“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. True or false?”
Sticks and Stones hit all the right notes for me (and even some that I didn’t know I was looking for: analyses of The Great Gastby and Twelfth Night being used as crucial clues to the mystery? Yes please, more of this!). I love Randy Craig, and now part of me wants to be Randy Craig. She teaches English, helps solve murder mysteries, and dates a hot cop–who doesn’t want all that? (I’m pretty sure 15-year-old Matthew–he who would check out a dozen Agatha Christie novels from the library at a time–would be disappointed to learn that I don’t at least own my own detective agency nor am I invited to lavish dinner parties where the evening ends with the death of a guest.)
Whenever I hear people discuss the Randy Craig Mysteries, the most highlighted feature is that they’re set in Edmonton. But that’s just a neat aspect of the series–what really made this book a great read was Randy’s wit, the light peppering of romance, and the disturbing crimes. The story starts with a group of boys from one of the U of A’s residences sticking invitations (which include threats of rape or violence for non-attendance) into the dorm rooms of girls. Everything escalates–to murder of course–as Randy and the reader ponder what power words have in the crime.
I’ve been thinking about this book since I opened it yesterday, and I really wish I hadn’t needed to interrupt it with so many Christmas duties. This is one of those books that begs to be finished at 3 a.m. of the same day.
Books Read: 7