Nice but Naughty

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It’s a vicars and tarts party!

Each year in the village of Toodling-by-Gently, Payne Indy Yarse invites members of the clergy and a few favoured ladies to a grand dinner at his manor house, Piles Hall. Unfortunately, this year there’s been rather a bump in the festivities- a murder! Payne Indy Yarse himself has been found dead in the conservatory!

Was it a vicar who got too hot under the collar or a tart who delivered Yarse’s just desserts?

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Characters in the 6 player game

Bunny Suit – a tart and animal protector
Bunny may look harmless with her bunny ears perched on her head, but she’s a woman on a crusade.

Rev. Al Leyshon
– an American Baptist minister
The Reverend wears an open-necked shirt with a pair of jeans and carries a small American flag.

Dee Cup
– a tart and coffee shop owner
Dee wears a low cut blouse, a short skirt and an apron. With a pen behind her ear so she’s always ready to take orders!

Lee Key-Roof
– a vicar
Lee carries an umbrella and always has a collection envelope handy for your donation!

Pearl E. Gates
– a woman vicar
Pearl may look stern in her vicar’s collar, knee-length skirt and black stockings, but looks can be deceiving.

Jock Strap
– a Scottish male tart
Dressed in his form-fitting exercise kit, Jock is a treat for the eyes, but also able to execute a quick escape from a sticky situation.

Additional characters for the 8 player game

Cammy Sole – a tart and innkeeper
Cammy wears a v-necked white cable-knit long jumper – as a dress! She carries a fishing net and a feather duster.

Pugh Cushion
– a Welsh vicar
Pugh has an equal fondness for composing and for corgis. He carries music sheets and a picture of his pet corgi everywhere!

Additional characters for the 10 player game

Peg Noir – a tart and murder mystery author
Peg dresses like a dame with a red feathered hat, slit skirt, seamed stockings and low cut blouse under her mac.

Paul Pitt
– a vicar and amateur archaeologist
Paul is always ready for his next dig and considers his shovel and brush as necessary as his clerical collar.

Additional characters for the 12 player game

Busty Corset – a tart and traffic warden
Busty’s looks are extremely arresting! Her warden’s hat is worn at a jaunty angle and there is just a hint of her lacy corset peeking through her uniform’s unbuttoned blouse.

Neil DuPrais
– a vicar
Neil’s collar is spotless, even if his reputation isn’t.

Additional characters for the 14 player game

Kitten Heels – a mysterious tart
Wrapped in a leather jumpsuit, this kitten has claws.

Canon Fyre
– an Army chaplain
Dressed in his Army uniform., Canon Fyre is accustomed to being calm under fire.

Additional characters for the 16 player game

Ruby Knickers – a tart and jeweller
A jeweller by trade, red-headed Ruby wears high heels and has a red feather boa draped over her white coat. Her jeweller’s loupe is ready to hand.

Bishop Gate
– a bishop
Bishop Gate is a Londoner with a tall mitre hat and a big staff.

Additional characters for the 18 player game

Patty Coat – a tart
Patty’s an Essex girl, dressed in her best short skirt, high shoes and her tan.

Reg Oyce
– a vicar
Hailing from the north, Reg is a proud member of the ‘Toon Army’ and always wears his clerical collar with his Newcastle United FC scarf draped around his neck.

Additional characters for the 20 player game

Lacey Smalls – a tart
Wearing a lacy white blouse and short black skirt, this wedding dress designer is a girl with champagne tastes but a beans on toast budget.

Cole Lekshon
– a vicar
Cole is dressed in his best, as efits a vicar representing one of England’s poshest parishes.

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.


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This game is rated Mature
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 - Provocative references or materials and sexual innuendo.
Drugs mentioned.


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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!"
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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.  

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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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