About Red Herring


We are a UK based company which began trading in 2007.
Since then we’ve won Theo Paphitis #SBS; #Queenof; come second place in Mumpreneur 2012 best interactive category, been shortlisted by Richard Branson’s #Pitchtorich competition in 2015, were named as Small Business 100 in 2016 and exhibited at 10 Downing Street and Emma and Jo have both been nominated as two of the region’s 100 inspiring women.

Our aim has always been to provide our customers with:
Excellent value for money.
Excellent quality.
Clear content ratings.
Exceptional customer service.


We stock a huge range of small group dinner party games and the widest selection of large group murder mystery games you will find  anywhere on the internet.

All our murder mystery games have to pass a stringent quality control. This means you can be sure that our games all play in a similar way and that they are all of excellent quality.

All our murder mystery games are rated according to ESRB guidelines. This means that you know what is in your game. There will be no sudden content surprises, or if you prefer no “Oh no! I wish I hadn’t given the X-rated role to my boss/teenage daughter” moments. Our ratings explained

Even with our downloadable murder mystery games the host can play too as we provide an MP3 file as well as a character booklet for the inspector. This also means you have the option with all games to add in another guest as the host can become the inspector if they prefer and use the script provided.  Also having the script means you can still play even if you have a powercut or don’t have access to a CD player (e.g. when camping).


We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service. If you have a question, we have the answers.

Our customer service doesn’t stop with a sale. We are available for help and support every step of the way, and we don’t care how “stupid” you feel your question may be. Just ask! Our service is personal. You won’t get a “stock” response.

New videos are being released every few months to help explain our games more fully, and we also have a frequently asked questions section, where you’ll find most of the regular questions are answered.

To keep in touch with our latest developments read our on-line blog. You will find it here: Our Blog

Find out from us how you can be the “host with the most”. All our murder mystery games come with a no fun = no fee money back guarantee. Click here for details

Got a question? Then visit our Frequently asked questions or Email us directly.


If you didn’t enjoy yourself, drop us a line and we’ll simply refund your purchase.


At Red Herring Games we can provide a death to order by customising an existing game in our catalogue or writing a bespoke murder mystery game just for you.

We can customise a game to make it extra special for your guests, and we will help you if you want to make simple modifications e.g. changing the name of the mystery or add a different photograph for a small fee Click here for details


We selected the name for three reasons:

Firstly Red Herring is a term commonly associated with murder mysteries and our games have red herrings galore!
Secondly, the company was founded by 3 Christians and we all quite fancied the idea of getting the Icthus or fish symbol involved.
And finally, we are based in Grimsby, a town long associated with fishing, and one which still houses the largest UK fish market!


Strangely it actually originated with fox hunting in 18th or 19th centuries in the UK.

Back then, fish was preserved by smoking or salting. Smoked herring had a particularly strong odour and went a kind of reddish colour. In order to confuse the scent of the fox, hunt protesters (yes they were around even then) used to drag a smoked herring over the land to lead the hounds away from a foxes trail – the hounds followed the trail of the fish, and hence were distracted by a “Red Herring”.


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Flexible and fun!

We contacted Red-Herring-Games for a party for a special occasion. Why going to restaurants to eat is the preferred activity to mark milestones is beyond me and my friends.   The choice of mystery was obvious, looking at the options from New Zealand on the web Red Herring stuck out from the international options.  A quick look at the site and games showed subtlety as well a range of choices.  The numbers you could have for each evening was important,  Red Herring had scaling options a good range of scenarios but most importantly were Jo and team being flexible, responsive and helpful.

Rachel McWilliam, Arts Development Officer, Lincs Inspire

Thank you Red Herring Games for the marvellous 'Murder!  Cargo Connections?' event that you organised for us as part of Museums at Night at the Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby. The whole evening went so well and was brilliant fun.  I know from all the feedback that our visitors had a fantastic time. It was really good working with you and I have no doubt that we will do again in the not too distant future.  

A. Nonymous (council employee)

I would like to thank you and your colleague for helping contribute towards our successful conference last month.  Everyone really seemed to enjoy the evening and it was rewarding that so many delegates were able to participate in addition to the main "Actors".  Our conference evaluation froms included the following comments:
  • "Enjoyed the evening entertainment!"
  • The evening entertainment was great and the confusion made it great fun!"
With thanks and best wishes.

Sarah Spencer (Cleethorpes Chronicle)

I had no idea what to expect before purchasing a ticket for Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, which was being staged at a nearby hotel, and feared it might involve taking part in some way. However thankfully for me no acting was necessary, just some amateur sleuthing. "Wedding guests" of which I was one, were called upon to move from room to room in the hotel in groups, questioning a number of possible murderers with the aim of solving the mystery of the dead bridegroom. The interviewees were really fun characters and gave us all some good laughs. Of course they all had motives and it was a case of identifying the shiftiest. The wedding theme was particularly good, as it fitted well with the venue, the buffet that was part of the evening (with a wedding cake in the middle) and the fact that everyone had been able to dress up to fit in without going to the trouble of fancy dress. I didn't think I had enough "evidence" to actually accuse anyone but later regretted not even writing down my first guess as it wouldn't have been too far off the mark. The evening was great fun and everyone seemed to enjoy it and take part. I would definitely recommend Old, New, Borrowed, Blue as good for getting even reluctant or first-time mystery party-goers involved.  

Alan Young (Personal Touch Mortgages)

What a cracking nights entertainment! We don't get out much nowadays with 2 kids and this was exactly what we were looking for in a good night out. Lots of fun with tongue firmly in cheek and everyone kept guessing whodunnit right to the very end. Would definitely attend another!!!!!  


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