Anthology of the Murderous Mind
Non fiction
Undermining the Central LineRuth Rendell's SuffolkArchie and Archie
Anthologies containing stories by Ruth Rendell
The 23rd Pan Book of Horror StoriesHaunted Houses: The Greatest StoriesHaunting WomenScare Care
The New Gothic: A Collection of Contemporary Gothic FictionI Shudder at Your TouchLittle DeathsLethal Kisses
The Mammoth Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost StoriesThe Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories
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
From Agatha Christie to 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."
Wilderness (1991)
Dennis Danvers
"A remarkable book...sensuous and erotic, compelling and deeply serious."
The Playroom
The Playroom (1991)
Frances Hegarty (Frances Fyfield)
"Wholly believable... frighteningly real."
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
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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