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.