Henry St. John, viscount Bolingbroke expired yesterday in his rooms after visiting a dinner party with several supposed allies and fellow Tories: Pope, Swift, Arbuthnot, Parnell, Gay, and their adopted French counterpart, Voltaire. The self-titled Scriblerus Club met to discuss matters of utmost importance, namely their work on The Spectator, London’s source of poetry, pastorals, and denunciations.
The guests arrived, each bearing his favorite dish as a show of friendship. A few altercations occurred to damper the sentiment of fellowship; these shall be revealed forthwith in due course. In truth, Henry St. John’s premature expiration aroused acute astonishment among his guests. The apothecary delivered a singular diagnosis: murder, vicious rhetoric, and poison, too.
Authorities believe a member of the Club may be involved, and have detained for questioning all those associated with the most recent edition of the infamous editorial. Who poisoned Henry St. John Bolingbroke, and why?
Note: The character biographies in this scenario are fact. Clues and other evidence are based on actual historical events.
Dedicated to Ester Rasband
Packet included digital documents:
(6) Player packets (John Arbuthnot, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, John Gay, Voltaire, and Thomas Parnell)
(1) Real Story Revealed
(1) Tags for guesses
Note that the numbers listed above do not indicate number of pages, but number of documents. The total number of pages is 50+. (Scenario designed in B&W.)
This murder mystery scenario is family friendly; the mystery focuses on the writers and their lives, not on intrigue and innuendo.