Ruth Rendell


 Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE (17 February 1930 – 2 May 2015) was an English author of over sixty thrillers and psychological murder mysteries.

Rendell’s best-known creation, Chief Inspector Wexford – whose character she said she had based on herself – was the hero of many popular police stories, some of them successfully adapted for TV. 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.

She sat in the House of Lords for the Labour Party, where she introduced the bill that would later become the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003.

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