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Summary

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 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...

©2011 Ruth Rendell (P)2011 Random House Audio Go

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superb story

Would you consider the audio edition of A Judgement in Stone to be better than the print version?

I prefer the audio version as with Carole Boyd giving such a wonderful voices reading it just brings the story alive.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Judgement in Stone?

When Eunice lifted Norman against the wall for hitting his wife.

Have you listened to any of Carole Hayman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I think this one of the best readings by Carole Hayman I can listen to this again and again and again.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

LEARN TO READ AND WRITE

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  • Terry
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  • 25-11-18

Thoroughly enjoyed it

I'm not a fan of thrillers and murder mysteries, but I friend recommended Ruth Rendell. I really enjoyed the story, the way the psychology of the characters and lives were presented and I felt like I really understood them. The narrator was excellent. I've read that some found the characters a bit shrill but I loved the way she played them, especially Joan, who was utterly nuts. I could totally imagine she spoke that way. I'll definitely listen to another. If they're all as good as this I'm looking forward to a good Ruth Rendell binge!

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Ending and beginnings and vice versa

A tale to prove a fine writer can up-end the usual conventions of a who dunnit, tell the story 'backwards', and create just as much suspense. Well worth a read for a new take on what can lead to murder, and protagonists you can believe in. Slightly grating mimickry of female voices but not enough to spoil it.

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A Judgement In Stone

I have read this in paperback years ago and enjoyed it. The story of the doomed Coverdale family and their strange housekeeper, Eunice Parchment.

Although the narrator, Carole Hayman made a good fist of the various characters, her portrayal of shrewish gossip Joan Smith was a high pitched aural assault. Also, the performance of some of the 'country/Suffolk folk' was bizarre.