Ruth Rendell is an English author of crime fiction, psychological thrillers and mystery novels. She is credited alongside P.D. James for developing the whodunit subgenre into more of a whydunit. She is best known for her Inspector Wexford series. She also writes under the pen name Barbara Vine.

Ruth Rendell made her literary debut in From Doon With Death in 1964, which began her Inspector Wexford series. Below is a list of Ruth Rendell’s books in order of when they were originally released (and in chronological order):

Publication Order of Inspector Wexford Books


From Doon With Death(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A New Lease of Death(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Wolf to the Slaughter(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Man to Die(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Guilty Thing Surprised(1970) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
No More Dying Then(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Being Once Done(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Some Lie and Some Die(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Shake Hands Forever(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Sleeping Life(1979) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Putting on by Cunning(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Speaker of Mandarin(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
An Unkindness of Ravens(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Veiled One(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Kissing the Gunner's Daughter(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Simisola(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Road Rage(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Harm Done(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Babes in the Wood(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
End in Tears(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Not in the Flesh(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Monster in the Box(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Vault(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
No Man's Nightingale(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Inspector Wexford Collections


Means of Evil and Other Stories(1979) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


To Fear a Painted Devil(1965) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Vanity Dies Hard(1965) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Secret House of Death(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
One Across, Two Down(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Face of Trespass(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Demon in My View(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Judgement in Stone(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Make Death Love Me(1979) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Lake of Darkness(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Master of the Moor(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Killing Doll(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Dark Adapted Eye(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Live Flesh(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Heartstones(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Fatal Inversion(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Talking to Strange Men(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The House of Stairs(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Bridesmaid(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Gallowglass(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Going Wrong(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
King Solomon's Carpet(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Asta's Book(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Crocodile Bird(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
No Night is Too Long(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Brimstone Wedding(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Keys to the Street(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Sight For Sore Eyes(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Chimney Sweeper's Boy(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Grasshopper(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Adam and Eve and Pinch Me(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Blood Doctor(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rottweiler(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
13 Steps Down(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Minotaur(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Water's Lovely(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Thief(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Portobello(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Birthday Present(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tigerlily's Orchids(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The St. Zita Society(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Child's Child(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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Notes: A New Lease of Death was also published as The Sins of the Fathers. Put on by Cunning was also published as Death Notes. Asta’s Book was also published as Anna’s Book.

A Dark Adapted Eye, A Fatal Inversion, The House of Stairs, Gallowglass, King Solomon’s Carpet, Asta’s Book, No Night is Too Long, The Brimstone Wedding, The Chimney Sweeper’s Boy, Grasshopper, The Blood Doctor, The Minotaur, The Birthday Present and The Child’s Child were published under the nom de plume of Barbara Vine.