#23 A Judgement in Stone – Ruth Rendell

13 Jun
A Judgement in Stone - Ruth Rendell

A Judgement in Stone – Ruth Rendell

Goodreads rating: 3.92/5 (1,600+ ratings)

My rating: 5/10

First published: 2nd May 1977 by Hutchison

Genre: Crime, Mystery

A Judgement in Stone is a really quick read. To be honest, you can almost figure out the entire story just from reading the back and the first sentence, which is “Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read or write“. It’s set in the 1970s, and is acclaimed as being an accurate examination of the differences of social classes in Britain at this time.

It revolves around The Coverdales – a well-to-do English family, and their housemaid Eunice Parchman, who murders them on Valentines Day (this isn’t a spoiler; it’s on the back cover!). Eunice clearly has many issues, aside from her illiteracy, and constantly misinterprets and misreads social cues or comments made by the family.

I feel bad for giving this book only 5/10, but I’ve done so because I felt that there was no mystery, even though it’s meant to be a Crime/Mystery novel, and Rendell has been named by Time Magazine as “.. the best mystery writer in the English speaking world.” I will definitely read another one of her books, but I think i’m too accustomed to Agatha Christie‘s style of mystery that I found no actual mystery in this book. However, I feel like there’s something obvious i’m missing about A Judgement in Stone, as i’ve read a few great things about the book, and how it’s been described as ‘haunting’ and ‘chilling’ – which I didn’t feel at all.

The characters are all well developed, and are interesting characters, but I felt that I was constantly waiting for something to happen, and nothing that wasn’t on the back cover ever did happen. With 20 pages to go, my mum asked me if I liked it, and I said that I still wasn’t sure if I did and that it depended what happened in the last 20 pages… and nothing of excitement happened!

I liked Rendell’s writing style though, so if anyone has any recommendations of a favourite book of hers I’d be keen to hear about them!


5 Responses to “#23 A Judgement in Stone – Ruth Rendell”

  1. Book Blather June 18, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    A mystery book that lacks suspense is no mystery book at all. I’m impressed you’re planning to try more Ruth Rendell books after this one; I hope the next book you pick up from her is less formulaic.

    • hms1990 June 21, 2013 at 2:15 am #

      I feel that I haven’t given her stories enough of a chance, and since i’ve heard good things I want to try another 🙂

  2. bookbunnys June 27, 2013 at 1:51 am #

    I have read Water’s Lovely from Rendell and didn’t like it much.. I’m not planning on reading more of her books! 😀

    • hms1990 June 27, 2013 at 7:14 am #

      That’s a shame. I’m going to read nose I think but I hope they’re better than this one.


  1. WWW Wednesday | books are the best - June 26, 2013

    […] finished two books since my last WWW Wednesday – A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, and A Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell. One I loved, one I didn’t – check out the reviews to find out which was […]

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