Parties with a Twist of Murder!
Parties with a Twist of Murder!

Fun Murder Mystery Games

Instant Download - Virtual or Face-to-Face Parties

Virtual murder mystery party set against groovy background
60s murder mystery party (face-to-face option) - guests at dinner

Host a Murder Mystery Party Your Friends Will Remember! 

Virtual party option now available for:

Swinging Sixties Mystery Naughty Nineties Mystery

1920s' Speakeasy Mystery

Ideal for beginners and experienced sleuths alike ...

Easy to run, great fun to play - murder mystery games that make for a great party or dinner party. 

No-one knows who the murderer is - not even the murderer! 

We never just draw the murderer's name out of a hat - so the whodunnit CAN be found amidst all the red herrings.

As our games are very easy to run, the host can play a character and join their guests in solving the dastardly crime. 

Virtual Parties 

Have fun with family and friends, no matter where they are, with our virtual murder mystery parties. Virtual parties use a video chat software of your choice (Zoom, Skype etc) and are ideal for the Corona lockdown. As guests may, optionally, view material on iPads etc, these games can be paperless.

See our Guide for Hosting a Virtual Party:

Tips for Hosting Virtual Murder Mystery Party

Virtual 60s party

Our Murder Mystery Games

Murder in the Swinging Sixties
Murder in the Swinging Sixties

(Who Killed Pearly Pearl?)

Game type: party or dinner party

Players: 6 - 8, 8 - 10, 10 - 12, 12- 14

Type: face-to-face or virtual party

Theme: 1960s, Music, English Village

Swing back to the Sixties when miniskirts were groovy and hippies and rock stars were outta-sight, man. Pearly Pearl was murdered whilst organising TurretsFest, the largest music festival the world has ever seen.

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Murder in the Naughty Nineties
Murder in the Naughty Nineties

(Mystery at Worthalot Manor)

Game type: party or dinner party

Players: 6 - 8, 8 - 10, 10 - 12, 12 - 14

Type: face-to-face or virtual party

Theme: 1990s, Manor House, English Village

Yo, it's the Naughty Nineties when "respectable hotels" were anything but, wannabes were stylin' and the world could end December 31st 1999. Hip-Hoppie-Hip-Hop, dudes, a New Age psychic saw this death in her crystal ...

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1920s' speakeasy murder mystery party
Murder in a 1920s' Speakeasy

(A Roaring Twenties' Homicide)

Game type: party or dinner party

Players: 6 - 8 (8-10 available mid-October)

Type: face-to-face or virtual party

Theme: 1920s, Roaring Twenties, Speakeasy

A swell murder mystery with gangsters and flappers, bootleggers and morality campaigners and that all important moonshine homicide. The Big Tiger is THE speakeasy in town, doll - until Buster McNail got whacked ...

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North Pole Homicide - a family-friendly Christmas mystery
North Pole Homicide

(A Christmas murder mystery)

Game type: party or dinner party

Players: 6 - 8, 8 - 10

Type: face-to-face or virtual party

Theme: Christmas, Family, North Pole

A fun murder mystery set in the North Pole; fun for adults, suitable for families.

 

 

Available December ...

Virtual murder mystery party set against groovy background
Murder in the Swinging Sixties - Virtual Style

"This was so fun! We were a bit worried it would be too confusing doing it virtually, but it was so easy! Definitely worth the money and would do another one. Was certainly a good way to involve everyone and waste some quarantine time. 10/10."

Katie

"We had brilliant fun playing the virtual murder mystery. It was easy to follow, even via Zoom and some technically challenged participants. We have played both games now and they were such fun."

Caroline

"Bought this to host a virtual murder mystery evening ... everyone agreed this was by far the most fun they’d had during lockdown and was great to find something that all ages could get involved with. Was so chuffed with how much everyone got involved. Was very easy to set up and organise and  ... recommended to other friends and family to give it a go!"

Emily

"Loved every minute ... was nervous as had never done anything like it before but it was a brilliant evening's entertainment. Would do so again."

Adrian Balaam

Some of the Best Online Murder Mystery Party Games - Flexible, Fun and Available for Instant Download

1  Suitable for Beginners AND Experienced Sleuths 

Some players like the security of a script - others prefer to embellish and ad-lib.  Our unique party booklets can cope with both!

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Read as a Script   OR   Ad-lib as You Wish - Each Player Can Choose

Murder mystery game beginners, seniors, children and anyone else who wishes can treat the prompts like a script and simply read both the essential and the optional dialogue suggestions. No specialist knowledge is needed - you will not suddenly be told to "tell people about your experience of solving crimes at Scotland Yard".

More confident players can give the key information (indicated in bold) in their own words, omit the optional dialogue, embellish and ad-lib as much as they wish.

Follow a Strict Order of Speakers    OR   Allow Optional Speakers To Chime-in as They Wish - Each Party Can Choose  

The order of ESSENTIAL speakers is given in small typeface on the left of each page so everyone knows who speaks when. 

The party booklets are designed to encourage fun and spontaneity by allowing additional optional speakers to chime in whenever they wish - and have other characters react off-the-cuff to these optional comments. (If in doubt, the golden rule is to deny everything!) 

Alternatively, each group can choose to treat the prompts like a play where the essential speakers speak first in a strict order and then the additional optional speakers say their piece at the end of each section. (Optional speakers may have to adapt their suggested dialogue slightly in this case.) 

Initial Mingling Is Optional

Some guests enjoy a mix-and-mingle format where you circulate round the room trying to achieve objectives; others feel more comfortable with structured rounds.

Our optional Initial Mingling round can be made as long or as short as the hosts and guests wish - or can be avoided entirely if you choose.

If played remotely, this can take the form of a series of short video calls between different players.

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Note that the information in bold (Rounds 1-6) shows essential information that characters must give; they may use their own words and ad-lib whilst doing so. Non-bold information is just given as a suggestion for those who find ad-libs difficult.

2 Flexible Party Length

If you want a shorter party, omit the Initial Mingling and Interactive Whodunnit Sections - you can fall back on our short audio Introduction and Summary. Most guests love these extra rounds, however!

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Initial Mingling - Fun Chance for Blackmail and Backstabbing!

Guests learn the major themes of your murder mystery game, as well as who is playing which character, whilst completing their secret objectives. Beware - other characters may have opposing objectives and opposing agendas. 

No-one is suddenly thrown in at the deep end  - instructions and optional dialogue suggestions are given in advance but guests can ad-lib as much as they wish!

Interactive Whodunnit Session

Each guest is accused in turn. Guests explain why they could not be the murder   OR   are forced to explain the part they played in the foul deed. For those sleuths who enjoy weeding out the red herrings from the genuine clues, this round joins up the dots more than the short audio solution has time for.

No-one knows who the murderer is until the very last moment when an audio recording sums up the clues and unmasks the dastardly murderer.

Fun in the Swinging Sixties

3  Flexible Characters

Gender-neutral characters and free optional (minor) characters make our mysteries suitable for more types of groups.

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Unisex Characters

Wherever possible, we create characters that can be played by male or female guests.

Free Optional (Minor) Characters

We give two free optional or minor characters with every game; you can use one optional character or both or none as you wish. Optional characters have a smaller role than main characters but they do have optional dialogue suggestions for both the Initial Mingling and the rounds. They can also ad-lib as much - or as little - as they wish.  They are ideal for teenage children, older relatives, those friends who want to be present but don't want a big part or for friends who are not sure if they can make it or not. 

Alternatively, invite a couple of additional guests; if someone suddenly drops out at the last minute, you can then reshuffle easily.  

4  Semi-Flexi Buys 

After the initial purchase, a different version of the SAME game (with a different number of characters) can be purchased, if available, for a 40% reduction.

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Semi-Flexi Buy

If someone drops out  - or if more guests want to come - then don't panic.  Drop us an email via our contact form, and we'll send you a voucher entitling you to a 40% reduction for a different version of the SAME game (if available). The vouchers are valid for a month.

Note 1: you may need to reassign some players to characters; the end of your host instructions give you information about which characters are deleted in each game (put under a Spoiler Alert header!)

Note 2: Obviously, this is only valid if that particular murder mystery game can be run for a different number of characters!

5 Fun Characters, Fun Dialogue Suggestions, Fun Themes

Every character is wonderfully over-the-top with a catchphrase or two and/or a unique mannerism so that every guest can have fun hamming up their role.

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In some themes, some players also have (optional) opportunities to sing or recite a few lines of comical poetry or make an unexpected "proposal".

Lots of inter-character clashes also add to the fun.

6 And the Host Plays Too!

You've planned your murder mystery party - now you want to enjoy it with your guests. Our easy-to-run parties let the host be a suspect or an optional character as they wish.

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As host, you don't need to be stressing trying to control the party.

At the start of the party, the host needs to play the Audio Introduction, ask a couple of volunteers to read instructions in the Party Booklet and announce if optional (minor) characters are not present. 

That's it! The host is then free to enjoy themselves with their guests during the six rounds.

At the end of the party, after the guests have written their solution of the Accusation Sheets and after the optional Whodunnit round, the host needs to play the Audio Solution and then ask for a show of hands (or whatever) as to who guessed the solution and who should win the awards for best actor, best costume etc.

Throughout the party, the sequence of events is given in each character's booklet so your friends and yourself can clearly see what needs to happen next as you go along.

For parties on Zoom, Skype etc, the host also needs to coordinate calls and send out awards by email afterwards. See our Hosting a Virtual Mystery guide.

For non-virtual parties, the host also needs to hand out the party booklets, clues, names tags and awards if used. Our theme-appropriate menus focus on food that can be prepared in advance so you as the host can enjoy the mystery with your guests.

7 Instantly Downloadable Murder Mystery Party Kits

Our DIY murder mystery party kits can be downloaded instantly upon purchase and printed at home. They provide everything you need to be the Hostess with the Mostess and host a fantastic party that your friends will remember.

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  • A simple informative host guide, a themed recipe booklet, lots of free printouts for decorations 
  • Attractive invites, booklets, clues, place settings, menus, name tags
  • MP3 audio Introduction and Summary - with printed backup

For ease of downloading, materials are given on purchase in different zip files. These zip files contain pdfs; there are also two MP3 audio recordings.

8 Attractive, Professional and Easy-to-Print - or Paper-Free If You Wish

Whether you print at home or ask a friend to print for you, we've made the materials attractive, easy-to-print and ink-friendly.

If playing remotely, guests may wish to view booklets on iPads etc rather than a printed copy.

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  • Pre-party character booklets - 1 double-sided sheet of A4 or 2 single sheets of A4
  • Party Character booklets - 4 double-sided sheets of A4; just fold once and staple; (instructions for single-printing fallback)
  • Attractive layout without large swathes of ink-guzzling dark colours 
  • Decorations fit onto A4 sheets - colour saturation is subtly reduced to create eye-catching decorations that use less ink when printing
  • Use colour or black-and-white printing as you choose
Pre-party character booklets with editable invitations and fake money

9 Sale: Affordable Murder Mysteries - With Quality Guaranteed

We are a new murder mystery company. We are therefore selling our games at a reduced price to begin with.

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We have, however, spent months polishing each mystery, testing on friends and family, rewriting and testing again until the pre-sales shindigs went with a swing.

We are so pleased that the reviews and private emails we've had show that our customers have had as much fun as we did!

60s murder mystery party (face-to-face option) - guests at dinner

What Your Murder Mystery Party Game Kit Contains

Party kit includes full host instructions and theme-appropriate recipes
Full Host Instructions - everything you need to make your murder mystery party go with a swing
  • Host booklet
  • Recipe booklets with make-ahead recipes to match your theme
  • Lots of A4-sized printouts so you can easily add that "wow" factor; use our tips (see the Decorations tab of each theme) to turn A4 printouts into larger, eye-catching decorations
  • Editable menu
  • Place settings and name tags designed to match your theme
  • Money-off opportunity for your next purchase!

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View Host Instructions For House or Garden Party

Pre-party materials - booklets for each character and attractive invitations
Pre-party Character Booklets and Invitations (Can be Printed or Emailed)

Editable invitations (in Word).

Pre-party character booklet for each player that fits neatly onto 2 sides of A4. Each character booklet contains:

  • Brief "newspaper" articles give bite-sized introductions
  • Brief character bios with suggested catchphrases and mannerisms, fancy dress costume suggestions - and that "secret you will lie to protect"
  • List of suspects and non-suspects - grouped into their relation to the victim
  • Initial Mingling objectives plus optional dialogue suggestions 

Virtual parties also have an (optional) decoration pack that you can email to guests so they can decorate the area behind the camera.

View Sample Pre-Party Booklet

Party materials include charcter booklets, clues and award certificates
Party Materials
  • Audio introduction and solution (with printable backup)
  • Party character booklets contain instructions, prompt cards for rounds, accusation sheets, optional whodunnit round that gives more information than the brief audio solution
  • Attractive clues
  • Certificates for best solution, actor and costume

View Sample Party Booklet