An old mansion. A secret organization. A dinner party about to begin. The lights go out, there’s an upset in the dining room, an upset in the upstairs hall. The lights come on, the safe is open and the contents are gone. Who did it? All seven guests are suspects. There’s the butler, too, of course. And what about that open door?
The detectives on the case need your help. They’ll send you all the info they’ve got: “crime scene” photos, fingerprint reports, interview transcripts, ciphers, clues and a suspect board to help you keep track of the case.
And by the way, this mansion is not far from where you live. A big hairy creature that may or may not be Bigfoot was recently spotted in the area. You haven’t seen anything out of the ordinary, have you?
Ages 9 and up. Great for girls and boys. The Case of the Missing Bigfoot is certified “not scary” (but extremely cool) by our Very Nervous Story Tester.
Mail Order Mysteries are not for children under three. Small parts could present a choking hazard.
Spoilers ahead! Read further if you want to find out what’s coming in the mail!
Mailing #1: A letter from the detectives on the case. (They need your help!) A photo of the “crime scene”, a book excerpt, a dropped dinner invitation, a copy of the guest list, an unfinished speech, and an unusual photo from a local newspaper.
Mailing #2: A letter from the detectives, a case update, and everything you need to keep track of the case: a poster-sized “suspect board”, a suspect card for each guest (including fingerprints), your own notebook, a curious scrap of paper with a series of numbers on it and interview transcripts from two of the suspects.
Mailing #3: A case update, a sealed fingerprint report from the detective agency’s lab, excerpt of a book about ciphers and codes, another mysterious cipher message, interview transcripts from two more suspects, a curious fiber the butler found on the dining room carpet and a new suspect card to add to your suspect board.
Mailing #4: A case update, three interview transcripts, another strange message written in cipher and a special issue of a magazine.
Mailing #5: A case update, a message written in cipher and two very important photographs.
Mailing #6: A case summary, a sealed confession, and a special thank you from the owner of the mansion. She welcomes you as an honorary member of her secret organization and sends along a thank you gift: your very own cryptid hunting field kit. It includes a full-color set of collector cards, a notebook and a super-cool canvas field bag to take along on your next expedition. Bon voyage, good luck, and if you discover any unknown animals be sure to tell us all about it!