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Publication Order of Inspector Wexford Books

From Doon With Death (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sins of the Fathers / A New Lease of Death (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wolf to the Slaughter (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Man to Die (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Guilty Thing Surprised (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
No More Dying Then (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Being Once Done (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Some Lie and Some Die (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shake Hands Forever (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Sleeping Life (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Notes / Put On By Cunning (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Speaker of Mandarin (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Unkindness of Ravens (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Veiled One (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kissing the Gunner's Daughter (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ginger and the Kingsmarkham (With: George Philip Baker) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Simisola (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Road Rage (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Harm Done (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Babes in the Wood (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
End in Tears (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Not in the Flesh (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Monster in the Box (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vault (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Man's Nightingale (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Inspector Wexford Collections Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

To Fear a Painted Devil (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vanity Dies Hard (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret House Of Death (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Across, Two Down (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Face of Trespass (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Demon in My View (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Judgement in Stone (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Make Death Love Me (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lake of Darkness (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Master of the Moor (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Killing Doll (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tree of Hands (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Live Flesh (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Dark-Adapted Eye (As: Barbara Vine) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Talking to Strange Men (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Fatal Inversion (As: Barbara Vine) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The House of Stairs (As: Barbara Vine) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bridesmaid (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Going Wrong (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gallowglass (As: Barbara Vine) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
King Solomon's Carpet (As: Barbara Vine) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Crocodile Bird (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Asta's Book / Anna's Book (As: Barbara Vine) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Night Is Too Long (As: Barbara Vine) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Time of His Prosperity (As: Barbara Vine) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Brimstone Wedding (As: Barbara Vine) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Keys to the Street (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Sight for Sore Eyes (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Chimney Sweeper's Boy (As: Barbara Vine) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grasshopper (As: Barbara Vine) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Adam and Eve and Pinch Me (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Blood Doctor (As: Barbara Vine) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rottweiler (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
13 Steps Down (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Minotaur (As: Barbara Vine) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Water's Lovely (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Portobello (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Birthday Present (As: Barbara Vine) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tigerlily's Orchids (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Saint Zita Society (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Child's Child (As: Barbara Vine) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Next Door (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Corners (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Convolvulus Clock (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Heartstones (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Long Live The Queen (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thornapple (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Thief (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Fallen Curtain (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fever Tree (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The New Girlfriend (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Collected Short Stories (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Copper Peacock and Other Stories (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood Lines (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Piranha to Scurfy (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ruth Rendell: Short Stories (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Collected Stories Vol 1 (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Spot of Folly (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Children's Books

Archie and Archie (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Ruth Rendell's Suffolk (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Reason Why (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Simply The Best Mysteries, Edgar Award Winners And Front Runners(1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The 23rd Pan Book of Horror Stories(1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Web She Weaves(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in the Dark(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ready or Not: Here Come Fourteen Frightening Stories!(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
English Country House Murders(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Picador Book of the New Gothic(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery Cats(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
1st Culprit(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who...(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Women of Mystery(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1992(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fifty Best Mysteries(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
3rd Culprit(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Women of Mystery II(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine: November 1994(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1993(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Intercontinental(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder by the Book(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Win, Lose or Die(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Women of Mystery III(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crime After Crime(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crime Never Pays(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder On The Railways(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Feline Felonies(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unforgettable Ghost Stories by Women Writers(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Midsummer Nights(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Modern Stories(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Short Stories: The Thoroughly Modern Collection(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime Volume 10.(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in Midsummer: Classic Mysteries for the Holidays(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Takes a Holiday: Classic Crime Stories for Summer(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Born on February 17, 1930 in South Woodford, London, Ruth Barbara Grasemann, is an English author who focuses on the genres of thriller and psychological murder mysteries. At age 83, Ruth has already completed a vast library of books including 24 novels in the Inspector Wexford series, 26 standalone novels, two novellas, 14 novels written under the pen name Barbara Vine, nine short-story collections, one uncollected short story, one children’s fiction, and three nonfiction novels.

Ruth attended high school at Loughton County High School in Essex. After she graduated from Loughton County High, Ruth attempted to be a feature reporter for the local newspaper, The Chigwell Times, but that career was short-lived after a couple of mishaps due to her irresistible urge to make up fictional stories.

During her career as a news writer, Ruth met her husband, Don Rendell. After getting married at the age of twenty, they had a son, named Simon. In 1975, after 25 years of marriage, they divorced only to remarry two years later.

The Beginning of Inspector Wexford

Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford is a fictional character and is claimed to be an intelligent sensitive man. His wife’s name is Dora, and he has two daughters named Sheila and Sylvia with whom he has a difficult time getting along with. The famous Wexford series begins with Ruth’s novel, From Doon with Death which was published in 1964. In this novel, that later became a movie in 1988, Inspector Wexford investigates the death of Margaret Parsons, after discovering a number of letters from the mysterious Doon. Since this publication, Inspector Wexford has gone on to star in more than 20 other novels by Ruth, however; he did not play a role in her second novel, To Fear a Painted Devil, which was published a year after From Doon with Death. In the television series of From Doon with Death, Inspector Wexford is played by George Baker.

The 60’s

During the 1960’s, Along with her first and second novel, Ruth was also able to write five others. These included three more additions to the Wexford series; A New Lease of Death and Wolf to Slaughter in 1967, and The Best Man To Die which was published in 1969. In 1965, Ruth also published Vanity Dies Hard, and The Secret House of Death in 1968.

The 70’s

During the 1970’s Ruth was able to complete six more Wexford novels, five more standalone novels, and two short story collections. In 1975 Ruth received the Mystery Writers of America Best Short Story Edgar for The Fallen Curtain; the first of many awards she would receive in the future. In 1976 she completed A Demon in My View, for which she won the Crime Writers’ Association Macallan Gold Daggar for Fiction. In 1979, Ruth also received a Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for A Sleeping Life. In 1976, the adaptation of Diary of the Dead, from Ruth’s novel, One Across, Two Down was filmed.

The 80’s

The 1980’s seemed to be a peak time in Ruth’s writing career. During this time she was able to complete 19 titles. These included four additions to the Wexford series, seven more standalone novels, her first novella, her first three novels written under the pen name Barbara Vine, two more short story collections, and her first two nonfiction pieces, including, Ruth Rendell’s Suffolk and Undermining the Central Line: giving government back to the people. The 1980’s also began the Ruth Rendell Mysteries on television, and the filming of A Judgment in Stone, La Ceremonie in 1986. Ruth also received several awards throughout the 1980’s. In fact, Ruth received more awards during the 1980’s than any other two decades combined. In 1980, she received both the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award and the Martin Beck Award for Make Death Love Me. In 1981, Ruth received the Arts Council National Book Award for Genre fiction for The Lake of Darkness. In1984, she received the Silver Dagger for Fiction for The Tree of Hands, and the Mystery Writers of America Best Short Story Edgar for The New Girlfriend. Ruth received three awards in 1986 including, the Gold Dagger for Fiction for Live Flesh, the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for The Tree of Hands, and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for An Unkindness of Ravens. Ruth went on in 1987 to receive another Mystery Writers of America Award for A Dark-Adapted Eye, a Golden Dagger for Fiction for A Fatal Inversion, and an Angel Award for Fiction for The House of Stairs.

The 90’s

The 1990’s came in at a close second for achievements for Ruth. During this time period she was able to complete 17 novels including four more Wexford novels, four standalone novels, six more novels written under the pen name Barbara Vine, two more short story collections, and her third nonfiction novel in 1995, titled The Reason Why: An Anthology of the Murderous Mind. In 1995, A Judgment in Stone, La Ceremonie was re-filmed. In addition, Live Flesh, and The Tree of Hands were also brought to film. In 1990, Ruth received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence. In 1991, she received the Golden Dagger for Fiction for King Solomon’s Carpet, and the Cartier Diamond Dagger for a Lifetime’s Achievement in the Field. In 1996, Ruth was awarded the title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE), and in 1997, a Life Peerage was conferred on her as Baroness Rendell of Babergh. During this year she would also receive the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award.

The New Millennium

Throughout the beginning of this new millennium, Ruth has completed 23 more titles including, six more Wexford novels, seven more standalone novels, her second novella, five novels written under the pen name of Barbara Vine, three more short story collections, and one children’s fiction titled Archie and Archie; published in 2013. La Demoiselle d’honneur, based on Ruth’s novel, The Bridesmaid, was filmed in 2004 and another version of The Tree of Hands was filmed in 2001. In 2004, Ruth received the Mystery Ink Gumshoe Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2005, she received the CWA Dagger of Daggers for A Fatal Inversion. In 2007 she won both the Gumshoe Award for Best Crime Novel for The Minotaur, and Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award for End in Tears. Her most recent award, received in 2010, was the Lost Man Booker Prize for A Guilty Thing Surprised.

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