Murder on the Nile

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Lady Carmathen has been found dead on a cruise to celebrate a successful archaeological expedition funded by her husband. She was found in her cabin, brutally stabbed in the chest and left lying in a pool of blood.

Has she met with the Curse of Tutankhamun, the Egyptian pharaoh, whose tomb was plundered by the archaeologists? Perhaps she simply got in someone’s way. However, her rubies are missing and the letter T has been smeared in lipstick on the mirror in her cabin. It’s time to find out the truth!

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Characters in the 6 player game:

Earl of Carmathen – Aristocrat
Distinguished in a dinner jacket and shiny black leather shoes the Earl’s hair may be greying at the temples, but his is immaculately coiffured.

Howard Cartier – Renowned archaeologist.
With a bushy moustache, he is particularly proud of, Howard Cartier looks rather dapper, despite his penchant for carrying his dig tools around with him.

Sandy Storm – Holiday rep.
More ‘redcoat’ than ‘fur coat’; sophistication just isn’t Sandy’s style! With her clipboard and name badge, there’s no mistaking her for one of the crew.

Tommy Blooper – Comedian
With his trademark unkempt hair, fez, black tie, dinner jacket and outlandish braces Tommy has hit hard times and is working on the cruise to make ends meet.

Adrianna Jones – Young archaeologist
A femme fatale in a fedora, desert shorts and heavy black boots, Adrianna’s shirt is always loosened at the collar, but whether that’d down to the heat of the Nile or the heat of the moment, it’s hard to tell.

Miss Terry – Lady Carmathen’s maid.
Frowzy and careless, with a little black dress that is a little too short for propriety, Miss Terry spends more time lying in her own bed than making others.

Additional characters for the 8 player game

Nifty Tee-Tee – International female golfer.
With her argyle sweater and plus-fours Nifty cuts a dash on the golf course. She always brings her clubs with her, just in case there’s time for a little practice before dinner.

Dobson – Man servant of Earl Carmathen.
Dressed as a traditional valet, Dobson never has an hair out of place or a button undone.

Additional characters for the 10 player game

Nick Cartier – Howard’s wayward brother.
In a dinner suit and white gloves, Nick looks more play-boy than the archaeologist he claims to be.

Lucretia Pout – Actress.
An actress with attitude and plenty of bling, Lucretia wears a dress that’s a little too cabaret for this set.

Additional characters for the 12 player game

Cyril Slickers – Former theatrical agent to Lady Carmathen.
In a pin-stripe suit and trilby, and with slicked-back hair and thin moustache, Cyril is a lovable cockney spiv.

Miss Marbles – Aunt of Lady Carmathen.
In a cardigan despite the heat, Miss Marbles is always peering over her glasses, and is never without a ball of wool tucked under her arm and a pair of knitting needles in hand.

Additional characters for the 14 player game

Ann Nubis – Funeral director’s wife.
Soberly dressed as befits a funeral director’s wife, Ann carries a tape measure around her neck and carries bandages and a jar of embalming oil with her everywhere, just in case.

Crocodile Cairo – Australian bushman and crocodile fighter.
In tight khaki shorts and shirt open to the waist, Crocodile Cairo struts around the deck in his black akubra hat, showing off his impressive pecs and chest hair to the ladies.

Additional characters for the 16 player game

Mohamed Al Buy-It – Department store owner
A self-made man, Al Buy-It wears traditional Arab dress, and has a chunky gold ring on every finger. Inside his cloak there’s always a supply of tacky souvenirs ready for a sale.

Florence of Arabia – Librarian
Serious and bookish, Florence dresses severely in dark colours, wears sensible lace up shoes and woolly stockings, and is never without a book.

Additional characters for the 18 player game

Captain Fez – Captain of the S.S. Misfortune.
In a white uniform which has seen better days Captain Fez is melancholic and a little jaded.

Aggie Crusty – Celebrity chef and food writer.
Never without an apron, rolling pin and her latest book “better baking” which she tries to flog at every opportunity, Aggie cultivates a traditional house-wife look for her many readers.

Additional characters for the 20 player game

Hercules Parrot – Amateur sleuth and pigeon fancier
In a Panama hat and white suit, Hercules Parrot cuts a dash on board ship with his carefully slicked moustache – even if the pigeon on his shoulder seems a little odd.

Ivy Corton – A journalist
With a camera slung around her neck, a pencil behind her ear and a notebook in her hand, Ivy loves her brown cord britches and Fair Isle tank top.

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.

2 reviews for Murder on the Nile

  1. just wanted to say what terrific fun we had on New Year’s Eve with your Murder mystery ‘Death on the Nile’ It was made even more fun because the person playing Tommy Blooper went on the web to find Tommy Cooper jokes and added them to his script. The whole evening was hilarious, Thank you.

  2. I have played many of the Red Herring murder mystery games (we do one every year!) and this was yet again a fabulous one with hilarious and well thought out characters. Everyone always asks me where i get such good mysteries from and can’t wait for the next one!
    thank you!

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This game is rated Teen
This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older.
A murder - violence suggested.
Comic Mischief - Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour.
Suggestive Themes - Sexual innuendo. Acting as if attracted to particular characters is suggested in the character backgrounds.


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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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