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Ruth Rendell, known as the "Queen of Crime," was born Ruth Barbara Grasemann in 1930 in South Wolford, London, England. Rendell is the author of more than sixty bestselling novels. She began working as a reporter at a suburban newspaper after she completed high school. From Doon With Death, her first Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford mystery, was published in 1964. Rendell continued the Wexford novels, and also wrote numerous psychological crime novels. Writing under the pseudonym Barbara Vine, Rendell further explored the "whydunit" genre in novels such as A Dark-Adapted Eye and A Fatal Inversion. She was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1996 and a life peer as Baroness Rendell of Babergh. Lady Rendell has received countless awards, including three Edgars, the Silver, Gold, and Cartier Diamond Daggers, and The Arts Council National Book Awards. Many of her books have been adapted into movies or television dramas, especially for the PBS Mystery series.

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