Biography

Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell has won three Edgar Awards, the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America, as well as four Gold Daggers and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from England’s prestigious Crime Writers’ Association. Her remarkable career has spanned more than 40 years, with more than 60 books published. A member of the House of Lords, she lives in London.

Ruth Rendell

Books by Ruth Rendell

by Ruth Rendell - Crime, Crime Fiction, Fiction, Mystery, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Suspense/Thriller, Thriller

In the waning months of WWII, a group of children discover an earthen tunnel in their neighborhood. The subterranean space becomes their “secret garden,” where the friends play games and tell stories. Six decades later, beneath a house on the same land, construction workers uncover a tin box containing two skeletal hands, one male and one female. As the discovery makes national news, the friends come together once again, to recall their days in the tunnel for the detective investigating the case. Is the truth buried among these aging friends and their memories?

by Ruth Rendell - Fiction, Mystery

A female vicar named Sarah Hussain is discovered strangled in her Kingsmarkham vicarage. Maxine, the gossipy cleaning woman who finds the body, happens to also be in the employ of former Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford and his wife. When called on by his old deputy, Wexford, who has taken to reading The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire as a retirement project, leaps at the chance to tag along with the investigators.

by Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

When their grandmother dies, Grace and Andrew Easton inherit her sprawling, book-filled London home. Rather than sell it, the adult siblings move in together. The arrangement is unusual yet ideal for the affectionate pair --- until the day Andrew brings home a new boyfriend. When he and Andrew witness their friend’s murder outside a London nightclub, James begins to unravel. What happens next will change the lives of everyone in the house.

by Ruth Rendell - Fiction, Mystery

Life for the residents and servants of Hexam Place appears placid and orderly on the outside: drivers take their employers to and from work, dogs are walked, flowers are planted in gardens, and Christmas candles lit uniformly in windows. But beneath this tranquil veneer, the upstairs-downstairs relationships are set to combust.

by Ruth Rendell - Fiction, Mystery

Chief Inspector Reg Wexford has retired, and he and his wife now divide their time between Kingsmarkham and a coachhouse in Hampstead belonging to their actress daughter, Sheila. For all the benefits of a more relaxed way of life, Wexford misses being the law. But a chance meeting in a London street, with someone he had known briefly as a very young police constable, changes everything.

by Ruth Rendell - Fiction, Thriller

When Stuart Font throws a housewarming party, he invites all the residents of his new building. But careful planning can only get a person so far. As it turns out, this party will be one everyone remembers.