It is a sad day today for all mystery book loves. Ruth Rendell, the popular crime fiction author who also wrote books under the pseudonym Barbara Vine, has just passed away yesterday, May 3, at the age of 85, following a stroke that she had just a few months earlier, in January.
The author of the well known Inspector Wexford wrote during her live over 60 novels, many of which have been translated to TV series.
I literally grew up with her books – I was a teen in the 70s and I’ve read From Doon with Death, her first Wesford book at the age of 13, if I remember correctly. I was hooked.
Ruth Rendell was one of the authors that instilled in me the love for crime, mystery and thriller, and made me look beyond the pure action of those types of books, in searching for that something extra, the depth of characters and situations that not many authors can make it work so well.
While I have never met her in person, I have followed her journey through life and her writings, and she was – still is – one of my female role models.
Her latest book, Dark Corners, will be published in October.
RIP Ruth Rendell, you will be greatly missed!