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Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE, died May 2, 2015 in London. She had been hospitalized since suffering a stroke early in 2015. She was an English author of thrillers and psychological murder mysteries and a past winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel.

Obituary from The Guardian: Ruth Rendell, crime writer, dies aged 85

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Simisola: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery
by Ruth Rendell
“Ruth Rendell is the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world.”—TimeNo one admitted to spotting the doctor's missing daughter—even after the murders began. Melanie Akande, eschewing privilege, had insisted on going to the jobsearch office to find employment. But between that office and the bus stop, she vanished....
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Two Inspector Wexford Mysteries: The Veiled One and An Unkindness of Ravens (The Inspector Wexford Mysteries)
by Ruth Rendell
London’s Inspector Wexford has two cases to solve—a murdered wife and a missing husband—in this double dose of a “masterful series” (Los Angeles Times). Now in one volume, two novels in “one of the best-written detective series in the genre’s history,” from a New York Times–bestselling and three-time Edgar...
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Wolf to the Slaughter: An Inspector Wexford Mystery
by Ruth Rendell
It was better than a hotel, this anonymous room on a secluded side street of a small country town. No register to sign, no questions asked, and for five bucks a man could have three hours of undisturbed, illicit lovemaking.Then one evening a man with a knife turned the love nest into a death chamber. The carpet was soaked with blood...
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Speaker of Mandarin: An Inspector Wexford Mystery
by Ruth Rendell
“The heiress apparent to Agatha Christie.”—Los Angeles TimesChief Inspector Wexford is in China, visiting ancient tombs and palaces with a group of British tourists. Is he hallucinating, or does a bent old woman with bound feet follow him everywhere?Back in England, he is called to a nearby village where a wealthy woman has been...
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Road Rage (Inspector Wexford Book 17)
by Ruth Rendell
Winner of multiple Edgar and Gold Dagger awards including the most prestigious Edgar of them all, the Grand Master, Ruth Rendell returns with a novel that pits Chief Inspector Wexford against a quite personal foe: the environmental terrorists who kidnap and threaten the lives of five hostages--including Wexford's own wife. As Road Rage...
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A Judgement in Stone (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
by Ruth Rendell
What on earth could have provoked a modern day St. Valentine's Day massacre?On Valentine's Day, four members of the Coverdale family--George, Jacqueline, Melinda and Giles--were murdered in the space of 15 minutes. Their housekeeper, Eunice Parchman, shot them, one by one, in the blue light of a televised performance of Don Giovanni....
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The Best Man to Die (Inspector Wexford Book 4)
by Ruth Rendell
The stag party was terrific. The incident that followed was terrifying. . . .“The best mystery writer anywere in the English-speaking world.”—The Boston GlobeWho could have suspected that the exciting stag party for the groom would be a prelude to the murder of his close friend Charlie Hatton? But it was—and Charlie's death...
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The Monster in the Box: An Inspector Wexford Novel
by Ruth Rendell
The Monster in the Box is the latest addition to Ruth Rendell’s “masterful” (Los Angeles Times) Inspector Wexford series.In this enthralling new book, Rendell, “the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world” (Time), takes Inspector Wexford back to his first murder case—a woman found strangled in her bedroom. Outside...
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A Demon in My View (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
by Ruth Rendell
She waits for him in the dark, her mind and body perfect, passive, until one day, when he goes to the cellar, and she is gone . . . In A Demon in My View, Ruth Rendell creates a character as frightening as he is fascinating. Mild-mannered Arthur Johnson has never known how to talk to women. And his loneliness has perverted his...
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The St. Zita Society: A Novel
by Ruth Rendell
INCLUDES AN EXCERPT OF RENDELL’S FINAL NOVEL, DARK CORNERS This captivating novel about residents and servants on one block of a posh London street is a “sex comedy and a social satire, of the ‘ Upstairs Downstairs ’ variety, with a few murders mixed in for our added delight” ( The Washington Post Book World ). Life on...
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The Babes in the Wood (Inspector Wexford Book 19)
by Ruth Rendell
With floods threatening both the town of Kingsmarkham and his own home and no end to the rain in sight, Chief Inspector Wexford already has his hands full when he learns that two local teenagers have gone missing along with their sitter, Joanna Troy. Their hysterical mother is convinced that all three have drowned, and as the hours...
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The Face Of Trespass
by Ruth Rendell
Two years ago he had been a promising young novelist. Now he survived - you could hardly call it living - in a near derelict cottage with only an unhooked telephone and his own obsessive thoughts for company. Two years of loving Drusilla - the bored, rich, unstable girl with everything she needed, and a husband she wanted dead. The...
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Tigerlily's Orchids: A Novel
by Ruth Rendell
INCLUDES AN EXCERPT OF RENDELL’S FINAL NOVEL, DARK CORNERSIs it dangerous to know too much about your neighbors? When Stuart Font throws a housewarming party, he invites all the residents of his new building—among them, three flippant young girls, a lonely spinster, a man with a passion for classical history, and a woman determined...
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The Lake of Darkness (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
by Ruth Rendell
Martin Urban is a quiet bachelor with a comfortable life, free of worry and distractions. When he unexpectedly comes into a small fortune, he decides to use his newfound wealth to help out those in need. Finn also leads a quiet life, and comes into a little money of his own. Normally, their paths would never have crossed. But Martin’s...
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Make Death Love Me
by Ruth Rendell
A Ruth Rendell mystery, first published in 1979 and shortlisted for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best crime novel in 1980.Alan Groombridge is trapped. Husband to a woman he doesn't like, father to two children he never wanted, and manager of a tiny branch of the Anglian-Victoria bank, he is doomed to a life of domestic boredom and...
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Murder Being Once Done (Inspector Wexford Book 7)
by Ruth Rendell
A young girl is murdered in a cemetery.  And Wexford's doctor has prescribed no alcohol, no rich food and, above all, no police work.  When a young girl's body is found in a London cemetery and the local police, under the command of Wexford's nephew, are baffled, Wexford decides to brave his doctor's wrath and the condescension of...
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Shake Hands Forever (Inspector Wexford Book 9)
by Ruth Rendell
The bed was neatly made, and the woman on top neatly strangled. According to all accounts, Angela Hathall was deeply in love with her husband and far too paranoid to invite an unknown person into their home. So who managed to gain entry and strangle her without a struggle? That is the problem facing Inspector Wexford in Shake Hands...
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Portobello: A Novel
by Ruth Rendell
INCLUDES AN EXCERPT OF RENDELL’S FINAL NOVEL, DARK CORNERSRuth Rendell is widely considered to be crime fiction’s reigning queen, with a remarkable career spanning more than forty years. Now, in Portobello, she delivers a captivating and intricate tale that weaves together the troubled lives of several people in the gentrified...
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The Keys to the Street
by Ruth Rendell
From Edgar Award-winning author Ruth Rendell, quiet, pretty Mary Jago could never have suspected that a series of unspeakable murders in the park contained threads that tangled around her simple, ordinary life.Set near London's Regent's Park, where the city's wealthiest, poorest, kindest, and most vicious citizens all cross paths, The...
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Not in the Flesh: A Wexford Novel (Inspector Wexford Book 21)
by Ruth Rendell
A new Chief Inspector Wexford mystery from the author who Time magazine has called “the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world.” When the truffle-hunting dog starts to dig furiously, his master’s first reaction is delight at the size of the clump the dog has unearthed: at the going rate, this one truffle might be worth...
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Some Lie and Some Die (Inspector Wexford Book 8)
by Ruth Rendell
A mutilated body found at a rock festival.In spite of dire predictions, the rock festival in Kingsmarkham seemed to be going off without a hitch, until the hideously disfigured body is discovered in a nearby quarry. And soon Wexford is investigating the links between a local girl gone bad and a charismatic singer who inspires an...
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A Sleeping Life (Inspector Wexford Book 10)
by Ruth Rendell
Rhoda Comfrey's death seemed unremarkable; the real mystery was her life.In A Sleeping Life, master mystery writer Ruth Rendell unveils an elaborate web of lies and deception painstakingly maintained by a troubled soul. A wallet found in Comfrey's handbag leads Inspector Wexford to Mr. Grenville West, a writer whose plots revel in the...
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Harm Done: An Inspector Wexford Mystery
by Ruth Rendell
The search for the body commenced. Then the victim walked into town.Behind the picture-postcard façade of Kingsmarkham lies a community rife with violence, betrayal, and a taste for vengeance. When sixteen-year-old Lizzie Cromwell reappears no one knows where she has been, including Lizzie herself. Inspector Wexford thinks she was with...
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No More Dying Then (Inspector Wexford Book 6)
by Ruth Rendell
What kind of a person would kidnap two children?That is the question that haunts Wexford when a five-year-old boy and a twelve-year-old girl disappear from the village of Kingsmarkham. When a child's body turns up at an abandoned country home one search turns into a murder investigation and the other turns into a race against...
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The Fallen Curtain: Stories (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
by Ruth Rendell
   A stranger lures a child into his car with the promise of sweets. A young man spots his   fiancée’s double in a public park of ill repute. An executive visits the secluded home of a former employee whose intentions are frightfully unclear. A modest soul weds the woman he rescues from suicide—only to fall victim to an...
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The Chimney Sweeper's Boy
by Barbara Vine
An unforgettable tale of mystery and obsession by Barbara Vine (pseudonym of Ruth Rendell, winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement)This is the utterly absorbing story of best-selling novelist Gerald Candless, whose sudden death from a heart attack leaves behind a wife and two doting daughters....
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To Fear a Painted Devil
by Ruth Rendell
Gossip in tiny Linchester is raised to new heights when young Patrick Selby dies on the night of his beautiful wife's birthday party. The whole neighborhood was there, witness to the horrible attack of wasps Peter suffered at the end of the evening. But did Peter die of the stings? Dr. Greenleaf thinks not. After all, wasps aren't the...
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The Brimstone Wedding
by Barbara Vine
Both a finely crafted mystery and a disturbingly honest depiction of the kinship between love and madness, The Brimstone Wedding tells an unsettling story about the power and the poison of love. A gracious, dignified woman, who's dying in an English nursing home, reveals the secrets of her erotic past to her young caretaker.
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13 Steps Down
by Ruth Rendell
Mix Cellini has just moved into a flat in a decaying house in Nottinghill, where he plans to pursue his two abiding passions--supermodel Nerissa Nash, whom he worships from afar, and the life of serial killer Reggie Christie, hanged fifty years earlier for murdering at least eight women. Gwendolen Chawcer, Mix’s eighty-year-old...
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End in Tears (Inspector Wexford Book 20)
by Ruth Rendell
In End in Tears, Edgar Award winning author Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford has his work cut out for him: When Mavis Ambrose is killed by a falling chunk of concrete, the police have no reason to suspect mischief. However, the bludgeoning of the young and gorgeous Amber Marshalson that follows is clearly murder. In the midst of the...
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One Across, Two Down (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
by Ruth Rendell
      Two things interest Stanley Manning: crossword puzzles, and the substantial sum his wife Vera stands to inherit when his mother-in-law dies. Otherwise, life at 61 Lanchester Road is a living hell. For Mrs. Kinaway lives with them now—and she will stop at nothing to tear their marriage apart. One afternoon, Stanley sets...
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The Minotaur
by Barbara Vine
From the author Time magazine calls “the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world,” comes an elegant and gripping new novel that blurs the line between psychological suspense and Gothic horror. Kerstin Krist arrives at the vine-covered Lydstep Old Hall in rural Essex to care for John Cosway, a former mathematical genius, who...
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The Rottweiler
by Ruth Rendell
The first victim had bite marks on her neck so the London papers nicknamed her killer, “the Rottweiler.” He has been stalking the small and diverse London community of Lisson Grove, where Inez Ferry runs an antique shop frequented by a motley collection of eccentric individuals. When the Rottweiler’s trinkets start showing up in...
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The Child's Child: A Novel
by Barbara Vine
INCLUDES AN EXCERPT OF RENDELL’S FINAL NOVEL, DARK CORNERS From three-time Edgar Award–winning mystery writer Ruth Rendell, writing here under her Barbara Vine pseudonym, an ingenious novel-within-a-novel about brothers and sisters and the violence lurking behind our society’s taboos.When their grandmother dies, Grace and Andrew...
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The Water's Lovely (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
by Ruth Rendell
When Ismay and Heather's stepfather was discovered dead in the bathtub nine years ago, the police concluded the drowning was an accident. But Ismay has always silently suspected that Heather might have had something to do with it. Now they're older and their lives seem to be moving happily forward. But when Heather becomes seriously...
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Master of the Moor
by Ruth Rendell
Stephen Whalby loves to walk the moor. He considers it his, although he and his young wife Lyn are merely tenants in a flat nearby. But the senseless and frightening murder of a young woman invades Stephen's sense of privacy and pollutes his beloved moor with suspicion and dread. And then a second murder captures his imagination in an...
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The Birthday Present: A Novel
by Barbara Vine
A deft, insightful, and compulsively readable exploration of obsessive desire--and the dark twists of fate that can shake the lives of even those most insulated by privilege, sophistication, and power.Ivor Tesham is a handsome, single, young member of Parliament whose political star is on the rise. When he meets a woman in a chance...
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Grasshopper
by Barbara Vine
“They have sent me here because of what happened on the pylon.”When Clodagh Brown writes these words at the age of nineteen, she believes that she is leaving behind the traumatic events of her youth. But Clodagh soon learns that you can never entirely escape your past.In the aftermath of the incident on the pylon--one of the great...
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Adam and Eve and Pinch Me
by Ruth Rendell
Minty’s boyfriend, Jock, was killed in the disastrous train wreck at Paddington, shortly after he borrowed all her savings. Now he has come back to haunt her. Zillah lost her estranged husband, Jerry, in that same accident. She is not convinced he is actually dead, but for reasons of her own decides not to pursue the matter. Fiona’s...
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The Blood Doctor: A Novel
by Barbara Vine
Sometimes it’s best to leave the past alone. For when biographer Martin Nanther looks into the life of his famous great-grandfather Henry, Queen Victoria’s favorite physician, he discovers some rather unsettling coincidences, like the fact that the doctor married the sister of his recently murdered fiancée. The more Martin...
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Piranha to Scurfy: And Other Stories
by Ruth Rendell
Nine deliciously frightening and exquisitely crafted tales of psychological terror from Ruth Rendell. A self-appointed critic reads books only to catch out their errors of fact and usage, which he points out to their authors in vicious letters: Then one day he comes upon a book that attacks him . An elderly woman finally avenges...
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Dark Corners: A Novel
by Ruth Rendell
“A spectacularly creepy and macabre tale” (Entertainment Weekly) of blackmail, murders both accidental and opportunistic, and of one life’s fateful unraveling—from Ruth Rendell, “one of the most remarkable novelists of her generation” (People), writing at her most mesmerizing. Rendell completed Dark Corners shortly before her...
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No Man's Nightingale: An Inspector Wexford Novel
by Ruth Rendell
INCLUDES AN EXCERPT OF RENDELL’S FINAL NOVEL, DARK CORNERSFrom “one of the most remarkable novelists of her generation” (People) a “refined, probing, and intelligent” (USA TODAY) mystery in the masterful Inspector Wexford series…more enthralling than ever after fifty years.A female vicar named Sarah Hussein is discovered...
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The Girl Next Door: A Novel
by Ruth Rendell
INCLUDES AN EXCERPT OF RENDELL’S FINAL NOVEL, DARK CORNERSFrom crime legend Ruth Rendell, a psychologically intriguing novel about an old murder that sends shockwaves across a group of astonishingly carnal and appetiteful elderly friends: “Refined, probing, and intelligent…never less than a pleasure” (USA TODAY).In the waning...
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From Doon with Death: The First Inspector Wexford Mystery
by Ruth Rendell
When Margaret Parsons disappears, Inspector Burden tries to reassure her frantic husband that she will be back by morning. Privately, though, he is certain Margaret has run off with another man. But then the missing woman's body is found, strangled and abandoned in a nearby wood. And when Mr. Parsons lets the police into his home, a...
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The Vault: An Inspector Wexford Novel
by Ruth Rendell
INCLUDES AN EXCERPT OF RENDELL’S FINAL NOVEL, DARK CORNERSIn the stunning climax to Rendell’s classic 1998 novel A Sight for Sore Eyes, three bodies—two dead, one living—are entombed in an underground chamber beneath a picturesque London house. Twelve years later, the house’s new owner pulls back a manhole cover, and discovers...
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A Guilty Thing Surprised (Inspector Wexford Book 5)
by Ruth Rendell
She took a peaceful walk in the woods—and found death waiting. . . .“The best mystery writer anywhere in the English-speaking world.”—The Boston GlobeElizabeth and Quentin Nightingale. A happy couple who lived quite graciously at Myfleet Manor in the gentle English countryside.Elizabeth Nightingale found peace and tranquility on...
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