Ruth Rendell (1930-2015) was 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
Sins of the Fathers / 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 (1978)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Notes / Put On By Cunning (1981)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Speaker of Mandarin (1983)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 (1992)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 Books

Means of Evil (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 (1966)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
The Tree of Hands (1984)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Live Flesh (1986)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Dark-Adapted Eye (As: Barbara Vine) (1986)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Talking to Strange Men (1987)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Fatal Inversion (As: Barbara Vine) (1987)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The House of Stairs (As: Barbara Vine) (1988)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Bridesmaid (1989)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Going Wrong (1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Gallowglass (As: Barbara Vine) (1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
King Solomon's Carpet (As: Barbara Vine) (1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Crocodile Bird (1993)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Asta's Book (As: Barbara Vine) (1993)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
No Night Is Too Long (As: Barbara Vine) (1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Brimstone Wedding (As: Barbara Vine) (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 (As: Barbara Vine) (1998)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Grasshopper (As: Barbara Vine) (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 (As: Barbara Vine) (2002)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Rottweiler (2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
13 Steps Down (2004)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Minotaur (As: Barbara Vine) (2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Water's Lovely (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Portobello (2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Birthday Present (As: Barbara Vine) (2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tigerlily's Orchids (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Saint Zita Society (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Child's Child (As: Barbara Vine) (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Girl Next Door (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dark Corners (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Heartstones (1987)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Thornapple (2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Thief (2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Fallen Curtain (1976)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Fever Tree (1982)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The New Girlfriend (1985)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Copper Peacock and Other Stories (1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blood Lines (1995)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Piranha to Scurfy (2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ruth Rendell: Short Stories (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Collected Stories Vol 1 (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Collected Stories Vol 2 (2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Spot of Folly (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Children's Books

Archie and Archie (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Reason Why (1995)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Web She Weaves(1983)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mystery Cats(1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Women of Mystery(1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories(1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tales of Obsession(1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder by the Book(1996)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Win, Lose or Die(1996)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Crime After Crime(1999)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.

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