Mystery Solved – Pie Thief Revealed!
Dozens of guests gathered at Windy Acres Ranch on Saturday the 19th to participate in a special roleplaying event. The Ranch hosted “Mrs. Potts Missing Patries or the Perturbing Paradox of the Purloined Pecan Pies”, a game similar to a murder mystery party. The hostess, five suspects and a chief investigator told an intriguing tale of cheating and revenge. Guests took the role of investigators – bounders, sheriffs, constables and rangers.
The investigators were given one hour to find clues, interview suspects, sift through gossip and solve the crime. In order to win the game, they would have to correctly deduce who was responsible and why the crime was committed.
Chief Investigator Mianda welcomed the investigators to the scene of the crime:
“Greetings, investigators! A crime has occurred here at Windy Acres Ranch and we need your assistance. The victim is Mrs. Potts, a hobbit baker from Woodhall. Kiralynn, was preparing to host a food festival with a substantial monetary prize when Mrs. Potts’ pecan pies went missing. Worse than that, her Buckland Bake-Off trophy was brutally smashed!
The scene of the crime is the festival tent in the center of the yard. Poor Mrs. Potts is terribly distraught, so she has retired to a friend’s home. She isn’t fit to be interviewed at the moment. However, there were five individuals here that could be responsible. I ask that you interview them, look at the evidence, and determine what took place. Who is responsible for this catastrophe and why did they do it?
Our suspects are Yahr, Morrdraug, Horazio, Naethril and Sigfrothr. They are forbidden to leave the faire until their names are cleared and the responsible person has been found. You can find them at different locations inside the ranch and out in the yard. Interview the suspects and examine the suspicious items I have uncovered at each location.
Please speak to the host, Kiralynn, in private when you are finished with your investigation. Tell her who commit the crime and why it was done. If you need help gathering clues, I will be here to assist you. The food festival cannot continue until the mystery is solved!”
Participants traveled around the ranch asking pertinent questions and taking notes.
Investigators found Sigfrothr waiting at the windmill to be interviewed. There were pecan pie crumbs on his shirt. The missing pies were found sitting on a workbench inside the windmill, except for one that had been eaten. Sigfrothr had made repairs to the windmill earlier in the day.
Horatio was waiting upstairs in the ranch. On the fireplace mantle was a clue – Mrs. Potts’ handbag containing a comb, handkerchief, coins, a hair tie, and a purchase receipt for “baked goods” from Holly Hornblower. In the fireplace, someone had tossed an open glass vial. The remaining contents, if any, had long since burned away.
Naethril waited by the bonfire in the front yard until it was her turn to answer questions. She appeared frustrated and angry. Her behavior was quite agitated. Morrdraug had left a tip jar sitting on one of the logs. He had planned to beg for tips while playing music during the faire.