from: The Vintage Toyshop Mysteries
by: Barbara Early
Liz McCall here. I self-identify as a board game junkie. We have quite a selection of vintage board games at the shop. But today I have a new game for you! It's kind of a cross between a logic puzzle and the board game Clue. And the suspect are eight authors from the Killer Character blog!
UPDATE: THE WINNERS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN, BUT YOU CAN PLAY JUST FOR FUN, IF YOU'D LIKE. WHEN YOU'RE DONE SUBMITTING YOUR ANSWERS, THE FORM WILL LET YOU KNOW HOW YOU DID.
Here's how it works:
I'll post one set of clues now, and then again at 10AM (eastern), 12noon, 2PM, 4PM, and 6PM. (Come back or reload the page to see new clues!)
In addition, every player can make ONE free guess (suspect, weapon, and location) in the comments below at any time in the game. Leave an email in a safe format (ie. MyName AT myhost DOT com), and I'll email back the name of one of your items that's wrong, if any. You only get one guess, so use it wisely!
The weapons are:
- flax hackle
- lawn dart
- soldering iron
- Snickers bar
- antique book
- ghost chili
The possible locations are:
- yarn shop
- vintage toyshop
- glass shop
- bike shop
- bed & breakfast
- Wagtail Mountain
- spice shop
- farm store
When you think you've figured it out--or have eliminated enough possibilities that you'd like to "take a stab" at it--you can make your final accusation at this Google form. If for some freak techno reason you cannot access the form, you may email me at Barb AT BarbaraEarly DOT com, using the heading "final accusation" and be sure to tell me the suspect, weapon, and location. DO NOT post your final accusations in the comments.
The first person to make a correct accusation will win a vintage toyshop totebag, a signed, hardcover copy of Death of a Toy Soldier, and signed copies of Cheryl Hollon's Pane and Suffering, Leslie Budewitz's Killing Thyme, and Krista Davis's The Diva Serves High Tea. (Cat not included.)
Five runners up will be chosen randomly from correct responses, and will each receive a Scrabble tile necklace.
The prizes as shown are limited to the United States. INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS may enter, but if they win, the prize will be DEATH OF A TOY SOLDIER only. (You don't want to know how much it costs to mail prizes across the globe!)
You may find this worksheet helpful.
Here are the CLUES:
The killer's name doesn't contain a K.
The victim wasn't poisoned.
None of the authors killed anyone in a location around which her series is set.
Cheryl Hollon didn't kill anyone with a lawn dart.
Peg Cochran didn't kill anyone in a yarn shop.
Neither Barbara Early nor Leslie Budewitz killed anybody with a sharp object.
Clue set 2:
Molly MacRae didn't kill anyone with an antique book or in a bike shop.
Nobody died in a farm store.
Barbara Early didn't kill anyone with an antique book or in a yarn shop.
Nobody died on Wagtail Mountain.
Clue set 3:
Leslie Budewitz didn't kill anyone with a soldering iron or in a glass shop.
The only weapons that could be used in the B & B are the book and the lawn dart.
Neither Molly MacRae nor Duffy Brown killed anyone with a flax hackle.
If Peg Cochran killed anyone, it was in the farm store.
Clue set 4:
Cheryl Hollon didn’t kill anyone with an athame or in a spice shop.
If someone was killed in the glass shop, it was with the flax hackle
If the killer used a soldering iron, it was in the yarn shop.
If the killer used a halbard, it was in the spice shop.
Clue set 5:
Duffy Brown didn't kill anyone with a soldering iron or in the yarn shop.
If an antique book was used, it was in the spice shop.
The murder didn't take place in a vintage toyshop.
If the killer used a lawn dart, it was in the bike shop.
Final clue set:
Cheryl Hollon didn't kill anyone with a soldering iron.
If the killer used an athame, it was in a yarn shop.
Neither Molly MacRae nor Leslie Budewitz used a halbard.
Neither Duffy Brown nor Cheryl Hollon killed anyone with an antique book.
Remember, you make make ONE free guess in the comments below (include your email) at any time in the day, you may make one accusation here, and be sure to check back for more cozy clues!
Death of a Toy Soldier, the first of the new Vintage Toyshop Mysteries, releases on October 11th from Crooked Lane.
You can follow Barbara Early on Facebook to learn about more games and prizes in the twelve days leading up to the release!
Don't miss the online release party on October 11th!
You can find Death of a Toy Soldier on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and through many other fine retailers.