“The doyenne of the crime writing world” is Mystery Ink’s description of Ruth Rendell. I’ve long been a fan of her fiction, not only her traditional detective series featuring Inspector Wexford but also her psychological crime novels. By this point I’ve probably read the large majority of Rendell’s 52 books, including both those written under her own name and those written under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. Most recently I have finished listening to Thirteen Steps Down on audiobook CD.
Usually I prefer to write my own reviews rather than refer readers to others’, but in this case I have to let Fiona Walker speak for me, as I really have nothing to add to her comments… so go read them!