(image and description from Goodreads)
When an eccentric millionaire dies mysteriously, sixteen very unlikely people are gathered together for the reading of the will…and what a will it is!
I had to read this for school when I was a kid, and I was surprised I actually remembered bits and pieces of it after all these years. Mostly the reading of the will – my classmates and I were sooo amazed by Sam Westing telling one of the heirs to sit down because she really HAD stood up. How did he know???
Although, in my kid-skewed memory, there were about a dozen of these instances (there’s not).
I also remembered the part near the end where Turtle is swiveling her head back and forth because she likes the way her new cut swishes.
And I had a vague recollection of the rainbow candles because I wanted one. For burning, not for blowing things up.
I was worried the book wouldn’t hold up after all these years, but it was still an interesting, quirky read. I’m actually surprised I enjoyed it so much when I was younger since there is a lot going on and a ton of characters – it definitely has the potential to be confusing.
The only thing that really made me go “uh,” was the way the narrative occasionally slipped in and out of tense. It seemed to be a way of showing what a character was currently thinking, but it just felt a little weird to me.
Somehow I missed that there was a movie based on the book – I’m gonna try to track it down. Has anyone seen it? The majority of reviews were on the negative side, saying a lot of plot points and characters were overlooked. To be fair, capturing the stories of that many people on film would probably be difficult.