Påskekrim Participants are Loving their Crime Novels!

Many Whitworth students took part in a long-standing Norwegian Easter tradition during Spring Break thanks to this years Påskekrim event! Take a look at some of the student participants’ experiences with crime novels this Spring Break!

Anna Rajala is a freshman at Whitworth. Her major is Elementary Education. During Spring Break, she went to College Work Week at the Washington Family Ranch in OR for the first half, and then went home to Southern CA.


I’m reading Early Autumn by Robert B. Parker. It’s about a private investigator/detective named Spenser who is hired by Patty, a divorced woman who is trying to get her teenage son Paul back from her ex-husband, Mel. Patty and Mel essentially steal their son back-and-forth in some sort of revenge competition, even though neither really wants Paul. Spenser befriends the boy and takes him away to a house in Maine to protect him from both parents. While there, Spenser discovers secrets about Paul’s family he never would have expected.

The book is pretty good so far; the story is interesting enough that I want to keep reading. However, unless it’s supposed to be a satire (which I don’t believe it is), it’s very cliché and mediocrely written. Maybe that’s the genre. It has the hokey melodrama of detective stories from the mid 1900s, complete with cringey metaphors, sexism, and an overly macho, womanizing protagonist. With all that being said, it has a kind of antiquated charm, and I certainly enjoy reading it, if only to laugh at the ridiculous plot twists and “creative” imagery.

Timothy Bruggeman is a sophomore at Whitworth, and for Spring break he visited my family in California.


The book I read is Titled A Time to Kill by John Grisham. In the book, two men brutally rape and beat a little girl. The father tells his lawyer he is going to kill them, but the lawyer doubts that this is his real intention. The father succeeds in killing them while using an illegal weapon, and asks that the lawyer take his case because he helped his cousin. Now, the defense attorney must win the case with the biggest publicity in his life.
The first chapter was tough. I did not read the summary beforehand, so a brash description of a brutal murder was offputting. After that, the humor was subtle, and I took it slow to get everything. The book is divided into 44 sections, and I took a break after finishing each one.
Jadyn Baumgartner is a freshman, nursing major at Whitworth. During Spring break, she went home and spent time with family and friends! The crime novel she read was, Come & Eat: A Celebration of Love and Grace Around the Everyday Table by Bri McKoy.
This book is about how we all get caught up in the hustle of our everyday lives and many of us don’t take the time to fill a hole in our hearts. That hole many times is something that is deeper and truer than what we get out of just checking all the boxes of our daily lives. McKoy ties in God’s kingdom to all of this. This book was on the shelf that we were told to pick from but is not a mystery or crime novel.
The reading is going well. I enjoy the content of this book so so much and am easily able to apply myself to the situations presented and the advice given. I am about halfway through!

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