Treasure Hunt

Quest Mystery

I have set my life upon a cast

                              And I will stand the hazard of the die

                                                Richard III, Act V, Scene 4

Hidden within the words of a SP Grogan historical fiction thriller are clues that will lead the reader to a hidden treasure worth a cash prize.
The first Quest Mystery was released in 2008 as Vegas Die.  Recently Histria Books has signed a major deal with the author to reprint his entire 5 novels, two of them Quest Mystery, released this year:
Vegas Die — September 15th for a $2,500 cash prize to find the pirate-era Spanish coin.
Captain Cooked – To be released this holiday season. Buy now at
Buy now Vegas Die, the 15th Anniversary Edition with new clues to a new hunt and become a ‘Questor’.

Rules & Regs for Vegas Die—15th Anniversary Edition

Welcome. Thanks for becoming a Questor. And best of luck to you.

To begin with, you must buy ‘Vegas Die’ (2020) the 15th Anniversary Edition. The ebook will not be released until late October and it should also have all clues contained within and posted.

 My idea on this New and Improved Quest Mystery hunt is to introduce you to Las Vegas and seek your return to a very exciting town.

There is one main prize, and that is finding the Spanish coin, yet there are several mini hunts—all interwoven.  When found you redeem the coin for $2,500 (see #9).  More details to proceed as the hunt begins and clues begin to unwind.  This time we would like you to register if you are participating in the hunt, so we can create a database for fans and be able to notify you on any clue changes/additions and/or other future hunts.  We do not distribute your name/address to any third party vendor. We want to create a Quest Mystery community for the betterment of all. Email us your contact info. Send your name and info:

  1.  Above all, there are no clues at the author’s house or on the curb.
  2. The treasure hunt will last 3 years from Sept. 1st 2020 or until someone discovers the coin
  3. The main prize (the coin) is not visible. Important word: ‘Perimeter’.
  4. No clue is within a building, near buildings (or open land), yes. REVISED: No clue is within a building, except the answer to one mini-hunt which is within a building. Clues and Main Prize may or may not be near buildings or open land. ‘Proximity’ is a key word.
  5. Armchair Questors (AQuest) are welcome, and you may guess by email (no phone calls), but it has to be to a specific location (not ‘it’s in a casino’, but more or less ‘it is in the flower planter to the right of the bar’.   AQuest should make friends and partnerships with local citizens in the on-foot search. Better yet come to Vegas!
  6. The Prize is located somewhere within the Vegas Valley, but in a wider area including the West side of Lake Mead, NE out as far as LV Speedway, south to Primm (Stateline) and  North  and west to Red Rocks and Mt. Charleston.
  7. The author is the only one who knows where the Prize is, and his decisions on issues are final.  He may add additional clues as he feels appropriate.  He is not required to answer every query.
  8. If you discover the ‘coin’ and are qualified as the winner, you will receive the cash prize. You may also opt to keep the coin as a remembrance to your achievement for overcoming all odds.
  9. A portion of book sales, after 500 books are sold, will go into a Prize Pool, to increase the main prize valuation, as well as smaller percentage (if it is decided) for the mini hunts.  It has to be stressed the Prize Pool is dependent on increased book sales. So, it is important Questors assist in touting book sales for your own benefit.  Some buyers might just want to read the book and not join the search.    The mini hunts will start with a $50 base prize each to the first discoverer. Each discoverer, and there could be many, of the mini hunts will get a free clue.
  10. More rules might be added at any time so please refer to the website on a regular basis.

Clue:  Red, Black, Green.  Nothing is as it seems….but still float any trial balloon of a guess you wish, who knows?                

You Tube Interview 8.17.20 with — an authorized Questor Hunt Fact-News Site You can visit and exchange info with these Treasure Hunters and even buy Vegas Die directly from them. …$33 includes shipping. Contact: — payment info — 

We welcome any Questor who wants to play an active role. Contact us.

Vegas Die excerpt:

The knife slipped effortless from its silver sheath, glinting, blinding in the sunlight. The blade flashed razor sharp. Thrusting the dagger toward the old man, swiping the air in unknown magical designs, his captor spewed out words in lava-slow guttural anger.

            “What the hell I want–is you to feel what my hell has been like!”              A past of ignoble deeds had prepared the old man his entire adult life for just such a moment, to be ready to accept without fear his own death. He steeled himself to handle the swift, merciful bullet, having always expected in all his years that gunshots by perpetrators unknown would be the impetus of his obituary. Not like this. Before the first slice, he prayed for the sudden heart attack he had always prayed not to have. At each incision of pain his captor told the story of why he was going to die. As his flesh parted in delicate butterfly flaying, his eyes widened in recognition of the tale and he started begging for his life, realizing all the while his sin weighed too great for earthly forgiveness.     

The hidden coin worth $2,500


9.1.20 Hello! I am super excited to become a Questor! I live in NV and I am a married mom to 5 kiddos. I joined the Forrest Fenn treasure hunt in 2018 as a way to handle PTSD and anxiety after surviving the Route 91 mass shooting. It made me focus on brainstorming and critical thinking and not what we went through. My oldest son who is now 16 has been my treasure hunting partner. I love treasure hunting, it’s fun and very reminiscent of the Goonies!   — Marvel Mom

The fashion for clue hiding– though none at this addressbut a red fish

9.6.20 Six Questions Forum by Author at Mysterious Writings


CZ I jumped on your first Quest Mystery in 2008 when I bought your book from you at the airport. I bought the second version of the first book in 2010. And now I have the newest Vegas Die book

DM I love treasure hunts! Trying to match wits against someone such as yourself is probably 3/4s of the fun. I just love the notion of having a fair shot at cracking a mystery that ends in a prize. The prize could be a Cracker Jack prize for all I care.  it’s all about that adrenalin rush that comes with each and every “Ah Ha” moment! So thank you for the challenge Mr. Grogan…..I’m looking forward to my trip to Vegas. 

Mini hunt clues found as of this date:  1 black, 1 red fish

Public Interview scheduled on 29th of Sept. Details to follow.

9.15 Publisher’s press release:

9.27.20    I am thrilled by the increase in Questors out there, and willing to spend my time answering the important questions.  A recap, of sorts. There are three mini hunts on top of the main hunt.  The mini hunts have their own clues and when you compile enough you can guess an ‘answer’. If you are the first to figure out Red, Black, Green mini hunts, that individual gets $50 plus one Big Clue; future people winning the mini-hunt and figuring it all out, merely gain the Big Clue (which is still helpful towards the Big Prize).

This Treasure Hunt was outlined and laid out over 2 years ago, with recent updates as we approached publication. My memory sometimes can overload between first thought and final clue hiding.  Questors have pointed out a mini hunt location where a clue should have been left. That will be rectified and all who have previously said ‘is it here?’ will get that clue. It does not diminish the hunt as the clue was placed at another location.  Just cleaning up a loose end for continuity. 

A test to see who’s reading my meanderings. First to guess gains a Quick $20 and a signed copy of “Atomic Dreams”. What do  you think this refers to:  Leapfrogging, every other… Deadline: October 15.

Please note, Tuesday, Sept. 29 Zoom Interview.  Again, it is important that you encourage your friends and associates to buy “Vegas Die” and join the Quest. 

Is it perhaps time to wax philosophically?  One book does not limit the Questing World; there is a wider expanse from all-seeing into the mind of the author’s universe.  Joie de Vivre should be a second axiom for a Questor, not merely frustration if you hit a roadblock with ‘Nothing Is As It Seems’.  My goal is to provide thinking fun.  There probably is a better statistical chance of solving the Quest Mystery than to put your dollar down on lottery, play the five or six numbers, and hope for the final Powerball kicker number.  Keep on Questing with a smile on your face!

Someone asked: 9.27.20 To date: multiple people have located 9 mini hunt clues but no Solved Answers arising out of clues discovered; several guesses at Major Spanish shipwreck coin, no one guessed correctly. The game’s afoot.

9.29.20 After several guesses, Publisher asked to remind everyone, that the Main Prize is hidden nowhere around Publisher’s office or home, and that Publisher has no idea where the Main Prize is hidden.

9.29.20 Did the Author blab out a clue unknowingly? Questors wonder. For those who missed the Sept. 13th author interview with Book Bungalow, ‘the literary soul of our community’ (and a thanks to Tanya Mills) here is the link:

9.30.20 A very successful interview with Amy Seeks. View here.

To answer a question from Bobby D: Cur Non? To answer a question from Kpro: the writing universe of the author is always revealing…there are no Vegas Die clues in the past writings of Captain Cooked, With Revenge Comes Terror, Atomic Dreams at the Red Tiki Lounge…

Observation: Having completed three online interviews, guesses of clues/locations are starting to flood in. Some treasure hunters are just guessing blindly hoping to hit a target. A Questor Guess needs to be reasoned out, how it’s tied to the story, or reasonable deductions. We still are more than willing to answer valid and thought out guesses. Keep on Questing.


Questor’s Guess: old El Morocco Casino construction site; future home of Magnum Casino Hotel….but not here…Sorry….
Questor Guess: Bonanza Gift Shop sign base, Sahara & Las Vegas Blvd. Correct, but a red fish is a red herring.


Two Questors are moving in on a mini hunt answer. One Questor  raised a question about a Main Prize location, close but no guess and vague and no reasoning from clues given. This raises an observation for those Armchair Questors. Merely guessing all locations in Vegas Die 2.0 won’t get you to the end result.  A Quest Mystery requires stepping back and looking at the big picture for hidden-within-writing nuances.  Guesses have to have reasoning behind them.  The Author may choose not to answer multiple location guesses without fore-thought, but will continue to support those who bought the book, who read it carefully, and live wherever, whether Canada or Kentucky, which we are doing.

The Author from time to time goes back into the field himself, and double checks that all clues and the Main Prize are still secreted.  On our last field tour, we found one ‘location’ clue, placed on a cemented paver, that the paver had been removed (I guess for repair)—look for a lampost; another location the number 4 green was added; and a location clue resulting from a cipher not originally put in place is now situated near a sign.  In cleaning up one clue location, the ‘Hider’ (author) was confronted by Security, and talked his way out of a sticky painted situation.  Everything placed is in public, except on one outside inside mini-hunt building clue.

There is a ‘red fish’ on the right side, behind a rock, going up to the Bugsy Siegel monument (photo in book).  Because of proximity to a closed and gated wedding chapel it was not deemed key to place a hard clue there.

There has been some discussion by treasure hunters in forums on ‘communication’.  The question: should the treasure hider talk with Questors or go silent and be non-communicative?  This Author believes in developing fans, and future Quest Mystery participants. Talking is important, but being too open, and not circumspect to mistakenly reveal too much has to be also considered.   As I said, I will stay away  forums for awhile and concentrate on marketing, but still offer from time to time answers to location guesses.

Our Quest Mystery was created for fun…and to have you buy the mystery thriller and then realize it was a good read.

A diligent Questor FINALLY finds the Vegas Die Quest Mystery TREASURE! Keep on Questing and Happy Halloween!

10.12.20 I am pleased to see an active Questor community in the hunt and can now report we have had two recent winners who have used their search and deductive reasoning in providing the correct answers.  First, we held a sub-contest that would have ended on October 15th, for an interpretation on how ‘leapfrogging’ might apply in the Quest.  That person will receive $20 cash and a signed copy of the  adventure fantasy novel, “Atomic Dreams at the Red Tiki Lounge’,  by the author.  The second winner figured out an answer of the Green Series mini hunt and will receive two prizes, including a Main Clue for the Ultimate Prize of the hidden Spanish pirate-era coin.  As we have pointed out after the mini contests are solved by the first person/winner, a Questor who comes along next and solves/answers the mini hunts, though they will not gain a cash prize but yet will be awarded a Main Clue. So it is important to continue the Quest in solving the Mini Hunts and the Main Prize. It’s not over by far.  There are still 3 token/coins out there to be discovered, not counting the Main Prize Spanish pirate-era coin.

10.16.20 Questor Questions are answered to whether their analysis guesses are correct. Of the many we received in the last few days…here is one of our comments that might be helpful: On the Black Series you are on the right track, but nothing to do with —– or —–.  This is a ‘token’ prize at the end of finding the answer.  On the discovered  I-9  I can now reveal, like the sixth Powerball number, 9 when found, is a floating clue that might be applied somewhere else….

Recently, one of our Questors won a Mini Hunt prize which included a set of all published Author books over the last 15 years. Three more books will be published over the next 12 months, including a new Quest Mystery, Captain Cooked, by December 2020. Here are the SP Grogan books for those who are seeking a completist collection:

SP Grogan Books

10.27.20 Questors are closing in on the Black series of finding a token in one of our Mini Hunts. If the Mini Hunt is not found by December 1st, we will give out an additional clue. It always helps to fall down and pray when you feel you are close to a solution…

  1. Slot Token from Central City, CO. “The Glory Hole Casino” Who used to work in this casino town?
  2. Political token of Mayor Carolyn Goodman of Las Vegas. What is the relationship of husband to VD1?
  3. A casino chip from Monaco casino. What language do they speak here?
Mayor Goodman (Black) found. Other two are not color Mini hunts but within book(s)

Vegas Die is now available in Ebook format for $8.99 at

Lafayette, Courtier to Crown Fugitive is also available as an Ebook at $8.99. Worth the purchase. Gain insights on the royal court and a coming-of-age story of youthful ambition.

10.28.20 Mini Hunt Found. Black Series winner. When we posted on 10.27 we did not expect a push to solve this mini hunt series, but someone did. For other Questors it only means that the winner will receive $50 and a clue to the Main Prize, but any other Questor who gets in close proximity to the Black Series location will then receive the same clue. If you are an armchair Questor, you merely need to suggest your solution location, be specific, and you will receive a clue. Black Series winner found a political token of Mayor Carolyn Goodman. Three Remaining Mini Hunts to be found or deciphered. Two coins/tokens still out there.


I responded to one Questor who had a question as follows:

Thanks for being part of the Quest.  Certainly there are many treasure hunts out there and I appreciate you are considering mine on your list.

To the Mini Hunts     Red — Dagger  3 clues of 5 remain to be found  (no accurate guess at this time)    Green  has been found — but in that guess I believe one clue remains undiscovered     Black has been found — all clues located by a Questor or different Questors
Again if one finds a Mini Hunt they gain the $50 cash and a clue to the main prize, the next Questors solving the mini hunts get the clue but no cash.  What has recently been said is that the Mini Hunts focus and narrows the proximity of location.  It is no longer at Mt. Charleston or Boulder Dam or Nellis Airforce base (or outside an approximate circle to those locations).  And with all hunts uncovered the scope of size condenses. So important Mini Hunts are solved by you or one of your search team members.

Red fish found signifies ‘red herring’ and therefore no clue…there are four of those out there, and more may be put out there if Questor continue to go to a location where there is no clue or direction. (Ex. Bugsy Siegel statue at Flamingo–on a rock–some missed this one]

There is one element in solving the Black mini hunt that gives rise to a clue in the Red Fish hunt.  One Questor guessed 5 locations of similarity but did not consider other of like kind (No clue but like saying ‘is it at 5 McDonalds?  When it could have been one McDonalds and one Burger King)          Two hunts remain unsolved — for an old casino token and one for a casino chip  (no colors –and why do you suppose that is? and where are those clues?)
     Plus Main Prize of the Spanish coin remains undiscovered, though a few Questors have made broad assumptions as to location.  You must be specific as to spot, within feet or standing over it (or under it…NIAIS–Nothing Is As It Seems)

In one previous Treasure Hunt Podcast it was mentioned a clue was placed around the Rampart Casino to clarify previous guesses.  Watching Treasure Hunt  Podcasts are helpful, because sometimes I do slip, or maybe not.  Had a great rock ‘n rolling Zoom session with Amy Seeks on Tuesday night and answered listeners questions.  A drawing was held where the winner ‘Paul’ will receive a signed copy of the about-to-be-released 10 Year Special Anniversary “Captain Cooked” (retails for $32, or $25 at publisher   Early December.
Happy Holiday Season.  Will be visiting with you all in January, unless fate of discovery intervenes! Keep on Questing!  spg