A key aspect of any good mystery is that the author is able to hide the solution from the reader until the end, while still playing fair. That is, the author will leave a trail of crumbs that make it technically possible to piece things together, given the right mindset – but not enough of a trail to make it easy. Spoons succeeds in this regard. I was following each independent thread, knowing that they would come together at the end, but unable to piece it together. Then Bernie lays out the facts at the end, and it all makes perfect sense.