Death comes to Downturn (all girl)

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Downturn Shabby, the ancestral home of the Earl and Countess of Grandham is hosting a shooting party, but when the Earl is found dead in the library suspicion falls not on the blood-thirsty men who are grouse-shooting, but the gossiping, tea-drinking ladies who have gathered for the evening’s dinner party.

The question on everyone’s lips is who hand bagged the Earl and why?

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Characters in the 6 player game:

Countess Flora Rawley – Lady of the manor

Flora is cool, calm and very sophisticated. With her beaded headband and long velvet jacket, she just oozes sophistication.

Lady Martha Rawley – Daughter of the Earl of Grandham

Languid and beautiful, Lady Martha wears jet beads, long black gloves and an evening gown.

Lady Ethel Rawley – Daughter of the Earl

Extremely elegant in her empire-line dress, string of pearls and white silk gloves, Ethel’s dressed to impress but no one notices or cares.

Mrs Pratmore – Cook

With her rolling pin stuffed in her apron, a mob cap to hide her unruly hair and her finger bandaged and bloody, she’s the last person you’d want to cook your dinner!

Maisy – Cook’s assistant

Pale and pasty, like her pastry. With her sleeves rolled up and her pinny at the ready, Maisy’s usually moaning about something.

Miss O’Ryan – Former lady’s maid

Wearing a severe black dress, traveling bonnet and cape and with her hair in a bun, Miss O’Ryan looks to be a formidable lady.

Additional Characters in the 8 player game:

Lady Carnavit – Countess

In a pith helmet, khaki shorts, shirt and sand boots, Lady Carnavit has just returned from an archaeological expedition in Egypt.

Mrs Snooze – Housekeeper

In her long black skirt, blouse and jacket and with a bunch of keys around her waist, Mrs Snooze yawns her way through the corridors of Downturn.

Additional Characters in the 10 player game:

Virginia Woof – Writer

Wearing a floaty dress, beads and with a poetry book in her hand, Virginia is always looking for life’s similes and metaphors.

Joanna Carsteers – Yachtswoman

Tattooed, cheroot-chewing, trouser-wearing yachty who carries her doll, Lord Doddery Waddle, everywhere she goes.

Additional Characters in the 12 player game:

May Pickup – Silent movie star

With her fur stole, pearls and red lipstick, May epitomizes Hollywood glamour.

Lady Astra – The first female Member of Parliament

Wearing a long silk dress, a police helmet and carrying her whistle and truncheon, this American aristocrat fears vice lurks in every corner of society.

Additional Characters in the 14 player game:

Lady Petunia Unclear – Niece of the Earl of Grandham

Young, excitable and highly strung, Petunia wears a flapper dress, headband and beads. She’s what you’d call a bright young thing!

Agatha Custard – A crime novelist

With her understated style and lack of money, Agatha wears a simple sleeveless dress and pearls. She’s an amateur sleuth and not to be messed with.

Additional Characters in the 16 player game:

Lady Viola Rawley – Dowager Countess of Grandham

With her hair piled up in a bun, a high-necked dress, bustle and a brooch at her collar, Lady Viola’s a relic from the Edwardian era.

Dame Margo Flood-Gorge – Wife of the former Liberal prime minister

In a long floral print dress with a collar, Margo’s dress sense is rather plain. No jewels or fripperies for this Welsh harridan. She’s very serious and slightly boring.

Additional Characters in the 18 player game:

Mrs Emily Spankhurst – Suffragette

Wearing a “Votes for Women” sash over her evening gown and with a handbag full of pamphlets, Emily just can’t stop fighting for women’s rights.

Mrs Dee Brett – Genealogist and publisher of a book on the peerage.

With specs on the end of her nose, inky fingers and A Book of the Peerage in her hand, Dee dresses plainly in a striped blouse and a long dark skirt. She definitely hasn’t come to party!

Additional Characters in the 20 player game:

Hannah Fates – Lady’s maid

Solid and sensible, from her buttoned up boots to her high-necked collars, Hannah’s always got a smile and a spotless pinny.

Mrs Levitation – American mother of Lady Flora

Very down-to-earth, she can’t stand English snobbery. Wearing a fur collar and skullcap and with her hair bobbed, she’s quite the modern granny.

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.

2 reviews for Death comes to Downturn (all girl)

  1. I have helped host three games so far from Red Herring.

    Murder at Curst Manor
    Murder on the Ghost Train-Halloween
    Death comes to Downturn -11/03/2016 was our last event, what a laugh. Everyone went all out with their Fancy dress and played the roles to a tee.

    Already thinking of another one for June/July Do you have a “Circus” or “Out of Africa” theme?

  2. I hosted the 6-player version of this game for my sister’s hen party. I was worried about paying so much for the printed version but it was absolutely worth it. The story was brilliant – an ending which was quite difficult to guess but certainly didn’t disappoint! Very satisfying game and a fun theme.

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This game is rated Mature
This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older.
A murder - violence suggested.
Mature themes - Sexual affairs and pregnancy mentioned within the plot.


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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:
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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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