Inspector Wexford author Ruth Rendell dies

Award-winning crime writer Ruth Rendell has died aged 85.

The author wrote more than 60 novels in her 50-year career, some under the name Barbara Vine.

Among her many successes are the Inspector Wexford series, which became a successful drama series on ITV, running from 1987 to 2000 and starring George Baker as Wexford.

She suffered a serious stroke in January and her death was announced today (May 2) by her publisher, Penguin Random House.

‘We are devastated by the loss of one of our best-loved authors,’ they said in a statement. ‘We will miss Ruth enormously. She was admired by the whole publishing industry for her brilliant body of work.’

Her final novel, Dark Corners, is due to be published in October.


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