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Ruth Rendall we know the murderer and why from the start, yet this book is gripping,
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This review is from: A Judgement In Stone (Kindle Edition)
The story itself is fairly short only 220 pages long with relatively short chapters designed to keep the pages turning at a fast rate.
Ruth Rendall starts this book with the words 'Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read or write.' giving the reader the murderer, the victims and the motive straight away, but this book kept me gripped as the story of Eunices early life, her work for the Coverdales and her friendship with Joan Smith, a zealot and wife of the village postmaster.
Ruth Rendall gives us sharp observations about not only Eunice but the Coverdale family headed by George, a pompous managing director and his younger wife Jaqueline, who prefers meeting with friends and having her hair done, to keeping on top of the cleaning at the manor house they lived in Lowfield Hall.
This is a stand alone story, not one of the Wexford mysteries and show cases her psychologically based stories very convincingly. The setting of a small village in England in the early 70's fuelled by gossip in the local shop and the pub, The Blue Boar, all add to the bewiderment when the family is slayed.