onceuponamurder

Once Upon a Murder

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall…but no! Humpty didn’t fall. He was pushed!

Which of these familiar fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters is the perpetrator? Can you solve this scrambled case?

From: £19.99

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This Game is Rated:

Teen

This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older.

Including:
A murder – violence suggested.
Comic Mischief – Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour.
Suggestive Themes – Mild provocative references or materials and sexual innuendo.

What is included?

Example pre-printed boxed set

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Character booklets/scripts

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Inspector CD / script

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Instruction book

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Decoration and recipe suggestions

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Invitations

6

Character name Labels

7

Invitation envelopes

Reviews:

1 review for Once Upon a Murder

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Happy Customer

    Hello
    I used your fairy tale mystery with 16 of my family this Christmas. It was fantastic as it was funny without needing insinuations. It was suitable for the teenagers and older ones. Some of the family had not met before and the use of fairy tale characters meant that we could all quickly grasp the nature and back story of the characters.
    Thank you very much,
    Ann

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Sample

How it works:

Never hosted a murder mystery before?

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!

How does a “download and print at home” kit work?

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

How does a “Pre-printed box set” work?

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:

6 players

Old King Cole – the King.
With a crown on his head and a chain of office draped over his Tudor-era clothes, Old King Cole is a merry old soul, but that jolly demeanour could just be an act.

Dread Pirate – the Pirate.
This masked pirate is quite new to the kingdom and has earned his moniker by pillaging throughout the fairy tale lands.

Jack – the Beanstalk Climber.
Strong, brave and true, Jack is dressed for his next climb and carries a pouch holding his magic beans.

Alice – the Investigative Journalist.
With a crumpled trenchcoat over her blue dress, Alice is a reporter determined to satisfy her curiosity.

Queen Grimhilde (QG) – the Business Executive.
The CEO and owner of Fairest of Them All Cosmetics, this former wicked queen is dressed in a sharp business suit and court shoes.

Contrary Mary – the Gardener.
Contrary Mary knows you need to get your hands dirty in order to get the job done. She’s dressed for a day of gardening.

8 players

Old King Cole – the King.
With a crown on his head and a chain of office draped over his Tudor-era clothes, Old King Cole is a merry old soul, but that jolly demeanour could just be an act.

Dread Pirate – the Pirate.
This masked pirate is quite new to the kingdom and has earned his moniker by pillaging throughout the fairy tale lands.

Jack – the Beanstalk Climber.
Strong, brave and true, Jack is dressed for his next climb and carries a pouch holding his magic beans.

Alice – the Investigative Journalist.
With a crumpled trenchcoat over her blue dress, Alice is a reporter determined to satisfy her curiosity.

Queen Grimhilde (QG) – the Business Executive.
The CEO and owner of Fairest of Them All Cosmetics, this former wicked queen is dressed in a sharp business suit and court shoes.

Contrary Mary – the Gardener.
Contrary Mary knows you need to get your hands dirty in order to get the job done. She’s dressed for a day of gardening.

Queen of Hearts – the Croquet Player and Baker of Tarts
If you want to keep your head, you’ll agree with this heart-bedecked Queen!

King of Hearts – the Judge.
This King wears his heart on his crown, not on his sleeve. He always knows which card to play.

10 players

Old King Cole – the King.
With a crown on his head and a chain of office draped over his Tudor-era clothes, Old King Cole is a merry old soul, but that jolly demeanour could just be an act.

Dread Pirate – the Pirate.
This masked pirate is quite new to the kingdom and has earned his moniker by pillaging throughout the fairy tale lands.

Jack – the Beanstalk Climber.
Strong, brave and true, Jack is dressed for his next climb and carries a pouch holding his magic beans.

Alice – the Investigative Journalist.
With a crumpled trenchcoat over her blue dress, Alice is a reporter determined to satisfy her curiosity.

Queen Grimhilde (QG) – the Business Executive.
The CEO and owner of Fairest of Them All Cosmetics, this former wicked queen is dressed in a sharp business suit and court shoes.

Contrary Mary – the Gardener.
Contrary Mary knows you need to get your hands dirty in order to get the job done. She’s dressed for a day of gardening.

Queen of Hearts – the Croquet Player and Baker of Tarts
If you want to keep your head, you’ll agree with this heart-bedecked Queen!

King of Hearts – the Judge.
This King wears his heart on his crown, not on his sleeve. He always knows which card to play.

Miss Muffet – the Tuffet Sitter.
Miss Muffet is dressed in her dairymaid’s outfit and is on the constant lookout for spiders.

Mr R. – the Dealmaker.
Secretive and private, Mr. R is a puzzle to many. He wears brown knee britches with boots and a soft felt green hat is perched above his pointed ears.

12 players

Old King Cole – the King.
With a crown on his head and a chain of office draped over his Tudor-era clothes, Old King Cole is a merry old soul, but that jolly demeanour could just be an act.

Dread Pirate – the Pirate.
This masked pirate is quite new to the kingdom and has earned his moniker by pillaging throughout the fairy tale lands.

Jack – the Beanstalk Climber.
Strong, brave and true, Jack is dressed for his next climb and carries a pouch holding his magic beans.

Alice – the Investigative Journalist.
With a crumpled trenchcoat over her blue dress, Alice is a reporter determined to satisfy her curiosity.

Queen Grimhilde (QG) – the Business Executive.
The CEO and owner of Fairest of Them All Cosmetics, this former wicked queen is dressed in a sharp business suit and court shoes.

Contrary Mary – the Gardener.
Contrary Mary knows you need to get your hands dirty in order to get the job done. She’s dressed for a day of gardening.

Queen of Hearts – the Croquet Player and Baker of Tarts
If you want to keep your head, you’ll agree with this heart-bedecked Queen!

King of Hearts – the Judge.
This King wears his heart on his crown, not on his sleeve. He always knows which card to play.

Miss Muffet – the Tuffet Sitter.
Miss Muffet is dressed in her dairymaid’s outfit and is on the constant lookout for spiders.

Mr R. – the Dealmaker.
Secretive and private, Mr. R is a puzzle to many. He wears brown knee britches with boots and a soft felt green hat is perched above his pointed ears.

Blind Mouse – the Runner.
Even though he wears dark glasses, this mouse can run circles around most people.

Bo Peep – the Shepherdess.
Bo Peep is a gentle, quiet soul. She has blond curls, a ruffled dress, pantaloons and carries a shepherd’s hook.

14 players

Old King Cole – the King.
With a crown on his head and a chain of office draped over his Tudor-era clothes, Old King Cole is a merry old soul, but that jolly demeanour could just be an act.

Dread Pirate – the Pirate.
This masked pirate is quite new to the kingdom and has earned his moniker by pillaging throughout the fairy tale lands.

Jack – the Beanstalk Climber.
Strong, brave and true, Jack is dressed for his next climb and carries a pouch holding his magic beans.

Alice – the Investigative Journalist.
With a crumpled trenchcoat over her blue dress, Alice is a reporter determined to satisfy her curiosity.

Queen Grimhilde (QG) – the Business Executive.
The CEO and owner of Fairest of Them All Cosmetics, this former wicked queen is dressed in a sharp business suit and court shoes.

Contrary Mary – the Gardener.
Contrary Mary knows you need to get your hands dirty in order to get the job done. She’s dressed for a day of gardening.

Queen of Hearts – the Croquet Player and Baker of Tarts
If you want to keep your head, you’ll agree with this heart-bedecked Queen!

King of Hearts – the Judge.
This King wears his heart on his crown, not on his sleeve. He always knows which card to play.

Miss Muffet – the Tuffet Sitter.
Miss Muffet is dressed in her dairymaid’s outfit and is on the constant lookout for spiders.

Mr R. – the Dealmaker.
Secretive and private, Mr. R is a puzzle to many. He wears brown knee britches with boots and a soft felt green hat is perched above his pointed ears.

Blind Mouse – the Runner.
Even though he wears dark glasses, this mouse can run circles around most people.

Bo Peep – the Shepherdess.
Bo Peep is a gentle, quiet soul. She has blond curls, a ruffled dress, pantaloons and carries a shepherd’s hook.

Minnie Totts – Mother of many, the Shoe-dweller
Never without her baby monitor, Minnie wears loose, comfortable clothes which suit her life of running after her many children.

Angus McDonald – the Farmer.
Farmwork trousers, a plaid work shirt and wellies are the clothing choices of this proud Scottish farmer. E-I-E-I-O. 

16 players

Old King Cole – the King.
With a crown on his head and a chain of office draped over his Tudor-era clothes, Old King Cole is a merry old soul, but that jolly demeanour could just be an act.

Dread Pirate – the Pirate.
This masked pirate is quite new to the kingdom and has earned his moniker by pillaging throughout the fairy tale lands.

Jack – the Beanstalk Climber.
Strong, brave and true, Jack is dressed for his next climb and carries a pouch holding his magic beans.

Alice – the Investigative Journalist.
With a crumpled trenchcoat over her blue dress, Alice is a reporter determined to satisfy her curiosity.

Queen Grimhilde (QG) – the Business Executive.
The CEO and owner of Fairest of Them All Cosmetics, this former wicked queen is dressed in a sharp business suit and court shoes.

Contrary Mary – the Gardener.
Contrary Mary knows you need to get your hands dirty in order to get the job done. She’s dressed for a day of gardening.

Queen of Hearts – the Croquet Player and Baker of Tarts
If you want to keep your head, you’ll agree with this heart-bedecked Queen!

King of Hearts – the Judge.
This King wears his heart on his crown, not on his sleeve. He always knows which card to play.

Miss Muffet – the Tuffet Sitter.
Miss Muffet is dressed in her dairymaid’s outfit and is on the constant lookout for spiders.

Mr R. – the Dealmaker.
Secretive and private, Mr. R is a puzzle to many. He wears brown knee britches with boots and a soft felt green hat is perched above his pointed ears.

Blind Mouse – the Runner.
Even though he wears dark glasses, this mouse can run circles around most people.

Bo Peep – the Shepherdess.
Bo Peep is a gentle, quiet soul. She has blond curls, a ruffled dress, pantaloons and carries a shepherd’s hook.

Minnie Totts – Mother of many, the Shoe-dweller
Never without her baby monitor, Minnie wears loose, comfortable clothes which suit her life of running after her many children.

Angus McDonald – the Farmer.
Farmwork trousers, a plaid work shirt and wellies are the clothing choices of this proud Scottish farmer. E-I-E-I-O. 

Cinderella– the Princess.
She’s married her prince and lives in a castle. Life is looking good for Cinderella and so is she in a sequined dress, tiara and non-glass shoes.

Mr Wolf – the Wolf.
Dressed in a grey, loosely-fitting tracksuit and trainers, Mr. Wolf is fond of snacks, especially those wearing red hoods! 

18 players

Old King Cole – the King.
With a crown on his head and a chain of office draped over his Tudor-era clothes, Old King Cole is a merry old soul, but that jolly demeanour could just be an act.

Dread Pirate – the Pirate.
This masked pirate is quite new to the kingdom and has earned his moniker by pillaging throughout the fairy tale lands.

Jack – the Beanstalk Climber.
Strong, brave and true, Jack is dressed for his next climb and carries a pouch holding his magic beans.

Alice – the Investigative Journalist.
With a crumpled trenchcoat over her blue dress, Alice is a reporter determined to satisfy her curiosity.

Queen Grimhilde (QG) – the Business Executive.
The CEO and owner of Fairest of Them All Cosmetics, this former wicked queen is dressed in a sharp business suit and court shoes.

Contrary Mary – the Gardener.
Contrary Mary knows you need to get your hands dirty in order to get the job done. She’s dressed for a day of gardening.

Queen of Hearts – the Croquet Player and Baker of Tarts
If you want to keep your head, you’ll agree with this heart-bedecked Queen!

King of Hearts – the Judge.
This King wears his heart on his crown, not on his sleeve. He always knows which card to play.

Miss Muffet – the Tuffet Sitter.
Miss Muffet is dressed in her dairymaid’s outfit and is on the constant lookout for spiders.

Mr R. – the Dealmaker.
Secretive and private, Mr. R is a puzzle to many. He wears brown knee britches with boots and a soft felt green hat is perched above his pointed ears.

Blind Mouse – the Runner.
Even though he wears dark glasses, this mouse can run circles around most people.

Bo Peep – the Shepherdess.
Bo Peep is a gentle, quiet soul. She has blond curls, a ruffled dress, pantaloons and carries a shepherd’s hook.

Minnie Totts – Mother of many, the Shoe-dweller
Never without her baby monitor, Minnie wears loose, comfortable clothes which suit her life of running after her many children.

Angus McDonald – the Farmer.
Farmwork trousers, a plaid work shirt and wellies are the clothing choices of this proud Scottish farmer. E-I-E-I-O. 

Cinderella– the Princess.
She’s married her prince and lives in a castle. Life is looking good for Cinderella and so is she in a sequined dress, tiara and non-glass shoes.

Mr Wolf – the Wolf.
Dressed in a grey, loosely-fitting tracksuit and trainers, Mr. Wolf is fond of snacks, especially those wearing red hoods! 

Vacca – the Moon Jumper.
Looking striking in her black and white outfit, Vacca is a cow with leaping ambitions.

Simon – the Pieman.
In his chef’s hat and business suit, this pieman knows the secret to success is to keep it simple.

20 players

Old King Cole – the King.
With a crown on his head and a chain of office draped over his Tudor-era clothes, Old King Cole is a merry old soul, but that jolly demeanour could just be an act.

Dread Pirate – the Pirate.
This masked pirate is quite new to the kingdom and has earned his moniker by pillaging throughout the fairy tale lands.

Jack – the Beanstalk Climber.
Strong, brave and true, Jack is dressed for his next climb and carries a pouch holding his magic beans.

Alice – the Investigative Journalist.
With a crumpled trenchcoat over her blue dress, Alice is a reporter determined to satisfy her curiosity.

Queen Grimhilde (QG) – the Business Executive.
The CEO and owner of Fairest of Them All Cosmetics, this former wicked queen is dressed in a sharp business suit and court shoes.

Contrary Mary – the Gardener.
Contrary Mary knows you need to get your hands dirty in order to get the job done. She’s dressed for a day of gardening.

Queen of Hearts – the Croquet Player and Baker of Tarts
If you want to keep your head, you’ll agree with this heart-bedecked Queen!

King of Hearts – the Judge.
This King wears his heart on his crown, not on his sleeve. He always knows which card to play.

Miss Muffet – the Tuffet Sitter.
Miss Muffet is dressed in her dairymaid’s outfit and is on the constant lookout for spiders.

Mr R. – the Dealmaker.
Secretive and private, Mr. R is a puzzle to many. He wears brown knee britches with boots and a soft felt green hat is perched above his pointed ears.

Blind Mouse – the Runner.
Even though he wears dark glasses, this mouse can run circles around most people.

Bo Peep – the Shepherdess.
Bo Peep is a gentle, quiet soul. She has blond curls, a ruffled dress, pantaloons and carries a shepherd’s hook.

Minnie Totts – Mother of many, the Shoe-dweller
Never without her baby monitor, Minnie wears loose, comfortable clothes which suit her life of running after her many children.

Angus McDonald – the Farmer.
Farmwork trousers, a plaid work shirt and wellies are the clothing choices of this proud Scottish farmer. E-I-E-I-O. 

Cinderella– the Princess.
She’s married her prince and lives in a castle. Life is looking good for Cinderella and so is she in a sequined dress, tiara and non-glass shoes.

Mr Wolf – the Wolf.
Dressed in a grey, loosely-fitting tracksuit and trainers, Mr. Wolf is fond of snacks, especially those wearing red hoods! 

Vacca – the Moon Jumper.
Looking striking in her black and white outfit, Vacca is a cow with leaping ambitions.

Simon – the Pieman.
In his chef’s hat and business suit, this pieman knows the secret to success is to keep it simple.

Blue Fairy – Pinocchio’s Wish Granter.
This blue-haired fairy is tired of granting other people’s wishes and is ready to grant a few of her own. She wears ripped blue jeans and blue lipstick.

C.P.- the Pig who Built his House of Bricks.
C.P. isn’t bothered by anyone huffing and puffing. He wears overalls, a dusty shirt and a pig nose would not be out of place, since he is one!

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.