A Judgement in Stone

A Judgement in Stone

Book - 1978
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"A classic."--The London Times What on earth could have provoked a modern day St. Valentine's Day massacre? On Valentine's Day, four members of the Coverdale family--George, Jacqueline, Melinda and Giles--were murdered in the space of 15 minutes. Their housekeeper, Eunice Parchman, shot them, one by one, in the blue light of a televised performance of Don Giovanni. When Detective Chief Superintendent William Vetch arrests Miss Parchman two weeks later, he discovers a second tragedy: the key to the Valentine's Day massacre hidden within a private humiliation Eunice Parchman has guarded all her life. A brilliant rendering of character, motive, and the heady discovery of truth, A Judgement in Stone is among Ruth Rendell's finest psychological thrillers. "It will be an amazing achievement if [Rendell] ever writes a better book."--London Daily Express "Ruth Rendell is the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world."--Time
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1978, c1977.
Edition: 1st ed. in the U.S.A.
ISBN: 9780385132237
Branch Call Number: M REND
Characteristics: 188 p. ; 22 cm.


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Mar 08, 2010

Rendall is always a good read. However, she overdid the psychological profiling. It yawned a bit.

Dec 02, 2008

Definitely not sweet. My favorite Ruth Rendell novel. Great read.


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debwalker Oct 19, 2010

The opening line of Ruth Rendell's A Judgment in Stone: "Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read or write." It tells the reader the full unvarnished truth and yet raises an entire novel's worth of very complicated questions.


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