Murder Stalks the Village – The Answers!!

Last month I set you all a picture challenge in the form of a deadly village, which contained 36 clues to classic crime mysteries. If you have not had a chance to look at the puzzle click here to read the original post, which has some pointers on the types of clue you will be facing. However, if you have little grey cells have worked up a head of steam and you’re ready to see if your answers match mine, keep reading!

To make it easier to go through the answers I have had the images photographed in clusters meaning I can go through them section by section. Hopefully it will make it clearer to follow. So let’s get cracking!

Top Left: The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie

Bottom Left: Swan Song by Edmund Crispin

Centre: The Case of the Abominable Snowman by Nicholas Blake

Right: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

And yes for amusement we did depict the hound as a Chihuahua, of the deer head variety, not quite an apple head. More of a point for canine enthusiasts. However, I digress…

Top: Mystery Mile by Margery Allingham

Bottom: She Died a Lady by Carter Dickson

Far Left: Death of a Busybody by George Bellairs

Second from the Left: The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

Centre Back: The Case of the Late Pig by Margery Allingham

Inside the Church: The Key by Patricia Wentworth

Far Right: ‘The Hammer of God’ by G. K. Chesterton

Far Left: Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers

Bottom Centre: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Back Right: The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne

Left: The Case of the Flowery Corpse by Christopher Bush

Right: Hunt the Tortoise by Elizabeth Ferrars

Left: A Hive of Suspects by Shelia Pim

Centre: The Man Who Grew Tomatoes by Gladys Mitchell

Right: A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie

Left: Seven Clues in Search of a Crime by Bruce Graeme

Centre: The Mystery of a Butcher’s Shop by Gladys Mitchell

Right: The Secret of High Eldersham by Miles Burton

Left: The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie

Right: Overture to Death by Ngaio Marsh

This is a bigger chunk so I have divided it into smaller sections.

Country House

Upper Floor: Speedy Death by Gladys Mitchell

Centre, Lower Floor: The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side by Agatha Christie

Right, Lower Floor: Tied Up in Tinsel by Ngaio Marsh


Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie

Dark Green Background

Top: Murder in the Maze by J. J. Connington

Bottom: Cold Blood by Leo Bruce

Light Green Background

Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie

Left: Death in the Stocks by Georgette Heyer

Centre: Buried for Pleasure by Edmund Crispin

Right: Murder Isn’t Cricket by E. & M. A. Radford

These three pictures dotted around the village were all one clue for The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin.

Finally we have Green for Danger by Christianna Brand.

I haven’t specified how each picture was a clue for a given book as I thought it might make the post a bit too long, but if you are curious about any of them just let me know in the comments.

Let me know how many you got correct too! I hope you all had fun doing and there weren’t too many sleepless night!


  1. I got a mere 20. I’m ashamed to admit that I completely missed Seven Clues in Search of a Crime. I thought it was Murder in the Bookshop by Carolyn Wells. Ugh. And I’m sitting in the corner knowing that Bev beat me!!

    Most of the books that I missed I’ve not read or read so long ago I can’t remember what they were about. Four of them I’ve never heard of until today. Murder Isn’t Cricket had some dead giveaways, didn’t it? Wow. Wish I had known that book.

    Just thought I’d offer up some of my incorrect guesses which I think are 100% applicable for the illustrations:

    Shepherd’s Crook , aka Crook O’ Lune (shepherd lamp) by E. C. R. Lorac and A Pocketful of Rye (corpse near the clothesline) for the illustrations that you say depict A Murder Is Announced. What exactly is the significance of the shepherd lamp in Christie’s book?

    The Sleeping Sphinx by J. D. Carr (vault in a backyard) for what you say is A Hive of Suspects. I thought those were flies hovering around a smelly corpse in a burial vault and not bees.

    The waiter with the champagne could easily pass for a clue to Sparkiling Cyanide. Though there is no dog (is that what that is?) who acts as a detective in that book.

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    • It did make me chuckle reading you missed your own reprint!
      We wanted a cricket mystery as the picture was set in a village and the Radford book was one that was in print, so it seemed like a fairer inclusion. The notations on the score board were an additional hint to help narrow things down.
      In regards to A Murder is Announced – I made that a two part clue so the washing line image is one of the secondary killings and the Shepherdess Lamp is an important clue in Miss Marple identifying who the killer is – let’s just say the wrong lamp was present at the first killing, a lamp whose flex has been frayed and the fact someone notices this contributes to their demise.
      A Hive of Suspects – The bees could have bigger perhaps but I had the lawn coloured in as the Irish flag to denote it being the Irish bee mystery by Shelia Pim, as there are other bee mysteries around like Francis Vivian’s.
      As to the last text you refer to, I am guessing you mean The Red House Mystery. There is indeed no dog in the book, and there is dog in the picture. I think you must be referring to Piglet, a character from Winnie the Pooh, which was the more famous creation of A. A. Milne. In the background there is also a secret passageway, which is something that features in the book.


  2. Thanks for the explanations. I wasn’t sure if that was a pig or a dog. There are pigs all over this village! : ^)

    The deerstalker made me think that an animal was key to solving the mystery like the dog in Poirot Loses a Client and several lesser known, obscure mysteries I’ve written about on my book. I always tend to overthink these kinds of puzzles. It was a fun challenge. Kudos to your doodling artistic boyfriend! I liked the whimsy in his cartoons.

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  3. I think I made a very lucky guess at The Red House Mystery – was the croquet (next to The Murder on the Links) meant to be part of the clue for this?
    And at the risk of being repetitious (although the original comment was in ROT-13), I feel obliged to point out that that’s a pillory, not the stocks.

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  4. Thanks for putting this together (and thanks to Johnny for the artwork). I got most of the books that I’ve read. I should’ve got The Red House Mystery. I’ve got Cold Blood on my TBR which I now remember has croquet on the front cover but as I’ve recently read A Rush on the Ultimate by HRF Keating which is croquet themed, I’m giving myself that one. I had no idea what the caravans were doing.

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