Midsomer Murders – live

My daughter said to me this evening. “Wouldn’t it be fun mummy if we could be IN Midsomer Murders for real, interview the suspects and work out who the killer was ourselves?”


It surprised me… she’s been the daughter of a fictional assassin as long as she’s been alive, and despite me going out at weekends running murder mystery events, she had no idea that was exactly what a murder mystery evening was.


Which made me wonder… how many people actually know what to expect when they come to a murder mystery evening, and if you see one advertised on a hotel bill board, what exactly ARE you expecting?


While I’d like to give you a definite answer, and you’d think, running a murder mystery company we could provide an exact response to the question – the very fact is, every company runs them differently.


Even we have more than one format we run when we’re event managing, so depending on which style of night you attend, you can expect a very different experience.


Some murder mystery evenings you’ll watch a team of actors performing in front of you, while you eat a three course meal, and have the chance to interrogate them. Other evenings you’ll rove around a venue, and take part in a live action cluedo style evening, with murder weapons and suspects in different rooms to interrogate. And yet another night you might find it’s you that the suspect and you’ll take part in some impromptu acting and join in with some interrogations and evidence analysis.


If you’re fund raising, and want to run an evening yourself, it’s often hard to know where to start.


We supply four different styles of scripts for large group evenings on this website, and it’s sometimes it’s very hard to pick between them. We’ve produced a short guide on the different formats of script available to help you pick – which you can review here: Which game script should I choose?


But unlike many other on-line retailers – we are actually REAL people in the office, and are very happy to chat to you, find out what sort of evening you want to run, which is going to be easiest for you to host and will give you some advice and find the right script and style for your budget.


Just call us. It’s what we’re here for, and you too could have your very own “live Midsomer Murders”.


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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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