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Author Ruth Rendell

Updated on February 1, 2015

Ruth Rendell: "The Queen of Crime"

I am a big fan the British mystery writer Ruth Rendell. She has captured three major Edgar Awards-one for the novel A Dark Adapted Eye (1987) and for two short stories-The Fallen Curtain (1975) and The New Girl Friend (1984). In addition to these major literary distinctions, Rendell has also earned a variety of additional awards for her volume of quality work.

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Rendell Quote

"I try, and I think I succeed, in making my readers feel sorry for my psychopaths, because I do."-Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell Bibliography

List courtesy of Wikipedia


To Fear A Painted Devil (1965)

Vanity Dies Hard (1965)

The Secret House of Death (1968)

One Across, Two Down (1971)

The Face of Trespass (1974)

A Demon in My View (1976)

A Judgement In Stone (1977)

Make Death Love Me (1979)

The Lake of Darkness (1980)

Master of the Moor (1982)

The Killing Doll (1984)

The Tree of Hands (1984)

Live Flesh (1986)

Talking to Strange Men (1987)

The Bridesmaid (1989)

Going Wrong (1990)

The Crocodile Bird (1993)

The Keys to the Street (1996)

A Sight for Sore Eyes (1998)

Adam and Eve and Pinch Me (2001)

The Rottweiler (2003)

Thirteen Steps Down (2004)

The Water's Lovely (2006)

Portobello (2008)

Tigerlily's Orchids (2010)

Inspector Wexford series

From Doon With Death (1964)

Wolf to the Slaughter (1967)

A New Lease of Death (1969)(Renamed Sins of the Fathers)

The Best Man to Die (1969)

A Guilty Thing Surprised (1970)

No More Dying Then (1971)

Murder Being Once Done (1972)

Some Lie And Some Die (1973)

Shake Hands Forever (1975)

A Sleeping Life (1979)

Put on By Cunning (1981)

The Speaker of Mandarin (1983)

An Unkindness of Ravens (1985)

The Veiled One (1988)

Kissing the Gunner's Daughter (1992)

Simisola (1994)

Road Rage (1997)

Harm Done (1999)

The Babes in the Wood (2002)

End in Tears (2005)

Not in the Flesh (2007)

The Monster in the Box (2009)

Written as Barbara Vine

A Dark-Adapted Eye (1986)

A Fatal Inversion (1987)

The House of Stairs (1988)

Gallowglass (1990)

King Solomon's Carpet (1991)

Asta's Book (1993)

No Night is Too Long (1994)

The Brimstone Wedding (1995)

The Chimney-sweeper's Boy (1998)

Grasshopper (2000)

The Blood Doctor (2002)

The Minotaur (2005)

The Birthday Present (2008)


Heartstones (1987)

The Thief (2006)

Short story collections

The Fallen Curtain (1976)

Means of Evil (1979) (five Inspector Wexford stories)

The Fever Tree (1982)

The New Girlfriend (1985)

The Copper Peacock (1991)

Blood Lines (1995)

Piranha to Scurfy (2000)

Collected Short Stories, Volume 1 (2006)

Collected Short Stories, Volume 2 (2008)

Photo Credits

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Martin Pope

Have Thoughts on Ruth Rendell? - Feel free to comment here. Thanks for visiting.

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    • aaxiaa lm profile image

      aaxiaa lm 

      4 years ago

      Have I been living under a rock? Looks like I gotta check her books out.

    • SheilaMilne profile image


      6 years ago from Kent, UK

      I've tried to read as many of her books as I can. I think I started in the 1980s.

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      9 years ago

      She's in a class by herself.

    • chemrat profile image


      10 years ago

      Good choice for a lens! I've read a bunch of these. Lensrolled at my group and lens on crime fiction. Best wishes and thanks for joining the group. Jim

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      Laraine Sims 

      10 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thanks for the scoop on this writer. I've never read one of her books. Now, I'm going to have to.


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