Clue
18 Books

Various

1992-1997

A puzzle series based off the hit board game, and film, using logic tables to solve the array of crimes.

Clue

Clue, based off the hit 1943 English boardgame by Anthony E Pratt, builds a series of stories around the renowned characters - Mr White, Colonel Mustard, Ms Scarlet etc - in a series of camp murder mystery romps.

Archetypal stories - a weekend in a lavish mansion, a mysterious owner, a series of suspicious characters, all with their own twerks and a convenient array of weapons - leads to an infinite array of short tales, with 18 books made, as well as a few shorter spin-off series’.

Puzzle format

For each book in this series, 10 mysteries were included, most (but not always) ending in the death of the millionaire host Mr Boddy. Each chapter ends with a Logic Puzzle table (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logic_puzzle) that the reader can use to narrow in on the suspect, by clues given throughout the story (“A women’s voice was heard from the shadowy figure, gripping the Candlestick tightly”, “Colonel Mustard exited the room, taking the rope with him” etc). In this way clues about the gender, weapon, location etc can allow the reader to tick off each character in the table to hunt the culprit.

Quirky tales

The range of character quirks allow for a camp series of tales, even if the puzzle format is repetitive and unchanging through the series. And while most revolve around Mr Boddy’s inevitable murder, some more bizarre inclusions involve non-bloodthirsty party games, races and hide-and-seek games, giving it a bit more variety than simple murder mysteries.

A.E Parker is credited as the series creator for each book, however various authors contributed to the series that spanned only 5 years (a short amount of time considering how many books were published).

Books in this series
1
Who Killed Mr. Boddy?
Eric Weiner
1992

Mr. Boddy wanted to show his friends how much he cared so he gathered them all together to tell them they'd been included in his new will. The next day Mr. Boddy was dead. Who killed Mr. Boddy? Readers discover which of the characters from the popular board game, "Clue", is guilty in each of sixteen mini-mysteries.

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3.83
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
102 pages
ISBN 9780590461108
2
The Secret Secret Passage
Eric Weiner
1992

Who challenged Mr. Green to a duel? Was it Colonel Mustard in the Ball Room with the Candlestick? Was it Mrs. White in the Library with the Wrench? Was it Mrs. Peacock in the Study with the Lead Pipe?Mr. Boddy has invited his six best friends to be guests at his mansion for the weekend. When this weird and wacky crew get together, anything can happen. Follow along with their antics as you match up characters and crimes. Exciting mind-bending mini-mysteries to test your ability as a sleuth!

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3.86
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
97 pages
ISBN 9780590456319
3
The Case of the Invisible Cat
Eric Weiner
1992

Who helped the cat burglar open the safe?

-Was it Miss Scarlet in the Lounge with the Candlestick?

-Was it Colonel Mustard in the Dining Room with the Revolver?

-Was it Mrs. Peacock in the Ball Room with the Knife?

Mr. Boddy has invited his six best friends to be guests at his mansion for the weekend. When this weird and wacky crew get together, anything can happen.

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3.96
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
104 pages
ISBN 9780590456326
4
Mystery at the Masked Ball
Eric Weiner
1993

Who stole Mr. Boddy's prize money?

-Was it Mrs. White in the Ball Room with the Knife?

-Was it Mr. Green in the Lounge with the Revolver?

-Was it Professor Plum in the Study with the Lead Pipe?

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3.94
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
112 pages
ISBN 9780590456333
5
Midnight Phone Calls
Eric Weiner
1994

As six guests--Mr. Green, Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, and Mrs. Peacock--gather at Mr. Boddy's mansion, someone is plotting to steal a delivery of precious jewels.

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3.93
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
94 pages
ISBN 9780590478045
6
Booby-Trapped
Jahnna N. Malcolm
1994

Once again, a group of guests has gathered at Mr. Bobby's mansion for a night of mysterious fun. This time, Mr. Bobby has installed security cameras, catching his guests redhanded in all sorts of mischief.

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4.04
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★★★★★
96 pages
ISBN 9780590478052
7
The Picture-Perfect Crime
Jahnna N. Malcolm
1994

A collection of mini-mysteries based on the popular board game follows the adventures of Mr. Boddy, whose weekend duties as host to Colonel Mustard, Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, and other questionable guests challenge young detectives.

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4.07
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★★★★★
95 pages
ISBN 9780590487351
8
The Clue in the Shadows
Jahnna N. Malcolm
1995

When Mr. Boddy invites six guests to his house for dinner, they discover that someone is intent on playing practical jokes.

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3.92
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★★★★★
100 pages
ISBN 9780590489348
9
Mystery in the Moonlight
Marie Jacks
1995

Who snatched Miss Scarlet's diamonds?

-Was it Mrs. White in the Ballroom with the Knife?

-Was it Mr. Green in the Study with the Rope?

-Was it Mrs. Peacock in the Lounge with the Revolver?

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4
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
99 pages
ISBN 9780590489355
10
The Screaming Skeleton
Marie Jacks
1995

Mr. Boddy has invited his six best friends to be guests at his mansion for the weekend. When this weird and wacky crew get together, anything can happen. Follow along with their antics as you match up characters and crimes. Exciting mind-bending mini-mysteries to test your ability as a sleuth!

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4.02
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★★★★★
98 pages
ISBN 9780590489362
11
Death by Candlelight
Marie Jacks
1995

Ten all-new mini mysteries challenge the sleuthing skills of young fans and the Parker Brothers Clue Crew, including Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White, Professor Plum, and their amazingly resilient victim, Mr. Boddy.

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3.96
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
98 pages
ISBN 9780613005562
12
The Haunted Gargoyle
Marie Jacks
1996

Ten spooky mini-mysteries challenge the sleuthing skills of young Clue fans as well as place guests Mr. Green, Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, and others at odds with one another.

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3.99
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
98 pages
ISBN 9780590623759
13
The Revenge of the Mummy
Marie Jacks
1996

Who took the mummy's treasure?

-Was it Mr. Green in the Dining Room with the Knife?

-Was it Mrs. White in the Lounge with the Lead Pipe?

-Was it Colonel Mustard in the Library with the Candlestick?

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3.9
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★★★★★
98 pages
ISBN 9780590623766
14
The Dangerous Diamond
Marie Jacks
1996

Mr. Boddy can't get enough of his zany crew of friends - even though they always try to do away with him. He's invited them all back to his mansion for a new round of offbeat adventure.

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4.14
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★★★★★
88 pages
ISBN 9780590623773
15
The Vanishing Vampire
Marie Jacks
1997

Who stole the painting of the Vanishing Vampire?

-Was it Mrs. White in the Kitchen with the Knife?

-Was it Colonel Mustard in the Billiard Room with the Lead Pipe?

-Was it Mr. Green in the Hall with the Wrench?

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3.96
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★★★★★
96 pages
ISBN 9780590137423
16
Danger After Dark
Dona Smith
1997

Who is spreading danger after dark?

-Is it Mrs. Peacock in the Library with the Rope?

-Is it Professor Plum in the Kitchen with the Revolver?

-Is it Mr. Green in the Lounge with the Candlestick?

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4.03
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★★★★★
68 pages
ISBN 9780590137430
17
The Clue in the Crystal Ball
Dona Smith
1997

Another wacky collection of mini-mysteries challenges young Clue fans to test their sleuthing skills to figure out if Mrs. White, Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard, or another of the gang did in the ever-present Mr. Boddy.

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4.06
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★★★★★
96 pages
ISBN 9780590137447
18
Footprints in the Fog
Dona Smith
1997

Mr. Boddy's zany crew of friends takes a mysterious walk through the fog to search for the fiend who has stolen Mr. Boddy's hidden treasure, in a collection of mini mysteries based on the popular board game.

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4.08
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★★★★★
70 pages
ISBN 9780590137454