Here is a puzzle I have made (my first so please go easy :) ). I hope you enjoy (and that it is doable).
Dear Sir/Madam.........19th of September 1887
I present to you a most interesting case, which the official force has had no luck in trying to solve, and for which we need your assistance. The facts are these, 3 nights before Lord Linton was set to bed by his Butler Jones as was routine.
When Jones came to awake the Lord on the morning of two day’s ago, he was found dead.
There were 4 people in the house at the time, the Lord himself, the butler, the maid and the son. All external doors and windows were found to be latched, and had evidently not been opened for a few days before our arrival.
The evidence collected is as follows:
The stairs up to the Lords room were particularly dusty in comparison to the rest of the house. Only one set of footprints could be seen, those of Jones, once up and once down.
The maid was adamant that she could hear the Son pacing up and down his room. Jones was less sure.
Although the maid and Jones are set to benefit financially from the death of the Lord. The Son is the main benefactor of the estate.
Attached is the layout of the first floor of the house, to save you a visit:
I am sure with your intellect, you will have solved the crime from these facts alone. However, if you need any further evidence, ask and I will see what I can do.
Please reply with who did the crime and how do you know.
Who killed the Lord and how do you know?