Detective Mystery Kit: The Case of the Missing Bird Diary
On Friday night, April 30th, a book full of rare bird sketches was stolen from Naper’s Rare Books and Birding Emporium, and the case is still ongoing. The detective on the case needs your help! Use your best sleuthing skills to solve this mystery.


Thank you for participating in the Detective Mystery Kit* program virtually. Here are a few instructions:

There are three PDFs of clues and case documents that you will need to download in order to solve the mystery. Each PDF represents a different objective to complete along the way.

Part 1 PDF:
Part 2 PDF:
Part 3 PDF:


Here are the objectives for each of the three PDFs, in order:

Part 1 Objective: Eliminate the one of the suspects.

Part 2 Objective: Eliminate a second suspect.

Part 3 Objective: Figure out which of the remaining suspects stole the book. When you think you have figured out who the culprit is, proceed to the final page of this form to confirm your guess.


After you submit your final guess, you will be able to read the confession from the guilty suspect.

Good luck, and happy solving!

*This kit was created in 2021 by Adult Services Librarians Christy Palangattil and Jen Ripka and Adult Services Associate Nicole Stachnik at the Naperville Public Library - 95th Street Library.

**Disclaimer: This mystery kit is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to real persons, places, or events are the products of the creators’ imaginations.
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