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In the Study with the Wrench: A Clue Mystery, Book Two

(Clue Mystery #2)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  267 ratings  ·  87 reviews
In the aftermath of Headmaster Boddy’s murder, Blackbrook Academy has been thrown into complete disarray. Half the student body hasn’t bothered to return to campus—but those who have include Orchid, Vaughn, Scarlett, Peacock, Plum, and Mustard, now warily referred to by the other students as the Murder Crew. When another staff member is found dead and an anonymous threat b ...more
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Published October 13th 2020
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Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First let's pause in appreciation of some of the epic pun names in this series. Rusty Naylor? Yes, please, and thank you. OK anyways... Somewhere between a 3.5 and 4 star for this one-- as a follow up to the first book in the trilogy, I was happy to see that the story seemed to move into its own direction, with new conflicts as well as continuing to build on the ones established in the first book. I will say that the pacing was a bit slow for my liking with a lot of action clustered at the end b ...more
These are so fun! I can't wait for number three, I MUST KNOW if my suspicions about . . . something . . . are correct!

And I really noticed this time how nearly every character's name was a color! Which makes you realize how many names are colors! Amber! Greyson! But Perry Winkle . . . I'm still laughing about that one! So fun and clever! And of course I loved the nod to Tim Curry in one of the names.
Amy Imogene Reads
3.5 stars

The second installment in the Clue Movie-inspired mystery series—another dead body, another mystery to solve, and (unfortunately) a bit too much time spent looking back at the first story.

Concept: ★★★★
Plot: ★★★
Character development: ★★ 1/2
Pacing: ★★ 1/2

So I really, really enjoyed the first novel in this series, In the Hall with the Knife. I HIGHLY recommend you check that book out if you haven't yet already—it's the perfect nod to the Tim Curry movie and will make you remember the boar
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
This was more fun that I could have imagined.
3.5 stars

Not as strong as the first installment but these books are SO MUCH FUN. It needed a better editor and there are plenty of things that will make you scratch your head because ... the execution isn't always great, but who cares?

I'm just along for the hilariously fun ride here.

I still like all of the characters and their distinct personalities and voices. I thought I'd figured out one part of the plot, but turned out I had the wrong guy so I actually liked being wrong. Wasn't wrong about
Kara Gemian
*Thank you to Netgalley for the e-arc*

This is so so rare, but I liked this book more than the first in the series! We had some relationship shifts, big reveals, and even more mystery. There are six POVs in both books one and two which is pretty ambitious for an author to do - have six unique voices. I think that has a lot to do with why I enjoyed book two more because I was more familiar with the characters and used to each of their defining qualities whereas in book one I didn't get enough of t
Jun 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gretal-rights
This book gave me everything I wanted from it, and I just feel immensely happy. All of the characters and everything, the plot. I'm super excited to get my hands on book three. Seriously, pick up this series. I know they're Clue books, but they're just so great. ...more
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked this one so much more than the first one. It was like the author really grew into her writing and it was much more original. It had a great surprise ending. I am very attached to these characters now.
Nikole Clow
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I pleasantly enjoyed this sequel and surprisingly enjoyed the sequel more than the first book. I’m a huge fan of anything related to Clue, and I loved the direction this story took. In the Study with the Wrench starts off a few weeks after the ending of the first book. Now known as the Murder Crew, the survivors of the events that took place in the first book try to live normal lives after school starts again. But eventually the past catches up to each character and secrets that should have stay ...more
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
3.5 stars
So in the first book, I wished for more of the characters side plot stories. I got it in the book, but almost no mystery, which was kind of disappointing. Knowing that this is a Clue mystery book, I was expecting a lot more of the plot to focus on the actual murder we find out about in the beginning of the book. It was kind of more about how all the characters are coping with what happened in the first book, which I feel like could have been scaled down a lot to focus more on the murder
3.5 stars, rounded down

It seemed pretty obvious to me who was behind it, but I still enjoyed the mystery aspect. The first part of the story had a lot of recap from book one and while it was helpful because I didn’t remember much about the first book, it was almost too much and it got repetitive.

There was quite a cliffhanger at the end and I’m a big fan of Clue in general so I will read the next one.
Katie M.
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a lifelong Clue fan. When I was litttle, I loved to play the game and read the mini mystery books. When I was older, I watched the Tim Curry flick at least 1,000 times. (Loved the “It’s you!” nod, btw) I was ecstatic to find In the Hall with the Knife at the library in January, and even more excited to see Diana Peterfreund’s name on the cover. That book didn’t disappoint, and neither does this sequel.

As a veteran of many, many mystery novels, I am pretty good at figuring out where things
Rachael  Fryman
Six word summary: More murder, more drama at Brookwood!

Loved: This is just such a fun series! Love love the continuation of the color-themed names, even if they are over the top (looking at your Perry!). I loved that we saw a little more development of each of the characters in this sequel. While I definitely prefer the first book, this was still so much fun to read and I will absolutely continue with the series!

Recommend for: Teens and up, fans of murder mysteries, fans of Clue

Reminds me of: C
Dec 26, 2020 rated it liked it

After the snow storm that damaged most of the Blackbrook campus and the murder of the headmaster, Blackbrook Academy lost half of its student's to other, safer schools.
The snow storm survivors are among the few who decided to return despite what they've been through. But when another dead body is found under Tudor House, the survivors are once again determined to find the truth while also managing their own personal problems.

Personal Opinion

I didn't find this one quite as exciting as th
4 stars. This was a quick, entertaining read/listen with build-up and development from the first. Unlike the first, there is a bit more unanswered here, but a large part is answered. I'm excited for the next part. The narrator did a great job of voicing 6 different view points. I loved it. It was a quick, silly, fun murder mystery romp that built upon itself more this time around. ...more
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fantastic sequel!! I can’t wait for the next book!
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I can’t wait for the next one!
Stephanie Graves
Sometimes--very occasionally--a book manages to be important without doing the kinds of things we tend to think render a book important (in the bullshit, Canon-gatekeeping ways that we discuss importance, at any rate).

In the Study with the Wrench is one such book.

Of course, as a reader, I'm primed to love this novel. It's a continuation of In the Hall with the Knife, which I enjoyed, so it's got that delicious Big Sequel Energy. It's set in the complex, transmedial universe of Clue (the board ga
Amy A
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The students of Blackbrook Academy are still reeling after the murder of their headmaster. Specifically Orchid, Plum, Peacock, Scarlett, Green, and Mustard have been dubbed the "Murder Crew" by the remaining student body. Truly, the events that occurred during the story is still effecting them and it's consequences are far from over for the six. Some of them are still holding onto their secrets, others are trying to better themselves, and some are still in fear for their lives. When another body ...more
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
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May 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh! I did not want to write this review because I enjoyed In the Hall with the Knife so much.
I love the board game, I love the movie, and I love the first book in the Clue Mystery series so I wanted to love In the Study with the Wrench by Diane Peterfreund. It was fine and if you enjoyed the first book in the trilogy you should read this one, but I didn’t feel as if it advanced the story much and it actually had me become uninterested in some of the characters. Even with that said and with what
Jordan Lynch
Well, I didn't hate In the Study with the Wrench, but I liked it less than its predecessor. It's still a fun romp--assuming you find murder and drama fun--and the references to the Clue movie were great ("Why would he want to kill you public?"), but there was something missing. Maybe it's the curse of the sequel, but it felt like there was too much going on. Although there's still only one big mystery to solve, all the little mysteries and side plots slowed down the pacing. Additionally, whereas ...more
Brenna Clark
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you so much to NetGalley for the eARC of this sequel! I also received the first one via NetGalley, and I loved how it took the beloved board game and morphed it into a fun, intense, and suspenseful young adult novel. I was so excited to find out that it was going to be a series, and 'In the Study' did not disappoint! We have our 'usual suspects' back and murder seems to follow them. Despite there being familiar faces-- the content is a breath of fresh air; a new exciting plot that will lea ...more
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual Rating: 3.75 Stars.

I’m having so much fun reading this series by Diana Peterfreund. I knew as soon as I heard about it that I would enjoy this series so much and I have. I cannot wait for book three to come out. We don’t have a release date for it yet, but I'm hoping for no later than October of next year. This is a perfect Fall read.

At an isolated boarding school in rural Maine, a mysterious dorm full of secret passageways has a fascinating history, but none of that could compare to its
Marcus Laban
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Courtney Anderson
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an arc in exchange for an honest review*

I may be partial to this series because I love that its premise is around the game of Clue. I feel like their could be more mystery tied into the story and that they could be connected better. The most dynamic, interesting, and mysterious characters are Orchid and Vaughn, even though we definitely learn more about Orchid's story in this book. I wish the character's mysteries were more interconnected. We have Finn's
Jenny Ashby
This sequel was still fun but not AS fun for me as the first book. The students are barely back at school before another death brings "The Murder Crew" back together. Part of the problem for me is that I wasn't especially invested in the characters, all of whom seemed to diverge from who I thought they were in the first installment. Scarlet, for instance, became somewhat needy and unsure of herself in the face of standardized testing and a new headmaster. I wanted to see her as the self-assured ...more
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a cliffhanger of an ending!

But let's backtrack a bit to the rest of the story: the second book in the Clue-inspired series follows the same Blackbrook students as the first, but while the mystery wrapped up at the end of the first there's a new murder and a new mystery to solve.

Even though the pacing in this book felt slow at times, I really enjoyed reading this because of the characters. I like Orchid, Vaughn, Scarlett, Finn, Beth, Mustard, the whole Murder Crew and the rest. I like that
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this series. It’s fun with a great mix campy and creepy moments that keeps you on your toes. Like the first book the second is full of interesting twists and secrets but even faster paced. The setting of the book is excellent and it was fun learning more secrets of the campus. The new characters that were introduced were interesting and well integrated into the story.

I appreciated that the author showed the effects the events of the first book had on the murder crew; it was a stressful a
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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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