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bePuzzled Mystery Jigsaw Puzzles

 

Mary Anne Lombard founded Lombard Marketing Bloomfield, Connecticut, in 1987.  Lombard manufactured mystery and romance puzzles for adults and children.  The first bePuzzled title was introduced in 1988 and each puzzle came with a mystery story.  Early puzzles have text on boxes showing the brand name as bePuzzled or bePUZZLED.  University Games acquired bePuzzled in February 1999 and began referring to the brand name either in all caps as BEPUZZLED or with a lower case “p” as Bepuzzled.  Currently available titles are listed on their website.  University Games has issued some additional puzzles with the BePuzzled logo on the box which do not have any secret images or mystery to solve.  A good example of this is:  The Spiderwick Chronicles – The Secret Study Puzzle – 2007.  I will not be including any puzzles on this page that do not have a mystery to solve.  This list is only intended to cover the bePuzzled titles dealing with mysteries. 


Solutions:  These are always shown in “mirror-type” – to read them, hold them up to a mirror.

 

* = I have a copy of the puzzle in my collection and can answer questions about it.

 

 

500 pieces – 20 x 20:

*Bomb – by R.D. Zimmerman, 1987 – NOT a murder – story booklet (also issued by Waddington Sanders Ltd in Canada in 1988)

  Case of the Missing Links – by Christopher King, 1990 (also issued in Puzzling Mysteries series by Canada Games in 1991.) – story booklet

  Catch as Cat Can - by Diana Dixon Healy, 1988 (also issued by Waddington Saunders Ltd., in 1989) – NOT a murder – story booklet

  Cooking Commando – by Floyd Kemske, 1997

*Death by Diet – by R.D. Zimmerman, 1987 (also issued by Waddington Saunders Ltd., in 1988) – story booklet

*The Emerald Spy – by R.D. Zimmerman, 1987 – story booklet

  Feline Frenzy – by John Lutz, 1991 (also issued in Puzzling Mysteries series by Canada Games)

  Final Run – by Alan Robbins, 1992 (also issued in Puzzling Mysteries series by Canada Games in 1993) – story booklet

  Murder Can Be Comic – by Mike W. Barr, 1987

*Murder in the Wind – by Susan Kenney, 1993 – has a secret puzzle image – story booklet

*Murder Most Artful – by R.D. Zimmerman, 1987

*Spy for a Spy, A – by Karan Larson Richardson, 1993 – NOT a murder – has a secret puzzle image – story booklet

*Sweet Revenge – by Alan Robbins, 1990 – story booklet (also issued in Puzzling Mysteries series by Canada Games in 1991)

  To Kill a Boss – by Alan Robbins, 1994 – has a secret puzzle image

*To Kill a Lawyer – by Alan Robbins, 1993 – has a secret puzzle image – story booklet

 

1000 pieces – 23 x 29:

  Bet Your Life – by Birgitte Estelle Rasine, 1996

               *Burning Evidence – by John Lutz, 1993 – has a secret puzzle image – story booklet

                 Flowers from a Stranger – by John Lutz, 1994 – has a secret puzzle image

                 Foul Play and Cabernet – by Henry Slesar, 1994 – has a secret puzzle image– story booklet

               *Ghost of Winthrop – by Katherine Hall Page, 1993 – has a secret puzzle image & story contains an acrostic – story booklet

               *Glenmore Haunting – by Alan Robbins, 1993 – story booklet

               *Grounds for Murder – by John Lutz, 1994 – has a secret puzzle image – story booklet

               *Last Chill and Testament – by Alan Robbins, 1993 – has a secret puzzle image – story booklet

                 Men Are Pigs – by Larry Zacher, 1995 – has a secret puzzle image

                 Murder Makes a Call – by Henry Slesar, 1994 – has a secret puzzle image

                 Murder, Of Course – by Denis J. Harrington, 1994 – has a secret puzzle image – story booklet

*Purr-ceptive Detective – by Alan Robbins, 1994– has a secret puzzle image (also published by Western Publishing in 1991 and Canada Games in 1992.) – story booklet

                 Shop Till You Drop – by Joseph King, 1995 – has a secret puzzle image

                 Sonata for a Spy – by Alan Robbins, 1991 – story booklet

                 Taxed to Death – by John Lutz, 1995 – has a secret puzzle image

                 To Kill a Husband – by Joan Hess, 1994 – has a secret puzzle image

                 To Kill a Mother-in-law – by Larry Zacher, 1995 – has a secret puzzle image

*Under Cover Cat – by John Lutz, 1996 – not a murder – story booklet

                 Who Drilled the Dentist? – by Larry Zacher

              

Agatha Christie Mystery Puzzle and Book Gift Sets (1000 pieces, 23 x 29”)

Double Clue, The – 1999

               Incredible Theft, The – by Mimi Schleicher, 1998

               Murder in the Mews

               Theft of the Royal Ruby, The – 1998

               Underdog, The – 1998

 

Agatha Christie Mystery Puzzle & Book (323 pieces, 15 x 15” – each puzzle comes with a 64 page book containing two short stories.)

                 Case of the Caretaker, The – 1998

                 How Does Your Garden Grow

*Million Dollar Bond Robbery, The – 1998 (also issued in the bePuzzled Jr. series and by Paul Lamond Games with 600 pieces)

                 Plymouth Express, The – 1998

 

BePuzzled Bestseller         

*Double Cross – by John Lutz, 1989 – 1000 pieces, 23 x 29” (also issued in Puzzling Mysteries series by Canada Games in 1993.) – story booklet

 

bePuzzled Classics (1000 pieces, 23 x 29”)

  Adventure of the Speckled Band – by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1998 (later manufactured and distributed by B.V. Leisure in England.)

               *Alfred Hitchcock – by Larry Zacher, 2000 – story booklet

                 Body of Evidence – by Alan Robbins, 1997

  Carol Higgins Clark Mystery Jigsaw Puzzle - Too Many Cooks

*CSI:Miami – The Crush – See entry below

                 Curse of the Feline Pharoah – by Alan Robbins, 1998

*Haunted Garden, The – by Henry Slesar, 1997 – story booklet

  J. D. Robb Mystery Jigsaw Puzzle – Interlude in Death – 2005

  Jonathan Kellerman Mystery Jigsaw Puzzle – The Things We Do For Love – 2005

               *Julie Smith Mystery Jigsaw Puzzle - Always Othello, 2002 – story booklet

  Murder at St. Andrews – by Larry Zacher, 1999 (later manufactured and distributed by B.V. Leisure in England.)

  Murder in the Year 2000 – by Alan Robbins, 1999 – story booklet

*Murder on the Hindenburg – by Floyd Kemske, 1999 – story booklet

*Murder on the Rocks – by Alan Robbins, 1994 – has a secret puzzle image – story booklet

*Murder on the Titanic – by John Lutz, 1997 – story booklet

              Nelson DeMille Mystery Jigsaw Puzzle – The Mystery at Thorn Mansion – 2002

  Recipe for Murder – by Jana Cain – has a secret puzzle image

  Sue Grafton Mystery Jigsaw Puzzle – A Poison That Leaves No Trace – 2002

  Taxing Murder – by John Lutz

  Unbridled Fear – by Floyd Kemske, 1997

 

bePuzzled Collectors Edition (500 pieces, 20 x 20”)

*Christmas Tale, A – by Alan Robbins, 1990 – not a murder – story booklet

  Cookie Tree, The – 1991 (comes with 5 metal cookie cutters and 8 recipes for holiday cookies and icing)

 

bePuzzled For Kids (15 x 15” – 125 pieces – listed in order of difficulty)

               Countdown on the Metro

Missing Mascot, The

Robot on the Rampage – by R.D. Zimmerman, 1988

               Secret of Rock Island – by Matt Christopher

 

bePuzzled Inspector Cross

*Classic Case of Murder – by Henry Slesar, 1989 – 1000 pieces, 23x29” (reissued later with 1992 copyright by Lombard Marketing) - story booklet

 

bePuzzled Interactive (500 pieces, 20x20” – each story allows three unique paths or solutions.)

*Mysteries at the Magic Bazaar – by Alan Robbins, 1989 - Three separate crimes to solve...one murder, one theft, and one black – story booklet              

  Stalking Dr. Strang – by Curtis Slepian, 1989 (this puzzle also issued in Puzzling Mysteries series by Canada Games in 1991.)

 

bePuzzled Jr.  (each has 250 pieces, is 15 x 15” and contains a 5 page booklets unless specified otherwise below- for ages 8-12)

               Agatha Christie Mysteries

Million Dollar Bond Robbery (600 pieces – also issued in the Agatha Christie series above and Paul Lamond Games in 1998)

              

Back Court Mysteries

Legend Under the Boards – by Matt Christopher, 1992, booklet and 3 character cards

              

Detective Trio Mysteries

Case of the Computer Sleuths, The – 1993 –booklet and special detective disk

              

Hidden Treasures Mysteries

*Captain Blackwell’s Treasure – by Wayne Geehan, 1993, booklet and pirate scroll – has a secret puzzle image

 

L.L. Bean’s Outdoor Adventures

Trailfinder Bear – 16 page booklet and magnifying glass included – has a secret puzzle image

 

Matt’s At Bat Puzzling Mysteries Series (booklet and 3 baseball cards)

                              Lefty’s Lost Pitch – by Matt Christopher, 1991

                              Fielder’s Dream – by Matt Christopher, 1991

              

Puzzling Pen Pal Mysteries (booklet and pen pal solution letter)

                              Birthday Mystery, The – by Patricia Lakin, 1992

                              Case of the Missing Ribbons – by Patricia Lakin, 1991

                              Case of the Stolen Jewels – by Patricia Lakin, 1992

                              In Search of the Hidden Statue – 1993

              

Soccer Sleuth’s Mystery (booklet and 3 soccer character cards)

Birthday Mystery, The – by Alan Robbins, 1992

Heading for Trouble – by Alan Robbins, 1992

              

Tennis Twins Mystery

Menace or Tennis – by Patricia Lakin, 1992, booklet and 4 tennis character cards

 

bePuzzled Romance

   For Love and Money – by Karan Larson Richardson, 1989

*Ghost of a Chance – by Anneva Hollis, 1989 – 500 pieces, 20 x 20” – copyright bePuzzled, distributed under license in the U.K. by BV Leisure Ltd.  The romantic story contains a murder mystery to solve.  Box design similar to other very early bePuzzled titles – falls open similar to a book.  Never seen these for sale in the U.S. – limited distribution? – story booklet

 

bePuzzled Times (500 pieces, 20 x 20, includes newspaper with story and solution)

                 911 Chocolate! – by Alan Robbins

                 Grape Expectations – 1998

                 Hole in One – by Floyd Kemske, 1997

                 Nose for Evidence, A – by Larry Zacher, 1997

                 Purrrrfect Medicine – by Floyd Kemske, 1998

               *Up the Creek – by Larry Zacher, 1997 – story booklet

               *Weed ‘Em and Weep – by Peter Byrne, 1997 – story booklet

 

Forensic Jigsaw Puzzle series – see also CSI puzzles published by Warren in separate list

(1000 pieces, 19Ό x 26” – 14-page booklet includes special cryptogram code.  To be able to read specific phrases in the story, have to solve code first by assembling the puzzle and using clues from puzzle surface.)

*CSI:  Miami – The Crush – by Joseph Kwong, 2006 – story booklet

 

Spider Tales – 250 pieces – 15 x 15” – “solve the mystery and for extra fun find the hidden spider”

Balancing Act – by Nancy Butcher, 1997

Birthday Spies – 1998

Cyber Sleuth – by Al Carusone

Hoop Magic! – by Al Carusone, 1998

Magic in the Attic – by Katherine Hall Page, 1994

Practice Makes Perfect – by Nancy Butcher, 1997

Princess Ballerina – by Nancy Butcher, 1996

Scout’s Honor – by Al Carusone, 1996

Secret of Rock Island – by Matt Christopher, 1988

Secret Pony Club, The – by Nancy Butcher, 1996

Shrinking Lessons – by Ann Gerfin, 1994

Soccer Rules – by Al Carusone

Sleepless Sleepover – by Al Carusone, 1995

Spies on Wheels – by Ann Gerfin, 1995

Swim at Your Own Risk – by Alan Robbins, 1994

Teacher’s Pet – by Al Carusone, 1996

Three Strikes, You’re Dead – by Denis J. Harrington

Time’s Up! – by Al Carusone

Which is Witch – by Wayne Geehan, 1995

 

Stumpers – 134 pieces – 2 sided – 12Ό inch round puzzles – comes with mystery story to solve

Checkmate – 1997

Double Trouble

Fur Balls

Happy Birthday!

Holy Cow

Hoppin’ for Joy – 1998

If the Shoe Fits

Irons in the Fire – by Larry Zacher, 1996

Play it Again Sam – by Larry Zacher, 1996

Stocking Stuffer

Stolen Secrets

This Won’t Hurt a Bit

 

 

Some of the story booklets on this page have been sent in by puzzle enthusiasts who appreciate having a place to find booklets when their copies disappear or get too beat up to read.  Additions to this page are extremely welcome!  If you have a booklet that is not linked on this page or know of a puzzle that is not listed – feel free to send me the info and I will add it to the page.  J

 


 

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