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A Judgement in Stone

A Judgement in Stone

A stand-alone novel published by Hutchinson in

I was standing at Liverpool St Station, looking at the departures board, and I thought, what if I couldn’t read? How would I ever know the times of the trains and where they are going? I went up to some official person and said, “what time is there a train to Ipswich?” and he said, “can’t you read?”

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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.


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  1. Ruth Rendell answers readers questions about A Judgement in Stone for BBC World Book Club in 2003. ↩︎

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