Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | October 9, 2019

Jigsaw Murder Mystery

(3 Minute Read)

Do murder mysteries intrigue you as much as jigsaw puzzles do? You might be surprised to learn they are sometimes connected.

My wife and I have gotten interested in doing jigsaw puzzles over the last several years, particularly while camping. We enjoy sitting at a sturdy table by our campfire and working a jigsaw. It’s so rewarding to find the right piece and snap it into place!

Here is “With Grandpa on the Farm,” a colorful 500-piece puzzle that’s full of interesting details. We did it a year ago during a camping trip. It’s a farm scene with Grandpa in the barn milking a cow. A young boy watches from the loft while his sister feeds chickens.

With Grandpa on the Farm
by Bob “Grandpa” Bates

What would interest me about jigsaw puzzles? That’s what this intermittent Series on Jigsaw Puzzles will cover, including pictures of some of the interesting jigsaws we’ve completed.

This Jigsaw Puzzle Series will likely include much more than you would ever want to know about jigsaw puzzles. That’s one reason why it will be an intermittent series.

Topics I expect to discuss in this Jigsaw Puzzle Series will include Benefits of Solving Jigsaws, Tips for Solving Jigsaws, Jigsaw Design, and Recommended Sources and Artists and Makers, among other topics.

Jigsaw Murder

Recently I did a murder mystery jigsaw, “The Unconventional Murder.” It was based on the old TV show Murder, She Wrote that ran for 12 seasons, 1984-1996. Angela Lansbury starred as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher who solved murders that baffled police in Cabot Cove, Maine. Murder, She Wrote was one of my father’s favorite shows. Here is a 2-minute video trailer for the TV show:

The puzzle box for “The Unconventional Murder” included a pamphlet laying out a Jessica Fletcher murder mystery. A jewelry dealer attending an antique convention supposedly died alone as a result of an accidental fall in his hotel room. But Jessica Fletcher determined he had not been alone and had been murdered. Suspects included the hotel’s desk clerk, the convention director, and the victim’s estranged wife.

The clues needed to solve the mystery and determine the murderer were in the puzzle picture. But you had to put the puzzle together without the aid of a picture showing what the completed puzzle looked like. I put it together and found the clues to solve the mystery in the puzzle picture.

I was proud of myself for solving the puzzle in only a few days, since the box said 12+ years.

The puzzle is 18” x 24” with 21*27=567 pieces. It was manufactured by American Publishing of Lafayette, Indiana. Here is a picture of the completed puzzle.

The Unconventional Murder

Jigsaw Christians

What do jigsaw puzzles have to do with Biblical Christianity?

Christians can be thought of as pieces of an enormous jigsaw puzzle. Yahweh is both uniquely shaping each “piece” and somehow fitting all the “pieces” together to form the Church, a spiritual house founded on Jesus Christ, the cornerstone.
You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in Scripture:
“Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone,
And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.”
This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve,
“The stone which the builders rejected,
This became the very corner stone,”
and, “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.”
(1 Peter 2:5-8)

Questions to Ponder

1. Do puzzles interest you? What is your favorite type of puzzle — jigsaws or crosswords or sudokus or logic puzzles or word jumbles or what?
2. What “jigsaw piece” are you in the Church? Are you meshing with your neighboring “pieces”?
3. If jigsaw puzzles hold no interest for you, what is a good reason to read this blog series anyway?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

This blog post is the first in a Series on Jigsaw Puzzles.
Read the sequels:
2. Jigsaw Puzzles – Benefits
3. Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle
4. Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles

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Wednesday October 9, 2019 A.D.

“Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, and he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.” (1 Peter 2:6)

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  1. Hi! We love jigsaw puzzles, too. There will definitely be a couple (at least) under our Christmas tree. Just want to say a general “thank you” for this blog. This blog is like a treasure trove – we are looking back and reading some of your previous series. Just fabulous! I am a homeschooling parent, and your blog is something we look forward to each Wednesday.

    Kepler for President!!
    Sue W.


    • Thank you for your kind, gracious, and encouraging words. I’m glad the Bible-Science Guy blog is blessing you.
      It’s great that you homeschool. We homeschooled our seven kids from birth through high school.
      Kepler is thrilled and says, “Thanks for your support.”


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