It didn’t seem that long ago that my intrepid team of investigators were dispatched to UCL Museums to solve a fiendish murder mystery. Now our help was needed again.
This time a young curator had disappeared.
The next few hours were spent combing the UCL museums, searching for clues. The team visited the Grant Museum of Zoology and discovered the suspect Doris Mackinnon. They moved on to the Petrie Museum where Violette LaFleur came under suspicion. On to the UCL Art Museum where Winifred Knights was implicated. Dr Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was the final name in the frame, found in the pop-up pathology museum.
This event was more of a treasure hunt than a murder mystery. At each location the team answered clues and found letters that feed into a larger puzzle.
Yes, my team found the answers to all the clues and the names of all the suspects, as well as the room codes, but we failed to win the final prize.
A fun night out that ended with burgers, wraps and ice creams outside UCL.
Enter the 1980’s world of big business, big shoulders and fluffy toys
The plot of “Teddy Bears Picnic”
It was the fifth anniversary of Edwards Toys, the company formed by Chester Toyes, Penny Whistle and the late Theo Edwards. Preparations were in hand for the launch of a new Teddy Bear range called “Teddy Bears Picnic”.
The City Adventurers had been invited to join Chester Toyes at the launch of the new range. We gathered at E-Four Indian Fusion in Chingford that was doubling as Edwards House, former home of the Theo Edwards. The house was still occupied by Theo’s widow, Babette, and her new husband Chester Toyes.
At 5pm, Chester Toyes was found murdered by the side of the lake. The body was discovered by one of the security staff and Ryan Storey, a journalist on the estate. There were multiple stab wounds to the body. No murder weapon was found…….
Who could have done it?
Well, it turns out it was one of us!
But was it Babette Toyes, making herself a merry widow for the second time?
Or did his business partner, the designer Penny Whistle, have designs on taking over the company?
Had Chester become too personal with his personal assistant, Carrie Honor Fair ?
Maybe the accountant, Kash D Spencer, felt it was time to cash in Chester’s chips.
Did Ernest Statements, Chester’s right hand man, have anything to state?
And don’t forget the journalist, Ryan Storey. Did the hack take a knife to Chester?
We all had clue packs with information about ourselves and about the others around the table. We also had a map of the house and grounds to help our investigations.
A fun night, with great food and a great game.