Over the weekend, Ruth Rendell passed away. What very sad news for the world of great mystery-writing. For the last half century, she has given us many great works of fiction. I have long considered her one of my very favorite mystery authors, and am so grateful to her for the many hours of mystery-reading enjoyment she has given me and others around the world.
In 1990, the British Crime Writer’s Association compiled a list of the top 100 crime novels of all time. Two of Ruth Rendell’s novels were on that list: A Demon in My View and Judgement in Stone. Five years later, the Mystery Writers of America compiled a list of the top 100 novels of all time, and Ruth Rendell’s A Judgement in Stone was on that list.
I am partial to her Inspector Wexford mysteries, however I read (and enjoy!) both her stand alone novels written as Barbara Vine, as well as Ruth Rendell. The world of mystery books has lost one of its finest authors.