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Rendell, Ruth 1930-2015

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Portobello : a novel by Ruth Rendell( Book )

62 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 2,840 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Walking to the shops one day in London's Notting Hill, fifty-year-old Eugene Wren discovers an envelope on the street bulging with cash. A man plagued by a shameful addiction, Wren hatches a plan to find the money's rightful owner. Instead of going to the police, or taking the cash for himself, he prints a notice and posts it around Portobello Road. This ill-conceived act creates a chain of events that links Wren to other Londoners--people afflicted with their own obsessions and despairs. As these volatile characters come into Wren's life--and the life of his trusting fiancée--the consequences will change them all
Thirteen steps down : a novel by Ruth Rendell( Book )

62 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elderly Gwendolyn Chawcer and her colorful group of friends become increasingly suspicious of her tenant, Michael "Mix" Cellini, an eccentric with an obsession for a model he has only seen once, who idolizes serial killer Reggie Christie, as his odd behavior and obsessions take an ever darker turn
Adam and Eve and pinch me : a novel by Ruth Rendell( Book )

79 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 2,792 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A terrible train crash at Paddington changes the lives of three women, who find they all have a connection with one of the passengers who was supposed to have died in the crash
The crocodile bird by Ruth Rendell( Book )

72 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 2,775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Crocodile Bird, Ruth Rendell weaves a mesmerizing story of the obsessive love between a mother and a daughter and its connection to a series of deaths near a remote English manor, magnificent in its hilltop isolation. Liza lived in the gatekeeper's cottage at Shrove House until the day the police took her mother away forever. Liza, who has grown up completely sheltered from the outside world, finds refuge with a young drifter. Each night she tells him a little more about her life: her mother's obsession with Shrove House and her mysterious claim to it, her mother's aversion to the modern world and her fierce desire to shelter Liza from its depredations. And, finally, Liza tells him of the men who came to Shrove House and never left alive
The girl next door : a novel by Ruth Rendell( Book )

39 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mystery novel about friendship, love, and aging. Synopsis: In the wanting months of the second World War, a group of children discover an earthen tunnel in their neighborhood. Throughout the summer of 1944--until one father forbids it--the subterranean space becomes their "secret garden," where the friends play games and tell stories. Six decades later, beneath a house on the same land, construction workers uncover a tin box containing two skeletal hands, one male and one female. As the discovery makes national news, the friends come together once again, to recall their days in the tunnel for the detective investigating the case. Is the truth buried among these aging friends and memories? This impromptu reunion causes long-simmering feelings to bubble to the surface. Mild-mannered Alan, stuck in a passionless marriage, begins flirting with Daphne, a glamorous widow who was once his teenage sweetheart. Michael, lonely after the death of his wife, considers contacting his estranged father, who sent Michael to live with an aunt after his mother vanished in 1944. Lewis begins remembering details about his Uncle James, an army private who once accompanied the Children into the tunnels, and who later disappeared. In THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, Rendell brilliantly shatters our assumptions about age, showing that the choices people make--and the emotions behind them--remain as potent in late life as they were in youth"--
A sight for sore eyes : a novel by Ruth Rendell( Book )

79 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 2,762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A handsome young craftsman falls in love with a sweet, upper-class girl in Britain. The girl's stepmother opposes the romance because of his low-class origin so he murders her. Not his first murder, either. By the author of Road Rage
The water's lovely : a novel by Ruth Rendell( Book )

66 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 2,761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A decade after the killing of her stepfather, Ismay is still haunted by nightmares of his murder and of seeing his naked body floating in the bathtub and her sister, Heather, standing over him
Not in the flesh by Ruth Rendell( Book )

73 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and French and held by 2,735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Searching for truffles in a wood, a man and his dog unearth something less savoury-a human hand. The body, as Chief Inspector Wexford is informed later, has lain buried for ten years or so, wrapped in a purple cotton shroud. The post mortem cannot reveal the precise cause of death. The only clue is a crack in one of the dead man's ribs. Although the police database covers a relatively short period of time, it stores a long list of Missing Persons. So Wexford knows he is going to have a job on his hands to identify the corpse. And then, only about twenty yards away from the woodland burial site, in the cellar of a disused cottage, another body is discovered. The detection skills of Wexford, Burden, and the other investigating officers of the Kingsmarkham Police Force, are tested to the utmost to see if the murders are connected and to track down whoever is responsible
Dark corners : a novel by Ruth Rendell( Book )

36 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 2,691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When his father dies, Carl Martin inherits a house in an increasingly rich and trendy London neighborhood. Carl needs cash, however, so he rents the upstairs room and kitchen to the first person he interviews, Dermot McKinnon. That was colossal mistake number one. Mistake number two was keeping his father's bizarre collection of homeopathic "cures" that he found in the medicine cabinet, including a stash of controversial diet pills. Mistake number three was selling fifty of those diet pills to a friend, who is then found dead. Dermot seizes a nefarious opportunity and begins to blackmail Carl, refusing to pay rent, and creepily invading Carl's space. Ingeniously weaving together two storylines that finally merge in one shocking turn, Ruth Rendell describes one man's spiral into darkness-- and murder-- as he falls victim to a diabolical foe he cannot escape"--
End in tears : a Wexford novel by Ruth Rendell( Book )

66 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 2,687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lump of concrete dropped deliberately from a bridge kills the wrong person. The driver behind is spared, but only for a while. A member of the local press is gunning for the Chief Inspector, distinctly unimpressed with what he regards as old-fashioned police methods. And on the homefront, Wexford is worried about his daughter who is living alone with her two children, and is pregnant again
The vault : an Inspector Wexford novel by Ruth Rendell( Book )

57 editions published between 2011 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 2,649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When four bodies are discovered in the same underground sewer 12 years after the events of A Sight for Sore Eyes, former Chief Inspector Wexford is pulled out of retirement to follow a complex trail to the original murders only to have his life thrown into turmoil by a devastating personal tragedy
Harm done : an Inspector Wexford mystery by Ruth Rendell( Book )

95 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 2,644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chief Inspector Wexford investigates a pair of child abductions that appear to have more to do with domestic violence than a recently released pedophile
The rottweiler : a novel by Ruth Rendell( Book )

77 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in English and French and held by 2,600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A serial killer known as the "Rottweiler" stalks the young women of a London neighborhood near Lisson Grove, and the only clue lies in the trinkets taken by the killer from each victim, items that start to turn up at a local antique shop
Road rage by Ruth Rendell( Book )

84 editions published between 1997 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 2,557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Britain, Chief Inspector Wexford hunts for eco- terrorists who abducted five people, including his wife. They threaten to kill them unless the government halts the construction of a highway through scenic countryside
An unkindness of ravens : a new Inspector Wexford mystery by Ruth Rendell( Book )

67 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chief Inspector Wexford agrees to investigate the disappearance of a neighbor's husband and finds a connection with a man-hating girls' club
The keys to the street : a novel of suspense by Ruth Rendell( Book )

96 editions published between 1996 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 2,416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young woman in London faces the prospect of a deadly thank you in return for an act of selfless generosity. She is Mary Jago who donates her bone marrow to save the life of a man she does not know. As her grandmother puts it, some people dislike those who have done them a service
The veiled one by Ruth Rendell( Book )

75 editions published between 1988 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 2,398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who would garrote a middle-aged housewife and leave her body in the parking garage of a suburban shopping mall? Chief Inspector Wexford is no sooner on the case than a car bomb's explosion lands him in the hospital. It's now up to Mike Burden to step in and solve the case. He's got a suspect ... but will he be able to make him talk?
Tigerlily's orchids : a novel by Ruth Rendell( Book )

51 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: Is it dangerous to know too much about your neighbors? In Tigerlily's Orchids, Diamond Dagger Award-winning Ruth Rendell has written psychologically thrilling novel about the eccentric inhabitants of a London terrace-about the secrets they keep, and what they will do to hide them. When Stuart Font decides to throw a housewarming party in his new flat, he invites all the people in his building-three flippant young girls, a lonely spinster, a man with a passion for classical history, and a woman determined to drink herself to death. After some deliberation, he even includes the unpleasant caretaker and his wife. He considered inviting a few other friends, but he definitely does not want his girlfriend, Claudia, in attendance, as he would also have to invite her lawyer husband. As it turns out, the party will be one everyone remembers. Living in a townhouse opposite Stuart's building, in reclusive isolation, is a young, beautiful Asian woman known as Tigerlily. As though from some strange urban fairytale, she emerges infrequently to exert a terrible spell. And Stuart's parents, always worried about their handsome, hopelessly naive, and under motivated son, have even more cause for concern
The babes in the wood : a Chief Inspector Wexford mystery by Ruth Rendell( Book )

64 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 2,373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mysterious disappearance of two local teenagers and their baby-sitter draws Inspector Wexford into a baffling case involving dark family secrets, violence, a religious cult, adultery, and murder
The bridesmaid by Ruth Rendell( Book )

109 editions published between 1900 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 2,312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A beautiful woman fascinated by death insists that Philip, whose one eccentricity is a neurotic fear of death and violence, must commit murder to prove his love for her
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The babes in the wood : a Chief Inspector Wexford mystery
Thirteen steps down : a novelAdam and Eve and pinch me : a novelThe crocodile birdA sight for sore eyes : a novelThe water's lovely : a novelNot in the fleshEnd in tears : a Wexford novelThe vault : an Inspector Wexford novel
Alternative Names

controlled identityVine, Barbara, 1930-2015

Graseman, Ruth Barbara

Grasemann, Ruth Barbara, 1930-2015

Lady Rendell 1930-

Rendel Ruta

Rendel, Ruth

Rendela, R. (Ruta), 1930-2015

Rendela, Rūta, 1930-2015

Rendell of Babergh 1930-2015 Baroness

Rendell of Babergh 1930- Baroness

Rendell of Babergh, Baroness, 1930-2015

Rendell of Babergh, Ruth 1930-2015

Rendell of Babergh, Ruth Rendell, Baroness, 1930-2015

Rendell R.

Rendell R. 1930-

Rendell, Rut 1930-

Rendell, Rut 1930-2015

Rendell, Ruth

Rendell, Ruth, 1930-

Rendell, Ruth, 1930-2015

Rendell, Ruth Barbara 1930-2015

Rendell, Ruth Barbara Grasemann

Rendell, Ruth Barbara Grasemann, 1930-2015

Rendella, Ruta, 1930-2015

Ruth Rendell

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Vine 1930- B.

Vine , Barbara

Vine, Barbara, 1930-2015

Ρέντελ Ρουθ (1930-2015)

Вайн Б. 1930-

Ренделл Р. 1930-

Ренделл, Рут

Ренделл, Рут 1930-

Ренделл, Рут, 1930-2015

Рут Ренделл

Рут Рендъл

Рэнделл Р. 1930-

וין, ברברה

וין, ברברה, 1930-2015

רות רנדל סופרת בריטית

רנדל, רות 1930-

روت رندل نویسنده و سیاست‌مدار بریتانیایی

روث رندل كاتبة بريطانية

റൂത്ത് റെൻഡൽ

렌델, 루스 1930-2015

렌들, 루스 1930-2015

루스 렌델


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伦德尔鲁丝 1930-

伦德尔鲁丝, 1930-2015