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A Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell
  

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This might just be the most daring crime novel ever written. In the first thirteen words, Rendell tells you who was murdered, who did it, and why. Well, why continue? Because those thirteen words set out a scenario so incredible, so hard to comprehend, you simply have to read on. Sheer genius.

If you like Ruth Rendell you might also like to read books by Stephen Booth, Sophie Hannah and Minette Walters.

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Synopsis

A Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell

Four members of the Coverdale family - George, Jacqueline, Melinda and Giles - died in the space of fifteen minutes on the 14th February, St Valentine's Day. Eunice Parchman, the illiterate housekeeper, shot them down on a Sunday evening while they were watching opera on television. Two weeks later she was arrested for the crime. But the tragedy neither began nor ended there.


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Reviews

'Rendell's psychological insights are so absorbing, it's easy to forget what a superb plotter she is' The Times

'Ruth Rendell is not only the finest crime novelist there is, but one of the finest novelists writing in the English language' Scotsman

'The most brilliant mystery novelist of our time - mesmerizing' -- Patricia Cornwell

'Ruth Rendell has quite simply transformed the genre of crime writing. She displays her peerless skill in blending the mundane, commonplace aspects of life with the potent murky impulses of desire and greed, obsession and fear' Sunday Times

'The best woman crime writer since Sayers, Christie, Allingham and Marsh' Edmund Crispin, Sunday Times

About the Author

Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell was an exceptional crime writer, and will be remembered as a legend in her own lifetime. Her groundbreaking debut novel, From Doon With Death, was first published in 1964 and introduced the reader to her enduring and popular detective, Inspector Reginald Wexford, who went on to feature in twenty-four of her subsequent novels.

With worldwide sales of approximately 20 million copies, Rendell was a regular Sunday Times bestseller. Her sixty bestselling novels include police procedurals, some of which have been successfully adapted for TV, stand-alone psychological mysteries, and a third strand of crime novels under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. Very much abreast of her times, the Wexford books in particular often engaged with social or political issues close to her heart.

Rendell won numerous awards, including the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for 1976’s best crime novel with A Demon in My View, a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh in 1986, and the Sunday Times Literary Award in 1990. In 2013 she was awarded the Crime Writers’ Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in crime writing. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.

Ruth Rendell died in May 2015. Dark Corners is her final novel.

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Publication date

21st April 1994

Author

Ruth Rendell

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Publisher

Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Paperback
224 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense

Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780099171409

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