File photograph of British crime writer Ruth Rendell who died on Saturday at the age of 85.  Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

Best-selling British crime writer Ruth Rendell has died aged 85.Her publishers Penguin Random House said she passed away in London at 8am on Saturday.(...)

Peter Swanson: ‘Goldfinger by Ian Fleming... was the first adult book I read. It was filled with sex and violence and it was a real page turner. I thought: Where can I get more books like this?’

Peter Swanson is the author of two novels, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart, and The Kind Worth Killing (Faber & Faber, £14.99). His poems, st(...)

Deceptive prose: Ruth Rendell. Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images

No Man’s Nightingale (Hutchinson, €27.50) is the 24th mystery to feature Ruth Rendell’s iconic Insp Wexford, who refuses to go gently into his well-ea(...)

Run & Jump, which took the prize for best Irish feature

After several years of biblical torrents, the weather decided to put on a decent show for the 25th edition of the Galway Film Fleadh. Mind you, was th(...)

JK Rowling watches a match at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis  Club last month. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling secretly posed as a retired military policeman to write a crime novel that has been hailed as one of the best d(...)