I love games, puzzles, and mysteries.

As a child, the first thing I can remember wanting to be when I grew up was a detective. When I was around 10 years old I received a plastic detective briefcase toy in a kid’s meal from Wendy’s, and I still have it to this day. I loved Harriet the Spy and any book that had any kind of mystery in it, and I played the “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” computer game as much as possible. In high school I became obsessed with the role-playing game “Mafia,” and more recently I have loved playing “One Night Ultimate Werewolf.” I have thrown 3 murder mystery dinner parties to date, and one of my lifelong dreams is to attend a live weekend-long event at an old Victorian B&B, so that I can basically live in the movie Clue. There is a thrill to a good mystery, and to solving a good puzzle, that I think is hard to match.

One night in 2004, on a whim, and as a surprise to my friends, I created a town-wide puzzle hunt in my hometown. I wrote out riddles and clues and placed them all over town, sending my friends from place to place as they raced against each other to be the first team to reach the end. Over the next 9 years I went on to create a new hunt nearly every year, designing more elaborate clues, crafting materials, and constantly trying to raise the bar. I had a blast coming up with new clues each year, organizing all the details, and hosting the events. I had no idea that all these years I had spent designing puzzles would end up being the foundation for a new hobby that was soon to emerge!

In August 2017, after much anticipation and waiting, I finally played my very first escape room. No surprise, I absolutely loved it. After years of crafting my own puzzles and clues, I was experiencing an avenue that took that same idea and put it in a nice little package for everyone to easily participate in, with scenery and a time limit and teamwork and everything. It was perfect. Since then, I have been on a never-ending hunt for my next escape room experience, slowed down only by my wallet and by the interest levels of my companions.

This website was born out of my enthusiasm for escape rooms in particular. When you’re an enthusiast, all you want to do is talk to other people who are as excited as you are about your passion. I needed an outlet, and this website gave me an excuse to write about escape rooms and puzzles and mysteries as much as I wanted. I had also already been keeping track of my escape room experiences, and thought this was a good way to record more details and keep everything organized. Given how much I have loved all things mystery throughout my childhood and my life so far, I think it’s safe to say that starting Nothing But The Sleuth was a good idea. 🙂