The Writing Class, by Jincy Willett, might make a good companion volume to The Jane Austen Book Club. Though much lighter — with no pretense of being serious literature — this mystery novel also deals with a group of adult English students. This time, as the title reveals, they’re a writing class rather than a book club. The Writing Class functions well on at least two levels: as an excellent mystery and as an amusing satire. Although I’ve never taken an adult-ed writing class, I’ve taken enough other adult-ed courses to realize that this one definitely rings true, even if it has to be a bit over the top (it’s satire, after all). The character development and the plot are everything one wants (if one doesn’t mind a bit of implausibility). This black comedy is definitely worth reading!