Murders to order – Is it possible to get what you want for £4?

Writing murder mystery games is a skill.  It’s not easy, but equally it’s not hard once you’ve learned how to do it.

It’s a bit like riding a bike.  Once you’ve got your mind wrapped around it, then you’ll never forget how to do it.  But like riding a bike, it takes time to learn and you’ll get some cuts and bruises (rejections and bad feedback) along the way.

Most people can work out a plot.  The who killed who and why bits are often the easiest to fathom out.  Where people struggle is getting from that point to producing a game that is both easy and fun to play and coherent in narrative!

At Red Herring Games we are here to help.

Not only can we craft the murder mystery game of your design, using the plot and characters of your choice, but we can also help you write your own.

Let’s face it, not all of us have a spare £500-£2000 to throw at a custom written plot.  So if you want something unique on a very limited budget quite often you have to write it yourself.

In recent months Jo Smedley, Managing Director of Red Herring Games has put together an e-book and mentoring program for those who wish to write their own games.

The mentoring program has very limited spaces each year, but the ebook is available throughout the year to act as a spring board for your own murder mystery plots.

To find out details about our mentoring program which will get you from point A to point B in your writing and allow you to pen your own murder mystery parties with your own characters – just get in touch via email or phone.

Details of our program are below.

Keep your eyes peeled for news later in the year.  As we are hoping to run writers retreat workshop.



The mentoring program is currently open again, but with limited availability due to the significant time the process takes up.

We can only provide this service in English… as I’m afraid our foreign language skills are negligible.

There are a number of different “levels” of mentoring available and, subject to availability, participants can upgrade to the next one as required.

The mentoring levels:

Bronze  – £99

This includes:

  • Initial consultation by phone, skype, or email – whatever is your preference;  to get you started out on the format you want your game to run in;
  • Access to information sheets (including the ebook above) which will help you to write and design your own game;
  • 2 x 30 minute reviews of your work;
  • Which will be followed by 2 x detailed feedback sessions by email, skype or phone (again whatever is your preference).


Silver – £149

This includes everything above and:

  • 30 further minutes of review of your work
  • Followed by another detailed feedback session by email, skype or phone.


Gold – £199

This includes everything in Silver and:

  • 30 further minutes of review of your work
  • Followed by another detailed feedback by email, skype or phone.
  • Assistance with templates to allow you to format game materials.


Platinum – £449

This includes everything in Gold and:

  • Professional editing and proofing of your work to pick up any final problems / mistakes / plot issues.
  • Final formatting of your game for use on the night. (e.g. guest materials and invites)
  • Printing up of your final game and dispatch to you (within the UK shipping is free – outside the UK additional shipping fees may apply).


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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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