The Snowman

The film adaptation of the exciting Jo Nesbø crime thriller The Snowman is out on DVD. it’s Directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) it stars Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, JK Simmons, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Toby Jones, with a score composed by Jonny Greenwood.

It features Norwegian detective, Harry Hole who is investigating a number of recent murders of women around Oslo. His experience of an earlier training course with the FBI leads him to search for links between the cases, and he finds two – each victim is a married mother and after each murder a snowman appears at the murder scene. Then more women disappear and are believed to have been abducted or murdered in a similar way. Almost all of the victims vanished after the first snowfall of winter and a snowman is found near the scene, this fact having been ignored by the original investigators.

Further digging leads Harry and his team – including newcomer Katrine Bratt, recently transferred to Oslo from the Police Department in Bergen – to suspect that paternity issues with the children of the victims may be a motive for the murders. They discover that all of the victims’ children have different fathers to the men they believe to be their father. Following DNA testing, results lead the investigation down a few wrong alleys and several murder suspects are eliminated from the enquiry.

Harry Hole and Katrine find themselves drawn together – personally as well as professionally. In the past he has avoided having affairs with female colleagues, but he is now tempted. During a departmental party, Katrine tries to seduce Harry and though he rejects her, Harry has fantasies about her and realises that she is a kindred spirit – a brilliant detective able to notice the smallest of details and understand the connections between them. Moreover, she has the same kind of obsessive dedication to the job which he himself has – an obsessiveness which had earlier caused his girlfriend, Rakel, to break off their relationship. To complicate matters further, during the investigation, Harry continues to meet with Rakel clandestinely, despite the fact that she is in a new relationship.

Then Katrine Bratt attempts to frame one of the major suspects, however this backfires spectacularly and she herself becomes a suspect and Harry chases her across Norway. Then Hole’s superior officers decide to frame Harry Hole to save the Police’s reputation and avoid the scandal of allowing a serial killer to work on the murder case. However another victim is discovered…

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Harper Lee

Best selling American novelist Harper Lee sadly died 18 February 2016 at the age of 89. Lee was born in Monroeville, Alabama in 1926 And was the youngest of the four children born to lawyer Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Finch Lee. She grew under the stresses of segregation and as a child shared summers with another aspiring writer, Truman Capote, who annually came to stay in the house next door to hers. She studied at the University of Alabama from 1945 to 1949 before moving to New York, where she began writing fiction in her spare time. Lee eventually signed with an agent in 1956. Capote later invited her to accompany him to Holcomb, Kansas, to help him research his groundbreaking 1966 crime book In Cold Blood.

Capote also inspired the figure of the young boy Dill in Harper Lee’s classic 1961 novel To Kill a Mockingbird, with his friend the first-person narrator Scout clearly modelled on the childhood Lee herself. Her father acted as the template for small town lawyer Atticus Finch who displays resolute courtroom dignity as he struggles to represent and save the life of a black resident named Robinson who is accused of raping a white woman by a racist mob. This provides the novel’s ethical backbone. To Kill a Mockingbird went on to become a national institution and the defining text on the racial troubles of the American Deep South, where Lee’s home state of Alabama, was the epicenter of many violent upheavals over civil rights. The publication of Mockingbird, had a profound effect on white residents of the state and the power of the novel was able to shift the ingrained assumptions of white Alabamans and took the politics of the civil rights era and made them human. She showed people that this was about their neighbors, their friends, someone they knew, not just about the issues.

A second novel Go Set a Watchman was published in July 2015. It was originally written in the mid-1950s and is set some twenty years after the events in To Kill a Mockingbird, and is written from the point of view of an adult Scout (Jean Louise) Finch who travels from New York to Maycomb, Alabama, to visit her father, Atticus Finch, And the title alludes to Scout’s view of her father, Atticus Finch, as the moral compass (“watchman”) of Maycomb. The novel sees Scout “forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand her father’s attitude toward society and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood. Go Set a Watchman has since become a global success winning many awards.

Sadly In later years Lee’s health declined and she lived for several years in a nursing home less than a mile from the house in which she had grown up in Monroeville, Alabama – the setting for the fictional Maycomb of her famous bestselling 1961 bookTo Kill a Mockingbird, which became a best seller and sold more than 40 million copies around the world and earned her a Pulitzer prize. Lee was also awarded the presidential medal of freedom in 2007 by George Bush. She will be sadly missed.

Silkworm and Career of Evil

I would like to watch The DVD Adaptation of The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (J.K.Rowling). It features Cormoran Strike, a private investigator who is an ex-SIB investigator who has lost part of a leg after a bombing in Afghanistan. He has no money and is also the illegitimate son of a famous rock star (as the result of an affair with a notorious groupie). Cormoran Strike is approached by Leonora Quine with a plea to locate her husband, the notorious writer Owen Quine, who has disappeared without a trace. Quine, was once hailed as one of the original literary rebels and was presented as the literary world’s version of music’s punk rock scene however he never repeated the success of his original novel.

Strike discovers that his disappearance coincides with the leak of the manuscript for his latest novel, Bombyx Mori, which The London literary community consider to be unpublishable; due to its unpleasant mix of rape, sadomasochism, torture, necrophilia and cannibalism. With the hero being tricked and eaten alive by various characters who all sound suspiciously like people in Quine’s life

Meanwhile Strike’s relationship with his assistant Robin Ellacott deteriorates, after a disastrous meeting with her fiancé Matthew. Robin is dissatisfied stuck in the role of secretary when she aspires to be an investigator herself. Strike makes a disturbing discovery when he finds Quine’s body in an abandoned house, bound, disembowelled, doused in acid and posed like the centerpiece of a meal, in a grotesque parody of the final scene in Bombyx Mori. Strike’s investigation focuses on the seven people portrayed in the manuscript: his wife, Leonora; his lover, Kathryn Kent; his transgender protégée, Pippa Midgley; his harsh agent, Elizabeth Tassel; his alcoholic editor, Jerry Waldegrave; his publisher, Daniel Chard; and his former friend and fellow literary rebel, Michael Fancourt. Gradually the suspects begin to turn on one another, accusing and counter-accusing each other of not only murdering Quine, but of ghostwriting part of Bombyx Mori. Then Matthew’s mother dies suddenly and Strike’s relations with Robin get strained even further and Strike cautions Robin that if she chooses to become an investigator, she may have to do things that her fiancé Matthew will not like.

Leonora becomes the Main suspect and Strike focuses on Quine’s relationship with Michael Fancourt, which grew icy after Fancourt’s first wife Elspeth wrote a novel which was panned by critics and caused Elspeth to commit suicide, with Fancourt accusing Quine and Tassel of causing her suicide. Then Inconsistencies are discovered between the original draft of Bombyx Mori and the final manuscript. Kathryn Kent and Pippa Midgely, also begin acting suspiciously. Then Strike discovers something else important about Bombyx Mori. Then At a party for another Author, Strike discovers that, Elizabeth Tassel was also an author before she became an agent and learns who actually wrote the parody of Elspeth Fancourt’s novel. Strike then discovers a convoluted trail of blackmail, conspiracy and murder Involving Owen Quine, Elizabeth Tassel, Michael Fancourt and Leonora Quine.

Career of Evil

I would also like to watch The DVD Adaptation of Career of evil. This begins a year after The Silkworm an sees Robin Ellacott, assisting Cormoron Strike as a full-time investigator. However The increasing closeness between the two coworkers creates tension between Robin and her longtime boyfriend/fiancé, Matthew, who disapproves and is very jealous of her relationship with Strike. Strike is meanwhile beginning a new relationship with Elin, a beautiful ex-musician and BBC radio presenter. Meanwhile Robin receives a rather gruesome package from a courier, containing a woman’s severed right leg and accompanied by a note quoting from the Blue Öyster Cult song “Mistress of the Salmon Salt (Quicklime Girl)”.

Strike believes the package was sent by someone with a grudge against him and names four suspects to the police; Terrence “Digger” Malley, an infamous gangster with a history of mailing severed body parts, The second is a paedophile named Noel Brockbank, The third is an ex-squaddie, Donald Laing, whom Strike had investigated for severe physical abuse of his wife and child and The fourth suspect is Strike’s ex-stepfather Jeff Whittaker whom, despite his acquittal, Strike still believes to have murdered his mother. Strike also investigates a young woman who had once requested Strike’s help in amputating her own leg as a result of body dysmorphia.

Meanwhile Robin and Matthew’s relationship becomes further strained after Matthew sleeps with his university friend Sarah Shadlock so Robin calls off her engagement. Heartbroken drunk and miserable Robin reveals the horrific truth behind her dropping out of University to Strike who later travels to Edinburgh, where one of his former SIB colleagues is now stationed. Strike discovers that Noel Brockbank’s pension is being sent to Barrow-in-Furness. Strike then visits Melrose, where Donald Laing’s mother still lives. Hoping to gather information about Laing’s current whereabouts, sadly Laing’s mother is unable to help However her neighbour is good friends with the parents of Rona, Laing’s ex-wife whom he was convicted of abusing, and agrees to arrange a meeting. Rona’s mother expresses continuing gratitude to Strike (as he was the person who rescued her daughter, and offers to assist Strike. Strike discovers that Laing recently attempted to visit his mother in Melrose but was unable due to his history of violent behavior.

Strike learns that, during Laing’s childhood, a field owned by a farmer who dismissed Laing from his employ was mysteriously burned down, that several girls in the area had accused him of rape, and Rona also suspects Laing of killing their family cat. However None of these suspicions were ever confirmed. Strike discovers that Laing visited Rona once since leaving prison, and threatened to kill her in retribution for his son (who had died of neglect while Rona was chained to the bed).

So Strike returns to London. Meanwhile The police discover that the leg sent to Robin matches the recently discovered body of the would-be amputee who had written to Strike. Then Robin is sent another gruesome package This time it contains a toe from the left foot of the same corpse, along with more Blue Öyster Cult lyrics. Strike and Robin journey through England to track their three suspects, with mixed results. They travel to Laing’s last known address in Corby and meet Lorraine, a middle-aged woman whom Laing had been living with. Strike discovers that although Laing was moody and robbed her he now suffers from psoriatic arthritis. From Corby, Robin and Strike travel to Barrow-in-Furness to seek out Holly Brockbank, the person who has been cashing Noel’s military pension checks.

Robin discovers that Holly is Noel’s twin sister who had been left to care for him following his discharge from the army following a brain injury that also left him physically disfigured. Holly reveals that Noel was prone to violent outbursts, and reveals that their stepfather had been molesting them for their entire childhood and that she is completely aware that her brother is a paedophile. Strike learns that Holly finally Evicted Noel after After a particularly violent outburst, and threatened to tell the police of his sexual proclivities. Noel blackmailed Holly to keep silent and Strike’s worst fears concerning Noel are confirmed. On the trip to London Strike reveals more about his step father Jeff Whittaker who displays all the symptoms of being a narcissist sociopath, with an unhealthy obsession of death, who used to quote Satanic lyrics to Strike regularly, especially those glorifying death and decay. Strike also reveals that Whittaker was found to have kept a dead woman’s body with him in a flat for over a month some years after Leda Strike’s death. Strike discovers that Whittaker is currently pimping and possibly selling methamphetamine. Meanwhile The killer strikes twice more during the investigation, cutting two fingers from one victim and the ear lobes from another, leading to the killer becoming known as the Shacklewell Ripper.

Then Wardle’s brother is struck and killed in a hit-and-run motor accident, necessitating his departure from work. He relinquishes the case to Roy Carver, the lead investigator on the Lula Landry case. Carver is still furious that Strike solved the case instead of the Police and threatens Strike to stay away. Strike and Robin find Whittaker, cohabiting with a young woman he is pimping. So Robin attempts to help her under the guise of Venetia Hall, Robin’s undercover alter-ego. She reveals that, that Whittaker had forced her to have sex with his entire band in a van. Robin concludes that, while Whittaker is abominable, he is not the Shacklewell Ripper and suspects Brockbank is responsible and takes action against him, but instead of thanking her, Strike fires her for gross misconduct concerning Brockbank, then Robin finds herself in real danger when she encounters the real Ripper…

Len Deighton

British military historian, cookery writer, graphic artist, and novelist Len Deighton was born 18 February 1929 in Marylebone, London, in 1929. His father was a chauffeur and mechanic, and his mother was a part-time cook. At the time they lived in Gloucester Place Mews near Baker Street. His interest in spy stories may have been partially inspired by the arrest of Anna Wolkoff, which he witnessed as an 11-year-old boy. Wolkoff, a British subject of Russian descent, was a Nazi spy. She was detained on 20 May 1940 and subsequently convicted of violating the Official Secrets Act for attempting to pass secret documents to the Nazis.

After leaving school, Deighton worked as a railway clerk before performing his National Service, which he spent as a photographer for the Royal Air Force’s Special Investigation Branch. After discharge from the RAF, he studied at Saint Martin’s School of Art in London in 1949, and in 1952 won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1955. While he was at the RCA he became a “lifelong friend” of fellow designer Raymond Hawkey, who later designed covers for his early books. Deighton then worked as an airline steward with BOAC. Before he began his writing career he worked as an illustrator in New York and, in 1960, as an art director in a now defunct London advertising agency, Sharps Advertising. He is credited with creating the first British cover for Kerouac’s On the Road. He has since used his drawing skills to illustrate a number of his own military history books.

Following the success of his first novels, Deighton became The Observer’s cookery writer and produced illustrated cookbooks and wrote and drew a weekly strip cartoon-style illustrated cooking guide in London’s The Observer newspaper – Len Deighton’s Cookstrip. At least one of the strips is pinned up in Deighton’s spy hero’s kitchen in the 1965 film of his novel The IPCRESS File. In September 1967 he wrote an article in the Sunday Times Magazine about Operation Snowdrop – an SAS attack on Benghazi during World War II and The following year David Stirling was awarded substantial damages in libel from the article. He also wrote travel guides and became travel editor of Playboy, before becoming a film producer.

After producing a film adaption of his 1968 novel Only When I Larf, Deighton and photographer Brian Duffy bought the film rights to Joan Littlewood’s stage musical Oh, What a Lovely War! Deighton wrote the screenplay and was an uncredited producer of the film but he had his name removed from the credits, however, a move that he later described as “stupid and infantile”. That was his last involvement with the cinema. Deighton left England in 1969 and briefly resided in Blackrock, County Louth, in Ireland, only returning to England apart from personal visits and media appearances, his last one since 1985 being a 2006 interview that formed part of a “Len Deighton Night” on BBC Four.

Several of Deighton’s novels have been adapted for film and television, including The Ipcress File, SS-GB And Funeral In Berlin. His first four novels featured an anonymous anti-hero, named “Harry Palmer” in the films and portrayed by Michael Caine. The first trilogy of his Bernard Samson novel series was made into a twelve-part television series by Granada Television in 1988, and Quentin Tarantino has since expressed interest in filming the trilogy. Deighton also wrote a World War II historical novel Bomber about an RAF Bomber Command raid over Germany is and also reportedly began an unfinished Vietnam War novel, a portion of which appeared as the story First Base in his short story collection Declarations of War. He also wrote Len Deighton’s London Dossier (1967), a guide book to Swinging Sixties London with a “secret agent” theme – contributions from other writers are described as “surveillance reports” and his 1977 novel Fighter: The True Story of the Battle of Britain was said by Albert Speer (once Hitler’s Minister of Armaments) to be “an excellent, most thorough examination”.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain was first published on 18 February 1885 in the United States and 10th December 1884 In the United Kingdom. It concerns and is narrated by Huckleberry “Huck” Finn, a friend of Tom Sawyer and narrator of two other Twain novels (Tom Sawyer Abroad and Tom Sawyer, Detective). It is a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer which take place along the Mississippi River.

The story begins in St. Petersburg, Missouri, on the shore of the Mississippi River, between 1835 and 1845 (when the first steamboat sailed down the Mississippi). It features Two young boys, Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn. Huck is currently living with Widow Douglas, and her sister Miss Watson, who are attempting to civilize him and Tom Sawyer helps him to escape one night past Miss Watson’s slave Jim. However, his abusive drunk father “Pap”, sudden reappears, and he moves into a remote cabin, however he dislikes his Father’s drunken violence, so he escapes and sets off down the Mississippi River.While living quite comfortably in the wilderness along the Mississippi, Huck encounters Miss Watson’s slave Jim on an island called Jackson’s Island. Huck learns that Jim has also run away & is trying to make his way to Cairo, Illinois, and then to Ohio. Whilst traveling the Mississippi together Finn learns about Jim’s difficult past and the horrors of slavery.

Huck and Jim take residence In a cavern on a hill on Jackson’s Island, scrounging for food until they find a raft. Later, they encounter an entire house floating down the river and enter it to grab what they can, but they find a dead man, shot in the back while apparently trying to ransack the house. The sheriff learns of this and sends a Posse, then Whilst escaping Finn and Jim become separated. Finn seeks shelter with a prosperous family called the Grangerfords and befriends Buck Grangerford, a boy about his age, but unwittingly gets involved in the Grangerfords blood feud against another family, the Shepherdsons which comes to a head when Buck’s sister, Sophia Grangerford, elopes with Harney Shepherdson. In the resulting conflict, all the Grangerford males from this branch of the family are shot and killed, and Huck narrowly avoids his own death in the gunfight,

Finn and Jim then Sail farther south on the Mississippi River, and rescue two cunning grifters, who join Them on the raft. The younger of the two swindlers, a man of about thirty, introduces himself as a son of an English duke (the Duke of Bridgewater) and his father’s rightful successor. The older one, about seventy, then trumps the Duke’s claim by alleging that he is the Lost Dauphin, the son of Louis XVI and rightful King of France. He continually mispronounces the duke’s title as “Bilgewater” in conversation.The Duke and the King then join Jim and Huck on the raft, committing a series of confidence schemes on the way south. To allow for Jim’s presence, they print fake bills for an escaped slave; and later they paint him up entirely in blue and call him the “Sick Arab”. On one occasion they arrive in a town and advertise a three-night engagement of a play which they call “The Royal Nonesuch”. The play turns out to be only a couple of minutes of hysterical cavorting, not worth anywhere near the 50 cents the townsmen were charged to see it. ThenA drunk called Boggs arrives in town and threatens a southern gentleman by the name of Colonel Sherburn. so Sherburn kills him and almost gets lynched. By the third night of “The Royal Nonesuch”, the townspeople are getting fed up but the Duke and the King have already skipped town, and together with Huck and Jim, they continue down the river.

ln the next town they decide to impersonate two brothers of Peter Wilks, a recently deceased man of property, and manage to convince nearly all the townspeople that he is one of the brothers, a preacher just arrived from England, while the Duke pretends to be a deaf-mute to match accounts of the other brother. One man in town is certain that they are a fraud and confronts them. Afterwards, the Duke, suggests that they should cut and run. The King boldly states his intention to continue to liquidate Wilks’ estate.However Huck likes Wilks’ daughters, who treat him with kindness and courtesy, so he tries to thwart the grifters’ plans by stealing back the inheritance money. The arrival of two new men who seem to be the real brothers throws everything into confusion when none of their signatures match the one on record. The townspeople devise a test, which requires digging up the coffin to check. When the money is found in Wilks’ coffin, the Duke and the King are able to escape in the confusion. They manage to rejoin Huck and Jim on the raft & Huck resolves to free Jim, who is being held at the plantation of Silas and Sally Phelps. Huck intercepts Tom on the road and tells him everything, Tom joins Huck’s scheme & develops an elaborate plan to free Jim…

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Satirizes a Southern antebellum society that had ceased to exist about twenty years before the work was published. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an often scathing look at entrenched attitudes, particularly racism. Finn struggles not only with the challenges of his strenuous journey, but also with the 19th century attitudes concerning his friendship with Jim which is at odds with the prevailing social Attitude towards African American culture. The novel has also been adapted for film amd Television numerous times.

Troy: Fall of a City

I Would like to watch The exciting eight part BBC historical epic Troy: Fall of a City. It is based on the Trojan War and the love affair between Paris and Helen. The series is a co-production between BBC One and Netflix. It stars Louis Hunter as Paris, Bella Dayne as Helen of Troy, David Threlfall as Priam, Frances O’Connor as Hecuba, Tom Weston-Jones as Hector, Joseph Mawle as Odysseus, Chloe Pirrie as Andromache, Johnny Harris as Agamemnon, David Gyasi as Achilles, Jonas Armstrong as Menelaus, Alfred Enoch as Aeneas, Aimee-Ffion Edwards as Cassandra, Hakeem Kae-Kazim as Zeus, David Avery as Xanthius, Lex King as Aphrodite’ Amy Louise Wilson as Briseis, Inge Beckmann as Hera.

It takes place during The Trojan Wars which were waged against the city of Troy by the Achaeans (Greeks). The war originated from a quarrel between the goddesses Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite, after Eris, the goddess of strife and discord, gave them a golden apple, sometimes known as the Apple of Discord, marked “for the fairest”. Zeus sent the goddesses to Paris, who judged that Aphrodite, as the “fairest”, should receive the apple. In exchange, Aphrodite made Helen, the most beautiful of all women and wife of Menelaus, fall in love with Paris so Paris of Troy took Helen from her husband Menelaus, king of Sparta back to Troy. This angered Agamemnon, king of Mycenae and the brother of Helen’s husbandr Menelaus, who led an expedition of Achaean troops to Troy and besieged the city for ten years because of Paris’ insult. The story of Helen of Troy is told from the perspective of the Trojan family at the heart of the events.

The ten year long siege eventually claimed the lives of thousands including Achaeans Achilles and Ajax, and the Trojans Hector and Paris. The city eventually fell thanks to a cunning ruse involving a horse and The Achaeans slaughtered the Trojans (except for some of the women and children whom they kept or sold as slaves) and desecrated the temples, thus earning the gods’ wrath. Consequently Few of the Achaeans returned safely to their homes and many founded colonies in distant shores.

The Trojan war is included in many important works of Greek literature, most notably Homer’s Iliad which relates four days in the tenth year of the decade-long siege of Troy; the Odyssey describes the journey home of Odysseus, one of the war’s heroes. Other parts of the war are described in a cycle of epic poems, which have survived through fragments. Episodes from the war provided material for Greek tragedy and other works of Greek literature, and for Roman poets including Virgil and Ovid. The Romans later traced their origin to Aeneas, one of the Trojans, who was said to have led the surviving Trojans to modern-day Italy. The ancient Greeks believed that Troy was located near the Dardanelles and that the Trojan War was a historical event of the 13th or 12th century BC, however by the mid-19th century, both the war and the city were widely seen as mythological. Then In 1868, Frank Calvert convinced the German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann that Troy was a real city at what is now Hissarlik in Turkey.

Whether there is any historical reality behind the Trojan War remains an open question. Many scholars believe that there is a historical core to the tale, and the Homeric stories may be a fusion of various tales of sieges and expeditions by Mycenaean Greeks during the Bronze Age. The Trojan War may also be derived from a specific historical conflict during the 12th or 11th centuries BC. The Greek mathematician, geographer, poet, astronomer, and music theorist.
Eratosthenes of Cyrene, mentions the date 1194–1184 BC.

 

 

 

Ruth Rendall

English Author Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE Was born Ruth Barbara Grasemann on 17 February 1930, in South Woodford, London. She was educated at the County High School for Girls in Loughton, Essex. After high school she became a feature writer for her local paper, the Chigwell Times. Even at an early age, making up stories was irresistible to Rendell. As a reporter, she visited a house that was rumoured to be haunted and invented the ghost of an old woman. The owners threatened to sue the newspaper for devaluing their home. Later, she reported on the local tennis club’s annual dinner without attending, so missing the untimely death of the after-dinner speaker in mid-speech. She resigned before she could be fired. Rendell met her husband, Don Rendell when she was working as a newswriter. They married when she was 20, and had a son, Simon, now a psychiatric social worker who lives in Colorado. The couple divorced in 1975, but remarried two years later. Rendell is known best for writing gripping Psychological Murder Mysteries and her best Known creation, Chief Inspector Wexford, is the hero of many popular police stories.

Rendell started her career when she wrote two unpublished novels before finally striking lucky with the 1964 publication of From Doon With Death, which was the first mystery to feature her enduring and popular detective Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford, who is featured in From Doon with Death, a New Lease of Death, Murder being once done, Put on by Cunning, an Unkindness of Ravens, Road Rage, Adam &Eve & Pinch Me and The Monster in the Box. some of her novels have also been adapted for TV.

Rendell also writes crime-fiction that explores the psychological background of criminals and their victims, many of them mentally afflicted or otherwise socially isolated. In addition to these police procedurals starring Wexford, Rendell has written psychological crime novels exploring such themes as romantic obsession, misperceived communication, the impact of chance and coincidence, and the humanity of the criminals involved. Among such books are A Judgement In Stone, The Face of Trespass, Live Flesh, Talking to Strange Men, The Killing Doll, Going Wrongand Adam and Eve and Pinch Me. Many credit her and close friend P. D. James for upgrading the entire genre of whodunit, shaping it more into a whydunit. Rendell’s protagonists are often socially isolated, suffer from mental illness, and/or are otherwise disadvantaged; she explores the adverse impacts of their circumstances on these characters as well as on their victims.

Rendell also began writing under her pseudonym Barbara Vine, (the name derives from her own middle name and her grandmother’s maiden name), with the publication of A Dark-Adapted Eye, King Solomon’s Carpet, A Fatal Inversion and Asta’s Book (alternative US title, Anna’s Book), among others, these are similar to her psychological crime novels while further developing themes of human misunderstandings and the unintended consequences of family secrets and hidden crimes. The author is noted for her elegant prose and sharp insights into the human mind, as well as her cogent plots and characters. Rendell injected the social changes of the last 40 years into her work, bringing awareness to such issues as domestic violence and the change in the status of women.

Lady Rendell has received many awards, including the Silver, Gold, and Cartier Diamond Daggers from the Crime Writers’ Association, three Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America, The Arts Council National Book Awards, and The Sunday Times Literary Award. A number of her works have been adapted for film or television. She is also a Patron of the charity Kids for Kids, helping children in rural areas of Darfur. she was made a CBE in 1996 and a life peer as Baroness Rendell of Babergh, of Aldeburgh in the County of Suffolk, in 1997. She sits in the House of Lords for Labour. In 1998 Rendell was named in a list of the biggest private financial donors to the Labour Party.