Turtle is one of the 16 heirs invited to live in Sunset Towers. "They faced north, gaping like statues cast in the moment of discovery, until Turtle Wexler, her kite tail of a braid flying behind her bicycle into the driveway" (Raskin 6). Turtle was first mentioned on her bicycle riding into the Sunset Towers driveway, where Theo Theodorakis and Doug Hoo already were. Turtle noticed that smoke was coming from the Westing house, and hurried over to Theo and Doug to tell them.
Turtle was outside on the courtyard, near Theo. "From the front window of apartment 2D, fifteen-year-old Chris Theodorakis watched his brother shake hands (it must be a bet) with the skinny, one-pigtailed girl" (Raskin 8). Chris describes Turtle as skinny, and with one pigtail. She is also the youngest of all the heirs, at 13 years old.
Turtle became desperate to solve the Westing mystery. She brainstormed many ideas in her head. "Sam WESTing, Barney NORTHrup, Sandy McSOUTHers (west, north, south)" (Raskin 173). Turtle figured out that Sam Westing had a fourth identity, his last name supposedly starting with East. Turtle immediately went to Julian R. Eastman, the board of Westing Paper Products Corporation, and was the first one of the heirs to figure out the mystery and win the game. This marks Turtle's strongest trait as intelligent.
Sandy and Otis Amber had told Turtle about how scary the Westing house was. "Make it two dollars for each minute I stay in there, and you're on" (Raskin 8). Otis and Sandy told her about the two kids who already went in. Turtle knew the risk of going into the Westing house, that she might come out screaming and only saying "purple waves" forever, like the two kids. She didn't care about how haunted the Westing may seem, she wanted to go in for the money. Turtle had even brought food to prepare for staying in the Westing house for a long time. This shows how daring Turtle was at the beginning of the book.
Turtle had found a sign on the elevator calling Turtle a braided, kicking, brat. "I didn't make that sign in the elevator; besides, you already kicked me for it" (Raskin 122). Turtle has a very bad habit of kicking people who do even the littlest things such as pulling her braid. She will also kick in the shins very hard, sometimes leaving her victim mildly injured. Turtle assumed that Theo made the mean sign on the elevator door and gave him a hard kick. She also kicked Barney Northrup and Sydelle Pulaski. In conclusion, Turtle is agressive towards the other heirs at the middle of the book.
FOUND: SIX CLUES BRAIDED KICKING TORTOISE 'SI A BRAT
Crow had been arrested, Sandy is thought as dead, and Turtle now badly wants to solve the Westing mystery. "Judge Ford, I'd like to call my first witness" (Raskin 159). Turtle had started her own case to retrieve everyone's knowledge about the mystery and Sam Westing. She used this information to figure out that Sam Westing had four different identities. Turtle was able to find Sam Westing's fourth identity and win the game. She ended all the trouble with the Westing mystery and was able to split up Westing's inheritance among all the heirs. As you can see, at the end of the book, Turtle is a problem-solver and becomes the first heir to solve the Westing mystery.