A Not Very Elementary Murder

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A not very elementary murder

The greatest detective of them all is back! Sherbet Foams is alive and well in 21st century London.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for everyone, and soon we have not just one dead body…but two!

All the regulars (and irregulars) will need to be at their best to solve this most ingenious crime. This is far from elementary…




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Characters in the 6 player game

Sherbet Foams – The world’s one and only Consulting Detective!
These days he’s a stylish dresser in a long coat and scarf. He only wears the hat if he absolutely has to.

Mrs Dodson
– Landlady.
Spritely retiree looking after Sherbet Foams and John Winston. Stylishly dressed and rarely without a cup of tea.

John Winston
– Sherbet’s faithful assistant.
Retired army doctor who likes a good knitted jumper. After all, someone’s got to be the sensible one.

Mary Winston
– Former assassin, now married to John Winston.
A lovely lady with a deadly past, who now favours a simple button down shirt.

Miles Croft Foams
– Sherbet’s brother.
Occupying a ‘minor position’ in the British Government, he is impeccably dressed with waistcoat, watch chain and umbrella, whatever the weather.

Holly Mooper
– Specialist registrar at St. Bart’s morgue.
Holly is more comfortable around the dead than the living. She prefers to wear black, with a lab coat and a dash of red lipstick.

Additional characters for 8 players game

The Woman – Professional blackmailer.
Preferring to be known simply as The Woman, she dresses to dominate and allure.

Jim Machiavelli
– The world’s one and only ‘Consulting Criminal!’
An evil mastermind who does it just for fun. Sharply dressed but can also blend into a crowd.

Additional characters for 10 players game

Lestreet – Metropolitan Police Detective Inspector.
Always seeming to end up on the same case as Sherbet, he looks very much the harassed detective; no tie, no top button and unshaven.

Anthea – Assistant to Miles Croft Foams.
A suitably attired business lady constantly on her Blackberry and too busy for anyone else.

Additional characters for 12 players game

Anderton – Forensic Investigator.
Always ready to investigate with a full forensic kit and overalls.

Sergeant Sally Vonovan – One of Lestreet’s officers.
Suspicious of Sherbet and his methods, Sally’s clothes are as sharp as her tongue. She wears heels and a long black coat.

Additional characters for 14 players game

Tom – Amateur sleuth.
A bookish man, dressed foppishly with a big scarf.

Jasmine Harkins – Former personal assistant.
Jasmine looks equally impressive whether dressed for business, or as a bridesmaid.

Additional characters for 16 players game

Mr Foams – Sherbet’s father.
Mr Foams dresses comfortably, with a cardigan and reading glasses.

Mrs Foams – Sherbet’s mother.
A vivacious and energetic woman dressed in bold colours and wearing dress jewellery.

Additional characters for 18 players game

Raz – Street urchin.
One of Sherbet’s network of homeless informants, Raz looks like he’s spent the last week sleeping rough, which he has.

Lady Longwood
– Member of the British Cabinet.
This distinguished colleague of Miles Croft Foams is attired in a power suit, complete with lavish jewellery.

Additional characters for 20 players game

Catty Wiley – Aggressive tabloid journalist.
Dressed for the office with a hat and badge to pretend to be a Sherbet fan – really she’s just out for a story.

Dr. Ella Thomson
– Therapist.
Kindly woman dressed disarmingly in a big soft cardigan in which to hide her notepad.

Never run a downloadable murder mystery before? Then don’t panic!There is no special acting required. Guests do not need to memorise any information, and everything they need to play their parts is provided to them in a handy printable booklet. The games are constructed so that everyone has to interact, and scripted dialogues are included to help break the ice and get everyone into character. Even total novices get into the swing of things quite quickly!

The game includes both sound files and a script for the inspector character who provides the setting, clues, and summaries for each round, as well as the final solution. This means as host you too can play and remain completely in the dark as to the culprit, or play the inspector yourself and invite an extra guest to the party!

Each downloadable dinner party game requires use of a printer, around 120 sheets of A4 paper (each character booklet is around 9 pages long), 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 purchase this kit 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

When you purchase this kit as a printed kit 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 booklet in a sealed envelope so you don’t find out the solution by accident!
  • Making the most of your theme and recipe suggestions booklets.
  • Money off voucher towards next purchase (printed inside the booklets)

We can customise this game.  However, sadly we do have to charge for this service as even minor customisations take between 1-2 hours to process in the office and we need to buy toilet roll and biscuits as much as the next person…

It’s hard to give “ball park” figures for what different customisations would cost however we’ve attempted to HERE.

Remember… if you just need 1 extra person, or 1 less person, why not add in the inspector as your extra guest.  The inspector can usually be male or female as the “for real” inspector can simply invent a new name for themselves.

Some hosts prefer to play the inspector role as it means they can work on the catering while the round plays out amongst their guests.


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This game is rated Mature
This game contains:

This game contains:

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

Comic Mischief - Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour
Gambling - reference to being addicted to candy crush.
Mature Humor - Depictions or dialogue involving "adult" humour, including sexual references
Sexual Themes - References to "the woman" (in the TV series she is known for sadomasochism and "adult" sexual encounters - this is implied in the plot - but not overtly mentioned.
A murder - violence suggested.


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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.  

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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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