Inside a regular, ordinary library on a seemingly ordinary day, people read and research and enjoy the peace the library offers. This particular library is known for its community involvement, unique activities and programs and welcoming atmosphere. While visiting, some take breaks and visit the adjoined cafe. But when an ancient manuscript, hidden in a rarely-used back corner of the library, disappears, the patrons are alarmed. In place of the book sits a small origami fox. The mystery deepens as the contents of the manuscript are discovered, and it’s quickly realized that the library is full of people with various motives for stealing the ancient text. Who took the book? Why? Where is it now? What was such an important historical text doing shelved in the genealogy section as though it had no importance? Question the suspects and test your deductive reasoning to find the person who had the motive, means and opportunity to steal the Sardonic Manuscript!

This mystery is a 5 out of 5 on the Angel Rating Scale There is nothing in the content to offend, and the mystery to be solved is a theft. It is appropriate for all audiences, but is aimed at teens and very clever pre-teens.

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Features Include:

  • Our “Mingle Mystery” format gets your guests sleuthing and interacting to solve the mystery
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  • Individual email-able suspect guides to cut down on printing and save the host from “spoilers”
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