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Barbara Vine

Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE - and Queen of crime fiction - is the author of over sixty novels. Her murder mysteries include the popular Inspector Wexford series whilst she has also written psychological thrillers under the pseudonym Barbara Vine.


Born in South Woodford, London, Ruth published her first novel From Doon with Death when she was 34. She had previously been fired from her job as a reporter on the South Woodford local newspaper for writing an article on the local tennis club's annual dinner without mentioning that the speaker had dropped down dead during his speech. However, despite her dismissal, she married her boss on the paper, Don Rendall.


Rendell has received numerous awards for her work, including the Silver, Gold, and Cartier Diamond Daggers from the Crime Writers' Association, three Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America, The Arts Council National Book Awards, and The Sunday Times Literary Award.

Suggested Read

A Dark-Adapted Eye

Uncovering the circumstances that lead to a thirty year old murder. The story of a family's long-buried secret past is revealed, as the deadly circumstances that lead to a thrity year old murder are uncovered. Haunting and evocative, it's a gripping tale of family madness.


'Compulsively readable... a carefully devised plot unfolded with the most cunning art. Wilkie Collins and Dickens would have admired it' 

Sunday Times

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