Crime Con – meets the cryptic clues of CosyKiller.

Over the last 9 months we’ve been developing CosyKiller – the latest in solo sleuthing experiences prompted in part by our delivery of a murder mystery scenario for Crime Con in 2017.

Last year’s Crime Con saw over 500 guests in Indianapolis take part in a live murder mystery solving experience delivered remotely via door drops , email, text and social media – this remote delivery, one to one – gave us a fresh idea to create a murder mystery for one delivered via post to the comfort of your own home. And so, thanks to Kickstarter in Autumn 2017 – Cosykiller was born.

Cosykiller isn’t quite like our regular murder mystery games as there’s also puzzles and ciphers to solve, and we’ve set it back in the 1930s and use props to provide a more immersive experience. It’s been a learning curve and we’re still developing it and honing the storyline based on feedback, but it’s certainly a challenge and those already engaged in the story are loving it!

This year when Crime Con came back again for a different approach to crime solving – all the puzzling cryptic clues we developed for cosykiller really came in handy – and we set to work producing something more akin to a locked room puzzle than a murder mystery, but with the added element of a murder thrown in.

Come the 4th May – over 2000 people will be taking part in this new live “prevent a murder” game in Nashville. We’ve spent over 12 weeks developing the storyline, modifying it and adjusting it to suit the creaters of Crime Con – Red Seat Ventures. Red Seat Ventures are handling the production in situ, but we’re creating the plot, the puzzles and the solving pathway.

Some of it will seem easy at first, but it gets tough really, really quickly and only the best will make it through to the end…

If you’re at Crime Con this year – do let us know how you get on! We’d love to have your feedback!


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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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