Saturday, May 02, 2015

Farewell Ruth Rendell

Just learned of the passing of author Ruth Rendell. Back in the days when I was reading whodunits hand over fist, Rendell's novels about Inspector Wexford were some of my absolute favorites, I consider her 1971 Wexford book, NO MORE DYING THEN, to be one of the absolute best British mysteries I've ever read. Rendell had the skill of misdirection of Agatha Christie, but her characters were much more complex, and she was one of the first mystery writers to delve into the psychological aspects of not only her villains, but her heroes as well. Rest in Peace, Ruth. You'll be missed.


Chap O'Keefe said...

Thank you for alerting us to this sad news. In 1964, when I was editing the Edgar Wallace Mystery Magazine, London publishers John Long, part of the Hutchinson group, sent me for review a copy of Rendell's first Wexford novel, From Doon With Death. The publishers had paid Rendell a mere £75 for it, and as EWMM's sole reviewer as well as editor, I certainly didn't foresee the author's subsequent stellar career. In 2003, I sold my review copy, still in fine condition, to a Baltimore book dealer for a sum that amounted to more than ten times what my own London publishers would pay me for writing ten Black Horse Western novels!

Charles R. Rutledge said...

Thanks for that, Keith. Just shows you how no one ever knows how a writer's career will go. hard to believe her first novel sale was for that little.