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Last Wednesday, the Pinewood County library’s copies of “The World’s Most Interesting Mystery” by famed cozy mystery author “Cher. Lockholmez" disappeared from the library. The police have called you, Pinewood’s best detective, in hopes of solving the case. You’ve been provided with everything the police were able to collect about this mystery. This includes a police report, something found at the crime scene, a security camera photo, a map of the two floors of the library, and seven witness/suspect statements from everyone in the library at the time of the crime. Using the evidence provided and your wits, can you solve this mystery?
Note: Carefully look over each piece of evidence to solve the case. You may want a notebook or scrap paper to take your own notes. Each piece of evidence is available in two formats. You can click on the picture and read each piece of evidence or you can click on the PDF version of the evidence to read or download. If you download and print the evidence, don’t be afraid to mark up the clues using a pencil, just make sure you have an eraser handy as well. If you happen to get stuck, three hints have been provided to you in the form of a word scramble at the bottom of the page, use them wisely or try to solve the case without them.
Best of luck!
Pinewood Police Incident Report
This incident report from the case has been provided by the Pinewood Police and was taken the day of the crime. The incident, called in by one of the librarians, was how the police were made aware of the crime.
Statement from Liam Jones, Library Clerk/Shelver
Pinewood Police Statement from Jones, Liam
This statement was taken from library clerk and shelver Liam Jones. The second to be interviewed, Officer Booker noted that Liam was the person who found clue #1 in the stacks on the first floor of the library.
Statement from Jamie Woods, Youth Services Librarian
Pinewood Police Statement from Woods, Jamie
This statement was taken from Youth Services Librarian Jamie Woods. Mr. Woods was the fourth person to be interviewed and was on the second floor at the time of the crime.
Statement from Pamela Newton, Patron
Pinewood Police Statement from Newton, Pamela
This statement was taken from library patron Pamela Newton. The sixth person interviewed, Officer Booker noted that Mrs. Newton expressed her concern as a fellow author for Ms. Lockholmez.
Statement from Anne Chapman, Librarian
Pinewood Police Statement from Chapman, Anne
This statement from Librarian Anne Chapman was taken by Pinewood Police Officer Booker shortly after they were called to the scene. Anne was the first to be interviewed and also made the original incident report of the crime.
Statement from Frank Thatcher, Patron
Pinewood Police Statement from Thatcher, Frank
This statement was taken from frequent library patron Frank Thatcher. The third interviewee also asked Officer Booker if the books would be returned to the library immediately after found as he had previously placed one copy on hold.
Statement from Isabelle Grahm, Library Program Director
Pinewood Police Statement from Grahm, Isabelle
This statement was taken from Librarian and Program Director Isabelle Grahm. The fifth person to be interviewed, Officer Booker noted Isabelle was also in charge of the event for Ms. Lockholmez', author of the missing books.
Statement from the Clayton Family, Patrons
Pinewood Police Statement from Clayton, Taylor
This statement was taken from Taylor Clayton along with her daughter Jane and son Jack. Officer Booker noted that the Clayton family was last to be interviewed due to daughter Jane's soccer game the day the interview was scheduled.
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This mysterious note appears to be written on a napkin and was dropped at the crime scene.
Security Camera Picture
This picture of the suspect seen leaving the library using the front entrance was taken from security camera footage at the library.
The first floor of the library is pictured here.
The second floor of the library is pictured here.
Need Help? Unscramble These Hints:
*Hint One* otw fo hte eplepo deeivnwtrei rea nlgyi buaot ithogmnes
Two of the people interviewed are lying about something
*Hint Two* crompae hte temliien fo hte icemr ot hte temliien fo ehca scuspet
Compare the timeline of the crime to the timeline for each suspect
*Hint Three* crompae hte pohphgtaro ot lal scuspet sotftui
Compare the photograph to all suspect outfits
Having trouble? Using your mouse, highlight the area below each hint to reveal the unscrambled words.