Detective Riddles

Detective riddles tell you a story and require you to figure out what is suspicious or wrong with what you’ve read. If you like doing detective work, you will love these riddles.

Missing Apple

Mrs. Stotch is a fifth grade teacher. One of her students took her apple. Mrs. Stotch has narrowed the suspects down to Billy, Paige, and Tyler. Each of the students give these statements:

Billy: I didn’t do it.
Paige: I didn’t do it.
Tyler: Paige did it!

Mrs. Stotch knows that only one of the kids is telling the truth. Who is telling the truth and who took the apple?

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Frost on Windows

Ben was found dead in his study by Peter. Peter recounted his dismal discovery to the police.

“I was walking by Ben’s house when I thought I would just pop in for a visit. I noticed his study light was on and I decided to peek in from the outside to see if he was in there. There was frost on the window, so I had to wipe it away to see inside. That is when I saw his body. So I kicked in the front door to confirm my suspicions of foul play. I called the police immediately afterward.”

The officer immediately arrested Peter for the murder of Ben. How did the officer know that Peter was lying?

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Statements from Six Suspects

After a local art theft, six suspects were being interviewed. Below is a summary of their statements.

Police know that exactly four of them told one lie each and all of the other statements are true. From this information can you tell who committed the crime?

Alan said:

It wasn’t Brian
It wasn’t Dave
It wasn’t Eddie

Brian said:

It wasn’t Alan
It wasn’t Charlie
It wasn’t Eddie

Charlie said:

It wasn’t Brian
It wasn’t Freddie
It wasn’t Eddie

Dave said:

It wasn’t Alan
It wasn’t Freddie
It wasn’t Charlie

Eddie said:

It wasn’t Charlie
It wasn’t Dave
It wasn’t Freddie

Freddie said:

It wasn’t Charlie
It wasn’t Dave
It wasn’t Alan

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Missing Wallet Thief

Six men, namely Martin Freeman, Jonah Jameson, Terry Singer, Mike Cooper, Jim Condon and Sylvian Bogard were in an elevator together.

Unexpectedly, the lights went out. When the lights came back, Martin Freeman’s wallet was missing which contained a confidential item.

Detectives were called at the scene. They interrogated the suspects, the witnesses, and people who were familiar with the suspects. They collected physical evidence (hair samples, fiber samples, etc.) from the crime scene as well. Overall, they were able to collect fifteen clues, but they could still not find the culprit.

Following are the clues.

  1. No two suspects have the same weight, color shoes, color umbrella, color car, or hair color.
  2. The suspect who owns a pink car was wearing tan shoes.
  3. The suspect who weighs 180 pounds owns an orange car.
  4. Terry Singer owns an orange car.
  5. The suspect who owns a blue car was wearing purple shoes.
  6. The suspect who weighs 150 pounds was wearing tan shoes.
  7. Mike Cooper was carrying a pink umbrella.
  8. Sylvian Bogard has black hair.
  9. Jonah Jameson weighs 210 pounds.
  10. The suspect who weighs 190 pounds was wearing purple shoes.
  11. The suspect who was carrying a black umbrella is not the one who was wearing blue shoes.
  12. The thief owns a blue car.
  13. The suspect who owns a white car is not the one who weighs 170 pounds.
  14. Jim Condon was wearing brown shoes.
  15. The suspect who weighs 190 pounds is not the one who has black hair.

Can you find the culprit?

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