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
Captain Ravenbeard's Revenge - Nov 8th & 9th!
A year ago a group of treasure hunters gathered at Ravenwood Castle. Armed with a sense of adventure and an ancient pirate map, they hoped to discover the long lost treasure of Captain Ravenbeard. The weekend took a dark twist, as one of their own was found murdered, ostensibly by the legendary pirate himself. After a thorough investigation the actual murderer – very much alive and very much not a pirate – was uncovered. Both their ancient map and their sense of adventure in tatters, the surviving treasure hunters departed for home in the hope of putting their harrowing experience behind them.
But the passage of time can be a funny thing. It dulls some memories, and sharpens others. In the year since the incident the members of our group have often found themselves looking at the remaining pieces of their map. During that time the yearning to find the long lost treasure has grown, while the memories of the terrifying events of that weekend have faded. So it is that we find our treasure hunters returning to Ravenwood Castle, intent on finally solving the mystery of the map.
But some things are not meant to be, and some memories should not be allowed to fade. As if reliving a nightmare, our group once again finds themselves gathered in the Great Hall, standing over one of their own, found dead next to a bloody cutlass and a handwritten note. The note, in now familiar handwriting, reads: “Ye bilge rats should nay have returned! Ye’ve shown yer true colours, and ye’ll find neither treasure nor quarter from me!”
Was it possible that a 200 year dead pirate was out to get the treasure hunters? Or is there a more mundane explanation to the continued murders? Is the long lost treasure really real? The Ravenwood Detective Agency is calling all agents, pirates and privateers to answer these questions and more!
Death in Small Doses – Nov 15th & 16th!
In the years since we've been collaborating no murder mysteries with the Shadow Stalkers we have covered a lot of ground, tasking our Ravenwood Detectives with challenges in a huge variety settings. From pop culture to cult classics, our mysteries have run the gamut. But during all that time we’ve retained a soft spot in our hearts for the classic, gritty detective stories. As we enter the final stretch of Shadow Stalker mysteries we’re thrilled to pay homage not only to the classic mystery genre, but to classic Shadow Stalkers, by revisiting the very first mystery we conducted together way back in November of 2012. Please join us for an encore appearance of Death in Small Doses.
Some killers strike with blades, quick and quiet in the night. Those with less skill may prefer a firearm, brutish but effective. Still others reach for whatever may be at hand, practical and pragmatic in committing their deed. It takes a careful and controlled mind to choose poison as a weapon. Its use requires planning, preparation, and above all, patience. But in the hands of a master, toxins provide a myriad of benefits over cruder implements. Poisons can be applied in a variety of ways, providing flexibility to the assassin. If desired they may be rendered odorless and tasteless, so as to give the victim little to no warning. And if sufficient care is taken the toxin may be nearly undetectable, making it difficult to determine if a crime has been committed at all, let alone who the perpetrator may be…
…which is really too bad for you, since it’s your job not only to prove that the body hunched over the breakfast table was murdered, but to figure out by whom. You’ve a castle full of suspects and a few trusted fellow detectives you think you can rely on. What could possibly go wrong?
Sherlock Holmes and the Steampunk Enigma – Dec 30th & 31st!
The year is 1897 on the Raven's calendar – give or take a century – and Sherlock Holmes is once again on the case. The greatest of all detectives has run afoul of many villains during his career, but none as precise and meticulous as the Steampunk Killer. And now he seems to be back, five years to the day from his original crimes.
Join the Ravenwood Detectives as they journey to a steam powered Victorian-era England to play the role of Watson in this, the case of Sherlock Holmes and the Steampunk Enigma.
Sherlockians and steampunk fans alike will ring out the old and ring in the new with this crossover murder mystery adventure. Steampowered magnifying goggles recommended!
Return of Night of the Living Dead - Jan 31st & Feb 1st
Driven from their homes by the outbreak of a mysterious disease which turns its victims into flesh eating monsters, a small party of human survivors have taken refuge in a lonely hilltop castle. It remains to be seen whether they've reached safety – or have walked into a trap – for the surrounding forest is filled with zombies in search of a midnight snack. Our survivors’ only hope is to venture out into the night and find the remains of recent victims. Zombies are messy eaters, and their saliva carries a strange toxin that holds the key to reversing this plague. And as if a zombie outbreak were not enough, one of the survivors has turned up dead inside the castle itself, and signs point to foul play.
Zombies outside the walls, and a murderer inside, is nowhere safe? Are you brave enough to face the Living Dead, and lucky enough to return with a handful of zombie leftovers? Can you cure the plague and solve the mystery? Will you fall victim to the killer, or become one of the walking dead?
Join us January 31st & February 1st for the return of the Night of the Living Dead!
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!
Trail of the Living Dead
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Deadly Hand
The Killers Grimm (Dark Fairy Tales)
Sherlock Holmes and the Steampunk Killings
Murders in Masquerade (Classic Mystery)
Murders Outside of Time (Time Travel)
Young Frankenshteen (Mel Brooks)
The Night of the Living Dead (Zombies!)