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Devonshire Manor Murder Mystery

Devonshire Manor, a splendid 18th-century mansion, was once the crown jewel of the Devonshire family's vast holdings, covering more than half of the town and earning them a status akin to royalty. However, the last of the Devonshires faded away in the early 1900s, leaving their grand estate to become a relic under the care of the Pinehorn community. Over time, the manor's once-stunning features have succumbed to the ravages of time, with nature reclaiming the landscaped gardens, transforming beauty into wild disarray, a change driven partly by fears of ghostly presences lingering in the manor's halls.

In a bold move, Pinehorn's mayor has spearheaded a campaign to restore the manor, aiming to transform it into a historical landmark and a bed-and-breakfast that could revive the town's tourism. Her initiative has garnered significant support among the locals, though a vocal minority insists the manor, rumored to be haunted, should remain untouched.

In an effort to turn her vision into reality, the mayor is organizing a fundraising gala at Devonshire Manor, inviting the citizens of Pinehorn to contribute to the restoration project. As one of the invitees, you stand on the brink of a new chapter for yourself and the storied manor. Your journey starts here, at the threshold of a place caught between its glorious past and its potential for a new beginning.

Guest List

College Student
Dakota Green is the nerdy math major at Pinehorn University.  There isn’t an equation this brainiac hasn’t conquered or created.  Not much for idle chit-chat with friends, Dakota spends time reading books about historical mathematicians at the library.  Most people say that Dakota isn't much fun to be around. This student isn't known for honesty or integrity, doesn't care about what people say, and only cares about mathematical equations.

A huge fan of the band Armpit Anguish, rumor has it that a shrine of the band's memorabilia is set up in a curio cabinet in Dakota's home. The band's manager has threatened to file a restraining order against Dakota for hanging around their practice facility in the parking lot. 

Dakota has been sick for nearly a month with the flu, which has rampaged the town of Pinehorn. Some don't want this potential germ incubator to attend the fundraiser at the manor for fear of spreading the virus to others. However, it conflicts with Dakota's vibes to stay in quarantine.

Dakota earns money from student loans, participates in a work-study program, has a continuous 'Fund Me' page, and arranges fundraising car washes on the weekends to make extra money. Needless to say, Dakota struggles financially.

COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Casual, nerdy attire. Hair in a nerdy style (i.e., slick back, etc.). White socks, dark shoes, and optional to have a calculator as a prop.


Website Designer
Ashton Harvey is a dedicated friend and hardworking website designer who has designed websites for most businesses in Pinehorn. The townspeople often call upon Ashton for help with anything computer-related.

Ashton is Reese Harvey's sibling. They live together and spend most of their free time playing video games. Ashton often complains about Reese being cranky, but Reese ignores Ashton unless they both have a game controller in their hands.

Ashton isn't happy with being a website designer, as the career path isn't going to lead to owning vacation houses in top destinations around the globe or a million followers on Twitter. Ashton often fantasizes about being a politician, a sports or rock star, or anything that pays well and could give Ashton fame. Ashton doesn't know how to get famous but is trying everything under the sun, such as running for city council, applying to be on reality shows, and even begging celebrities on social media for attention.
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Casual, technology or video game inspired attire.


Parker Tankus is the antisocial guitarist for the band Armpit Anguish. He suffers from severe anger management issues and is extremely judgmental of others. These nasty qualities tend to anger not only the band members but also anybody who is around Parker for more than two minutes. Parker also suffers from an intense fear of germs, so getting too close to this rock star is out of the question!

Parker has been vocal about not trusting Dr. Furen Feathers, a veterinarian who moved to the town of Pinehorn not too long ago. Parker admits to having trust issues, but something about this doc doesn't sit well, so Parker has written negative reviews about Dr. Feathers all over the internet - on social media and other review-based sites.
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Rock star costume. Skintight brightly colored leggings, rock t-shirt, glam rock hair & makeup, and having a guitar (real or fake) as a prop is optional.


Veterinarian, Pinehorn Pet Center
Furen Feathers is the most annoying one-upper in the town of Pinehorn.  If you’ve done, said, or tried anything cool, Furen Feathers has done it more often, said it already, and tried it three times.  Furen Feathers is new to Pinehorn, and not many people know the real Dr. Feathers.

Parker Tankus has openly campaigned for the citizens of Pinehorn to stop bringing their pets to the newly-opened Pinehorn Pet Center. Dr. Feathers has defended that Parker is a stressed-out rock star and shouldn't be taken seriously. 

Since moving to town only two months ago, Dr. Feathers has been openly critical of others in town, such as the registrar of Pinehorn University for not accepting qualified candidates and Ashton Harvey's websites. Furen has also accused Dakota Green of stalking the band Armpit Anguish. Maybe a new vet in town shouldn't be so hostile and judgmental of others. Dr. Feathers should have taken a class in college about how to grow a client base and keep customers happy.

After moving to town, Dr. Feathers hired Reese Harvey as a personal trainer, but after five sessions, this doctor canned Reese and made an official complaint to the gym manager. Furen complained about Reese's aggressive attitude and warned that Reese was unstable. 
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Lab jacket or scrubs. Optional to have a stethoscope and latex examination gloves.


Dental Receptionist
Peyton Crownly is the peculiar receptionist at Pinehorn Dental, the only dental practice in the town of Pinehorn.  A constant whistler, Peyton Crownly will always grace you with uncomfortable stares and periods of awkward silence during conversation.  Unless you want to neglect your dental health or drive an hour away from town, you’ll eventually have to deal with this bizarre individual.  Peyton also creates peculiar sculptures and has quite a reputation as an artist in town.

Peyton often posts negative comments on social media about the band Armpit Anguish. Peyton is anything but a fan of that group and refers to Parker Tankus as a silly ninny muggin. Peyton posted recently that the lead singer sounds like a fighting alley cat, and the drummer and bass guitarist isn't as talented as tired toddlers with toy instruments. To date, the band has given Peyton no attention. 

Peyton has purchased luxurious items that seem suspiciously affordable for a person with a lower income. Many townies have been whispering that Peyton is finding a way to supplement the receptionist salary. Peyton creates massive, life-sized sculptures upon order, but because of the low prices the customers pay, there can't be much profit made when the materials are considered.
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Wear a lab jacket or scrubs. A name tag with ‘Pinehorn Dental’ and new containers of dental floss, toothbrushes, etc., are optional.


Chief Financial Officer 
Jackie Bean is the Chief Financial Officer at the largest corporation in town, Greeto Lay Potato Chips, which employs over half the townspeople of Pinehorn.  Jackie is a friendly person but often rants about governmental conspiracies.  Jackie’s fellow employees often speculate that Jackie wraps foil around windows, antennae of appliances and vehicles, or anything else to prevent the government from spying.

Jackie is a personal friend of the mayor of Pinehorn. Many people are upset, as Jackie is the one who suggested the prices of the tickets to the fundraising event at the manor be $250.00.  Jackie argues that this is a fundraiser, so any amount is appropriate if people are willing to pay it.  The party was sold out, so Jackie seemed to be right with the price.

Jackie is on a campaign to make the city of Pinehorn a travel destination. Jackie has spent countless hours writing travel bloggers and creating a campaign to advertise the town as a travel hotspot. Jackie ultimately wants to bring more money to the potato chip factory through tourists by creating expensive tours through the facility. Many of the townspeople have whispered that touring such a place does not sound like enough fun to draw tourists, but Jackie refuses to listen.
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Wear casual business attire (click here for male, and click here for female) with reading glasses. A business ledger and a calculator are optional. Aluminum foil is an optional prop. 


Personal Trainer
Reese Harvey is the muscle-bound personal trainer from Pinehorn Athletic Training Center.  Reese loves to talk about one thing only – Reese Harvey.  Reese spends a lot of time playing video games with Ashton Harvey.  Reese was a notorious high school bully many years ago.  Unlucky townspeople witness this type of behavior manifest when Reese is told no.

Reese has been unhappy lately, especially in the mornings. Ashton, who lives with Reese, doesn't understand how anyone with a job who gets to work out at a gym all day could be in a foul mood.  Reese is critical of Ashton and often bashes him/her to others in town. However, Reese has exhibited family loyalty when anyone tries to say something negative about Ashton. 

Days ago, Reese's long-time significant other broke up with a callous text message. Reese has been hostile and angry ever since and has even lost clients at the gym. Ashton is worried that Reese will do something untoward, as Reese has been acting increasingly unstable. 

COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Workout attire. Optional to bring workout rubber bands and business cards for Pinehorn Athletic Training Center. 


Retired Fisherman
Riley Corals is an arrogant and aggressive retired angler. Riley owns the only marina in town and charges enormous rates to dock boats there. Nobody receives an invite to the Corals' mansion on the hill, and the curious townspeople often wonder what Riley is hiding.

The Corals family is known for being introverted, generation after generation. They've always been a gossip topic, as their refusal to host any parties or events in one of the biggest mansions in town has raised a fair share of eyebrows. Not known for being charitable, Riley Corals wouldn't even purchase a box of Girl Scout cookies to help out today's youth. 
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Casual attire with a fisherman’s vest (with pockets for lures, etc.). It is Optional to wear a captain’s hat and have fishing lures (no hooks) as props. 


University Registrar
Logan Anthony is the bossy registrar at Pinehorn University. Logan has a shady past, as Logan was an infamous tyrant during high school along with Reese Harvey.  Logan’s reputation hasn’t improved much over the years. Logan spends the days finding ways to reject the applications of potential students of the university.

Logan explains that Pinehorn University has the potential to become one of the famous Ivy League institutions. It will all start with increasing the mandatory qualifications of the candidates for admission. Logan goes above and beyond when reviewing applicants, and his acceptance percentage is the lowest of his counterparts at other universities. 

Logan and Furen Feathers have recently gotten into a public spat on social media about Logan's strict admissions policies. Dr. Feathers stated that Logan is not being fair to future students by not allowing them to attend the university when their SAT scores, high school GPA, and class ranking were well above the stated minimums for admission. Furen says Logan is a bully on a power trip. 
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Casual business attire click here for
male, and click here for female). Hair and makeup (if female) are slightly outrageous. Optional to bring recruiting materials for Pinehorn University.


Social Media Consultant
Drew Adel is a highly intellectual social media consultant.  A dependable, hard worker, Drew's a true and loyal friend. Drew's behavior is a tad obsessive, but some people appreciate Drew’s attention to detail. Drew can be off-putting at times with blunt honesty.

Drew is a self-proclaimed super fan of Armpit Anguish and makes plenty of favorable posts on social media in support of the band and Parker Tankus. 

 Drew is also a Zoombot Fitness Instructor at the Pinehorn Recreation Center. Drew is known for trying to poach Reese Harvey's clients from the gym by sitting in the parking lot and handing out flyers for free classes. Reese has asked Drew multiple times to stop, and has recently had the manager of the gym banish Drew from the property. That didn't stop Drew, for Drew posted up at the entrance to the parking lot to pass out flyers and spread the word about the Zoombot classes. 
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Casual business attire (click here for male and click here for female). A smartphone with access to social media sites (e.g., Instagram, X, Snap, etc.) is
 an optional prop. 


Police Officer
This crabby introvert has sworn to protect and serve the people of Pinehorn. Surprisingly, Officer Nelson is one of the most highly decorated officers at the Pinehorn Police Department.  One likely scenario is that Officer Nelson has simply intimidated everybody at the station, as everybody does as they are told by Officer Nelson. Officer Nelson is rarely seen without fellow officers buzzing about.

Officer Nelson will be the first to tell you that s/he is a superhero solely responsible for the low crime rates in Pinehorn. Not one to share credit, this lawmaker will boast about intimidating potential criminals into not committing crimes. 

People who work at the station have claimed that Officer Nelson even bullies the police chief into doing whatever is needed to boost the officer's career and make him/her shine in the spotlight. The mayor of Pinehorn gave Officer Nelson the key to the city in a ceremony after Officer Nelson reportedly saved the mayor's cat from a tree.  Rumor has it that Officer Nelson wasn't even present when the cat was rescued, but nobody is brave enough to tell the mayor. 
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Police uniform. Optional to have fake guns, handcuffs, as props.



Pinehorn Police Department

The Pinehorn Police Department is known for its efficiency and loyalty. Most of the officers consider one another as an extended family, and are often seen together when they are off-duty. 

Everyone allows Officer Nelson to take the leadership role in the group, but that might be due to Officer Nelson's overbearing personality - not because of extraordinary leadership skills.  Some have said off-record that they cannot wait until Officer Nelson does something corrupt that will knock the bully lawmaker off the high horse. 

COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Police uniform. Optional to have fake guns, handcuffs, as props.


Reporter, CBC News

Pat Couric is always on top of the latest story—and sometimes before the story happens! Pat’s an ambitious investigative reporter for the CBC television station who will stop at nothing to be the first to get the scoop. Pat is rarely seen without a troupe of colleagues from CBC News.

Pat Couric has been lingering around Pinehorn's newest veterinarian, Dr. Furen Feathers. Pat has asked around, but nobody seems to know anything about Furen's background. 

Pat's news crew often complains behind Pat's back about Pat requiring them to work seven days per week.  Pat is demanding and calls everyone into work for no reason, most of the time. Pat is desperate to get a story since RBC News has been touted as the primary source of the news in Pinehorn. Pat's job is in jeopardy! 

COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Reporter costume. An optional microphone and notepad as props.


Camera operators, Audio Techs, Gaffers, Director, Producers

The news crew at CBC is the hardest-working film crew in the industry. Pat Couric will stop at nothing to get the scoop, and so the crew must work seven days per week and be on call for anything. 

Thus far, they haven't shown signs of disgruntlement, as Pat has promised them a higher-paying position when Pat gets a promotion. Pat is very loyal to the crew. 

COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Casual attire - black t-shirt, black pants. Any production gear (i.e., clipboard, walkie-talkies, etc.) as optional props. 

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