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A Candide Lie
Season 1
City Shadowcrest
District Butterfly Cove
Case # 13
Initial release date 17th October 2020
Partner(s) Kristen Patterson (All Chapters)
Julian Kang (1 task in Chapter 3)
← Preceded by Succeeded by →
Worth its Weight in Mold
(in Ringwald Cemetery)
Death of a Salesman

A Candide Lie is a case featured in Criminal Case as the thirteenth case of the game. It is the first case set in the Butterfly Cove district of Shadowcrest.


Following the team's promotion to Butterfly Cove at Mayor Sperazzo's behest, the team wondered how they could uncover the identity of The Monarch, the figure who Sanjay Hopkins and John-Jack Russell were taking orders from. Now in Kristen's hometown, Chief Cromwell admitted to still being in the dark about why the mayor had promoted them here, but cheekily pointed out that she would likely relent once she saw all the calls he had sent to City Hall. The chief suggested that, while he waited for an official response, Kristen show the player around Butterfly Cove, given that she knew the lay of the land. She then gladly brought the player to a rather idyllic waterfront in the eastern part of the district, reminiscing her adolescence. Unfortunately, Kristen was unable to fully reacquaint herself with the tranquility, given the presence of a corpse floating in the water.

Kristen and the player were able to identify the dead body as that of philosophy professor Martin Pangloss, whose tongue had been hacked off. Sofia was able to ascertain that the victim's tongue had been removed posthumously, as he had been strangled to death. Following the autopsy, the team was able to flag various suspects in the murder investigation. One such suspect was French tourist Cunégonde Périgord, who viewed the victim in a high regard, as he had helped her navigate through the city. The duo also flagged the governor of the Buenos Aires province, Hernán d'Ibarra y Figueroa y Mascarenes y Lampourdos y Souza, who denied having met the victim but contrasted that by pointing out that he was amazed by how welcoming the city's denizens were to him. Additionally, the investigators suspected Kristen's childhood sweetheart, Arthur Min, who hugged her and was glad to see her back after all these years. Forthcoming with testimony as a show of respect, Arthur admitted that he had been one of Professor Pangloss' students in college. While he had thoroughly enjoyed his philosophy classes, Arthur admitted that he had been unnerved by the victim's inexorable sense of optimism but shrugged it off, citing that it was just a quirk. After interrogating the trio, Kristen and the player bumped into a doublet-clad Alex, who excitedly pointed out that he had seen the victim at the Renaissance Faire earlier that day.

Galvanized into investigating the festival as a crime scene, the detectives suspected gossip columnist Mandy Delgado, who wanted to interview the victim on his latest philosophical thesis analyzing wanderlust and its correlation with ennui and nostalgia. Kristen had also discovered that Arthur deeply resented the victim, prompting him to admit that the victim had a grudge against him for no reason and would have failed him had it not been for countless all-nighters. They had also discovered that the victim had broken Hernán's watch, and the governor shed his veneer of gratitude, admitting that the victim was xenophobic and made some rather uncomfortable statements. Hernán pointed out that while his death would not solve any problem on a macroscopic scale, he was glad to not have to deal with him anymore. Kristen and the player also identified elusive German billionaire Barron Thundertrunk as a suspect as he had planned on meeting the victim for drinks at the Cacambo Hotel. However, he took his interrogation as a personal affront and refused to answer the team's questions. After finding the curtain tie-back used to strangle Martin, Dean notified the player that Barron had taken such umbrage at being flagged as a suspect that he had filed a restraining order against the two detectives.

In light of this, Kristen admitted that while she deescalating arguments came as second nature to her, there was no use flogging a dead horse with trying to appease the wealthy land baron. As such, she politely requested Julian to call Barron and be as anodyne with him as possible: this ultimately proved successful, and he confessed that he had been interested in Martin's meditation about traveling and enervation. Despite having all the money he could imagine, Barron felt that no wordly possessions could bring him true joy anymore and was hoping that he obtain the victim's counseling. However, he was never able to meet Martin and begged Julian and the player to arrest his murderer. After the phone call, Kristen and the player discovered that the victim refused to meet up with Mandy despite her incessant pleas otherwise. She admitted that she was fed up of being viewed as being lesser of a writer due to her work in gossip, and was banking on having an in with Martin. However, he gave Mandy his brooch, suggesting a vocational change and that his gift would help her "pay the bills", offending the journalist who felt patronized. The investigators were then surprised to discover that Cunégonde was actually a high-class prostitute from France. After offering her services to the team — who politely declined — Cunégonde admitted that she had come to Shadowcrest in search of new clients. She sheepishly revealed that she had been somewhat enamored by the victim but didn't act on it, afraid of warding him off. After finding the axe used to mutilate Martin and the tongue itself, the team was able to flag the killer as...



  • Martin Pangloss (found with his tongue cut out)

Murder Weapon

  • Curtain Tie-back


  • Not Yet Apprehended


Cunégonde Périgord
French Tourist
Height 6'1"
Age 29
Weight 142 lbs 
Eyes brown
Blood A-


  • The suspect reads Voltaire
  • The suspect drinks milk
Hernán d'Ibarra y Figueroa y Mascarenes y Lampourdos y Souza
Argentine Governor
Height 5'8"
Age 43
Weight 201 lbs
Eyes brown
Blood AB-


  • The suspect reads Voltaire
  • The suspect drinks milk
Arthur Min
Kristen's Childhood Sweetheart
Height 6'2"
Age 30
Weight 190 lbs
Eyes brown
Blood B+


  • The suspect reads Voltaire
Mandy Delgado
Gossip Columnist
Height 5'6"
Age 33
Weight 150 lbs
Eyes brown
Blood O+


  • The suspect drinks milk
Barron Thundertrunk
Land Baron
Height 5'11"
Age 37
Weight 190 lbs
Eyes blue
Blood O-


  • The suspect reads Voltaire
  • The suspect drinks milk

Killer's Profile

  • The killer weighs at least 140 lbs.
  • The killer reads Voltaire.
  • The killer drinks milk.
  • This Killer's Profile hasn't been discovered yet.
  • This Killer's Profile hasn't been discovered yet.

Crime Scenes

Idyllic Waterfront Waterside Idyllic Waterfront Bonus
Cacambo Hotel Hotel Bar Cacambo Hotel Bonus
Renaissance Faire Axe-Throwing Booth Renaissance Faire Bonus


Chapter 1

  • Investigate Idyllic Waterfront. (Clues: Faded Page, Locked Suitcase, Victim's Body; Victim identified: Martin Pangloss)
  • Examine Faded Page. (Result: Storybook Page)
  • Analyze Storybook Page. (03:00:00; Attribute: The killer reads Voltaire)
  • Examine Locked Suitcase. (Result: Tourist's Suitcase; New Suspect: Cunégonde Périgord)
  • Ask Cunégonde Périgord if she had seen the victim. (Prerequisite: Tourist's Suitcase unlocked; New Crime Scene Unlocked: Cacambo Hotel)
  • Investigate Cacambo Hotel. (Prerequisite: Cunégonde interrogated; Clues: Shredded Pieces, Irish Footed Glass)
  • Examine Shredded Pieces. (Result: Credit Card)
  • Examine Credit Card. (New Suspect: Hernán d'Ibarra y Figueroa y Mascarenes y Lampourdos y Souza)
  • Ask Governor d'Ibarra y Figueroa y Mascarenes y Lampourdos y Souza what he's doing in Shadowcrest. (Prerequisite: Hernán's Credit Card identified)
  • Examine Irish Footed Glass. (Result: Saliva)
  • Analyze Saliva. (09:00:00; New Suspect: Arthur Min)
  • See how Arthur Min knew the victim. (Prerequisite: Saliva analyzed)
  • Autopsy Victim's Body. (18:00:00; Attribute: The killer weighs at least 140 lbs)
  • Go to Chapter 2. (No stars)

Chapter 2

  • Investigate Renaissance Faire. (Available after unlocking Chapter 2; Clues: Letter to Victim, Dumpster)
  • Examine Letter to Victim. (Result: Black Flakes)
  • Examine Black Flakes. (Result: Magazine Ink; New Suspect: Mandy Delgado)
  • Ask Mandy Delgado why she wanted to interview the victim. (Prerequisite: Magazine Ink identified under microscope)
  • Examine Dumpster. (Result: Victim's iGran)
  • Analyze Victim's iGran. (12:00:00)
  • Ask Arthur Min why he was feuding with the victim. (Prerequisite: Victim's iGran analyzed; Profile updated: Arthur reads Voltaire; New Crime Scene Unlocked: Hotel Bar)
  • Investigate Hotel Bar. (Prerequisite: Arthur interrogated; Clues: Broken Pieces, Faded Reservation List, Puzzle Box)
  • Examine Broken Pieces. (Result: Wristwatch)
  • Analyze Wristwatch. (06:00:00)
  • Ask Hernán why the victim broke his watch. (Prerequisite: Wristwatch analyzed; Profile updated: Hernán reads Voltaire)
  • Examine Faded Reservation List. (Result: Reservation List; New Suspect: Barron Thundertrunk)
  • Ask Barron Thundertrunk why he wanted to meet up with the victim. (Prerequisite: Reservation List unraveled)
  • Examine Puzzle Box. (Result: Curtain Tie-back)
  • Analyze Curtain Tie-back. (12:00:00; Murder Weapon registered: Curtain Tie-back; Attribute: The killer drinks milk)
  • Go to Chapter 3. (No stars)

Chapter 3

  • Convince Barron Thundertrunk to take back the restraining order. (Available after unlocking Chapter 3; Profile updated: Barron reads Voltaire; New Crime Scene Unlocked: Axe-Throwing Booth)
  • Investigate Axe-Throwing Booth. (Prerequisite: Barron interrogated; Clues: Locked Camera, Victim's Brooch)
  • Examine Locked Camera. (Result: Camera Files)
  • Analyze Camera Files. (09:00:00)
  • Confront Cunégonde about being an escort. (Prerequisite: Camera Files analyzed; Profile updated: Cunégonde reads Voltaire)
  • Examine Victim's Brooch. (Result: Clear Substance)
  • Examine Clear Substance. (Result: Mandy's DNA)
  • Inquire as to why Mandy handled the victim's brooch. (Prerequisite: Mandy's DNA identified under microscope)
  • Profiles updated: Cunégonde drinks milk, Hernán drinks milk, Mandy drinks milk, Barron drinks milk
  • Investigate Waterside. (All tasks before must be done first; Clues: Axe, Moss Growth)
  • Examine Axe. (Result: Skin Cells)
  • Analyze Skin Cells. (09:00:00; Attribute: The killer...)
  • Examine Moss Growth. (Result: Tongue)
  • Autopsy Tongue. (15:00:00; Attribute: The killer...)
  • Take care of the killer now!
  • Go to Metamorphoses (1/6). (No stars)


  • The case title alludes to Candide, a French satire first published in 1759 by Voltaire, a philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment.
  • The case has references to various characters and locations in the aforementioned book, including but not limited to:
    • Martin's name is derived from Martin, a Dutch amateur philosopher and the eponymous protagonist's companion in his travels, and Professor Pangloss, a royal educator.
    • Cunégonde's name is derived from Cunégonde, the protagonist's love interest, and Périgord, the location of an abbey that Candide visits.
    • Hernán is a parody of Don Fernando d'Ibarra y Figueroa y Mascarenes y Lampourdos y Souza, the Spanish governor of Buenos Aires.
    • Barron is a reference to the Baron Thunder-ten-Tronckh, Cunégonde's father.
    • The Cacambo Hotel is a reference to Cacambo, Candide's valet while in America.
  • This case, along with A Steamy Death and When Doves Cry, is one of the only three cases in Shadowcrest where Sofia conducts more than one autopsy task.