Ruth Rendell (1930-2015) was an English politician and author of thrillers and mysteries. Rendell began her writing career as a journalist for a local Essex paper. She published her first novel From Doon with Death in 1964, it featured her most famous character Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford. She would go on to write many more books in the Wexford series which were later adapted for television as The Ruth Rendell Mysteries between 1987 and 2000. In 1997 she was created a life peer and sat in the House of Lords. She was the winner of many literary awards including three Edgars and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association.
Death Notes (Chief Inspector Wexford Series #11)by Ruth Rendell
Sir Manuel Camargue, yesterday one of the most celebrated musicians of his time, today floats face down in the lake near his sprawling English country house. The consensus is accidental death but Inspector Wexford knows the stench of murder most foul when he smells it. Particularly in the company of two suspects one, the victim's fiancee, who is too young to be true, the other his daughter who may be no kin and even less kind . . .
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- Date of Birth:
- February 17, 1930
- Place of Birth:
- London, England
- Loughton County High School for Girls, Essex
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For Inspector Wexford finds, this is one of his most challenging cases. In ¿Death Notes,¿ he is called to investigate the death of noted musician Sir Manuel Camarque, whose body has been found floating in the lake near his country house. Naturally, everyone wants it ruled ¿accidental death,¿ but Wexford senses that something, indeed, is not right. Two suspects come immediately to his mind: the aging victim¿s young fiancee and the other his daughter! Both, indeed, have struck discordant tones and the harmony of the of the work is most out of tune! Ruth Rendell, however, doesn¿t keep the investigation in Kingsmarkham for this one, as California and the south of France also play geographical roles as well. No matter. Rendell is at home whereever her setting and ¿Death Notes¿ is well-written and easily captures the reader¿s attention. Rendell is a master of the police procedural and with her indomitable inspector, this episode in a long running series is right on key!