Get A Clue And Prepare To Geek Out! In The Hall With A Knife By Diana Peterfreund Kicks-Off The Clue Mystery Series On 10/8

Fun, campy and loaded with easter eggs, In the Hall With the Knife by Diana Peterfreund (Q and A from last week), is everything and exactly what you would expect it to be from a new young adult twist on the Clue movie and board game franchise.

In the Hall with the Knife

Thank you to Abrams Kids for an ARC in exchange for an honest review

Set perfectly for those craving mysterious boarding schools, In the Hall With the Knife recreates all the familiar rooms from Clue butat Blackbrook Academy. Blackbrook being a very exclusive and even more isolated Maine boarding school for the rich and famous.

Characters are a mix of spin-offs from the movies and newbies that mix it up a bit. Ms. Peacock is a tough as nails tennis player, Prof. Plum is a burgeoning scientist, Ms. Scarlett a wealthy hotel heiress and Mr. Mustard, a recently transferred Military School student. Mr. Green is Vaughn Green, a rare “townie” that was admitted into Blackbrook on scholarship, and also on staff as a janitor. Two adults heldover from the franchise are Mr. Boddy, now headmaster of  Blackbrook and Mrs. White, proctor of Tudor Hall.

It was indeed a dark and stormy evening that cranked out a once in a century Nor’Easter that stranded this devious, secret-holding group along with Orchid McKee, a once child actress hiding in plain sight and running from her past… but running out of time?

Clue Movie Meme 1

Each chapter is told from different points of view, which allow readers to start seeing the personality, motives and glimmers into the mysterious backgrounds of different characters. Group dynamics build from each point of view with banter, dead-panned quips and consistent volleying of teenage neurosis.

“… to make sure there is nobody here.”

“But there is a body here. In the conservatory.”

Scarlett rolled her eyes.


Peterfreund is able to to accomplish two very crucial character traits. First, with the now young adult characters. She does make them sound and act young adult appropriate. Second, each character (both adult and teen) have very unique voices and perspectives that are maintained throughout the book.

“All clear up there unless,” Finn said. ” Unless you think they were murdered by a mannequin.”

Mustard did not.

Is this a suspenseful mystery and thriller? Of course not. Let’s be serious… well let’s  not. The movie sure wasn’t and that is the whole point, isn’t it? It is a campy cheese fest but I wouldn’t want it any other way. You can see half of it coming before it happens. And that is ok. There are a couple of reveals that I had some idea about but didn’t completely have figured out. But most of them? Yeah, I had an idea. But that was ok because if it wasn’t what I expected? I would have been disappointed.

“Would you stick around here after you stabbed someone? Finn asked.

“Having never stabbed anyone, I couldn’t tell you,” said Mustard.

Bonus points for a male/female friendship that is in no way headed towards romance. It is a complete friendship power couple and I’m here for it!


20 thoughts on “Get A Clue And Prepare To Geek Out! In The Hall With A Knife By Diana Peterfreund Kicks-Off The Clue Mystery Series On 10/8

        1. Tbh, right now I am focused on my Netgalley books because I want to read all of them finally (some are there even from 2016) but recommendations for a good romantic comedy are always welcomed, and any genre that made you “feel something”. I also love literary fiction but rarely read it, and of course, ya contemporary is my genre to go too.

          Liked by 1 person

          1. I can’t do romance genres for trigger purposes right now… so I’m no help in that area. If you think I might know any of your NetGalley titles and want help choosing I’m happy to help

            Liked by 1 person

  1. Pingback: Do Your Eyes Deceive You Or Are You Seeing Double? How Am I Supposed To Know? The TWO Weeks That Were At Novel Lives- ALSO BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO DAVID CONNIS! – Novel Lives

  2. Pingback: Can’t Wait Wednesday: Blood Countess by Lana Popovic Harper #CWW #WOW – Novel Lives

          1. Hahah well… I am full of recommendations. I started looking ahead and I’m making goodreads lists of books that I think I want ARCs of or that I might want ARCs of. You should check them out. I’ll link you.

            Want ARC:

            Might want ARC:

            Just so when I look ahead I can organize what I think I might want to request/stalk beautiful upcoming releases.


          2. So I have a package coming tomorrow from HMH… I don’t know what it is. The title I recently requested from them is The Circus Rose — which by the way you should look into. I also have The Seventh Sun coming from Blackstone Publishing, I just got the email that they’ll be sending it out. But I have no idea what’s coming from HMH.

            Liked by 1 person

          3. I was thinking about the 7th Sun… it’s on auto download but I just already see too many ARCs building around that time and I just… dont want to make that mistake anymore so itll be there if I want it later.

            Liked by 1 person

  3. I have ARCs of beyond the shadowed earth and unspoken name ([ didnt get that right, did I)? I got Beyond the Shadowed Earth through NG a while go and was going to put the latter in this week’s sunday post. But yes you know my taste well.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s