A Mysterious Mayan Murder – Large group script

Doug Olés, eminent archaeologist and team leader of one of many archaeological expeditions to the New World, has discovered a previously unknown city nestling in the hills of the heavily forested region of the Yucatan peninsula.

Confident of his ability to prove that the site, which he has named as “Nova Corona”, is Site Q, Doug has called a preview dinner and invited celebrities and co-workers to an after dinner lecture in which he hopes to present not only his compelling evidence, but also a sensational new find. However, at the pre-dinner drinks, tragedy strikes. Doug Olés is reported dead. The question is, who killed him and why?

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This Game is Rated:


This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older.

A murder – violence suggested.
Alcohol Reference – Reference to and/or images of alcoholic beverages.
Comic Mischief – Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humor.
Suggestive Themes – Mild provocative references or materials. Acting as if attracted to particular characters is suggested in the character backgrounds. There is also a divorce case which hasn’t come through yet, and the deceased was dating.
Reference to drug smuggling

What is included?

Example pre-printed boxed set

  • Full instructions

  • Script booklet for each cast member

  • Invitation flyer (which you can copy to requirements)

  • Invitations and envelopes for each cast member

  • Script for the inspector

  • Guest instruction handouts x 20 copies

  • Clue question sheets for guests

  • Solution in sealed envelope so inspector can play too


1 review for A Mysterious Mayan Murder – Large group script

  1. Happy Customer

    I ordered the mysterious Mayan murder pack from you recently for a fundraiser. I would just like to say that we ran it on Saturday night and it was a resounding success! I had been volunteering for 4 weeks last summer in Guatemala and had wanted to raise some funds to send to a small NGO called Naru. I visited Tikkal in the north near the border with Mexico. I was delighted to find a game which related to my tourist experience in Guatemala ie the Mayan remains. I gave a short introduction with photos and then the guests (60 in all) enjoyed a Guatemalan dinner peppered with the acts of the murder mystery. Each of the 9 tables guessed (or failed to guess!!) who the murderer was. I have had phone calls and texts all today as to how much people enjoyed the evening! And that is down to an interesting and stimulating text. So a big thank you to all at red herring. I do think that getting a story that the particular audience can identify with is crucial to the success of the event. This was my first time organising a murder mystery. And I am sure I will be tempted to contacting you again! Many thanks for sending the parcel so promptly I hope you get lots of requests coming up to Christmas Best wishes Diane Orr, Dublin

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How it works:

These games require 7-13 cast and involve the rest of the audience by getting them to ask pre-set questions – which are provided to them on paper by the inspector at the start of each round.

They run in a similar way to a dinner party, so are an ideal first choice for novice hosts and acing teams with little or no experience running large scale events.

These games work best as a sit down event with 6-12 tables of guests, with a suspect on each table.

As a rough guide these mysteries take approximately 2-3 hours to complete with a three course meal.

During the game the audience will listen to five short sets of dialogue from the cast and pose pre-scripted questions (which the cast answer with pre-scripted answers). There are three rounds which can be evenly spread throughout the night or, if preferred, the question and answer rounds can be bunched together into one large round.

At the end of the final round the guests are given time to decide who is the murderer, and once the guests have decided who did it, how and why (i.e. the murderer and motive) they will complete the answer sheet and hand it in.

How these games usually run.

Introductory Round: Introductions by the cast and the facilitator “inspector character”.
Rounds 1, 2 and 3: Scripted dialogue from the cast, followed by pre-set questions and answers.
Concluding Statements and solution: conclusions by the cast and denouement from the inspector.

There is one “inspector character” who acts as facilitator during the event and is essential to the cast.

Reducing the cast size will reduce the length of time required to solve the mystery.

Each “download and print at home” kit is provided as a zip file containing a set of PDF files for you to print at home, and a selection of MP3 files to use on the night.

Each dinner party game requires use of a printer and A4 paper (approx. 80 sheets for a 6 player kit – 240 sheets for a 20 player kit), envelopes so you can send out your invitations, and either a laptop or MP3 player (e.g. an ipod) to play the inspector MP3s; OR a CD burner so you can burn the MP3s onto a CD to run in an ordinary CD player.

When you order the game you’ll be sent a link to download the files you need.  The file will be a zip file.  This can be opened with a zip compatible program on your computer.  If you struggle to open zip files – we can email you the game directly over several emails instead – just contact us after purchase to arrange this.

You will download the following files:

  • How to use this game
  • Instructions for running the murder mystery
  • Making the most of your theme- ideas for decoration / activities.
  • Invitations
  • Character Booklets (available in single sided printer and double sided printer format)
  • Scripted for the inspector character (available in single sided printer and double sided printer format)
  • Solution script for the inspector character (needed when printing from the single sided copy)
  • MP3 files for the inspector character (dialogue and solution)
  • Hints and tips
  • Recipe suggestions
  • Money off voucher towards next purchase

This is the easiest way to play.  Everything you need will arrive in a box, pre-printed, directly to your door.

You will receive through the post:

  • Instruction booklet (includes hints and tips)
  • Invitations and envelopes for all the guests
  • Character booklets
  • CD of the inspector
  • Inspector script in a sealed envelope so you don’t find out the solution by accident!
  • Making the most of your theme and recipe suggestion booklet.
  • Money off voucher towards next purchase (printed inside the booklets)

We always ship within 24 hours meaning orders arrive as quickly as possible.

As each game is printed on demand, we can also provide a customisation service on any order.  See details further down the page on what we can do to tailor this game to your party.

Characters in the game:

Inspector Gonzales Speedy – The policeman sent to solve the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, Inspector Gonzales Speedy has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone!

Dick Branston – Millionaire philanthropist
Flashy and energetic, Dick is a successful entrepreneur with a lot of passion for life, people and new ideas.

Lotta Cacao – Luxury chocolatier
Lavishly dressed with a distinct and opulent style, Lotta has rich hidden depths but loves shiny outer wrappings.

Charles Champagne – Flamboyant French ambassador
A passionate Frenchman with a distinctive tricolour tie, Charles is a smooth talker and enjoys the company of women.

Erma Dazzle – Movie star
Sophisticated and elegant, Erma has a sparkling presence and some very chic clothing.

Frank Apprezel – Artist, illustrator and caricaturist
Never without his artists sketch book and prone to scribbling frantically, Frank is suitably dressed for the celebrity occasion, even if he does have pencils and paintbrushes sticking out of his pockets.

Anne De’Chissel – Sculptress
With an eye for detail and a strong sense of proportion, Anne dresses artistically and loves texture in her clothing.