Murder Mayhem and Moonshine – Large group script

The year is 1929. It’s the era of Prohibition and Chicago is divided by gang warfare.

Tonight the Rexington Hotel is hosting a Temperance Society Meeting, but events are overshadowed by a gangland killing right outside their door.

Buns Meringue, notorious leader of the Northside Gang is found lying in a pool of blood in an alleyway outside. He is riddled with bullets.

The Rexington is owned by Al Cologne, the most feared man in Chicago so the place is crawling with his gang. Who’s the goon who did this and why?

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This Game is Rated:


This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older.

A murder – violence suggested.
Comic Mischief – Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour.
Suggestive Themes – Prostitutes and their behaviour are mentioned in the plot.
Drugs – use of legal drugs is mentioned
Alcohol reference – reference to and/or images of alcoholic beverages.
Sexual innuendo. Acting as if attracted to particular characters is suggested in the character backgrounds.

What is included?

Example pre-printed boxed set

  • Full instructions

  • Script booklet for each cast member

  • Invitation flyer (which you can copy to requirements)

  • Invitations and envelopes for each cast member

  • Script for the inspector

  • Guest instruction handouts x 20 copies

  • Clue question sheets for guests

  • Solution in sealed envelope so inspector can play too


1 review for Murder Mayhem and Moonshine – Large group script

  1. Tom

    Once again Red Herring has come through. This was our church’s 7th successful fund raiser. Our cast really gets into their characters. We all have fun with the character. A lot of ad-libs are added to the base scripts provided. We have quite a resourceful group. One even used make-up to draw a scar on his face. The first question our guests ask when the event is over is “when is the next one going start?”.

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How it works:

These games require 7-13 cast and involve the rest of the audience by getting them to ask pre-set questions – which are provided to them on paper by the inspector at the start of each round.

They run in a similar way to a dinner party, so are an ideal first choice for novice hosts and acing teams with little or no experience running large scale events.

These games work best as a sit down event with 6-12 tables of guests, with a suspect on each table.

As a rough guide these mysteries take approximately 2-3 hours to complete with a three course meal.

During the game the audience will listen to five short sets of dialogue from the cast and pose pre-scripted questions (which the cast answer with pre-scripted answers). There are three rounds which can be evenly spread throughout the night or, if preferred, the question and answer rounds can be bunched together into one large round.

At the end of the final round the guests are given time to decide who is the murderer, and once the guests have decided who did it, how and why (i.e. the murderer and motive) they will complete the answer sheet and hand it in.

How these games usually run.

Introductory Round: Introductions by the cast and the facilitator “inspector character”.
Rounds 1, 2 and 3: Scripted dialogue from the cast, followed by pre-set questions and answers.
Concluding Statements and solution: conclusions by the cast and denouement from the inspector.

There is one “inspector character” who acts as facilitator during the event and is essential to the cast.

Reducing the cast size will reduce the length of time required to solve the mystery.

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:

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.