Ruth Rendell - aka Barbara Vine UK (1930 - 2015) Ruth Rendell wrote her first novel From Doon with Death in 1964, which introduced her enduring and popular detective, INSPECTOR REGINALD WEXFORD. She went on to write sixty bestselling novels, including police procedurals, some of which were successfully adapted for TV, standalone psychological mysteries, and a third strand of crime novels under the pseudonym Barbara Vine.
Crime writer Ruth Rendell has died aged 85, her publisher says. She wrote more than 60 novels in a career spanning 50 years, her best-known creation being Inspector Wexford, which was turned into a highly successful TV series. Rendell, one of Britain's best-selling contemporary authors, also wrote under the pen-name Barbara Vine.