About the firm:

We write, design, and create kits, all in-house, for the best murder mystery parties available. We have an international appeal, with over 1/3 of our on-line sales currently exporting worldwide.

We are an award winning firm, based in the UK with recognition from the former “Dragons Den” star Theo Paphitis, and Mumpreneur UK.

Murder mysteries have remained top of the best sellers list since the 1900s and with a bigger emphasis on dining at home, hosting dinner parties and entertaining friends, not to mention the draw of buying British, and the increased interest in puzzle solving “cryptic quest” lock-in rooms, our murder mystery dinner parties and event management services are perfectly placed to fill public demand.

Realising many of our customers were looking for quirky extras for their murder mystery experiences we expanded our range to include crime scene props and accessories, many of which are only available directly from us.

In 2013 we expanded into wholesale under the “Crime-Time” brand, allowing retailers to stock our products on the shelves.  Our STEM support products (fingerprint kits, and Crime Scene Kits) have become increasingly popular buys in the education sector, and we also have a number of educational activity scripts to compliment school Forensic Science curriculum, including an interactive on-line game originally written for Museums at Night.

Our clients range from private parties right through to well known corporations who use our services for team building and corporate events.  (And yes, we wrote the murder mystery for TOWIE in 2012!)

Our proudest achievement was being commissioned to the murder mystery evening for the 2015 Agatha Christie Festival celebrating her 150th birthday.


Media Contacts:

Jo Smedley, Managing Director

Contact: 01472 348909


Jo Smedley founded the company in 2007 after discovering there were no suitable murder mystery games available for her teen youth group.

After many years developing formats and writing games for other firms, Jo eventually founded Red Herring Games and has grown the company year on year to expand into event management and wholesale.

She is now an internationally established author and games designer, and has been accepted into membership of the International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association.

In 2012 she was placed 2nd in the “Best Interactive” category at Mumpreneur, and has gone on to be named as one of her region’s 100 inspiring women.

She’s written a murder mystery novel and is presently in the throws of finding an agent and publisher.


Emma Fairhall, Events Manager

Contact: 01472 348909


Emma Fairhall joined Red Herring Games in 2014 to take on the role of events manager after years of experience managing events and trade fairs for other firms.  She was also named as one of the regions 100 inspiring women in 2014.

Emma is now first port of call for all corporate bookings, and is regularly involved in marketing all aspects of the business.



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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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