My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What a fun way to while away a few summer hours. Enjoyable game of figuring out whodunit. Clever enough to keep a reader guessing, as well as providing enough legitimate clues to make you think you have it all figured out.
I think it would be great to read it with one (or more) of your favourite children.
To an adult, the characters may seem a bit brittle, two-dimensional or over the top, at times, but I did gradually warm up to them as the story went along. Especially Turtle. It is a fantasy, after all.
Recommended to me while in NYC by employee at Posman Books.
Some of your young ones might enjoy The Westing Heirs website created by 4th grade students: http://library.thinkquest.org/CR0214945/
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