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The Boddy in the Snowbank

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"The Clue characters are locked in a winter lodge. Mr. Boddy is found dead in a snowdrift with no visible signs of trauma. Who did it and how do you prove it using just the things in the lodge?"

This short - 1,600 word - story based around the whodunit game Cluedo/Clue was written as a guest post for the 7criminalminds blog in January 2011, based on the prompt above.

This is Mr. Boddy's faithful retainer, Blanche White's recollection of the events of the fatal night, as told to police detective Bruno Gray.

It's the Clue characters like you've never seen them before!

* * * THIS SHORT STORY IS FREE ON B&N, Smashwords, KoboBooks, and iTUNES * * *


The whodunit game CLUEDO /CLUE was designed by Anthony E. Pratt, a solicitor's clerk in Birmingham, England, in 1944.
The first version of the game was published in 1949.
CLUEDO /CLUE is the property of Hasbro, not of this author.
I'm simply borrowing the characters for a bit of fun.


* * * * * "For such a short story (only 8 pages) this story is so much fun. For me, it was very reminiscent of early Agatha Christie, with the country estate and the intriguing characters, with oh so many secrets! With an ending full of surprises and one that I didn't see coming, it sure was a great way to spend a few minutes of reading on a winter's day. I highly recommend you try out this fun little mystery. It's a definite must for fans of classic mystery novels, and anyone that has ever played Cluedo/Clue." - Bella McGuire, Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

* * * * * "What an enjoyable short story with a surprising ending that I didn't expect. This was a great read." - Dru Ann Love, Dru's Book Musings


Jenna Bennett is the bestselling author of the Do It Yourself home renovation mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime - written as Jennie Bentley - as well as the Savannah Martin/Cutthroat Business mysteries written as Jenna Bennett. A former Realtor and home renovator, she makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee, with a husband, two boys, and a house full of pets.


A Cutthroat Business (May 2011)
Hot Property (June 2011)
Contract Pending (July 2011)
Close to Home (September 2011)
A Done Deal (December 2011)

Same Time Next Year (short story) - (November 2011)

Fatal Fixer Upper, DIY-1 (November 2008) - written as Jennie Bentley
Spackled and Spooked (August 2009) - written as Jennie Bentley
Plaster and Poison (March 2010) - written as Jennie Bentley
Mortar and Murder (January 2011) - written as Jennie Bentley
Flipped Out (October 2011) - written as Jennie Bentley


Used availability for Jenna Bennett's The Boddy in the Snowbank

Kindle Editions

December 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Boddy in the Snowbank (short story)
Author(s): Jenna Bennett
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA