A Judgement in Stone
A stand-alone novel published by Hutchinson in 1977
Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read or write …
Eunice, the Coverdales’ housekeeper, guns the family down within the space of fifteen minutes one Valentine’s Day. None of them suspected anything. Her motive remained hidden.
As the police investigate, Eunice schemes to escape blame, desperate to preserve the terrible secret of her illiteracy.
But Eunice’s blindness to a crucial aspect of the world throws her plans into jeopardy.
Abridged into six parts and read by Paul Daneman for BBC Radio 4 in 1986.
Claude Chabrol’s 1995 film adaptation, La Cérémonie, relocates the story to Brittany in France.
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Jonathan Gash - The Judas Pair
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Ruth Rendell answers readers questions about A Judgement in Stone for BBC World Book Club in 2003. ↩︎
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