Friday, July 10, 2015

A Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell

Not long ago, English mystery and suspense writer Ruth Rendell (aka Barbara Vine) died at age 85.  She left behind dozens of published novels and stories.  While reading her obituary online, I realized that even though I love both mystery and suspense, I had never read any of her work.

So, I went out to the library catalog and found A Judgement in Stone, which is unfortunately only available as an e-book through Overdrive.  If you read e-books and enjoy mystery, suspense, or even true crime, you should check out this excellent example of psychological suspense.

A Judgement in Stone takes a unique twist on the traditional murder mystery.  We know from the beginning whodunnit.  On Valentine's Day, all four members of the Coverdale family were murdered by their housekeeper, Eunice Parchman.  There's no doubt or question about that.  But uncovering the reasons why, seeing the progression of events that led to the murder and watching how small, seemingly unimportant acts and misunderstandings contribute to the ultimate tragedy make this book an absolute page-turner.

If you like character studies and understanding the motivation behind seemingly incomprehensible actions, you should check out this excellent example of psychological suspense.  A Judgement in Stone is unfortunately available only as an e-book through Overdrive, but you can read Overdrive books on just about any mobile device or on a computer.

Or if you prefer print books, the library has a good collection of Rendell's other works, including her Inspector Wexford mysteries.  Or for another suspenseful novel that focuses on unintended consequences, try Erin Kelly's The Burning Air.

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