The Westing Game

Ellen Raskin

I never read this when I was younger, but I kind of wish I had. It’s a complicated mystery based around the occupants of an apartment building who discover they’ve all been named heirs to a $2 million estate, except they need to compete against each other (in pairs dictated by the bizarre will) on a strange riddle in order to win it.

I can’t say I made much of an effort to figure out the clues myself, but it was the first time in a little while that I’ve completely lost myself in reading, so I was just riding along for the last hour. It was a nice break from plodding through Alice Munro’s Carried Away, which I’ve been reading off and on for over a month in between other books, waiting for things to come in at the library.

Ellen Raskin wrote and illustrated many books but also designed covers for other authors, like the first edition of A Wrinkle in Time.