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.
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.