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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. Her final novel, Dark Corners, was published in October 2015.

Books by Ruth Rendell

Dark Corners
The Girl Next Door
Archie and Archie
No Man's Nightingale
The Saint Zita Society
Expectations / Lizzie's Lover / Shreds and Slivers / The Carer / Unacceptable Levels (Storycuts)
Computer Seance / Fair Exchange (Storycuts)
Blood Lines (Storycuts)
Burning End (Storycuts)
Clothes (Storycuts)
In All Honesty (Storycuts)
The Man Who Was The God of Love (Storycuts)
The Strawberry Tree (Storycuts)
Catamount / The Wink (Storycuts)
High Mysterious Union (Storycuts)
Myth / The Astronomical Scarf / Walter's Leg (Storycuts)
Piranha to Scurfy (Storycuts)
The Beach Butler / The Professional (Storycuts)
The Vault
The Copper Peacock And Other Stories
Tigerlily's Orchids
The Fever Tree And Other Stories
Some Lie And Some Die
Murder Being Once Done