Long ago, in a time before Covid-19…
“My cousin is a suspect in the Master Detective edition of Clue,” June, one of my closet friends, told me one day. As a mystery author, the minute I heard this exciting news, I knew there was only one thing to do: assemble a team of BFFs to play the game… which none of us had done in years.
How did June’s cousin John Dods achieve this amazing achievement, you ask? John is a special effects and prosthetics designer for the entertainment industry. His friend Tim Hillebrandt happened to be painting characters for this mid-80s Parker Brothers special edition and decided to toss in John as a suspect.
John became “M. Brunette – a many of many talents, many accents – many passports.”
On a sleepy Sunday, my friends Nancy and Mindy joined June and me at June’s Santa Monica condo. We enjoyed lunch and then June dealt the suspect cards.
Mindy on the left, Nancy on the right.
Like I said, none of us had played the game in years. But we had a great time getting up to speed, and soon the game board looked like this…
Some of us were better at it than others, me falling into the “others” camp. Compare the notebook of Nancy, a production manager at a local center for the performing arts, to my notebook…
I’ll let you figure out which is hers and which is mine.
I’m not gonna lie. Things got ugly at one point. June and Mindy went at each other with weapons.
The game reached its conclusion faster than we expected, with June solving the case. I don’t remember the details but I do know that “M. Brunette” was not the culprit.
The character of “M. Brunette” was retired after this Clue Special Edition, so you probably won’t find him in the version you have collecting dust on a closet shelf. I’m not a game person and I don’t come from a family that gravitated to them. As my frustrated friend Laurie once exclaimed when she joined us for a weekend at my parent’s old cabin on a lake in Connecticut, “All you people do is read!” But convening three of my besties for a good-natured round of Clue proved to be so much fun that we’ve vowed to meet again for another crack at it.
And maybe I’ll actually write some notes in my Detective Notebook next time -if only so my page doesn’t look so embarrassingly empty next to Nancy’s.
Readers, are you a game person or not? Do you have fond memories of Clue? Do you still play it?