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Ruth Rendell
Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE (née Grasemann; 17 February 1930 – 2 May 2015) was an English author of thrillers and psychological murder mysteries. Rendell's best-known creation, Chief Inspector Wexford, was the hero of many popular police stories, some of them... show more
Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE (née Grasemann; 17 February 1930 – 2 May 2015) was an English author of thrillers and psychological murder mysteries.

Rendell's best-known creation, Chief Inspector Wexford, was the hero of many popular police stories, some of them successfully adapted for TV. But Rendell also generated a separate brand of crime fiction that explored deeply into the psychological background of criminals and their victims, many of them mentally afflicted or otherwise socially isolated. This theme was developed further in a third series of novels, written under her pseudonym Barbara Vine.
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Birth date: 1930-02-17
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Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 1 year ago
This is not the best Wexford installment. The mystery is not all that interesting, and Wexford is insufferable and little bit sexist. If you have not read Rendell before, this is not the one to start with.
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it 2 years ago
My Square Markers and "Virgin" Bingo Card: "Virgin" card posted for ease of tracking and comparison, as called and read squares will, bit by bit, vanish behind my markers and everybody's cards are different. Black Kitty:Read but not called Black Vignette:Called but not read Black Kitty in Black ...
Linda Hilton
Linda Hilton rated it 2 years ago
As dark as the subject matter was, I enjoyed reading this book immensely. The plot was complex, the main characters fully developed, the writing excellent. What's not to like? Disclosure: I obtained a used copy of this book from my local Friends of the Library book sale. I do not know the auth...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 2 years ago
This is more Barbara Vine than Rendell, so you know what you are getting. It chronicles the discovery of two hands and the challenges that brings to a group of people - children in the second World War but 60 plus in the setting of the book. Like most of Rendell's books when she writers as Vine, the...
drallapaul
drallapaul rated it 3 years ago
I bought this as I found out that it was the book upon which one of my favourite French films is based. "Betty Fisher et d'autres histoires" is a great film, mainly because of the plot. The film faithfully follows the book and the twists in the book make it well worth a read. Good characterisation a...
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