I’m just going to say it… I’m a sucker for boarding school mystery novels. I have been ever since I read Private by Kate Brian. So of course when I saw one that was based off the board game, Clue, I had to check it out. And to me, this one did not disappoint.
The story follows six students – Peacock, Orchid, Vaughn, Mustard, Finn, and Scarlett – who are stuck in one of the dorms during a big storm that basically floods the rest of campus with a couple of other students, along with faculty members Rusty Naylor, Mrs. White, and Headmaster Boddy. But when their headmaster turns up dead the next morning, they have to find out who among them killed him and why?
The story goes between each character’s perspective, giving insight as to why they might possibly have a motive to harm their headmaster. Some reasons are given straight out, while others take time to come to light. Mostly, we see that these kids are, for the most part, good kids, but of course have their flaws which makes them suspicious. There was one twist thrown in for one of the students that made me go back and reread because I thought I had missed something, but it was more just thrown in as a fact and then the light-bulb clicked as to why that character was acting weird (I won’t say because spoilers).
For a large cast of characters, it was easy to follow along. And I found that I was half-right about who dunnit and killed Headmaster Boddy (I say half-right because I narrowed it to two characters, and one was the right one). I think what made me really enjoy this story was the characters themselves, as opposed to the plot. I just enjoyed them, especially Finn, Scarlett, and Orchid, and was happy to read their story. Imagine how glad I was to find out this is a trilogy and I’ll be seeing them again for two more books!
Overall, a fun read that’s great for any time of the year, but especially fall or during National Mystery Month.
Rating: 5/5 stars