21. “The Westing Game” by Ellen Raskin & “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” by Robin Sloan
What was great about “The Westing Game” wasn’t necessarily the mystery, but the characters involved in it. It was suspenseful, for sure, but it was fun and at times even funny. Robin Sloan captures that feeling in “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore”, a fast-paced and heady mystery that follows a former web designer who suspects there’s something more to the bookstore he’s taking shifts at. As he delves into analysis with his eclectic friends, he uncovers a world of secret societies, mysterious literati, and a web of technological riddles.
Do you agree these were good compliments? What did you think of the books themselves?
Note: I have linked my reviews to each of the respective books as the titles in the beginning of this post. Also, if you have not read the books, I will likely have spoilers below so watch out!
These books were FANTASTIC compliments. I whole-heartedly support this combo and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a puzzle.
Each of these books are intriguing, sweep you away in the mystery of what is going to happen, who is doing what and how it’s going to wrap up. In each book, the characters develop into better people throughout the story as they puzzle through the mystery set up for them. Although I think most people would recognize the name of “The Westing Game”, I’m surprised that I haven’t heard more people talking about “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hr Bookstore”. Both extremely satisfying reads and highly recommended as a pair.