|Clue Mystery Puzzle: Death in the First Edition - 1992|
Dr. David Black was well named. Because his specialty was blackmail!
However, Dr. Black considered himself a "gentleman" extortionist. He spent his ill-gotten gains in pursuit of intellectual pleasures. His library of first editions was the finest in England. He owned more complete sets of Dickens than any other collector in the world.
Of course, Black needed the proper setting for his precious books. When he "collected" sufficient fees from his six blackmail victims, be bought Tudor Close, one of the most magnificent mansions in England.
His vanity proved to be his downfall. Dr. Black was so proud of his acquisition that he couldn't resist inviting all his victims to Tudor Close to see the result of their "contributions".
For some reason, the six guests who came to view the Black library seemed less than grateful for the privilege. Some of them were even rude. In fact, one of them had the discourtesy to murder their host.
David Black's violent death may not have been unexpected. But the circumstances were nothing short of eerie. Somehow the murderer managed to entice the blackmailer into his garden. And somehow the killer managed to bludgeon him to death without leaving a single footprint.
Professor Peter Plum: He liked Dickens but hated Dr. Black. Did he have Great Expectations of murder?
Mrs. Elizabeth Peacock: She was fixing a snack in the blackmailer's kitchen. Was murder on the menu?
Mrs. Blanche White: Mrs. Peacock's maid - and her alibi. Or was she her accomplice?
Reverend Jonathan Green: A man of God. But doesn't God help those who help themselves?
Miss Vivienne Scarlett: Murder might ruin her makeup. Or would this murder be worth it?
Colonel Mike Mustard: His game was chess. Did he make a move to checkmate the blackmailer?