Happy Fourth of July! In honor of the Fourth of July, I am reviewing a book with patriotic elements.
The novel, The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin tells the story of a diseased eccentric millionaire’s will.
Barney Northrup, a convincing sales person, quickly sells all the apartments of the luxurious Sunset Towers. These same sixteen people who Barney Northrup sold apartments to for rent attend the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will by invitation. Most of these people have no apparent connection whatsoever to Sam Westing. Or so it appears.
An unknown person had murdered Samuel W. Westing, the aforementioned eccentric millionaire with a fondness for games. Curiously, it appears that even in death Sam Westing knew who his murderer was. With his lawyer, Edgar Plum he leaves various clues for each of the eight pairs formed from the sixteen tenants. Whoever solves the murder mystery will inherit his fortune.
All of the tenants have various reasons to win the fortune. Meanwhile life goes on, but when mysterious explosions in Sunset Towers begin, the tenants begin to suspect that Sam Westing’s murderer may very likely still be at large. Even more terrifying, the murderer may well be one of them. As the clues come together, the tenants find flashes of Sam Westing’s patriotic spirit in his game: the clues are from the song, America the Beautiful.
I immensely enjoyed this novel because of the comical and compelling characters, especially Turtle Wexler. I also enjoyed the suspense, surprising twists, and brilliant logic in the clues. For mystery lovers, diverse character lovers, and suspense lovers this is a must-read.
Read It or Leave It: Read It!
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