The Case of Gloriana’s Gemstones

Queen Elizabeth I's jewels have been purloined and it's up to you to find them! In honor of the birth of her new great-grandchild, the current queen of England sent some of Queen Elizabeth I's (who was nicknamed “Gloriana”) jewels on tour around the world. These amazing gemstones were once sewn into some of Queen Elizabeth's dresses as elaborate decoration. The jewels' most recent stop was right here at the Library Center. In a shocking turn of events, the night before the jewels were to be revealed to the public of Springfield, the jewels were mysteriously stolen! We believe this is the work of the villainous Stratemeyer Syndicate!  After careful study of the evidence, we have deduced that: a) the jewels are hiding somewhere in the library, and b) they were stolen by one of four people who were present in the library at the time of the crime. One of these suspects is a Stratemeyer operative and therefore the thief!  In addition to all this, reports of a most alarming nature have been received, which tell of strange visions and sounds in the library. Also, seven mysterious rhyming clues about the robbery appeared out of nowhere. A rumor has started that the ghost of Queen Elizabeth I left the clues to help the searchers find the hidden jewels, put the crook behind bars, and restore everything to right. Unfortunately, the clues have our detectives quite stumped! That is where you come in. We need you to use absolutely all the deductive power you have in you to solve this mystery! You have a twofold mission: first of all, to figure out which suspect is the dastardly Stratemeyer agent, and secondly, to find the jewels!  Please remember to leave the clues where you find them and Good luck detectives!

Additional Evidence and Codebreakers

Some clues you encounter will be straightforward, rhyming riddles, while others will be in code!

         Here are some handy tips for cracking codes:

Look for odd things that stand out or don't make sense. For example, letters capitalized in strange places might spell a word.

"Help bAtty sTicker"

might spell HAT. Also, if a sentence doesn't make sense, try just looking at the first letter of each word to see if it spells a word. What might

"hattie eats little penguins" mean? (Answer: help).

The final code you might come up against is a code that smashes all the words together into groups of 5 letters. For example, in this code, "The summer reading program is so awesome, I wish it happened all year long," would say:

thesu mmerr eadin

gprog ramis soawe

somei wishi thapp

eneda llyea rlong

Alright detectives, here is one last tip before you get on the trail: you will find random letters on each of the clues. Take these letters, and unscramble them to find the location of the jewels. When you unscramble these letters and solve the mystery, return IMMEDIATELY to headquarters, and the mystery will reach its conclusion!

Notes and Observations