By the mid 1980s, Rendell's literary ambitions had grown to the point where she decided to develop an upmarket alter ego, Barbara Vine, to produce a series of novels, such as A Dark-Adapted Eye, that allowed her to give full rein to her interest in the psychological elements of crime as opposed to the simple whodunnit.
Rendell was by now recognised as the mistress of the 'whydunit'.
1985 - 1991David Coverdale dated former model and actress Tawny Kitaen.
The pair got married on 17 February 1989 and divorced in April 1991.
Her final novel, Dark Corners, is set to be published in October Rendell said: 'Suspense is my thing.
The old detective story that's got a really complicated tortuous motive doesn't apply to mine.
It's that people do these things almost by accident, or because of anger, their rage, their madness – and then probably regret it.'Two years ago, she said: 'I think I am able to make people want to keep turning pages.
I wait until I've got a character and I think why would anybody do that, what is it in their background that makes them do it?
It happened by virtue of the fact that for about the last ten years I have been the appointed historian and sovereign genealogist to thirty-three royal families.Political career: Rendell was made a Labour life peer in 1997 and for many years attended the house with her contemporary - and political opponent - PD James (left, with Rendell), and supported a number of causes The series steadily gained readers and the only surprise is that it took until 1987 before Wexford finally made it to the small screen, brilliantly brought to life by the actor George Baker.The series, known as The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, ran until 2000.David Coverdale is currently married to Cindy Barker.He has been in three celebrity relationships averaging approximately 22.6 years each. It's sadly appropriate that these two grandes dames should have died within six months of each other.