The Name of the Game Was Murder

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Novelist Augustus Trevor has written a manuscript that reveals the darkest secrets of his guests. Whoever can solve Trevor's clues can have his story removed from the book. But when Trevor is bludgeoned to death, the survivors (along with the reader) are challenged to find both the manuscript and the murderer.

When she visits her great-uncle, a successful and self-centered author, at his fortress-like home on Catalina Island, fifteen-year-old Samantha becomes ...

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Overview

Novelist Augustus Trevor has written a manuscript that reveals the darkest secrets of his guests. Whoever can solve Trevor's clues can have his story removed from the book. But when Trevor is bludgeoned to death, the survivors (along with the reader) are challenged to find both the manuscript and the murderer.

When she visits her great-uncle, a successful and self-centered author, at his fortress-like home on Catalina Island, fifteen-year-old Samantha becomes involved in his manipulative game that leads to murder.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A 15-year-old sleuth tries to solve the murder of her great-uncle, who was killed after writing a tell-all novel about his high-profile friends. An Edgar Award winner. Ages 12-up. (Dec.)q
Janice Del Negro
A would-be writer, teenage Samantha is attending a house party at the island mansion of her uncle, Augustus Trevor. A famous author, Trevor has written a book revealing some deep, dark secret from the past of each of his now famous houseguests. The guest who finds the hidden manuscript--using clues provided by Trevor--will have his or her "secret" removed. Everyone, except Samantha, has something to hide, even Sam's Aunt Thea, Trevor's wife. But Trevor can't control his own game, and someone bludgeons him to death in an effort to find the damning manuscript. Trapped on the island by a storm and without phone contact to the mainland, Samantha and the others grudgingly work together to find the manuscript and uncover the killer. The derivative plot is helped along by the quick pacing and melodramatic setting, and the stock players (the movie star, the senator, the fashion designer) perform their roles as expected. While the ending is startlingly abrupt and somewhat anticlimactic, the mystery will still be popular with genre fans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440219163
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1994
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 272,019
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 6.89 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2006

    The Name of The game was Murder

    If you enjoy mystery, and suspense you would love the book called The Name of the Game was Murder by Joan Lowery Nixon. It is about a young lady named Samantha Burns who was sent to her Aunt Thea and her husband Augustus¿ (a famous writer) house, and realized she and the other guests have been forced to play an evil game. They were about to roll into a serious game that they wish they never had. I think this book was a very suspenseful and interesting novel to read. If you love to be scared and wondering were you should step or not then maybe you would like to be a player of The Name of The Game was Murder.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2000

    Name of the Game Was Murder

    I read lots of books. alot of my friends don't like to read so they think i'm kinda weird but the name of the game was murder was the best i've read i'm in fifth grade so its cool that i like to read it was great how i could read the book and picture myself in it i read all kind of books but my best friend nicole saw that book and said that i will like it and so did the mrs.lamb the school libarin so i read of course i loved it and how it was a page turner i spent most of the day like of weekends reading it i ended up puting it on my christmas list i get but theres always my birthday so after i took an a.r test and made a 100 i want looking for more Joan Lowery Nixon books she is now my favorite arthor.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 1999

    Name of the Game Was Murder

    That book was the best that I've read all school year It was a page turner I am only in the Fifth grade but I love to read books by Joan Lowery Nixon.I think The name of the game was murder was the best book I read in a long time.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Very Good!!!!!!!!! A Thrilling mystery!

    This is a very good book. samantha goes to visit her Aunt Thea and hopes to have Augustus Trevor (her uncle who is a famous novelist) review some stories she has written. Samantha discovered that her uncle is very bad tempered and mean. he has blackmailed some of his famous "friends" into coming over to play a "game". He gives everyone clues except Sam because he didn't know she was coming. He rudely tells her to stay out of the way. The game is that Augustus has discovered a secret about everyone who came including Aunt Thea. The person who decifered the clues and won the game would have their secret taken out of the manuscript before it was published.
    but things didn't go as planned. when Augustus is found dead, Samantha must join the game and find the manuscript which she thought would contain clues about the identity of the murderer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2008

    Wow!

    Wow! What an awesome mystery, I was really impressed! I won't give away the mystery but I love book with clues like this one. I definately recommend this awesome title!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2005

    Great Book for All Ages!!!!!!!

    The plot of this book was magnificent. Although, it was a little cliched in the way that people are trapped in a house with a dead body. It reminds me of the 'Clue' movie. But, overall, it was a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2005

    An enjoyable book for any one!!!

    It is the best mystery book I have read. I enjoyed the whole book but I think Joan Lowery Nixon could've made the ending a bit better.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2005

    A solve along game

    This book was very, very, good and well written. You will be flipping the pages to find out who the did it and why. You can also try to solve it with the clues. This was also very well written. The ending flopped a little bit so I only give it four stars. Definatly worth reading!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2005

    The best Murder Mystery

    I dont like Murder Mysteries but she is such a good writer that she engulfs you in the plot and that is what makes her writing so interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2004

    This is the best book ever!!!!!!!

    this is the best book ever. i suggest you read it. it is one one the scariest books that i have read. try it now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2004

    a review

    I really like this book. I cound not stop reading it! For the the time in a long time I found a book that was really interesting. Right now I read about 60 pages in the last two hours and still going. Which I could never quite come even close to 60 pages in 2 hours so this book was very great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2004

    ONE OF HER BEST BOOKS!!!!!

    This book is sort of like the Westing Game, which I also recommmend. The Name of the Game was Murder was a very suspenseful book with different and interesting characters. If you aren't the world's best mystery solver don't worry! Joan Lowery Nixon in succeeded in writing another great mystery!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2004

    Her best book ever!!!!!!!!!

    This is by far Nixon's best book!!! The charactors came alive and i love it because it is like the game clue!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2004

    It was a true mystery that made you feel like you couldn't stop !!!

    I love all of Nixon's books, but this has to be one of her bests.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2003

    i loved it!

    I am a 14 year old boy who hates to read. I had no choice but to read this book for summer reading and after the first page i just kept flipping the page; I couldn't stop! It was wonderful!! It took me 4 days to read it. I told all my friends about it and they are reading it now too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2003

    This book is SOOO GOOD!

    I thought this book was REALLY good. I read it in a couple of hours it was so good! I think that there should be a sequel. I can't wait to read more good books by this author! I hope you read this because it is exciting and will keep you reading it until the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2003

    This was the Best book I ever read! It should be a movie!

    Right when I started to read, I knew this was going to be a good book. What I like about the begining it didnt start off slow. It started the mystery right away. It took me 2 days to read because it was so good. Once you start you cant stop!This is the best book I ever read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2003

    Don't read this book @ night

    this book is soo suspensefull and very breathe taking and soo unpredictable!! My question was alwayz who done it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2002

    Great Suspense

    This book gets you into the story from the first sentence, to the very last words. She makes it so you can't lie your book down, and can't stop reading until you find out what happens next, otherwise, thats all you can think about each day! She makes you think one thing, but guides you to another, and pretty soon, you are practically Curious George! This is a great book, and any suspense-mystery-murder book lover would love this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2002

    The Name of the Game was Murder

    This is an outstanding book that I would recommend to anybody!

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