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The book series adaptation of Clue, each of its eighteen books consists of mini-mysteries in which Mr. Reginald Boddy and his six color-coded guests, who've been invited over for the weekend, participate in some activity or another which forms the basis of a puzzle for the reader to solve. The books always start with an "Allow Me To Introduce Myself..." chapter, in which readers learn about Boddy and his six guests (and usually how he survived the last book), and tend to set up for the first mini-mystery chapter, while the final story always involves Mr. Boddy's murder and usually (but not always) a theft of some kind. It was released from 1992 to 1997.


A second book series, Clue Junior, consisted of thirteen booksnote  released from 1994 to 1998, and featured child versions of the classic characters - Mortimer Mustard, Georgie Green, Peter Plum, Wendy White, Polly Peacock and Samantha Scarlet. The lineup was reduced partway through the series, retaining Mustard, Plum and Scarlet while dropping White and Peacock and changing Georgie Green into Greta Green.


Clue Mysteries and its sequel More Clue Mysteries were released in 2003 and 2004 (with names - John Boddy, Josephine Scarlet, Patricia Peacock, Michael Mustard, Blanche White, John Green and Peter Plum - and characterizations based in the 2002 version of the game and the "Clue Mysteries" spinoff game), each starting out with similar introductions: John Boddy is due to inherit his late uncle's estate, which includes allowances to six people; Boddy intends on cutting off (or at least possibly reducing in Mrs. White's case) these allowances when his inheritance comes through. Each book contains fifteen standalone mysteries that pick up where the introduction ends, and all ask the same question in the end: Who killed Mr. Boddy?


The original series books are:

  • 1. Who Killed Mr. Boddy?Chapters 
  • 2. The Secret Secret PassageChapters 
  • 3. The Case of the Invisible CatChapters 
  • 4. Mystery at the Masked BallChapters 
  • 5. Midnight Phone CallsChapters 
  • 6. Booby-Trapped!Chapters 
  • 7. The Picture-Perfect CrimeChapters 
  • 8. The Clue in the ShadowsChapters 
  • 9. Mystery in the MoonlightChapters 
  • 10. The Screaming Skeletonnote Chapters 
  • 11. Death by CandlelightChapters 
  • 12. The Haunted GargoyleChapters 
  • 13. Revenge of the MummyChapters 
  • 14. The Dangerous DiamondChapters 
  • 15. The Vanishing VampireChapters 
  • 16. Danger After DarkChapters 
  • 17. The Clue in the Crystal BallChapters 
  • 18. Footprints in the FogChapters 

The Mysteries books consist of:

  • Clue: MysteriesChapters 
  • More Clue MysteriesChapters 

The original series provides examples of the following:

  • Absent-Minded Professor: Professor Plum, who is so bad that he once forgot he was talking to someone in the middle of a sentence. In one book, he explains this by stating that he suffers memory loss if he gets less than twenty-five hours of sleep a day. In another, Boddy claims that Plum had explained his memory issues with the fact that, after so many years of gifting knowledge to his students, he had precious little left for himself.
  • All for Nothing: A couple of the thefts work out this way.
    • In book 1, chapter 2 ("Who Stole Miss Scarlet's Diamonds?"), Mrs. White successfully steals Miss Scarlet's diamond necklace. However, in order to avoid suspicion, she can never sell or even wear them, and must continue as Mr. Boddy's bitter maid.
    • In book 5, chapter 5 ("The Walls Have Eyes"), Professor Plum breaks into Mr. Boddy's safe to steal some silver coins. Unfortunately, he forgot they were his own silver coins, stored there for safekeeping. Also as a result, nobody can blackmail anyone over the theft like they planned.
    • In book 6, chapter 4 ("Password, Please"), Boddy has gained access to online banking, including transferring money from one account to another. One of the guests figures out his password and commands the system to transfer all of Boddy's money into the thief's own account, but there's a catch in the system - "The maximum allowable transfer is one dollar per day".
  • Alliterative Name: The three male guests (Gerald Green, Martin Mustard and Paul Plum) and one of the women (Wilhelmina White) have these in this continuity, per reveals in book 1, as do some minor one-shot characters like Boddy's nephew Bartholomew Benjamin Best-Boddy and cousin Bitsy Boddy. Averted with Reginald Boddy and Charlotte Scarlett, and possibly Mrs. Peacock, whose first name is never given.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: Subverted. Mr. Boddy installs what seems to be one of these in his Ball Room in book 7's chapter "Mr. Boddy's Wild Ride", but the dangers, which appear to kill five of the six suspects, are in fact all Hollywood special effects, and nobody is actually harmed (in fact, the five who "died" willingly go through the ride a second time afterward and love it). Except for Mrs. Peacock, who was the last one left in the car (besides Mr. Boddy) the first time around and was so distressed by the incident that she spent the rest of the weekend in bed.
  • April Fools' Plot: The first book has a chapter set on April Fool's Day, in which Mr. Boddy and the guests all play pranks on each other. Most of which involve pretending someone's dead.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In Booby-Trapped!, the chapter "The Scarlet Key" has Mr. Boddy about ready to leave for a conference on Zillionaire Island, when he gets a call from the chairman informing him the conference has been delayed for a week because "a tornado, a hurricane, a monsoon, a blizzard, a tidal wave, and an earthquake have all struck the island at once. Also, I have a sore throat."
  • Attending Your Own Funeral: Book 5, chapter 10 ("Mr. Boddy's Funeral") has the guests all assembled after having been invited to their host's funeral, and Mrs. Peacock is wondering why the reverend is late when Boddy himself walks in, leading to confusion until it is revealed one of the guests arranged for the funeral with the intention of murdering Mr. Boddy in front of everyone. Fortunately, he survives.
  • Backwards-Firing Gun: "Midnight Phone Calls" has a chapter titled "The Guest Who Couldn't Shoot Straight". While hunting an escaped rhinoceros, the six guests are armed with revolvers, two that only shoot to the left, two that only shoot to the right, and two that work normally. At the end, one of the first four revolvers is pointed directly at the rhino, but apparently hits one of the other guests instead. (As usual, it turns out the "victim" isn't really dead - the bullet hit his own revolver's handle, and he fainted from fear.)
  • Bedsheet Ghost: The opening mystery of book 7 features an ancient ghost rising to terrorize the house, but while Mr. Boddy flees to a hotel for the night, the guests stay on hearing there's a treasure he's protecting. Later, to scare each other, they all disguise themselves as ghosts. When they find themselves all together and all wearing their bedsheets, they're left to feel very silly - until they notice there are seven ghosts standing around, and one of them doesn't have feet...
  • Berserk Button: Mrs. Peacock gets infuriated over anything she finds even the slightest bit rude, and her responses can be pretty extreme - for instance, if someone burps in her presence, she calls the police.
  • Big, Bulky Bomb: One is planted in Boddy Mansion in book 6, chapter 2 - it's six feet tall and two feet wide, and is intended to blow up the entire mansion. Luckily, they stop it before it goes off.
  • Big Eater:
    • Miss Scarlet sometimes shows this, to the others' surprise; in book 10's "Pie In Your Eye", she's mentioned to have eaten a full twelve slices of pie in the previous year's pie-eating contest and won as a result.
    • Mr. Boddy sometimes shows signs of it too, as Mrs. White once mentions (in book 14, chapter 8 - "Holy Toledo") "the night he polished off three bowls of chunky double-fudge chocolate ice cream".
  • Big Fancy House: Boddy Manor, as in all versions. It's a twelve-gabled, three story mansion (the first floor has the nine rooms and the two secret passages from the game, the second floor has all the bedrooms, and the third floor is the attic; there's also a basement, where the furnace is located) on a very large estate at 292 Easy Street, Little Falls. Book 2 establishes that the mansion was built by Boddy's great-grandfather.
  • Bookcase Passage: The second book features one in the Study, triggered by removing or putting in a book. It's also linked to three other passages behind the fireplace, the red chair and the grandfather clock, which also leads to the Kitchen.
  • Bulletproof Vest: In book 15, chapter 5 ("Door Prize"), Mr. Boddy provides his guests with hats and smocks that turn out to be slashproof, crashproof and bulletproof. He gives them quilts with the same traits in book 16, chapter 9 ("A Sour Note"). The guests aren't aware of it until afterward in either case.
  • Car Meets House: Book 5, chapter 1 ("Party Crashers") mentions that Mr. Green accidentally drove a golf cart through the wall of the Billiard Room, recently enough that the workmen had just finished repairs the day before. The same chapter has the Boddy jet crash into the Conservatory (luckily, everyone bailed out in plenty of time).
  • Catchphrase
    • Colonel Mustard: I challenge you to a duel!
    • Mrs. Peacock: How rude!
    • Professor Plum: I forgot.
  • Chalk Outline: Mr. Boddy's supposedly dead form is outlined in the last chapter of the very first book (and it's shown in the cover illustration too). The victim in book 6, chapter 5 ("Tall Tales"), is also outlined, along with the Wrench found near them. In both cases, neither victim is actually dead - Boddy was just unconscious, and book 6's victim turned out to have been deep in thought and mistaken for dead. (In the latter case, examining a detail of the outline allows two of the guests, who weren't at the mansion at the time, to figure out who the victim was.)
  • Chicken Joke: In the last chapter of book #7, The Picture-Perfect Crime, Mr. Boddy has been telling several jokes, including one of these. His guests are not amused.
    Boddy: "Why did the chicken cross the playground?" ... "To get to the other slide!"
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Everybody in their own way, but especially Colonel Mustard and Professor Plum.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Per the games, everyone wears their favorite color and tends to receive items in those same colors. Played with on a few occasions though, where they show interest in other colors - for instance, in book 5, chapter 6 ("The Guest Who Stole Christmas"), there are color-coded packages under the tree, and Professor Plum says he can guess which one is for him... but instead of the obvious purple present, he eyes the green one. Another case involves the guests each buying a can of paint, but only one buys their own color (in this case, it's kicked off when Plum came into the store first and got green paint; Green is the next to arrive, and since there's none of his preferred color left, he takes yellow instead). Completely subverted with Mr. Boddy, who doesn't have a set color preference.
  • Concealing Canvas: Mr. Boddy's safe in the Study is hidden behind a duck painting. He also has a second safe behind a painting in the Ball Room; a third safe in the Conservatory may or may not qualify.
  • Crossdresser:
    • In book 3's chapter "Dressed To Kill", Mr. Boddy gives Mrs. White the night off and surprises the guests by serving them while wearing her maid uniform.
    • In book 16's "Who's Who?", Professor Plum invents a perfume that supposedly grants one perfect memory, but it actually makes everyone's memory (except for Mr. Boddy, who is strangely immune) so bad that they all forget who they are and think they're another guest, changing clothes to match their new false identity. All six of them wind up thinking they're someone of the opposite gender at least once.note 
  • Disney Death: Every death (except for book 1, chapter 1 - "Who Killed Pitty-Pat?", and possibly Boddy in the final chapter of book 18) in the series.
    • Special mention for book 6, chapter 9 ("Mr. Boddy's Surefire System"). Someone attempts to kill Mr. Green, who is found dead on the floor and clutching a newspaper after being hit with a blunt object. Except it turns out the blunt object was the floor itself - he'd just read some bad news about one of his stock options in the paper and fainted. Moments after being found, he revives and demands to call his broker.
  • The Ditz: Professor Plum, due to his forgetfulness, resulting in him doing such things as forgetting the difference between shoes and earmuffs and consequently going out wearing his favorite pair of loafers on his ears.
  • Drives Like Crazy:
    • In book 6, chapter 5 ("Tall Tales"), Miss Scarlet drives at well over a hundred miles an hour, on a winding mountain road, much to the terror of her passenger Mrs. Peacock. And then she drives right off the side of the road, taking a midair "shortcut" off the side of the mountain and directly down to the road leading to Boddy's mansion.
    • In book 8, chapter 9 ("Time Is Running Out"), Mrs. Peacock again has bad luck with a crazy driver, in this case the cab she was taking to Boddy Manor. The driver broke every speed limit on the road, turning a fifteen-minute drive into a five-minute one.
  • Duel to the Death: Colonel Mustard constantly challenges people to duels over the slightest infraction, ostensibly to the death... but this being a kids' series, of course, they're never actually fatal (the closest comes in book 2, chapter 2 - "The Challenge", when he successfully knocks out Mr. Green at the end of a duel). It's also implied that he regularly competes in dueling tournaments that aren't meant to be fatal.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first book. It's the only one where something actually dies (someone bludgeoned Mr. Boddy's parrot, Pitty-Pat, to death) and the only one to have thirteen chapters instead of the usual ten.
  • Easily Forgiven: Everyone, all the time.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: In book 17 (chapter 2: "Say Cheese!"), Mr. Boddy reveals that several white mice have escaped from their cage (they were his sister's pets and she accidentally left them behind when she was visiting). The first one to actually do this trope is the duel-crazy Colonel Mustard, but the other guests don't laugh because they're doing the same thing.
  • Empty Swimming Pool Dive: Discussed in book #11, chapter 9 ("In the Swim").
    Professor Plum: "Water is such a nuisance sometimes. I think someone should invent a waterless swimming pool."
    Mrs. White: "Given the way that his mind works at times, I think Plum once dived into a waterless pool!"
  • Everyone Hates Fruit Cakes: In Revenge of the Mummy (chapter 8: "Screaming For Ice Cream"), the final new ice cream flavor the guests are offered is Low-Fat Fruitcake. Miss Scarlett only tries it because it's low-fat, remarking that it can't be worse than the fruitcake she gets every year from her cousin, which are apparently lousy enough that she just uses each one as a bookend until the next one comes.
  • Explaining Your Powers to the Enemy:
    • Mr. Boddy typically explains his new security systems to his guests, allowing them to circumvent said systems and steal from him. Of course, this is justified by his having bought said security systems to protect him from everyone besides his five guests and maid.
    • Played with on a few occasions when he only explains part of the system, leaving out certain details (such as security cameras that record their comings and goings) and thus thwarting the thieves anyway.
  • Femme Fatale: Miss Scarlett, to the point where Mr. Boddy uses the trope name to describe her in one introduction, adding that "she takes it as a compliment".
  • Gold Tooth: Book #7, chapter 5 ("Mrs. Peacock Bites the Bullet"), reveals that Mrs. Peacock has one, and it falls out when she bites into a bullet that had fallen into the cream puff she was eating.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Book #3, chapter 1 ("A Mixed Bag"), has Professor Plum show up at the mansion in purple polka-dot underwear due to forgetting to put his pants on before he left the house (they were in his suitcase instead).
  • Gossip Evolution: A variant happens in the last chapter of book 4; one character whispers "Would Boddy be mad if we all left and went into town? Pass it on!" to the person next to them; they spoke too quietly to be heard accurately though, and the next person "passes on" a different phrase. By the time it's gone around the table and started a second round, the last person hears "Boddy is afraid someone will steal his solid gold crown." Later that night, they go after Boddy and demand the nonexistent crown; when he won't hand it over, they kill him. As luck would have it, they fail twice - first by accidentally using a starter pistol instead of the real Revolver; when they realize their mistake and get the real weapon, they fire that at him and miss.
  • Grande Dame: Mrs. Peacock is a stock example of one in the game, which carries over to the books.
  • Grows on Trees: In book 14's "The Money Tree", Mr. Boddy presents his guests with a tree that supposedly grows leaves made of pure gold and silver. It turns out to be a prank - the leaves are actually chocolates, covered in cheap foil.
  • Halloween Episode: Books 2 and 10 each have a chapter set on Halloween.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Oh so many, in practically every chapter.
  • Hypno Fool: In book 1, chapter 11, Mrs. White is hypnotized so that when she hears the word "Candlestick", she'll follow any order she hears afterward, until she hears another trigger word. Unfortunately, the hypnotist forgot to specify that she should only fall into a trance when the hypnotist said it. As a result, the effect is unwittingly triggered twice, leading to her jumping into Boddy Pond in response to someone saying "Go jump in the lake", and later trying to drag Colonel Mustard out of his seat when she hears someone say "Please pass me the mustard".
  • The Insomniac: Various guests have been shown suffering from this problem a few times, such as Mr. Green in book 1, chapter 2 ("Who Stole Miss Scarlet's Diamonds?"), Colonel Mustard in book 4, chapter 4 ("The Deadly Toothbrush") and Miss Scarlett in book 6, chapter 8 ("One of You is the Murderer").
  • Insurance Fraud: Book 1, chapter 2 has Mrs. Peacock suggest that Miss Scarlet is attempting this by faking the theft of her own diamond necklace, since she had the insurance form in her weekend bag. It's ultimately subverted - Mrs. White stole them.
  • It's Raining Men: In chapter 1 of Midnight Phone Calls, the Boddy jet has crashed into the Conservatory and Boddy initially believes his five guests who were on it (Mrs. White was already in the mansion with him) are all dead. Then they start falling out of the sky, landing safely thanks to each of them wearing a parachute in their respective color.
  • It Tastes Like Feet: Book 17, chapter 6 ("Taste Test") revolves around the characters' favorite soda flavors. Most of them are innocuous, albeit strange flavors for soda: mouthwash, yams, grape jam, chicken, and squash. Mrs. White's favorite, however, tastes like floor wax (as in, that's what it's actually supposed to taste like). Maybe she thinks of it more as a dessert topping?
  • Jackass Genie: The last chapter of book 17 reveals that Mr. Boddy owns a crystal ball with one of these in it. The genie hates the guests, and is always rude to them and gives them scrambled answers when they ask (such as anagrams of "Get lost" and "Fooled you"). When they smash the crystal in retaliation, the genie gets loose and goes around knocking out most of them.
  • Killed Off for Real: The very first mystery in the series kills off poor Pitty-Pat, Mr. Boddy's pet bird. This is the only time this happens in the series.
  • Killer Robot: In one story, Mr. Boddy gets a robot butler. One guest uses it to their advantage by ordering it to kill another guest.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Many, many times, a guest tries to rob, cheat or steal, and suffers a karmic punishment in return. Examples include the guest who stole a ruby-encrusted toothbrush and (due to not using it for its intended purpose) had six cavities at their next checkup.
  • Lethal Chef: Book 3's chapter "Bad Taste" has the guests deciding to make lunch for Mrs. White and Mr. Boddy, and while all their creations are horrible, one of them is nearly fatal. Fortunately, Mr. Boddy had bottles of stomach medicine on hand. There are also chapters where Mrs. White's cooking is criticized as being awful, though she's normally very good at it.
  • Lotsa People Try to Dun It: The book series usually uses some version of this for the final case in each book. The host, Mr. Boddy, finally does something to incite his guests beyond mooching, larceny and infighting into actually trying to kill him out of cupidity or fear of exposure, they all either off each other trying or simply get in each other's way, while their host typically has a ridiculous run of luck avoiding murder attempts until one finally gets him. (In the next book, it's revealed why nobody actually died and why the host chose to forgive everybody everything. Although he does keep hiring you to come back the next time he's inviting the usual suspects over.)
  • Lots of Luggage: In book 10, chapter 1 ("Murder in the Cockpit"), Miss Scarlet attempts to bring a massive pile of luggage on the plane to France so she can change outfits as many times as she feels she needs. Mr. Boddy has to tell her that since it's a small private jet, there's not enough room for it all, limiting her to a single bulging carry-on bag.
  • Malaproper:
    • In book 2, chapter 7 ("A Show of Talent"), Boddy has a bit of trouble with his words after Miss Scarlett accidentally twirls the Candlestick into his head during her baton-twirling demonstration.
    • In book 3, chapter 3 ("Dressed to Kill"), Mr. Boddy suffers from a blow to the head when his five guests start fighting and one hits him by mistake. The next day, he's having a great deal of trouble using the right words.
  • Mirror Scare: The Picture-Perfect Crime opens with the chapter Be My Ghost, in which the six guests each disguise themselves as Bedsheet Ghosts to try and scare their fellows. Later, one of them is carrying the Revolver when they spot another "ghost" across the room with the same weapon and immediately try to shoot it. Per the trope, the second ghost turns out to be the first's own reflection in a mirror, and the explosion of glass causes the shooter to faint from the shock (or be knocked out by the force of the explosion - the chapter itself claims it's the first, the solution claims it's the second).
  • More Deadly Than the Male: The three female guests all prove far more effective at their murder attempts than the men. Of the eighteen books, thirteen end with one (or more) of the women "killing" Boddy.
  • Murder by Mistake: Happens a couple of times (though given the rules of the series, the victim is never actually dead).
    • In book 6, chapter 8, there's a chain of bathrobe thefts (kicked off by one guest stealing a bathrobe because he forgot to bring his own). One of the guests keeps a diary in their bathrobe; when the robe and diary are stolen, the thief tries to blackmail the diary keeper, who instead tries to kill the thief. However, by the time they make the attempt, Miss Scarlet has stolen the bathrobe from its original thief, and the diary-writer accidentally attacks her, mistaking her for the first thief. Luckily, Scarlet survives the attack (with the side-effect of curing her insomnia).
    • In book 16, chapter 9, the furnace is broken and all the guests are wearing heavy quilts that Mr. Boddy gave them to keep warm. After everyone winds up switching quilts (having lost their originals during a brief blackout), one of the guests attempts to kill Colonel Mustard and accidentally shoots another guest who was wearing the colonel's original quilt. Fortunately, all six quilts are slash-proof, crash-proof and bulletproof, protecting the accidental victim from serious harm.
  • Noodle Incident: The first chapter of book 5 includes a mention of how Mr. Green once drove a golf cart through the wall of the Billiard Room, apparently recently enough that the workmen had just finished repairs the day before.
  • Not Quite Dead: There are rare cases of someone actually being fatally injured, but hanging on long enough for a doctor to come and save their life.
    • Book 2, chapter 6 ("Plum's Plasma") has Colonel Mustard get accidentally wounded with a Knife. Luckily, Plum figures out where he created his latest cure, an instant remedy for cuts and wounds, and gets it to him in time to save his life. (But it takes months for the colonel's mustache, which also got a trim from the wild Knife, to grow back.)
    • Book 3, chapter 2 ("Cut Down to Size"), has Mustard get stabbed with a Knife while the culprit tried to cut an article out of his newspaper. Unfortunately, they accidentally missed the paper and got the Colonel instead; luckily a doctor was called and arrived in time to save him.
  • Outside-Context Problem:
    • Book 3's chapter 8 ("The Case of the Invisible Cat") has the mansion robbed by famous cat burglar Kitty Lyon, the eponymous "Invisible Cat". (She also had inside help, but double-crossed her partner and took off with all the loot.)
    • Book 7's chapter 8 ("Sound the Alarm!") has the mansion robbed by unidentified thieves, who emptied the mansion's safe. The solution reveals they also stole everyone's luggage, leaving the guests rather steamed.
  • Over-the-Top Christmas Decorations: Variant in book 5, chapter 6 ("The Guest Who Stole Christmas") - the lights and decorations on Mr. Boddy's house don't look too extravagant, but then it turns out he spent a million dollars on the Christmas tree ornaments.
  • Parachute in a Tree: In book 5, chapter 1 ("Party Crashers"), five of the guests manage to jump out of the Boddy jet in time to avoid dying in the crash. Colonel Mustard, the last one to do so, gets stuck in a tree partway down.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": The final mystery of book 17 revolved around the guests trying to figure out the password to the display case that held Mr. Boddy's latest treasure. It turned out to be, of course, "swordfish."
  • Plot Allergy: Comes into play in book 9, Mystery in the Moonlight. In the title chapter, the six guests identify their allergies, and the three men's prove to be key to solving the mystery. Mrs. Peacock shuts herself up in her room so she won't see the full moon, claiming to be allergic to it; Mrs. White claims to be allergic to dust (which Boddy doesn't believe, assuming she's just trying to get out of dusting a room like he asked her), and Miss Scarlet says she's allergic to mold. Of the men, Mr. Green is allergic to chalk dust, Colonel Mustard to flowers, and Professor Plum to feathers, which gives him away as the culprit - he starts having a sneezing fit brought on by trying to rob Miss Scarlett, who was wearing a feather boa.
  • Pocket Protector:
    • In book 2, chapter 7 ("A Show of Talent"), Colonel Mustard is performing a marksmanship act, having the other guests hold out cards while he uses a mirror to aim while shooting over his shoulder. Professor Plum forgets what's happening and what he's holding, so he steps forward to see what it is and walks right into the path of a bullet. Fortunately, it gets stuck in the jaws of the Wrench in his breast pocket.
    • In book 5, chapter 10 ("Mr. Boddy's Funeral"), Mr. Boddy is stabbed in the chest... the introduction of book 6 reveals that he wasn't hurt a bit because the Knife was stopped by his "custom-made, titanium-lined, mega-million sized" wallet.
  • Police are Useless: Subverted and played straight, depending on the chapter.
    • In book 1's "Who Killed Mr. Boddy?", the police arrive, examine the area and take away the unconscious Boddy, but apparently never identified which of the guests tried to kill him.
    • In book 6's "Tall Tales", the police are shown doing their jobs, but apparently none of them thought to check for a heartbeat or pulse on the supposedly dead victim, who turns out to have just been deep in thought and didn't come out of it until later.
    • In book 7's "Sound the Alarm!", Police Sergeant Rhett Herring questions the guests about some stolen jewelry from Mr. Boddy's safe (which had been robbed by an outsider, for once), and since the guests only got a fleeting glimpse of the items, they can't remember what exactly it looked like. However, they do remember enough that the Sergeant is able to put their clues together and accurately describe the pieces in his report.
  • Posthumous Character: Boddy's late wife, Bessie Boddy, whom the guests attempt to contact via seance in book 1, chapter 4 ("The Ghost of Mrs. Boddy").
  • Prank Call: Two of the guests get a few of these in book 18, chapter 9 ("Prank Phone Calls"). They're not amused.
  • Punny Name:
    • Mr. Boddy's relatives, when they're mentioned, usually have these, such as his aunt Annie Boddy and his cousin Noah Boddy.
    • The last book includes the chapter "Prank Phone Calls", in which some of the cast go to a premiere of a movie starring Dianne Tooleave and Kenny Gonow.
  • Real Men Eat Meat: In one story, Mr. Boddy buys pizza for the guests, and Colonel Mustard insists on eating only meat toppings. He even refuses to eat meat-topped slices from pies that are half-meat, half-veggie, in case any of the vegetables have wandered too close. (However, he has no problem having some of Mrs. Peacock's cheese-only pizza.)
  • Rhino Rampage: In the Midnight Phone Calls chapter "The Guest Who Couldn't Shoot Straight", a vicious rhino escapes from the nearby zoo and shows up at the mansion, trying to attack the guests and briefly getting stuck in the outside wall of the Billiard Room.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Attempted a few times and pulled off successfully at least once.
    • In book 5, chapter 2 ("Midnight Phone Calls"), Mr. Green abandons his duel with Colonel Mustard partway through because he's tired of fighting and leaves to go to bed.
    • In book 7, chapter 1 ("Be My Ghost"), the ghost of Sir Squatty-Boddy emerges from his painting to terrorize the mansion until dawn. The guests decide to run for it until Mr. Boddy mentions that Sir Squatty-Boddy will lead them to his treasure if they stay, which prompts them to do so. However, Boddy himself has no interest in staying when there's a ghost about, and leaves to spend the night in the nearest motel.
    • In book 7, chapter 9 ("Mr. Boddy's Wild Ride"), some of the guests try this when they get terrified out of their wits during the "Monsters of the Caribbean" theme park ride that they're on, but it doesn't work out like they planned.
  • The Scrooge: Mr. Green, whose first concern is always how much things will cost.
  • Secret Path: Mr. Boddy has multiple secret passages in his mansion, most prominently the two that between the Kitchen and the Study, and the Conservatory and the Lounge, also featured in the board game. Others are discussed throughout the series, though they're usually only used in one chapter and then forgotten about.
  • Series Continuity Error:
    • Book 1 has Boddy owning and skillfully playing a Stradivarius. However, two later books (#9, where he gets a solid gold trumpet, and #14, where he gets a Stradivarius) indicate that each instrument purchased is his first, and he's a Dreadful Musician.
    • Pizza is discussed in two books - book 10's chapter 2 ("Baby Booty"), and book 14's chapter 7 ("To Top It Off"). In the former, Mrs. Peacock expresses a distaste for pizza (since you eat it with your fingers), and Miss Scarlet wants hers with pepperoni. In the latter, Mrs. Peacock has no problem with pizza in general (though she shuns any topping other than cheese), and Miss Scarlet insists on only eating vegetarian toppings.
  • Skeleton Key Card: Book 3, chapter 7 ("Sound the Alarm!") has Boddy installing a great deal of security equipment in the mansion, and asks Mr. Green (and all the other guests) to try to break in through the front door. Falling back on this trope, Green uses a credit card to slip the lock... and like everyone else who tried to break in that way, triggers a trap door under the welcome mat. And then his suitcase falls in after him, landing on his head.
  • Sleepwalking: Book 1 features a chapter titled "The Sleepwalking Killer". It's exactly what it sounds like. Fortunately, as always, the victim wasn't dead - they'd just fainted from fear, and the "blood" around them was from the glass of fruit juice that was actually hit by the bullet.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: In one introduction, Boddy mentions that he's heard Miss Scarlet buys two tickets whenever she flies - one for her and one for her ego.
  • Something Completely Different: Most of the chapters revolved around a murder or theft, but a few would present the reader with a non-criminal mystery—for example, the guests play a game or have a contest, and you have to figure out who won.
  • Status Quo Is God: No matter who tries to kill who, or steals from Mr. Boddy or another guest, they'll always survive and/or be invited back.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Something exploded when Mrs. White was cooking dinner in book 6's chapter 2, with the guests hearing a loud blast from the Kitchen. It's luckily averted with the huge bomb that was planted elsewhere in the mansion. Also with the Time Bomb featured in book 1's chapter 3 which, as it turns out, the giver forgot to set.
  • Swiper, No Swiping!: Mrs. Peacock's "Stop It!" technique, taught in her self-defense class in Midnight Phone Calls, is based on this - if the criminal attacking the practitioner is polite, the practitioner merely has to order them to "Stop it" to make them back down.
  • Tempting Fate: It's noted that Colonel Mustard is willing to fight a duel at the drop of a hat. When she hears this, Mrs. Peacock remarks that it's a good thing she never drops her hat... and then does so accidentally, her hat landing on the colonel's head and making everyone laugh at how silly he looks and setting off his temper again.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Mr. Boddy is killed in the final chapter of each book, then explains how he survived in the introduction of the next book.
  • 13 Is Unlucky: Mr. Boddy was born on a Friday the 13th in November. The first chapter of book 17 is set on Friday the 13th, and involves the guests developing various phobias.
  • Time Bomb: Professor Plum intends to give one to Mr. Green as a birthday present in book 1, chapter 3 ("Happy Birthday, Mr. Green"), revealing that it's due to go off in just a few minutes... but he can't remember where he left it; when asked why he thought it was a good idea, he claims that he thought it would liven up the party and that he planned to turn it off once it was unwrapped. Luckily, the others figure out where he left it in time. Even more luckily, he also forgot to set it before he wrapped it.
  • The Tooth Hurts:
    • Book #4, chapter 4 ("The Deadly Toothbrush"), has one of the guests stealing a ruby-encrusted toothbrush from Miss Scarlett. The solution notes that although the thief got away with their crime, they never actually used the stolen toothbrush for its intended purpose. As a consequence, they had six cavities at their next checkup.
    • Book #7, chapter 5 ("Mrs. Peacock Bites the Bullet"), has Mrs. Peacock losing her gold tooth after she accidentally bites a bullet that had fallen into the cream puff she was eating.
    • Book 11, chapter 3 ("Creature Features") has the guests eating popcorn and watching monster movies. Mr. Boddy's gold pocket watch falls into one of the bowls, and after getting switched around a few times, ends up in the bowl of a guest who doesn't notice its presence and, consequently, bites into it. As a result, Mr. Green has to buy Boddy a new watch and himself a bridge of false teeth.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Mr. Green loves ham, as seen several times.
  • Troll: Mr. Boddy sometimes comes off as one with the prizes he offers... and also the incidents where he purposely tricks his guests into doing something that makes them look silly.
  • Two Men, One Dress: Book #2, chapter 8 ("Trick or Treat") is set on Halloween, with seven characters in six costumes. The last to arrive at the mansion is a two-headed man with a knife in each head, who turns out to be two guests sharing one outfit.
  • Walk This Way: Done twice; once with the guests merely imitating Mr. Boddy's normal walk, and once with Mrs. White getting a pebble in her shoe and the guests all imitating her abnormal walk.
  • With Friends Like These...: Boddy is fully aware that his friends regularly try to kill him on multiple occasions. The problem is he's too terrified to not be friends with them if this is how they treat him on friendly terms. (Though he does punish them, or threaten to do so, for misbehaving on occasion.)
  • Wrote the Book: In the introduction to the book The Vanishing Vampire, Mr. Boddy says of Mrs. Peacock, "When it comes to manners, this lady wrote the book. In fact, she wrote all of them."
  • Zonk:
    • Mr. Boddy would periodically arrange various contests for his guests. Sometimes the prizes were genuinely valuable (usually cash or a valuable treasure); other times, they were gag prizes (and at least once the "prize" was a punishment). Examples included a tug-of-war competition in which each member of the winning team would receive a rare Boddy treasure (a big kiss on the nose from Mr. Boddy), a game of bobbing for apples in which one of the apples contains a golden nugget (actually a nugget of caramel candy, though in that case everyone had a good laugh when it was revealed), a snowball fight (in which the winning team got ice cream cones), a competition to paint the most doors in the mansion's downstairs (everyone got a prize - bars of soap to clean the paint off their hands) and a horse race (everyone's "prize" was being forced to muck out the stalls, since Boddy had gotten angry with them for fighting over who was the best rider and demanding a race to prove who was best). There was also one contest (a lottery drawing) with a half real, half zonk prize; while the guests weren't too happy about playing for the zonk (a chance to see Mr. Boddy compete in a tennis tournament being held at some point later on), they did want to win the money he was also putting up. After Boddy lost badly in the tournament, the winning guest graciously gave him some of the prize money to spend on private lessons.
    • A couple of their attempted thefts could qualify as Zonks as well. Such as the theft of the Ersatz Diamond, being sold to Boddy by aliens from the planet Xaoh. Naturally, given the names involved, the diamond is a fake - Boddy was deliberately trolling his guests as a prank. Another theft has the culprit break into a large, mysterious crate that's sitting out on the lawn; Boddy's refused to identify the contents, so the guests are sure it's a new treasure. It turns out to be a new bathtub he was having installed. There's also the case of the priceless records - they're literally priceless, in that they're not worth a dime.


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