Rendell, a Labour Party member of the House of Lords, was a prolific writer of intricately plotted mystery novels that combined psychological insight, social conscience and teeth-chattering terror.
Ruth Rendell, crime writer, dies aged 85 Creator of Inspector Wexford, who also wrote as Barbara Vine, was admitted to hospital after serious stroke in January
Best-selling crime writer Ruth Rendell has died aged her publisher says.
One of the most truly talented writers in the world. Her novels under the pseudonym Barbara Vine .
Ruth Rendell and PD James: giants of detective fiction
Novel reading boosts empathy or, at any rate reminds us that things are complicated; The success of The Examined Life.