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Every neighbourhood has that ONE neighbour…

On Madawood Lane, in the seaside town of Ruby’s Trove, that man is Alan Puckett.

If he hadn’t been such an outright prick, maybe he would have lived to see his next birthday. But Alan Puckett had spent the past decade making the lives of everyone on Madawood Lane, in the town of Ruby’s Trove, hell. The thing that everyone thought but never said was that the neighbourhood would be a much better place when he finally kicked the bucket. So when Alan Puckett was actually murdered, the list of suspects seemed never-ending. Some had the opportunity, some had the means, but every single one of them had the motive.

Yes, no one spoke it aloud, but every single resident of Madawood Lane was thinking it – which is why, when Alan keeled over in his driveway this morning, those who saw it happen reached for their phones to call for help and paused, ever so briefly, to reconsider. Perhaps I will use the washroom first, thought one, as she put her phone down but, instead of using the small bathroom right behind her, she climbed the stairs to make use of the one on the far side of the house instead. Another reached for his phone and was about to dial, but then remembered a very important text he forgot to respond to the evening prior.

After hearing the news of Alan’s death, many of Ruby’s Trove’s residents head to the beach to process Alan Puckett’s death together, as a community. Children ran and played, dogs barked, fireworks were set off and everyone cheered, someone brought a guitar and music was played as loud as the residents liked as they danced with one another. But then, the police arrived, and everyone was escorted to The Wired Lobster Cafe, the local coffee shop for questioning – Alan Puckett’s death was murder!

This mystery contains murder and is rated 3.5/5 on the Angel Rating Scale. There is mention of murders and references to selling drugs in some of the larger versions. This mystery can be played by a large range of ages and groups. As with all of our mysteries, there is no foul language in the materials.

So You’re Attending a Mystery Party…

Mystery parties are a lot of fun. If you have been invited to a mystery for the first time, you’re in for a real treat.

How to play a murder mystery game at a party

There has been a murder or a theft! (*gasp*!) But we all know that – that’s the reason we’re getting together, after all. The suspects, anywhere between 6 and 18, will quickly make themselves known. Perhaps you’re a suspect yourself, but you may just be an ‘investigator’ or ‘sleuth’, questioning the suspects, gathering intel and piecing together the puzzle in order to correctly cast your accusation at the end.

If you’re merely attending as an investigator, this sleuthing is the extent of your role. In preparation for the big event we recommend screening old episodes of Murder She Wrote and Agatha Christie movies. Plan out some questions in advance, like ‘where were you at the time of the murder?’ ‘can anyone verify your whereabouts?’ or ‘did you have anything against the deceased?’. From there as you ask the suspects questions, their answers will lead you to more questions. Regardless of your current experience or comfort level, you will quickly find yourself cross-interrogating suspects to identify holes in their stories.

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Are you playing a suspect?

If you are attending the party as a suspect, your role is slightly more complicated – but not by much. Either before the party or as you arrive you’ll receive an information booklet, either printed or via a .PDF file on email.

This guide will tell you about your character and motives, instructions for how to play and more. All the information you will need at the party will be in your guide.

As the party begins you will be questioned by others. You will answer these questions based on the information in your guide. Feel free to bring your guide to the party to refer to. You don’t have to memorize your information – unless you want to, of course! While answering questions you will also be interrogating others.

Guess what! If you’re the killer, you won’t know it. There are a number of reasons for this that are explained further in your guide. Trust us, it’s waaaaaaay better this way.

Regardless of whether you are playing a suspect or attending a mystery party as a sleuth or investigator, you’re going to have a fantastic time, and you’ll be talking about this event for years to come. Just remember to relax and enjoy it! Have fun!

What Do I Wear?

Your host will decide the overall theme of the party if it is costume casual. If your party theme requires a costume of some kind, we have many pinterest boards here with some great ideas for you!

We RARELY specify that a character uses a specific style of dress to make things as easy as possible for you to dress within your comfort level and budget. You may find a vague reference to perhaps your character is known for the cane he uses to get around, or your character loved hats and always wore a different one, but these are few and far between and even then, very generic. We find this makes it easier for you, as a guest, to find a costume no matter where in the world you live, even if it’s from your own closet, and gives you the freedom to be as creative (or uncreative!) as you like!

Your host can tell you how many suspects of each gender will be part of your investigation. Simply select that option below to view the suspects for that version of the mystery!