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Murder-mystery game for teenagers at Post Road Library

WEST FORSYTH — It’s “Clue” come to life — there’s been a murder at the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball. Whodunit?

Only a team of middle and high school investigators can figure it out at the first-ever mystery role-playing game for teens in Forsyth County. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at the Post Road Library.

The game is set in New Orleans on the premise that local residents are thrilled the owners of the old Madison Avenue Mansion are holding a masquerade ball. However, the mansion is rumored to be haunted by ill-spirited ghosts from the mid-1800s.

According to a news release from the Forsyth County Public Library System, “Everyone knows something is bound to go wrong when events are held there — wedding ceremonies end in divorce, travelers visiting the mansion go missing, and uninvited guests crash parties and choke to death on stolen cake.”

Lisa Echols, youth services supervisor at the Post Road branch, said in a statement that library visitors have “shown interest in programs that include a little history, a little mystery and an opportunity to become part of the story.”

“We first tried out this kind of role-playing game with adult patrons, and the response was incredibly positive, so we’d like to give our teen patrons a chance,” she said.

Teens are invited to dress up in “spectacular Mardi Gras style” for the event. Anyone wishing to help figure out which suspect committed the crime should register to attend. Admission is free.

“During the game, we’ll get into character by designing masquerade masks,” Echols said. “Then we’ll enjoy king cake and other refreshments while we study the crime scene, question suspects and search for clues.”

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