The annual village fête of Market Wheaton is a popular local event, drawing crowds from every corner of the county.
Those involved in the fête arrive early to set up stalls, submit their entries to the numerous competitions and generally get ready for the public to descend.
Today was no different. All was in readiness, the music playing over the loud speakers and the show ground about to be opened, when disaster struck!
Tracy Rounder was discovered dead at the back of her tent, and not just dead, but brutally murdered!
Maddy Lines (Chairwoman of the local W.I)
As long standing chair woman of the W.I., Maddy Lines is a fearful organiser, as well as a domineering housewife who takes a keen interest in baking and gardening.
Guy Lines (Scout leader and husband of above)
The cheerful, helpful and friendly Scout Master, Guy Lines, comes prepared for anything; anything that is, that Maddy tells him to do.
Ollie Day (Travel Agent)
An enthusiastic travel agent and well versed on all holiday destinations Ollie Day is the man to speak to if you want to get away (quickly or otherwise).
May Day (First aid and lost children worker)
A loving housewife, May looks after her family like a mother hen, and is the obvious choice to help out on the lost children and first aid stand.
Lee Sorsale (Estate Agent)
Always on the look out for the hottest property in the area, estate agent Lee Sorsale is a ruthless businessman who always keeps an eye on the obituaries for future investment opportunities.
Rev. Neil Duprais (Anglican Minister)
Responsible for the church flock as well as the leaky church roof, Rev Duprais is always fundraising, and willing to help out at any community event.
Winona Cases (Solicitor)
The smartest, most sophisticated and stylish solicitor in town, Winona has never lost a court battle yet.
Detective Inspector Dick Lacey (Detective)
Detective Inspector Dick Lacey is the detective sent to solve the case. He provides the solution speech at the end of the evening.
Multi-room events are designed to be run in multiple rooms in a venue and are a great way of showing off your premises, or getting maximum footfall through what would otherwise be too small a venue for a traditional murder mystery evening.
These events have proved very popular with the guests, as it encourages them to interrogate the suspects and locate clues hidden around the building. There are usually seven to eight cast, one murder occurs before the evening and the crime scene is set up in one of the rooms in the venue.
We usually suggest a roving buffet as the guests move between rooms, but some venues prefer to have a formal two course meal mid-way through the evening.
For these events guests require a special handout and a pen / pencil to keep track of information presented to them.
We usually suggest greeting all the guests at the door and providing them with a free welcome drink and special colour coded tickets which contain a unique circular order to avoid bottle necks. A sample route is below.
7.15 Terrace Suite
7.40 Crime Scene
8.30 Function Room
8.55 Blue Room
9.20 Ball Room
9.45 Terrace Suite
10.15 Call for answer sheets
10.30 Solution – Ball Room
Multi-room games are perfect for guest houses or big country mansions and work well in more unusual venues. We can even tailor a game to include visiting suspects outside!
While we do have a selection of popular themes “ready to go” – we know from experience that these games work best if written for a venue.
Content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older.
Murder - One murder has been undertaken, so violence is suggested.
Suggestive Themes - Mild provocative references or materials.