Midwynter Murders!

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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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The Cast:

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.

Never run a large group mystery before? Then don’t panic!

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.

This murder mystery game includes:

Instructions for running this murder mystery.
Scripts for each round
Table Clues A and B
Guest instructions and Answer Sheet
Making the most of your theme- ideas for decoration / activities
Money off voucher towards next purchase

1 review for Midwynter Murders!

  1. 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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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.

Purchase Options


Earn up to 169 Loyalty Points.

This game is rated Teen
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.


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Flexible and fun!

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.  

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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