A masquerade ball murder mystery party game that takes place at a masked ball in Venice!

A mysterious invitation brings an unlikely group of guests together at a secret location in Venice, Italy – a Black and White themed masquerade ball.

They are instructed to meet a gondola at a specific place in Venice at a specific time. As the gondola glides beneath the Bridge of Sighs, each person is to don a blindfold.

Once arrived, the blindfold is traded for a mask, and the masquerade begins.

No one knows why they were invited, the reason for the party, or who invited them.

But when a man is found dead in the catacombs beneath the ancient building – a man wearing a red mask and cape – suddenly these strangers are tasked with discovering his killer in order to be allowed to leave.

Who is their mysterious host? Why were they all invited? Who are the others in attendance, and are they connected in any way? And most importantly, who was the victim, The Man in the Red Mask and Cape!

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This mystery is a 3/5 on the Angel Rating Scale. Murder by stabbing, but references to other weapons, descriptions of blood and crime scenes, guns, poison, mentions of an alleged suicide in the back story (ie: not one of the characters present), prescription narcotics, alcohol and in some versions affairs (not between suspects, but with hypothetical people not present). Other mentions of situations listed here that could offend – conservative audiences and religious groups should ALWAYS stick with non-murder, 5-Angel rated mysteries to avoid potentially being offended by content in a pretend murder scenario.

Features Include:

  • Our “Mingle Mystery” murder mystery game format gets your guests sleuthing and interacting to solve the mystery

  • Our trademark, un-boring INSTANT DOWNLOAD mystery package materials (no cutting required!)

  • Individual email-able suspect guides to cut down on printing and save the host from “spoilers”
  • Host guide with full instructions and tips to help you prepare for your murder mystery party (with an optional audio version to listen to in the car, shower etc)

  • Character Complexity Rating (to help hosts better assign characters to their mystery party guests)

  • Optional MP3 Announcement of Murder and final “Big Reveal” mystery solution

  • Accusation Forms
  • Invitations
  • Name tags
  • Floor plans – (if applicable)
  • Access to the PLAY! site to send your guests to view the trailer, suspects and more!
  • *NEW* Digital Invitations

Angel Rating

  • *Exclusive to this mystery* a SHOT first – a special two part Big Reveal with two Big Reveal files (part 1 and 2) and the corresponding transcripts (instructions for making this happen are in your Host Materials)

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Great time! This was our second murder mystery party and it generates huge fanfare each time. The mysteries are set up to be challenging but not overly challenging and its great that everyone can participate without knowing who the killer is beforehand! This company is great to work with and is always accommodating to questions.
Jose C
The best party – EVER! Shot in the Dark Mysteries made the planning so easy that we could focus on making our basement look like an 80s prom. Our theme was “Chiller Thriller” and we had a blast decorating. Every person that came said they had so much fun and wanted to host their own parties. The idea that no knows who the killer is works so well. Thanks Shot in the Dark Mysteries for providing an easy, fabulous way to have fun with friends!
Edie J
I love Shot in the Dark mysteries! They made so many of our parties (birthdays, new years, just because!) extra special by getting our friends engaged in solving the crimes! They’re such a great value, and even our friends that aren’t extroverts can get into being a character and sleuthing. I also love that I am able to host and participate in the murder mystery! So much fun!!
Ashley I

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