Murder, Mayhem and Moonshine

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

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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Characters in the 6 player game

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 8 player 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 10 player 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 12 player 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.

Additional Characters in the 14 player game

Rich Meringue – Buns Meringue’s younger brother
Nice but dim, Rich is a baker by day and a chauffeur by night, which means he often has flour in his hair and cake mixture on his suit.

Georgie Hoodwinker – Moll
An aspiring model, with her pouting pink lips and fluttering long lashes, Georgie is dressed to impress in a flapper dress, cloche hat and feather boa.

Additional Characters in the 16 player game

“Velvet” Casey – Violin maker
Wearing a craftsman’s apron and carrying a pocket full of tools, Velvet isn’t exactly dressed for a night out.

Mrs Wong – Chinese laundry worker
In a white Kung Fu suit and with pigtails, Mrs Wong carries the tools of her trade: soda flakes, bucket and soap.

Additional Characters in the 18 player game

Jack “The Hack” – Reporter from the Chicago Tribune
With a camera slung round his neck and a notepad in his pocket, Jack is suited and booted for the Temperance Society Meeting.

Bootleg Betty – Rum runner
A bit of country hick, Betty sticks out like a sore thumb in the city, as she dresses like a man, in shirt and trousers, and wears a Stetson of all things!

Additional Characters in the 20 player game

Father O’Malley – An Irish priest
In his dog collar and black clerical suit, there’s no mistaking O’Malley’s vocation. He’s always got something to say, but it’s never anything good.

Coco Lauren – Flamboyant Parisian perfumier
In a floaty long dress and pearls, and armed with her atomiser, Coco epitomizes French style and never wears anything cheap.

Never run a downloadable murder mystery before? Then don’t panic!There is no special acting required. Guests do not need to memorise any information, and everything they need to play their parts is provided to them in a handy printable booklet. The games are constructed so that everyone has to interact, and scripted dialogues are included to help break the ice and get everyone into character. Even total novices get into the swing of things quite quickly!

The game includes both sound files and a script for the inspector character who provides the setting, clues, and summaries for each round, as well as the final solution. This means as host you too can play and remain completely in the dark as to the culprit, or play the inspector yourself and invite an extra guest to the party!

Each downloadable dinner party game requires use of a printer, around 120 sheets of A4 paper (each character booklet is around 9 pages long), 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 purchase this kit 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

When you purchase this kit as a printed kit 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 booklet in a sealed envelope so you don’t find out the solution by accident!
  • Making the most of your theme and recipe suggestions booklets.
  • Money off voucher towards next purchase (printed inside the booklets)

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.

1 review for Murder, Mayhem and Moonshine

  1. Firstly I want to thank Red Herring for their exceptional service. They were incredibly accommodating as additional players decided to join the fun after I’d downloaded the original kit! Although not my first murder mystery by Red Herring, this was this that I’ve hosted and the downloadable kit was very straightforward to prepare with some good ideas for food and setting the scene. One minor criticism, the sound files seemed a little quiet, I had to attach speakers to my laptop and crank up the volume… I may just have poor speakers/loud friends! This was my fourth murder mystery and its dialog and plot twists didn’t disappoint, for the majority of my friends this was a first, I’m safe in saying it won’t be their last! We all had a great time and not only because of the prohibition era cocktails! Many thanks, and I’m sure we’ll see you again soon! Richard Nurse

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This game is rated Teen
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.
Sexual innuendo. Acting as if attracted to particular characters is suggested in the character backgrounds.
Drugs - use of legal drugs is mentioned
Alcohol reference - reference to and/or images of alcoholic beverages.
Mentions of a baby as the result of a relationship.


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