So, I'll go ahead and elaborate. I do really like the Mayor's speech and I will keep it on the back burner as an option.
At this point, I'm assuming if you are reading you are expecting spoilers. You have been warned.
My players never stop moving.
They entered Magnimar in the afternoon of Day 1. Within a few hours they identified the location of the Foxglove townhouse and went straight there. They killed the faceless stalkers but also summoned the watch. The watch showed up and marched them over to a watch captain. Since faceless stalkers are monsters from the swamp, the captain didn't want to deal with it, and left a report for somebody else to deal with. The PCs did mention that "they solved the star murders in Sandpoint and it was all Foxglove." The captain responded that he would leave a note for the Justice investigating the star murders, but he was thinking, "Sure these upstarts from some podunk town may have done something but that has no bearing on our problem."
The PCs did state they could be contacted at a specific inn.
They then slept.
The next morning they woke up and went straight to the Sawmill, broke in, killed everyone, and looted the place. They released all three ravens and watched them fly to the Shadow Clock. One of the ravens carried a note saying "You are going to fail." One PC animated 2 zombies and then destroyed them.
The party then spent 5 hours shopping the the Bazaar of Sails and sold most of the loot from the Sawmill.
They then all trooped over to the Shadow Clock and destroyed the Scarecrow.
So now we start this friday.
They have not taken the time to translate the ledger, though one of them knows he can.
I think I will have had X send out some spies and find out what happened at the Sawmill. She then has time to float a few rumors that Ironbriar was killed by cultists(PCs) at the Sawmill and they are in the Shadow Clock.
If she defeats them, she has major image to make it look like the tower killed them.
If the PCs win, then they are immediately arrested by the City Watch. Depending on how the altercation goes, they may have a chance to prove their innocence and correctly point the finger at Ironbriar.