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The Best Ruth Rendell Books

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List of the best Ruth Rendell books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that Ruth Rendell is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. She is best known for her popular mystery novels, as well as her classic character, Chief Inspector Wexford. If you're a huge fan of her work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of Ruth Rendell who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out her work if you're a big reader.

List books include To Fear a Painted Devil, A Dark-Adapted Eye, and many more. What are Ruth Rendell's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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  • 1
    20
    2

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Mystery

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 2
    18
    3

    A Demon in My View

    Ruth Rendell

    First Published1976-05-03

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 3
    17
    2

    First Published1996

    SubjectsCrime, Adventure

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 4
    18
    4

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 5
    15
    3

    The Water's Lovely

    Ruth Rendell

    First Published2006

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Mystery

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 6
    13
    2

    First Published1977-05-02

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 7
    13
    2

    The Bridesmaid

    Ruth Rendell

    First Published1989-04-06

    SubjectsEngland

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 8
    11
    0

    A Fatal Inversion

    Ruth Rendell

    First Published1987-03

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Mystery

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 9
    11
    0

    First Published1980-04

    SubjectsPopular literature

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 10
    10
    0

    First Published1975-04-25

    SubjectsPolice procedural, Police, England

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 11
    12
    4

    A Dark-Adapted Eye

    Ruth Rendell

    First Published1986-03-01

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Psychological thriller, Mystery

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 12
    10
    2

    Simisola

    Ruth Rendell

    First Published1994-09-24

    SubjectsPolice procedural, Police, England, Literary criticism

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 13
    13
    7

    The Crocodile Bird

    Ruth Rendell

    First Published1993-09-02

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Children's literature, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 14
    10
    4

    End in Tears

    Ruth Rendell

    First Published2005-10-20

    SubjectsSuspense, Police, England

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 15
    8
    2

    A Sleeping Life

    Ruth Rendell

    First Published1978-05-08

    SubjectsPolice procedural

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 16
    8
    2

    Going Wrong

    Ruth Rendell

    First Published1990-09-06

    SubjectsJealousy

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 17

    SubjectsWomen

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 18
    6
    0

    The Rottweiler

    Ruth Rendell

    First Published2003-10-02

    SubjectsPolice procedural, Police, London, England

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 19

    First Published1992-01

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Mystery

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 20
    6
    2

    SubjectsPolice procedural, Police, England

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 21

    First Published1985-04-15

    SubjectsPolice, England

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 22
    6
    4

    First Published2002

    SubjectsSuspense, Police, Mystery, England

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 23
    2
    2

    Road Rage

    Ruth Rendell

    First Published1997-09-04

    SubjectsEnvironmentalism, Police, Environment, Murder, England

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 24
    0
    0

    The Thief

    Ruth Rendell

    First Published2006

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Mystery, Fiction, Novella

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 25
    8
    0

    Asta's Book

    Ruth Rendell

    First Published1993-03-25

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Mystery

    Original LanguageEnglish Language