Our first recommendation – The Winter Wonderland Murder, is number one for a reason! It comes in both co-ed and all-female, and is flexible enough to fit into any party situation. There are so many things you can do with it.
The victim, Betty Crosby, is a footballer’s wife so it takes place in a mansion and every year she throws this Christmas spectacle. The guest list includes politicians and celebrities and Betty has a stylist who comes in and dresses her for the evening and the society pages report on what everyone’s wearing. And then there’s this Grand moment where the double doors to this room are thrown open and there she is standing atop this ladder, ready to put the star on the Christmas tree. Only, this evening, when the doors were thrown open, Betty Crosby is found dead under the Christmas tree.
With this who-dun-it, you can have people come casual, oryou can have people dress up a bit, which we tend to do more around the holidays, but ultimately, it’s up to you as the host to designate how people will dress for your party. You can have people come in jeans. You can encourage your guests to rent a designer dress for the evening or wear their tux – which most of us don’t have the opportunity to do any other time.
Betty Crosby’s party is also a fundraiser. It was really important to us at SHOT to work this feature into the plot because we have this opportunity as hosts to actually get our people on board to help give back to the community. The charity is not designated, so if you want to declare your holiday murder mystery party a fundraiser for a local cause, it fits right into the plot of this mystery. Again, that’s completely optional, but it’s an easy way to help raise some money or take donations for your local charities. Our murder mystery kits are used all the time for fundraisers, and we love to give back not only our own community, but also support you in giving back to your community.
The Winter Wonderland murder is a 4 out of 5 on the Angel Rating Scale, so it’s clean except for the murder so you don’t have to worry about it offending anybody.