Sunday, February 15, 2009
Writing-teacher-turned-detective (The Writing Class by Jincy Willett)
The Writing Class by Jincy Willett ended very satisfyingly. See my first post for the setup. Not only does Willett have the writing-teacher-turned-detective attempt to solve the crime by analyzing the writing of her students, one of whom is a homicidal maniac, she also teaches her students how to be astute and critical readers thereby eliciting their help. Even the personal circumstances of Amy, our teacher-detective, which earlier in the book I hadn't much cared about, end up being usefully woven into the plot. It is funny, fast-moving, has a terrifically suspenseful climactic scene. Lots of fun.