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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2002

    A Judgement in Stone: More Than Meets the Eye

    Having been a long-time fan of Ruth Rendell, I looked forward to reading A Judgement in Stone for a Contemporary Literature class this summer. I had previously considered purchasing the book, but the absence of Inspector Wexford deterred me. Had I read the book on my own, I would surely have missed much of the pleasure of this complex novel. A Judgment in Stone is not a mystery in the normal sense of the word; we are told the who, what, when and how of the crime at the very begining of the story. The motivation of the murderer, however, is obscure and remains so throughout the book. Because we cannot rely on a formulaic knowledge of the mystery genre, we are forced to delve more deeply into issues not normally addressed in mystery novels, such as the role of language in society and the ultimate Mystery behind human actions. This is an excellent novel which will reward careful readers with depth of meaning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2001

    Chilling, thrilling, this killing!

    In what ¿The London Times¿ calls a ¿classic,¿ Ruth Rendell (probably better known as the creator of the immensely popular Inspector Wexford series) has certainly created an excellent thriller in ¿A Judgement in Stone.¿ (We¿ll let it settle literarily before we dub it a 'classic,' however!) This time, Rendell takes an earlier ¿theme¿ (a St. Valentine¿s Day massacre!) and, with her usual precision, craft, ingenuity, and skill, gives the readers their money¿s worth. Four members of the Coverdale family have been murdered in a most (modern) sensational twist--the housekeeper did it! She shot them, in a most dramatic fashion--during a televised production of Mozart¿s ¿Don Giovanni.¿ (Presenting a strong case that music doth NOT sooth the savage beast!) Was the disgruntled housekeeper Eunice Parchman angry because of the quality of the performance? Or is there another motive! Enter Detective Chief Superintendent Willliam Vetch and with the usual Rendell flair supporting him, uncovers additional motive--and a secret that Miss Parchment has sequestered for years. Without giving it away (of course!), I consider this to be one of Rendell¿s best. Vetch is no Reg Wexford--he¿s a policeman in his own right; and Rendell gives him plenty of personal rein as he deftly steps from one clue or one incident to the next before the book is finished. This is vintage Rendell. (Billyjhobbs@tyler.net)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Great

    This book is well written and thrilling at the same time!

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