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In the Hall with the Knife

(Clue Mystery #1)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  1,442 ratings  ·  433 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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May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it

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
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
ARC received!!!
Amulet Books, thank you so much.

Update, 10/1/19:
I am really hoping to binge this on the upcoming weekend!
Perfect Spooktober read!!!

Clue was a big part of my childhood so this is going to be hella nostalgic for me! I cannot wait.

Caidyn (he/him/his)
I received this from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!

There was a murder, but god did this suck. I came in here expecting lots of death and just a lot of fun joking, but this was a bit melodramatic and there was barely any death. One character died. One. And then the reveal for who the killer was felt so out of character and it was a bad reveal. All the build and tension for that.

I couldn't get the characters down. There was Plum, Green, White, Boddy, Peacock, and Scarlet like in the o
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.
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
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
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
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Review coming soon.
This looks like it was written for the young me. The adult me laughs out loud at the almost $16 Kindle book price. BAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!
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
Jillian (PidginPea's Book Nook)

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
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
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!
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

In the Hall with the Knife by Diana Peterfreund was one of my most anticipated October releases. I mean, it's based on my favorite board game and one of my favorite movies as well. While it's a decent read on it's own and has some fun moments and references, it never quite managed to live up to my love of the game and the movie. I did enjoy how Peterfreund translated it into a boarding school murder mystery where the cast has been
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
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
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
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
Jacquelyn Simon
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
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Letty Leal Evans
Letty was murdered in the bedroom with boredom by the author.
Clinton Read
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav-novels
This is by far one of the most fun books I have read in a very long time. I was jumping back and forth the whole time on who the killer was. Diana Peterfreud did an amazing job blending the boardgame and the movie of Clue in a new exciting way! I just kept wanting more and more! This will def be one of my favorite books for a very long time to come. I found each of the characters so compiling. It left me soooooo many questions in the end about each and every one of the characters. Also That Endi ...more
Alina Nshanyan
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
It took me so long to actually get invested into this story. I was in a bit of a reading slump when I started it so I probably didn’t pay proper attention to it in the beginning. But aside from that, it was an okay mystery. I haven’t seen the movie but the board game was my favorite when i was a kid. The thing I’m still confused about is Vaughn’s whole storyline with his life and his brother. Not sure what the ending meant, or if I missed anything. Also confused about why Orchid’s story had the ...more
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, rounded up for excellent Clue references and just being fun.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5. It’s a YA story based on the board game/movie Clue! And if you know me at all, I had to have this book because I’m obsessed with Clue and anything that is compared to it. Going into the story I knew it was YA and that could mean one of two things. I was either going to be head over heals in love with it or I was going to really hate it. Somehow I find myself in between those two feelings. I liked it and once I was invested I was all in. I didn’t love the characters, but I was able to put th ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Review: 4 Stars

I requested an ARC of this book because of a recommendation from Susan over at Novel Lives. She kept talking about how excited she was for this one and after she read it she told me that it was a good quick read. I’m so grateful that she got this book on my radar because I wound up really enjoying it. I grew up playing the Clue board game with my family and I absolutely love the movie. This Clue mystery re-t
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
Clue was my favorite movie and game as a kid. I rented the movie so many times at our little country video store that the owner gave the movie to me one day. He made me the happiest kid in the world that day. I'll never forget that.

When I saw this book releasing I knew I had to have it. I bought the pre-release hard copy that very day. Maybe I had too high of expectations going into it but unfortunately the book just didn't do a lot for me. I knew it was a young adult book but seeing the charac
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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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“Scarlett Mistry supposed there were natural disasters everywhere. But it was all so very inconvenient. When she was a child, her father had gone apoplectic over a hurricane that had flattened one of their multi-million-dollar high-rises in Miami Beach. A landslide in Vail had once collapsed the roof of a Mistry Hotels chalet. And her mother was constantly threatening to sell off the property in New Orleans before the levees gave way for good. Even in her family's native Gujarat, India, there were terrible floods when the monsoons came. Property was a risky way to make a living, in Scarlett's opinion - not that she'd ever say as much to her parents. She'd long ago decided on an alternative route to fame and fortune, one free from the uncertainty of climate change and its unpredictable effect on the real estate market. Unfortunately, she hadn't factored in power outages. So instead of being able to check any of her feeds, she was stuck sitting in a wingback chair, her phone as dead as a brick in her hand, and listening to Orchid pepper the townie with questions about how bad the storm had gotten. He wasn't big on details, that Vaughn Green. Not that Scarlett needed Vaughn's opinion on how screwed they all were. After all, she was spending the afternoon sitting under a quilt by a fire like some sort of pioneer girl.” 0 likes
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