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
The Bigfoot Files - September 7th & 8th
In the last few years Ravenwood Castle has been plagued with repeated assaults by undead hordes. The zombies always seem to arrive in the early autumn, as if lured by the first bite of chill in the air. This year, the castle staff have taken preventative measures and have hired a team of mercenaries to scour the surrounding area and eliminate any encroaching undead – before they become an issue.
Surprisingly, the scouts have turned up little in the way of undead activity near the castle. Following the few signs they did find always ended the same – with the trail simply going cold. It’s as if the zombies were simply disappearing, one by one.
On their final scouting mission the team pushed further afield than before, reaching as far as the nearby experimental forest. The trail they were following ended in a grisly discovery, an old pile of remains – apparently all that was left of a zombie – which appeared to have been torn limb from limb.
While the team was in the forest they reported hearing strange sounds, feeling as if they were being watched, and occasionally catching a fleeting glimpse of… something… out of the corner of their eyes. On returning to the castle, the team leader even insists that something followed them back from the deep woods. Lacking any proof and unable – or unwilling – to say what might be out there, he set out to walk the castle perimeter and investigate. That was three days ago, and he’s not been seen since.
Are the zombies not returning to Ravenwood this year? Or is something hunting those that do? Is the mysterious presence a benefactor, or more sinister than the zombies? Has the scout captain fallen victim to undead, the mysterious hunter, or more mundane foul play?
Veterans and novices alike are invited to join us September 7th & 8th to answer these questions and more in the first mystery in the 2018-2019 Murder Mystery season, the Bigfoot Files!
Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Menagerie – September 14th & 15th
The last few years have been peaceful at Ravenwood Castle. Guests and staff alike have very nearly recovered from the terror visited upon them by the sinister villain Moriarty and his Deadly Hand. But the times of quiet appear to be at an end.
Earlier this week, the castle’s groundskeeper suddenly fell ill, and expired before medical help could arrive. An examination revealed what appeared to be a bug bite, and the cause of death was declared to be the bite of a venomous spider. While tragic, the death appeared quite mundane. That is, until the toxicology reports determined the venom to be that of the Brazilian wandering spider, a species from the jungles of South America.
It was only after this revelation that castle staff realized the groundskeeper’s death had occurred three years to the day from Moriarty’s last appearance. Concerned over the connection, however tenuous, the staff have enlisted the aid of the Ravenwood Detective Agency.
How did a South American spider come to be in the gardens of an Ohio castle? Was the groundskeeper’s death a tragic fluke, or foul play? Is it merely coincidence that the incident occurred on the third anniversary of Professor Moriarty’s appearance?
Veterans and novice detectives alike are invited to join the Ravenwood Detective Agency September 14th & 15th for Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Menagerie to answer these questions and more!
A Murder in Time - Nov 2nd & 3rd
Something odd is happening at Ravenwood Castle. At first it was small things, such as deliveries arriving before they’d been ordered. Then things got really weird as several guests appeared at checkout, days before they were scheduled to arrive.
As the staff struggled to understand what was going on, a mysterious stranger appeared with a startling announcement – she was from the future. As if that weren’t crazy enough, she claimed to have come to solve a murder, a murder which wouldn’t actually happen for another five years, but had nevertheless already been perpetrated by one of the castle’s current guests!
Is time travel really possible? Veteran and novice detectives and time travelers alike are invited to join the Ravenwood Detective Agency November 2nd & 3rd for A Murder in Time to solve a mystery which may or may not have already happened five years in the future!
The Scarlet Raven's Castle Caper - Nov 9th & 10th
It’s been a busy year for our friendly super heroes. The emergence of a new super villain is never a good thing, but when that villain appears in the midst of the super heroes own New Year’s Eve party? Not a good start to the year! Things got worse when that same villain returned to crash the annual super hero meeting. It’s as if the Scarlet Raven has skipped the usual plans of world domination in favor of specifically targeting the super heroes themselves!
Such an unusual threat requires unusual tactics, so the heroes have decided to reconvene their previously interrupted strategy meeting. You’d think they would pick a new secret location, but heroes are nothing if not predictable, so they once again set off to Ravenwood Castle.
As the heroes crest the hill and the castle comes into sight, they are blinded by a sudden flash of light. When their sight returns, to their surprise the castle is gone! In its place is an empty field. Empty save for the slightly scorched remains of the castle caretaker and a charred note in now all-too-familiar handwriting:
I’ve taken your hangout, I’ve stolen your castle,
I’m sure it’s distressing, I’ve caused quite the hassle.
With no place to gather, with nowhere to meet,
just accept the inevitable and admit your defeat!
- The Scarlet Raven
Is Ravenwood Castle really gone? Has the Scarlet Raven finally beaten our intrepid heroes? Perhaps more importantly, is it possible his poetry is getting worse?
The Ravenwood Detective Agency is calling all agents, detectives and heroes alike to answer these questions and more. Tune in November 9th & 10th, same Bat-time, same Bat-channel, for the finale to our trilogy of Super Hero 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)