Murder, Mayhem and Moonshine

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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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.
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.

Sexism – This game has a historical setting – as such it will contain attitudes towards women that some people may find offensive, but are historically accurate for the time period in which the game is set.

What is included?

Example pre-printed boxed set


Character booklets/scripts


Inspector CD / script


Instruction book


Decoration and recipe suggestions




Character name Labels


Invitation envelopes


1 review for Murder, Mayhem and Moonshine

  1. Happy Customer

    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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How it works:

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 in a handy 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 (MP3 with a download or CD with a boxed set) 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 “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:

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.

Customise this game

This game can be customised to fit your event for an additional fee.

It’s hard to give “ball park” figures for what different customisations would cost however we’ve attempted to HERE.  Please do contact us for a free quote if you would like any customisations on your game before purchase.

Remember… if you just need 1 extra person, or 1 less person, why not have someone play the inspector role?

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.