The inspector/facilitator role is essential for the game to work. He/she facilitates the entire evening.
The other characters can be taken from the audience and briefed before game play starts, OR you can select a group to play your suspects in advance of the night and give them time to get fluent in their roles and answers.
The rest of the guests are fully included in the game as they’ll be asking questions throughout the night.
Inspector Schnozzer – The man of the law sent to solve the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, Inspector Schnozzer has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone!
Al Cologne – Boss of the Chicago Outifit.
Cutting a dash in his pin-striped suit and fedora Al’s one scary mobster. But don’t be fooled, Al’s a bit of pussycat really and hides his moonshine in a perfume bottle.
May Cologne – Wife of Al Cologne.
A posh totty who won’t stand for any messing, May wears long gloves and looks down her nose at the molls who hang around the Rexington Hotel.
Jock “Mad Dog” McBurn – Mobster.
Wearing tartan trews, and a Tam O’Shanter, Mad Dog’s a spiffy-looking argumentative Scot who could shoot you as soon as look at you.
‘Sugar’ Meringue – Chorus girl and wife of Buns Meringue.
Regaled in her flapper dress, headband and feather boa, Sugar’s quite the modern gal, and so sweet and alluring, she could fool anyone.
’Bottles’ Cologne – Al’s brother and the brains behind the Chicago Outfit.
With his distinctive s-s-stammer and ‘bottle-top’ glasses, B-b-bottles dresses in brown factory overalls and has a clipboard to hand.
Mrs Roody – Landlady of a boarding house.
Frowsy and blousy, Mrs Roody thinks she’s a bit of a babe, but her dirty housecoat, laddered stockings and fluffy slippers hide nothing.
Additional characters in the 9 cast game:
Mayor Blindeye – Mayor of Chicago.
With his slicked back hair, gilded chain of office and freshly picked red carnation, Mayor Blindeye would look dapper if it were not for his paunch and his tightly-stretched waistcoat.
Mamma Meringue – Owner of a bakery on Northside and mother of Buns Meringue.
In her baker’s pinny and cap, Mamma’s a rolling-pin wielding virago, with a tray full of her legendary meringues to hand she won’t take no for an answer.
Additional characters in the 11 cast game:
Officer Boosey – Bureau of Prohibition agent.
In his trench coat and trilby, Boosey’s come to sniff out contraband liquor and puts anything liquid on the menu into one of his test-tubes.
Sister Indignacia – A nun on the run.
With a habit a little bit short for propriety, and her crucifix studded with jewels, Indignacia’s not quite as holy as you’d think in her high heels and make-up.
Additional characters in the 13 cast game:
Frankie Gooseberry – Mobster and member of the Northside Gang.
Wearing a sharp suit and fedora, Frankie’s part of a special crew set up by Meringue.
Luisa Wolf – ‘The Blonde Alibi’
A peroxide blonde, with a glitzy flapper dress , Luisa is loyal, through and through, she’s one broad who always stands by her man.