Donning the sleuth’s hat


A typewriter with a half-written note, an old map of Mumbai, some books and photographs, a electronic safe and a giant chalk outline straight from a crime scene. As I looked around, taking in the scene, in my first real world test, I told myself ‘order and method’ would be key.

You see, I had graduated rather early from Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series to the queen of mysteries, Agatha Christie and her inimitable Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. Yet, with barely any instructions to go by and nobody to interview to glean the facts of the case, I and my friends were left with no option but to turn everything upside down.

Poirot would be disappointed, but after 30 minutes of rifling through things, I think we were more so. There were too many clues and not much time. We were craving a Captain Hastings or Watson-like insight that would get the grey cells moving and help solve the mystery. Thankfully, it did come, through a screen. Soon, doors were unlocked as were puzzle boxes and we had nabbed the culprit, with just 2 minutes to spare!

Pleased as punch, when we got outside though we were told the best time was 20 minutes! That just put the lid on sleuthing as a career, for me, for now. As far as escape games go, we were quite the laggards, but still out of Mr Splylock’s chamber, free to walk around. If you fancy solving murders, bank heists, pirate traps and more, go to Clue Hunt and try out your skills before you don Sherlock’s deerstalker hat.

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