Were you the first in line to pick up The Da Vinci Code? Did you get bummed when the book was over and the mysteries solved? Don't worry, there's another way to get your much needed "intricate puzzles hidden in classic works of art" fix. The Murder at the Met Scavenger Hunt does Dan Brown one better. A curator is dead, and you are in charge of solving the mystery. Sorry, Tom Hanks. You'll have to sit this one out.
The hunt is organized by the folks at Watson Adventures. Your team of up to six people will be handed a list of directions, and you'll have to solve the murder while running around the museum looking for clues. If you're a regular visitor to the Metropolitan Museum, you'll look at the collection in an entirely new light. For those not familiar with the museum, this is a great way to take a whirlwind tour of famous art pieces. Either way, better hurry up, because you're on the trail of a horrible murderer (cue evil laugh)!
The organizers will set you up with a team if you want to go solo, but this is a really great way to spend the night with a group of friends. If you can't make the hunt that's scheduled for October 31st (buy tickets here), Murder at the Met runs a few times each month. Check out Watson Adventures' calendar here, and start practicing those gumshoe skills. You'll need them. The team that solves the mystery and gets the most points will win some pretty sweet prizes.
The best part? All of those mindless thrillers that you've read will finally pay off. If you crack the case, be sure to write a thank you note to Mr. Brown.