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In the Hall with the Knife

(Clue Mystery #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  3,483 ratings  ·  809 reviews
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 thei
Hardcover, 298 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Harry N. Abrams
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Nic Honestly, I don't think they're similar at all. If you mean that a limited number of suspects was locked in or trapped with the victim at the time of …moreHonestly, I don't think they're similar at all. If you mean that a limited number of suspects was locked in or trapped with the victim at the time of the murder, that is an incredibly common setup. But the setting, the characters, and the crime itself are very different between the two books.

If you like YA mysteries with this setup and want to try some more, you might enjoy:
- Ten by Gretchen McNeil
- The Rules by Nancy Holder
- Party Games by R.L. Stine
All of these, by the way, came out before One Of Us Is Lying. It's just a really common setup for a murder mystery, like I said. In fact, it's one of my favorites! :)(less)

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clue is my favorite movie of all time.

y’all can keep your highly esteemed oscar-winning period pieces and your obscure arthouse fillums—i’ll be over here watching this movie where the chick from the go-go’s and the dude from fear both get murrrrderrrred. in a house. with a weapon. <-— no spoilers here!

when i first heard about this book, it was as though the heavens opened up and rained down jellybeans: a book based(ish) on my favorite movie, written by the lady who brought kill
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
**3.5-stars rounded up**

In the Hall with the Knife was an absolute delight to read. It channeled the exact vibe I was hoping for.

This story brought all of the silly, over-the-top drama of the Clue movie and I was living for it!

I decided to pick this up over Halloween week. Going in, I had no idea how perfect that choice would end up being.

Set at a posh boarding school, Blackbrook Academy, on the coast of Maine, this story follows multiple perspectives, including Peacock, Green, Mustard, Scarlet
Chelsea Humphrey
ARGH. On the one hand, this provided so much of what I was looking for in regards to movie references and cheesy nostalgia, yet I still feel torn due to the difficulty in keeping the characters straight and some of the changes that were made. The reveal felt a little off to me, and heads up, there is a cliffhanger leading out for the second book in the series. Overall, this was a fun, breezy read, and I'll likely continue on with the trilogy. More thoughts to come closer to publication date.


Amy Imogene Reads
We all know the story: The mansion. The colorful guests. The murder. The secret passageways. The weapons.

Mr. Boddy was murdered in the lounge with the candlestick. Or was it the wrench? Or maybe the revolver?

(In the case of In the Hall with the Knife, I bet you can guess.)

I honestly didn't know what to expect when this ARC arrived at my doorstep. I was in love with Clue as a kid (the movie AND the game) and I knew that I'd like it, at the very least. I didn't expect to love it and read it in o
myo (myonna reads)
this had so much potential but the book was so boring and every character just felt like a stereotypes instead of having actual personalities
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
In the Hall with the Knife by Diana Peterfreund is the first book in the new young adult Clue Mystery series. The story in this new young adult mystery/thriller is based on the board game of Clue. As a kid I loved playing and who know over the years that game would end up with so much attention. Seeing that the books were based on the board game I took a closer look and what the author has done is set this in a boarding school which also has always been a draw for me so of course i had to check ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars -- I thought this was a really fun adaptation of a beloved property that delivered an effective, albeit pretty straightforward, isolated closed circle mystery
Nov 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
I loved Clue as a kid (the game and the movie) so when I received a copy of this book I was excited. I do wish the characters had been a little better developed, but the stereotypical characters do fit the heart of the game so I can accept it. I did like that you get the story in pieces from all of the main characters’ perspectives. The mystery was interesting even if you got most of the clues from the title. This was cute and I will probably read the other two in the trilogy when they come out. ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whoever came up with this was a frickin' genius! If you're going to make a novelization of a board game, Clue is absolutely the way to go. It already IS a murder mystery, after all! Now you just have to take the characters, flesh them out, and give them a motive for murder! Setting at an elite boarding school, amongst teenagers, was perfect, and gives the story great appeal. There's even a new character, Orchid McKee, with secrets of her own. ...more
Letty Leal Evans
Letty was murdered in the bedroom with boredom by the author.
Clue is one of my all time favorite movies, so there was absolutely no way I was going to miss this one.

This book has a load of characters and we get POV chapters from 6 of them and that was a bit much. I didn’t feel like I really knew any of them and instead of it adding to the mystery, it fell flat.

Plot wise, it was good. There wasn’t a lot of build up or tension and the reveal was fairly lackluster; however, I just noticed this is the start of a series, so there’s that. Oh and the ending doe
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, 7dla, favourites
This story is based on the clue board games, it follows 8 kids at there private school during a storm/flood. Their headmaster is killed during the night, for an unknown reason. The kids must figure out who murdered their principle. I loved this book and its plot twists! I loved how every chapter would switch to a different character's perspective, and I also love all their backstories, it makes the book 10 times more interesting. I would recommend this book to 12 - 15-year-olds just because its ...more
Jillian (Peapod Historical Bookery)

I was *SO* excited for this one, because I am a huge Clue fan - the game, the movie, the old Clue mystery books (remember these '90s gems??) ... But maybe I set my sights too high? This wasn't bad, it was a decent mystery, but I just didn't feel the love I was expecting to feel. The characters didn't really come alive for me, the house was kind of a let-down for a Clue murder setting (there *were* secret passages, so points for that), and overall I just wasn't wowed by the story. If you are fami
This looks like it was written for the young me. The adult me laughs out loud at the almost $16 Kindle book price. BAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!
Just the right balance of new material and classic 80s Clue movie. Loved it.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
The butler did it.

Just kidding, there is no butler in this story, though that’s about the level of predictability we’re dealing with.

In the Hall with the Knife is a fun book that I didn’t mind reading at all, but the solve is as obvious as they come.

*The reader, in the first half of the book, with the cliched mystery plot*

Sorry, I had to.

I liked the setting for the story and the pacing is good. The writing isn’t great (“...crackling on the ground like breakfast cereal.” Wait...what?), but it
On the whole, a perfectly enjoyable mystery read. Weirdly edited in places I think--yes, it's a mystery and I get why multi POV was necessary, but I still shouldn't have to page backwards to figure out if I had missed something, I don't think. ...more
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
A super solid boarding school murder book combined with "snowed in in a remote location" murder mystery trope, so if either/both are your jam, In the Hall with a Knife is a satisfying read. And, yes, it's a Clue tie-in novel: there are plenty of winks and nods to the movie, but that wasn't my favorite aspect honestly. The book is strong on it's own for the Blackbrook school and the assembly of characters, who are named after Clue characters (as they should be) but standalone as their own charact ...more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, arc, december-2019
This was so incredibly boring. None of the characters had any significant personality, and it felt like the entire book was just a bunch of whiny teenagers being deliberately obtuse about literally everything. Everyone had some deep, dark secret and I just. Didn't. Care.

For once in my life, I actually figured out the culprit before the big reveal. I'm pretty dumb about mysteries so I usually don't figure it out before the ending, but it really didn't feel like the author was trying to be subtle
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was fun! I'm a big fan of the board game and my family and I still play it every now and again so this had a definite nostalgic quality to it as well.

I thought the mystery part was pretty well done, but the characterisation is somewhat of a mess and the various reveals of different characters' secrets was ... weird. I get that the author wants to have suspense, but there was too much 'I have a secret and this is me thinking about it without revealing what it is' going on. That got old real
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think we can all agree on two things: one, that mystery trilogies are super hard to do and two, that Clue is one of the BEST movies/games to ever exist. That’s why I was super nervous to read this but I’m happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised by this!

Trigger warnings for murder and (challenged) sexism.

First off, all of the references were golden. I mean, we have all the characters, and obviously the murder was done in the hall! With the knife!* But the other weapons are casually ment
Jacquelyn Simon
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
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This was fun enough for me to give four stars to, but also could've been better. There are a lot of secrets and they're weren't really revealed well, especially since each character gets a POV so you get multiple cases of characters thinking about their big secret without telling you what it was. In particular, the "secret" that bothered me was (view spoiler) ...more
May 02, 2020 rated it liked it
What, a cliffhanger ending? I'm still not quite convinced if perhaps a few (epilogue) pages are missing. But no, two more volumes seem to be in the works.

I enjoyed Diana Peterfreund's writing as usual. I also got some vibes of Trapped; the board game, Clue/Cluedo: not so much. Still enjoyed it, I mean, it is set in Maine, and I love New England.
Can't say much more without spoiling it. I did like the characters, especially Orchid and Vaughn.

Now we're in for a long wait until October. :(
May 24, 2019 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars

This was delightful. Fans of the movie and the board game alike will be amused by Peterfreund's creative incorporation of the Clue suspects, the mansion (with all of its hidden passageways), the odd/random weapons, and of course, the delicious motives. This is the start of a series, and Peterfreund solves the initial crime while leaving plenty of unmined scandal and twists to fuel further installments. I will definitely continue!
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the Hall with the Knife is a fun who-done-it mystery. The characters and setting represent the well-known board game Clue. When the students, staff, and faculty of Blackbrook Academy become stranded by a violent winter storm, the "game" begins. Each character seems to have a plausible motive for murder and readers are kept guessing until nearly the end. While the characters fit certain stereotypes and aren't very developed, the mystery kept the story going until the end. When the second of th ...more
Jaye Berry
Dec 22, 2021 added it
Shelves: 2021, ya, thriller

This was so camp.

In the Hall with the Knife is based on the board game Clue. When a storm strikes at Blackbrook Academy, a group of students are left stranded with their headmaster. Hours later his body is found and it's clear it wasn't an accident. The entire group of students are hiding something and one of them did it.

LITERALLY all the enjoyment I had from this was me making fun of how dumb it was. I love the Clue game so much and I love the wack ass movie too so when I saw a YA thriller vers
Paula  Phillips
May 31, 2022 rated it really liked it
This YA Thriller has been sitting on my kindle for years as I loved the idea of the teen book being based around the Clue murder mystery game. It has always been one of my favorite board games. The setting is a YA elite boarding school aka Blackbrook Academy and each of the students is named after the famous Clue Characters from Mrs. White - the school matron, Samuel Maestro aka Mustard, Vaughn Green, Beth Picach aka Peacock, Orchid Violet, Scarlet Mistry, and Finn Plum. During the novel there i ...more
Oct 01, 2020 rated it liked it
I must say this one was so fun! It wasn't as silly or as cringy as I thought it might be. I loved the names and how the pulled the suspects in line. I knew who to suspect and....I'll be honest, I didn't check anyone off. It was so fun to play along as the murder, the house search, the accusations and even the splitting up all went down. Even though I had a pretty solid suspicion what was going on, I loved the twists and turns it took to get there.

I know other reviews were disappointed with the e
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fiction, mysteries
A fantastically fun, twisty and clever new take on the basic Clue setup. When I was younger, I devoured the old Tim Curry film again and again, watching it with my friends at every slumber party we had; I wasn't surprised to see in the afterword that Diana Peterfreund loved that film just as much! This book certainly works as a perfect standalone - no need to have played the game or watched the film to enjoy it! - but if you did love that old film, I can almost promise that you'll love this, too ...more
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Diana Peterfreund has been a costume designer, a cover model, and a food critic. Her travels have taken her from the cloud forests of Costa Rica to the underground caverns of New Zealand (and as far as she’s concerned, she’s just getting started). Diana graduated from Yale University in 2001 with dual degrees in Literature and Geology, which her family claimed would only come in handy if she wrote ...more

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