Ruth Rendell, Author of Wexford Mystery Series, Dies at Age 85

British psychological crime and mystery writer, Ruth Rendell, passed away May 2nd in London after suffering from a stroke last January. Perhaps best known for her Inspector Wexford series, Rendell is also the author of over twenty standalone psychological murder mysteries both under her name and her nom de plume, Barbara Vine. Rendell is critically lauded for elegantly crafted prose and for incorporating both social and psychological elements into her novels.

Rendell was the recipient of three Edgar Awards awarded by the Mystery Writers of America, as well as their Grand Master Award for her contributions to the genre. She was also awarded Silver, Gold and Cartier Diamond Daggers from the Crime Writer’s Association. Several of her works have been adapted to film and television, most notably her Inspector Wexford series, which aired from 1987-2000 under the title Ruth Rendell Mysteries and starred actor George Baker.

Ms. Rendell’s final novel, Dark Corners, is scheduled to be published in October.

Titles by Ruth Rendell in the TBP collection

Inspector Wexford series

  1. From Doon with Death DB   67718  (Also available on BARD)
  2. Wolf to the Slaughter DB   72741 (Also available on BARD)
  3. Best Man to Die DB   72455 (Also available on BARD)
  4. No More Dying Then  DX   51356/ DB   51356  (Available on BARD)
  5. Murder Being Once Done  DX   50959/ DB   50959  (Available on BARD)
  6. Some Lie and Some Die   DX   51688/ DB   51688  (Available on BARD)
  7. Shake Hands Forever DB   67543 (Also available on BARD)
  8. Sleeping Life DB   72469/ LB   02580 (Also available on BARD)
  9. Death Notes  BR   05025/ DB   17180  (Available on BARD)
  10. Speaker of Mandarin BR   05584
  11. Unkindness of Ravens  LB   03552/ DB   23873  (Available on BARD)
  12. Veiled One  BR   07555/ DB   28437  (Available on BARD)
  13. Kissing the Gunner’s Daughter  DB   35778  (Available on BARD)
  14. Simisola  DB   41923  (Available on BARD)
  15. Road Rage DB   45873  (Available on BARD)
  16. Harm Done DX   50401/ DB   50401 (Available on BARD)
  17. Babes in the Wood DX   59036/ DB   59036  (Also available on BARD)
  18. End in Tears DX   62145/ DB   62145 (Available on BARD)
  19. Not in the Flesh  DB   67552 (Also available on BARD)
  20. Monster in the Box  DB   72751/ LB   06274 (Also available on BARD)
  21. No Man’s Nightingale LB   07527

Short Story Anthologies

  • Means of Evil BR   04514
  • Collected Stories DX   28190/ DB   28190   (Available on BARD)
  • Copper Peacock and Other Stories DB   35054   (Available on BARD)
  • Fever Tree and Other Stories BR   05394

Standalone Novels

  • Judgement in Stone BR   03787/ LB   02565
  • Make Death Love Me LB   02367
  • Master of the Moor BR   05190
  • Tree of Hands  BR   06226/ LB   03463/ DB   23707 (Available on BARD)
  • Killing Doll  BR   05833/ LB   03340/ DB   20903 (Available on BARD)
  • Live Flesh  DB   25021 (Available on BARD)
  • Talking to Strange Men BR   07176/  DB   26871 (Available on BARD)
  • Heartstones  DB   28375 (Available on BARD)
  • Bridesmaid BR   08134/  DB   31812  (Available on BARD)
  • Going Wrong DB   32113  (Available on BARD)
  • Crocodile Bird DB   38432  (Available on BARD)
  • Sight for Sore Eyes DB   49492  (Available on BARD)
  • Adam and Eve Pinch Me DX   55890/ DB   55890  (Available on BARD)
  • Rottweiler BR   15952/ DX   59943/ DB   59943  (Available on BARD)
  • Thirteen Steps Down BR   1629/  DB   61454  (Available on BARD)
  • Water’s Lovely LB   05286/ DB   64542 (Available on BARD)
  • Portobello DB   73082/ LB   06544 (Also available on BARD)
  • Tigerlily’s Orchids DB   74361 (Also available on BARD)
  • Girl Next Door LB   08039

Under the name Barbara Vine

  • Fatal Inversion DB   27545  (Available on BARD)
  • House of Stairs DB   31123  (Available on BARD)
  • Gallowglass DB   31985  (Available on BARD)
  • King Solomon’s Carpet DB   35569  (Available on BARD)
  • Anna’s Book DB   37442  (Available on BARD)
  • No Night is Too Long DB   40804  (Available on BARD)
  • Brimstone Wedding DB   43587  (Available on BARD)
  • Chimney Sweeper’s Boy DB   47794  (Available on BARD)
  • Blood Doctor DB   56448  (Available on BARD)
  • Minotaur DB   61345  (Available on BARD)
  • Birthday Present DB   70783  (Also available on BARD)