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Publisher's Summary

A murderer could be around every corner in this thrilling YA trilogy based on the board game CLUE!

When a storm strikes at Blackbrook Academy, an elite prep school nestled in the woods of Maine, a motley crew of students - including Beth “Peacock” Picach, Orchid McKee, Vaughn Green, Sam “Mustard” Maestor, Finn Plum, and Scarlet Mistry - are left stranded on campus with their headmaster. Hours later, his body is found in the conservatory and it’s very clear his death was no accident. With this group of students who are all hiding something, nothing is as it seems, and everyone has a motive for murder. Fans of the CLUE board game and cult classic film will delight in Diana Peterfreund’s modern reimagining of the brand, its characters, and the dark, magnificent old mansion with secrets hidden within its walls.

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Entertaining book

I've always been a big fan of the movie, Clue. So when I was looking for my next Audible book I typed Clue into the search to see what would come up. I saw this title and that it was the first in a series of novels. I love series novels because you don't have to go through character introductions each time... And while it has nothing to do with the movie I was intrigued by the use of the same character names and wanted to see how the author put it all together. I found the story to be entertaining and the characters engaging. I wasn't particularly fond of the narrator at first, but I have to admit she did grow on me.
After completing the book I did get the second in the series, which picks up where the first left off. I'm interested to see how things develop. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an easy to listen to, and follow, murder mystery who done it novel.

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Great Mystery

I really enjoyed this mystery. I loved the board game Clue as a kid and I greatly enjoyed the movie as well. So when I saw this book series I had to grab the first book. I ended up really liking it. I am a sucker for a closed circle mystery and this book definitely has that. It takes place at an isolated boarding academy which becomes even more cut off thanks to a 100 year snow storm. Six students and a couple of staff are stuck and off course that's when a murder occurs. Everyone has secrets they are desperately trying to keep anyone from finding out and as the reader you are not only trying to figure out the murder but you are also trying to figure out what if anything these secrets have to do with what's going on. I enjoyed the mystery and I love how although the murder is solved all of the secrets and problems the students have are not wrapped up instead it is carried on to the next book. This is a very intriguing series and I can't wait to read the next one.

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Great murder mystery based on old favorite

This is the first book in the Clue Mystery series and was very well written with a great plot based on the wonderful Clue game. I really liked how the author tired everything together.

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So fun!

I loved it! it was clean, suspenseful, and entertaining. I loved the Clue setup. highly recommend!

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A little cliche but overall a very fun story

The book is a little predictable but the characters are interesting and the story is well crafted. I’ll definitely read the next book and most likely the last since this is slated to be a trilogy. Voice actor did a great job, there’s a lot of characters and they showed a lot of range.

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Fun

It is kind of a fun play on Clue. I enjoyed the characters, and the plot. I would like to know more of the story for a couple of the main characters after the conclusion. it wasn't a terribly hard to puzzle out mystery, but it was fun and entertaining.

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Not really a mystery. No suspense-just constantly waiting for the characters to think something specific about themselves

The narrator voice is pretty good but I’m not a fan of how ever single character sounded so cynical the whole time. I like that there was at least a different tone of voice for each character though that distinguished them pretty well.
Here’s the big problem with the book: The characters only wonder about who killed Mr Body and accidentally stumble upon clues, but they are barely ever trying to actually solve the mystery. In the end it takes about 4 clues together that they only found by accident to figure out everything. I really disliked the way the characters would hint at details about themselves but wouldn’t just say them when they were narrating. In my opinion, if the author wants certain characters to remain a mystery then the story should not be narrated by those characters. It was kind of exhausting to hear the characters constantly thinking things like “if only he knew my super deep secret” because if I’m in that characters head then I should just know that secret. I started the book thinking this was just the way the intodruction to the characters would be, but it turns out the characters only reveal anything about themselves towards the end of the book making the middle of the book very boring because I’m just listening to them think vague things about themselves while they make no progress on the mystery. It would be a much better story from the perspective of just one character, like Von, scarlet or Orchid. The Peacock chapters were pretty annoying in audiobook format as well but wouldn’t be as bad if I could skip over her workout logs. She sounds like a robot.
I only finished because after I got past a certain point I realized I could use this as my last book for the audible challenge for the Amazon credit. I’m kind of curious about if the next book will have better pacing since the characters have finally revealed their “deep” secrets to the reader but I don’t know if it’s worth it to try the next one out because this book was so dragged out.

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Clever and Entertaining

I am an avid admirer of the movie Clue and other movies and books like that (cozy mysteries). Although some may complain this sounds like a YA book, that would only be bcuz there is no sex, cussing, or graphic details about the murder; this book is great for all ages (I’m 51). It was so clever how the names were used and the personalities of the original movie and wow one of my absolute favorite lines from the movie was slipped in expertly, even if said by the wrong character, but it made me smile.
You won’t be disappointed, especially if you are a fan of this genre.
Enjoy!!!
“Flames, flames on the side of my face”

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Despite the blood, it's a cute story

This is a delightful tale especially for those who grew up loving to play Clue. Similar to fractured fairy tales, this plot is based on the process-of-elimination game strategy. Although I figured out the murderer and the motive very early on, the story was good enough to entertain me right through to the end. Game pieces and spoken lines enter the story smoothly and bring a smile. The narration was pretty good and consistent.

I had to dock it a star because I am still confused by Oliver's role and purpose, and the seeming minor cliff-hanger at the end.