A Victorian Gothic Murder

It’s Victorian England and the dark and gloomy Gothic Inn sits on a lonely stretch of muddy highway somewhere north of London.  It has a reputation for attracting a somewhat sinister clientele, and the group of travellers who are spending this particular night at the inn are no exception!

Tired and hungry from their journey by stagecoach or horseback, the inn’s guests expect the landlord, Ebenezer Sleaze, to serve up a hearty evening meal to satisfy their appetites.  Unfortunately, they are served up something very different when his body is discovered in the inn’s parlour!

Was Ebenezer Sleaze’s death an accident, or was one of the disturbing guests responsible for so cruelly cutting short Sleaze’s life?  And will there be any evening meal?

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This Game is Rated:


This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older.

A murder – violence suggested.
Comic Mischief – Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour

What is included?

Example pre-printed boxed set


Character booklets/scripts


Inspector booklet with QR code for audio


Instruction book


Decoration and recipe suggestions




Character name labels


Invitation envelopes



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How it works:

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 in a handy 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 (MP3 with a download or CD with a boxed set) 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 “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
  • Link to the video files of the inspector – email us if you want MP3 after purchase – at the moment the site breaks the links if we link them on check out.  Update pending!
  • 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:


Charlotte Tun – Medium. (Female)
Fond of ethereal, wispy scarves, colourful shawls and large earrings, mysterious Charlotte often talks to absent friends!

Ally Chemist – Apothecary. (Gender Neutral)
Ally has a particular interest in strange potions and base metals, examples of which hang from several belts and poke out of the many pockets of a capacious flowing robe.

Frankie Stein – Scientist and inventor. (Gender Neutral)
With dishevelled hair and thick goggles, Frankie sports a scruffy lab coat with gadgets sticking out of various pockets.

Drew Blood – Actor and husband to Lotta Blood. (Male)
Favouring dramatic clothing, Drew is a flamboyantly dressed actor with a penchant for colourful cravats and swirling cloaks to add weight to his pompous theatrical gestures.

Lotta Blood – Music hall singer, wife of Drew Blood. (Female)
Recently plucked from the stage by Drew, buxom Lotta’s long gown is enhanced by plenty of jewellery, a colourful shawl and a ditsy feather boa, all designed to show off her assets!

Hal Atdee-Moon – Astronomer. (Male)
In dark trousers and a billowing shirt, Hal has plentiful facial hair and a tic that makes it hard for him to use his telescope.

Customise this game

This game can be customised to fit your event for an additional fee.

It’s hard to give “ball park” figures for what different customisations would cost however we’ve attempted to HERE.  Please do contact us for a free quote if you would like any customisations on your game before purchase.

Remember… if you just need 1 extra person, or 1 less person, why not have someone play the inspector role?

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.