Midwynter Murders!

Everyone is excitedly preparing for the church’s 750th anniversary. Serious fund-raising is underway and representatives of the local community and church are attending the opening night of the festivities at St. Frideswide’s Church Hall. All the important people from the village are there. Unfortunately, so is a murderer!

Midwynter Magna may seem to be the kind of traditional village where everyone wants to live, but it’s also a village where people don’t seem to live as long as they would like. In fact they seem to be dying rather suddenly.

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This Game is Rated:


This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older.

Murder – Once murder occurs pre-game and one during the game.
Relationships – Being “interested” in someone romantically is discussed.

What is included?

Example pre-printed boxed set

  • Full instructions

  • Scripts for each cast member

  • Invitation flyer (which you can copy to requirements)

  • Table Clues (part A and B)

  • Guest instruction handouts x 12 copies

  • CD-ROM of printable files you can use to print duplicate materials as needed


1 review for Midwynter Murders!

  1. Happy Customer

    Just to let you know we held our murder mystery fundraiser evening for our school on Friday and it was a huge success. Everyone had a great time and we raised over £500. We took on all the tips and advice in the pack we downloaded and the whole event ran like clockwork, so thank you very much for such an excellent product. We’re now considering running a murder mystery for the pupils next term as they were so put out they weren’t invited!

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How it works:

This format of game is ideal for novice hosts.

This particular game format requires 7 (or 8) cast who can also participate as “detectives” to if wished, use of 1 large room with stage area, and a few easy to obtain prop clues.

This mystery requires very little rehearsal time, and the cast do not need to learn any lengthy back story. Cast can usually manage to perform the short skits after just 30 minutes to an hour run through on the day, or can act “script in hand” throughout the performance.

Two murders occurs during the event. Usually one happens before the first script (and is announced within that script, and one occurs mid way through the evening.

Your guests will play the role of detectives. You can have any number of detectives, your only limit is the size of your room, and confidence of your cast. Performing for large groups over 100 in number, your cast may benefit from added sound support.

The audience will watch 2 fully acted scenes, witness two murders and will be required to solve the case by bartering and exchanging clues between the teams in order to see as much information about the case as possible.

This style of murder mystery usually works best with 40+ guests.

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:

Detective Inspector Barney Bee – The policeman sent to solve the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, D.I. Barney Bee has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone!

Rev. Neil Down – vicar of St. Frideswide’s.
Soberly dressed and softly spoken, Neil Down always acts in a calm and measured way. He is a solid and serious man, unmarried and doted upon by the female members of his congregation. (Neil dies in round 1, so with a quick change of clothes, he can also play the Inspector.) .

Lady Lavish – impoverished but genteel member of the congregation.
Apparently an elderly, upper-class lady who has fallen on hard times, Lady Lavish stands upon her dignity and is always dressed elegantly in expensive clothes, although not of the latest fashion. .

Phil Pockets – self-made businessman/woman (male or female).
Phil Pockets, a self-made man/woman and proud of it, wears flash clothes with flamboyant accessories and plenty of bling. He/she is inclined to give himself/herself plenty of airs and graces and uses French phrases pretentiously in an atrocious accent. .

Lorna Lovelace – Church Secretary.
Quiet and mousy, awkward, clumsy and completely lacking in self-confidence, Lorna Lovelace dresses in a frumpy way, which makes her look older than she is. .

Gerri Bilde – Italian owner of a construction firm (male or female).
Charming, well-groomed and immaculately dressed, Gerri oozes Italian style and elegance, as well as passion and exuberance. Her/his impeccable manners make her/him popular with everyone. .

Carol Singer – choir member & Treasurer of Fund-Raising Committee.
Carol Singer is a practical, plain-spoken, sensibly-dressed, middle-aged woman, who. has looked after her invalid mother for many years. Despite her brusque exterior, she is a loyal friend and very concerned if others seem unhappy. .

Max Powers – local councillor & Chairman of the Planning Department Committee (male or female).
Well educated, smooth and a very cool customer, Max is used to getting his/her own way. He/she is dressed in a smart suit and never seen without his glossy leather executive briefcase.