Ruth Rendell


Ruth Rendell wrote her first novel From Doon With Death in 1964, which introduced her enduring and popular detective, Inspector Reginald Wexford. Since then, she has gone on to write sixty bestselling novels, including police procedurals, some of which have been successfully adapted for TV, standalone psychological mysteries, and a third strand of crime novels under the pseudonym Barbara Vine.

Her awards include the Gold, Silver and Cartier Diamond Dagger Awards from the Crime Writers Association, three Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America, an Arts Council National Book Award, and the Sunday Times Literary Award. A regular Sunday Times bestseller, she recently celebrated fifty years of writing Inspector Wexford novels.

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