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Crime and mystery writer Ruth Rendell dies at 85

Mystery writer Ruth Rendell, who brought psychological insight and social conscience to the classic British detective story, has died at the age of 85.Publisher Penguin Random House said Rendell — best known for the Inspector Wexford series of novels — died Saturday morning in London. The cause of death was not announced, but Rendell had suffered a serious stroke in January.

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Rendell also wrote psychological thrillers under the pen name Barbara Vine.