Ravenwood Detective Agency
Like every good castle, Ravenwood has its share of intrigue. Over the last few years we’ve even seen more than a few murders. So many, in fact, that we’ve had to form a squad of guests and volunteers to look into them: the Ravenwood Detective Agency.
Join our intrepid detectives as they search for clues, solve puzzles, avoid killers and monsters alike, and endeavor to solve the latest mystery plaguing our erstwhile castle.
Tickets for one of our mystery events are $100, and include dinner Saturday night, breakfast Saturday and Sunday (of course!), and all the mystery and hi-jinks you can handle! Due to the nature of these events, tickets are limited to those staying on site.
Upcoming mystery events are listed below, and stay tuned to our blog Quoth the Raven for announcements of new events!
Anatomy of a Murder Mystery
Our mysteries aren't your typical four hour dinner theater. When you attend one of our events, the mystery starts at dinner Friday night and the final clues aren’t wrapped up until breakfast on Sunday. The intervening 40 hours or so are filled with activity. You will be gathering evidence, searching for clues, solving puzzles, making dead drops, avoiding the killer (unless you ARE the killer!), and a myriad of other activities that you just can’t fit in a box.
Upcoming Mystery Events
Murder on Platform 9 3/4 – Jan 26th & 27th, 2018
The Ravenwood Detective Agency is no stranger to solving magical crimes. With the number of high profile cases our agents have closed in the wizarding world, it is no surprise that the Agency has become the Ministry’s first call whenever magic and muggles meet at a crime scene.
Such a scene unfolded this past weekend at King’s Cross train station. It started as a normally busy day at the station. A bright flash was followed by a loud crash, and then screaming. When the dust settled overturned carts, upset trunks and dozens of school books littered the floor between the number 9 and 10 platforms. More disturbingly, a body lay amidst the carnage. A body which appeared to be stuck halfway through a solid brick wall, approximately three quarters of the way between the two platforms.
Working with Muggle authorities, the Ministry of Magic quickly spread a cover story involving a freak construction accident. The muggles may be satisfied, but the Ministry suspects that this was no accident. After all the hidden entrance to Platform 9 ¾ is an extremely stable enchantment, and is routinely monitored. The portal’s unprecedented failure grows even more suspicious when considering that the victim was none other than the newest Defense Against the Dark Arts professor.
Was the portal’s failure in fact an unfortunate accident, or the result of magical sabotage? Was the professor specifically targeted, or simply extremely unlucky?
The Ministry of Magic wants answers. Witches, wizards and muggles alike are invited to join the Ravenwood Detective Agency January 26th & 27th to seek them out!
Death in the Fire Swamp – Feb 2nd & 3rd, 2018
At the edge of the Fire Swamp sits a lonely outpost, known as Ravenwood Castle. Residents of the castle live by one simple rule – avoid the Fire Swamp. Follow that rule, and life at the castle can be quite peaceful.
So it was with no small amount of trepidation that the Castle Steward and a small team of trackers set off into the Fire Swamp. Their mission was to search for the missing Lord Ravenwood, who was last seen heading into the swamp three days ago. It did not take long for the group to find the body, and few were surprised that the Swamp had claimed another victim.
What was surprising was that Lord Ravenwood’s body lacked any of the usual Fire Swamp related wounds. There were no burns from the swamp’s famous flame spurts, no teeth marks from the swamp’s unusually large rodents, and of course if he had fallen victim to the swamp’s lightning sand he’d not have been found at all. The only apparent injury was what appeared to be a deep scratch… or was it a thin stab wound?
What befell Lord Ravenwood in the Fire Swamp? Was he merely the latest victim of the deadly swamp, or did he meet his fate at the hands of something – or someone – more sinister? Why would he have ventured into the Swamp in the first place? Is there any truth to the recent rumored sightings of the Dread Pirate Roberts, and if so is there any connection to Lord Ravenwood’s demise?
The Brute Squad flatly refuses to enter the swamp to investigate. Join the Ravenwood Detective Agency February 2nd & 3rd to get to the bottom of these questions – hopefully without getting to the bottom of a lightning sand pit!
Professor Plum's Deadly Dare - March 9th & 10th
Professor Plum has a problem. It was his turn to plan and host the annual gathering of friends. He’d intended to find a nice peaceful location for the getaway: a lakeside resort, a sunny beach property, or perhaps a quiet mountain retreat. He would take the group anywhere but their traditional vacation spot. After the last two trips to the castle had ended in murder, how could anyone expect him to return?
But then the pompous Mr. Green implied that the Professor was simply too scared to return to the castle. Why, he practically dared him to host the gathering there once more! How could the Professor refuse and retain his dignity?
So once again the group of unlikely friends finds themselves enjoying a weekend in a quiet castle in the woods. Quiet, that is, right up until a body is found at the breakfast table.
Did Mr. Green have an ulterior motive for daring the Professor to bring the group to the castle? Is the Professor as innocent as he appears? And why is there a lead pipe in the library?
The Ravenwood Detective Agency is calling all agents to answer these questions and more. Join us March 9th and 10th for the sequel to our popular Clue themed murder mystery weekend!
The Scarlet Raven’s Revenge - March 16th & 17th
The super-top-secret annual meeting of super heroes is typically more of a fun get together than anything else. But not this year. This year, there is only one topic on every hero’s mind – the world’s newest supervillain. Previously unknown in hero circles, The Scarlet Raven burst onto the scene in spectacular fashion, with a doomsday device intended to ruin the Super Hero New Year’s Eve party. The Scarlet Raven’s hopes of killing every hero in attendance were dashed when the doomsday device was disarmed at the last possible moment – though not without casualties.
So the heroes have gathered to discuss this new threat, and plan their next steps. But it seems the villains may have plans of their own, as the very first breakfast of the gathering is disrupted by a piercing scream from the kitchen. Rushing to investigate, our heroes find one of the castle staff, dead on the floor, clutching a wrinkled note which reads:
Foil me once, shame on you.
Foil me twice, well that you can’t do!
My revenge is near, you might say it’s nigh,
For sooner than you think, the heroes will die!
– The Scarlet Raven
Has The Scarlet Raven returned so soon? What exactly does he have planned this time? And what’s with the horrible nursery rhymes?
The Ravenwood Detective Agency is calling all agents and heroes to investigate these questions and more. Tune in March 16th & 17th, same Bat-time, same Bat-channel, for the next chapter in our Super Hero themed Murder Mystery Weekends!
Little Dead Riding Hood – April 13th & 14th
Once upon a time there was a young lady named Little Red Riding Hood, whose grandmother lived in a castle in the woods. Grandmother was quite lonely, and had difficulty getting to town, so each week Little Red would journey through the woods, bringing with her a basket of food and some cheer for her grandmother.
When Little Red failed to return home after one such trip, the locals grew worried. Reports of increased wolf activity in the nearby woods did little to allay their fears. Eventually the authorities were dispatched to the castle, where they found Little Red lying dead on the kitchen floor, and no sign of Grandmother anywhere.
The local huntsmen have been quick to blame the killing on a particular rogue wolf in the area, which they’ve nicknamed Big Bad. They cite the numerous wolf tracks found near the castle window as evidence. Others are less certain the wolf is to blame, pointing out that Little Red’s wounds appear to be more consistent with a kitchen knife than a wolf’s pointy teeth. And whatever happened to Grandmother?
The Ravenwood Detective Agency is calling agents and woodsmen alike to investigate the death of Little Red Riding Hood, and settle these questions and more. Join us April 13th & 14th, for the next chapter in our dark fairy tales themed Murder Mystery Weekends!
The twisted minds at the Shadow Stalkers and Ravenwood Castle are always coming up with new themes to challenge the sleuths of the Ravenwood Detective Agency. Here's just a few of the mysteries our guests have faced to date!
Murder in Mirkwood (Lord of the Rings)
Havoc on Hoth (Star Wars)
Murder in Brown(coat) (Firefly)
Trail of the Living Dead
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Deadly Hand
The Killers Grimm (Dark Fairy Tales)
Slytherin' Slayings (Harry Potter)
Murder at Casterly Rock (Game of Thrones)
Sherlock Holmes and the Steampunk Killings
Murders in Masquerade (Classic Mystery)
Murders Outside of Time (Doctor Who)
Young Frankenshteen (Mel Brooks)
The Night of the Living Dead (Zombies!)
The Adventure of the Dragon's Claw (Classic Mystery)
The Cold Hand of Death (Classic Mystery)
Death in Small Doses (Classic Mystery)