Murder at Midwynter Manor

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The villagers of Midwynter always welcome an invitation to Midwynter Manor, so they are delighted when they are asked to enjoy Lord Midwynter’s hospitality at the 25th birthday party of his long-lost grandchild, with whom he has only recently been reunited.

However, not everyone is delighted when Lord Midwynter announces that he intends to change his will and make his grandchild the sole heir. Before long, the celebrations are cut short by a dreadful murder and the guests are asked to help solve the case.

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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!

Lord Peter Midwynter – Lord of the manor
Almost 70, Lord Midwynter is aristocratic, arrogant and irascible. His manners, speech and dress are formal and he believes in doing things properly. (Lord Midwynter dies in round 1, so with a quick change of clothes, he can also play the Inspector.) .

Lady Penelope Midwynter – Lord Midwynter’s second wife
Twenty years younger than her husband, plump, placid and very pretty, Lady Midwynter is usually both charming and contented. What she lacks in brains, she makes up for in decorative value and is always beautifully dressed, coiffured and perfumed.

Carrie Point – Lord Midwynter’s private secretary
Carrie Point is in her early 30s, brisk, cool, efficient and very reserved. She makes her points effectively and acts decisively. She wears smart, tailored suits and speaks quietly, calmly and clearly.

Les Powers – Lord Midwynter’s second cousin and estate manager
Dressed in slightly shabby tweeds, Les Power is an amiable, blustering buffoon in his 50s who muddles along, doing his best.

Wyn Power – Les’s wife
Overdressed in flashy jewellery and flamboyant, badly-cut clothes, Wyn Powers betrays her lack of class. Pushy, vulgar and overbearing, her voice is nasal and whiny and she continually criticises those around her, especially her husband, Les

Felicio Fortunato – Lord Midwynter’s long-lost grandson
Elegant, handsome and dressed in the latest fashion, Felicio is 25 today and only recently arrived in England. Felicio’s English is impeccable, although spoken with a strong Latin American accent that somehow conveys an air of faint amusement at the quaintness of the local customs.

Justin Law – Solicitor
Elderly, grey-haired, bespectacled, suited and with a permanent stoop, Justin Law is the archetypal family solicitor. Speaking in lengthy sentences and using much legal jargon, he seems only interested in matters of the law and is never seen without a briefcase and a pile of papers.

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


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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 Mature
This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for ages 17 and older.

Murder - Once murder occurs pre-game and one during the game.
Relationships - Affairs are mentioned in the clues, and there are also paternity issues.


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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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