Meet the team

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Jo Smedley – Managing Director

Jo is the Managing Director of Red Herring Games.  She’s written over 90 titles on the website, proofs all authors’ work, acts as general dogsbody doing everything from formatting to printing and packing games, and regularly answers incoming calls with a smile.

She’s a member of the International Thriller Writers, and The Crime Writers Association.  She’s penned books (some of which are published), as well as scripts, screen plays, theatre plays and poetry.

If you are looking for a custom or bespoke murder mystery, Jo is often the first involved, and she’ll then pass your request on to the right author within the authoring team.

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Emma Fairhall – Event manager

Emma is responsible for all events within the office.  She has years of experience in event management and is super-organised and does all sorts of things with spreadsheets that Jo would never attempt.

If you’re enquiring about an event, super-friendly Emma will lead you through the process from decisions about what sort of event you want to run, right through to ensuring the final night comes off without a hitch.

If you come to us before even booking a venue, Emma is the one who can help you source all of that too, using our various contacts within the industry to make sure your murder mystery night is the most fun it could possibly be.

We aren’t a “computer says no” sort of company.  In fact, aside from all the computers common to most businesses, we aren’t very automated at all!

When you ring us, you’ll either get one of the team members above or an answering machine because we’re all busy.

One of us will print, pack and post your order, and we are there to add a human touch all the way through your shopping process.  If you need to speak to a real person – just call us.  We’re here to help!

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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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