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The Story of Cluedo: How Anthony Pratt Invented the Game of Murder Mystery

By Jonathan Foster

Foreword by the inventor's daughter.


Was it Professor Plum with the candlestick in the library or Reverend Green with the revolver in the study? 

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Was it Professor Plum with the candlestick in the library or Reverend Green with the revolver in the study? Amateur detectives have been creeping around the corridors and secret passages of Tudor Close, solving the murder of the mysterious Dr Black, since 1949.


The Story of Cluedo tells how a quiet and unassuming musician from Birmingham invented the world’s first murder mystery board game. Through an engaging and very readable narrative based on extensive research and conversations with the inventor’s daughter, including never before published photographs and other material from the inventor’s personal archive, Jonathan Foster traces the origins of Cluedo. From its beginnings in the early twentieth century through the Second World War, to its enduring popularity in the post-war decades and the game’s current status as a permanent fixture in toy shops and toy cupboards around the world.


The author explores what inspired Anthony Pratt to design this very British board game, its runaway success, the history of murder mysteries and the golden age of the ‘whodunit’, and the game’s commercial importance to Waddingtons, a company with wartime secrets and a colourful past. The author also examines how the game has evolved in the era of the microchip and the secret behind its enduring appeal that keeps a new generation of amateur detectives trying to solve the gruesome murder at Tudor Close.

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