Death’s Shadow

Welcome to Albert Street, a very friendly neighbourhood in Market Snodsbury. The women pop over to each other’s houses for tea and a gossip whilst the men meet down the Red Lion pub every Thursday for darts and a few pints. It’s a quiet life but a satisfying one. Isn’t that what we all deserve after coming through what we did?

It’s Coronation Day, 1953. The residents of Albert Street have gathered in murder mystery author Dexter Runcie’s front room to watch their new Queen being crowned on his new-fangled television set and to have a party. Everyone avidly watched the procession and ceremony until someone noticed that Dexter had fallen asleep in his chair! There was much laughter… until they realised he wasn’t sleeping – he was dead!

This was meant to be a day of celebration, a day of pride and patriotism. How on earth did he die? Surely he couldn’t have been murdered… could he?

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Hire an actor to play the detective – prices start at £291 contact us for more information.

This Game is Rated:

Teen

This game contains:

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

Including:

A murder – violence suggested.

Sexism – This game has a historical setting – as such it will contain attitudes towards women that some people may find offensive, but are historically accurate for the time period in which the game is set.

What is included?

Example pre-printed boxed set

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Character booklets/scripts

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Inspector CD / script

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Instruction book

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Decoration and recipe suggestions

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Invitations

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Character name Labels

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Invitation envelopes

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Sample

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
  • 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:

Sidney Chalmers – the vicar of Grinchester.
This mystery solving cleric’s personal life is a closed book.

Mrs Mafire – the vicarage housekeeper.
Mrs Mafire is dressed in her Sunday best in honour of the Coronation.

Trevor Muss – a Detective Constable.
In a navy suit, white shirt and tie, this Oxford detective can solve any puzzle.

Miranda Mint-Cake – a debutante.
Miranda has white gloves, pearls and the manners befitting a Swiss finishing school graduate.

Regis Smallprint – a barrister.
In a dark suit with a bowler and tightly furled umbrella, Regis is a man with an eye to his future.

Izzy Puzzle – a newspaper crossword puzzle creator.
Izzy wears a skirt, blouse and cardigan and has her glasses on a chain.

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.