The Storyteller’s Cottage is excited to present our second Mysteries by Mail case called "Murder at the Ivory Tower". Since our mystery rooms are currently closed and we can’t host our live murder mystery nights, we have decided to bring the mysteries to you! Keep your problem-solving skills in tip-top shape by solving mysteries at home!
Tell me about "Murder at the Ivory Tower".
Every year, a dazzling array of famous authors from past and present meet via time machine for their annual soiree at the secret Ivory Tower, including Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and more. This year, eight authors arrive, but only seven live to see the end of the party. Unfortunately, Miss Jane Austen died during the event, and foul play is suspected. This case has no puzzles or codes to solve, but has twice as many suspects as our first case, making it more of a challenge to identify the true culprit! This case was adapted from a live murder mystery night we hosted, so if you didn’t get the chance to participate then now is your opportunity! This case is designed for ages 12 and up.
How does Mysteries by Mail work?
We will need your help as a detective to investigate a series of letters and to solve a crime. You'll receive letters by email for five days in a row from a case of your choosing. Everything you need to solve the crime will be attached such as vintage letters from the various suspects. We encourage you to print out these clues to make decoding the puzzles easier. After receiving the suspects’ letters, we will ask you to send us a response identifying who you believe committed the crime and why. If you guess correctly you will be rewarded with a fun downloadable prize! Whether or not you get it right, we will send you a final letter from Detective Alexander Thomas Pattison proving who committed the crime, why, how, and pointing out all of the clues hidden in the various letters you’ve received.
Who is Mysteries by Mail for?
Mysteries by Mail is for anyone who enjoys a good mystery! These letters will make anyone feel like they are Sherlock Holmes solving the next big case, and they can be enjoyed by both kids and adults. Mysteries by Mail can be enjoyed alone or with the whole family! All ages have enjoyed our mysteries so far, and we’ve been told it’s become a bit of a routine in some families! Every night the whole family will gather around and review the new letters and documents they were sent earlier that day. Others have said this is a perfect activity to save for a rainy day! You can purchase it for yourself or as a gift. Mysteries by Mail would make a great birthday present or Father's Day gift for any mystery fanatic!
How much does Mysteries by Mail cost?
Just $20 for a whole week of fun! You will receive a letter profiling the case, and four separate letters from primary suspects with hidden clues, hints, documents, and unique puzzles suggesting who may be guilty of committing the crime.
Tell me about "The Case of the Unfortunate Acrobat".
This was our first case provided as part of our Mysteries by Mail. The year is 1885. The Marvelous and Miraculous Circus of Magnificence had just launched its final performance. A raucous crowd was gathered to enjoy a thrilling night at the circus, but suddenly, tragedy struck! The star trapeze artist plummeted to her death under mysterious circumstances. Her twin suspects foul play. Murder has shocked the company, and everyone seems to have something to hide. This case is designed for ages 10 and up.
Are there more cases I can look forward to solving?
Yes! Stay tuned for future cases including a fantasy-themed Mysteries by Mail experience for younger children as well as a birthday-themed mystery that would make for an excellent and unique gift!
How can I sign up for Mysteries by Mail?
If you would like to join Mysteries by Mail then click the link below. If you choose to purchase the case for yourself, we will send you the first letter immediately. Choose the "as a gift" option and we will send instructions to send this game to a special recipient.