You be the Detective
2 Books

Marvin Miller

1991-1992

Marvin Miller's followup to You be the Jury, following the crime puzzles format but adding a spin on the provided image clues.

You be the Detective

Like Marvin Miller’s series ‘You be the Jury’, ‘You be the Detective’ follows the minute mystery format, with readers reviewing the details of a crime, before then solving it with the aid of images at the end of each chapter.

A spin on the evidence trope

In this series however, readers weren’t just handed ‘exhibits’, but instead are given the solution’s to the crimes, but as an image broken and rearranged in puzzle pieces. After reviewing the clue images, readers are quizzed on which part of the imagery led to their conclusion, and are given 'detective scores' for their answer.

While slightly different from the Jury series, ‘You be the Detective’ resulted in only two books, ending in 1992, before Miller moved onto the ‘Scene of the Crime’ series.

Books in this series
1
You be the Detective
Marvin Miller
1991

Who is caught red-handed in "The Case of the Circus Footprints?" Who spooked Mr. Bramble in "The Case of the Haunted House?" Readers solve these crimes and more by examining the evidence provided in seven challenging cases and putting together the jigsaw puzzle at the end of each case.

Goodreads
3.6
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
81 pages
ISBN 9780590427319
2
You be the Detective II
Marvin Miller
1992

Readers visit the scenes of seven baffling crimes, question the suspects, piece together the clues and the evidence, and then assemble the jigsaw puzzle at the end of each case to see if they have the right culprit.

Goodreads
3.64
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
75 pages
ISBN 9780590456906