Pop Music, Murder and Mayhem!

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Brett Pop is dead! They found him last night, murdered at his keyboard while trying to write a song. So much for his comeback. As it happens, a colourful cast of 90s and 00s pop stars were in the building on the day the music died and now they’re the prime suspects. Rich, bold and beautiful, one of them is also a killer!

Grab your combat trousers, Fab ice lolly and a copy of Now 39 and join in the musical mystery tour!

By buying this product you can collect up to 41 loyalty points, which will be worth £2.05 to spend on your next purchase.

Characters included in the 6 player game:

Britney Sparks – The Princess of Pop.
Britney favours plenty of bling, possibly offset with a large Burmese albino python.

Topper Pops – A freelance music journalist.
Topper Pops is past his best and scruffily dressed in an old suit.

Emma Nem – Female white rapper, aka Marsha Mathers.
Born and raised on the mean streets of Detroit, Emma Nem is gangsta through and through.

Otto Tune – A reality TV star
Hungry for success, Otto Tune relies on charisma, good looks and fashion, because he certainly can’t sing!

Mr Big – Record company executive.
The main man in this business Mr Big dresses to impress.

Sue Perfan – Brett Pop’s number one fan!
Sue Perfan loved the 90s music and style and still hasn’t seen anything she likes better.

Additional characters in the 8 player game:

Thicky Martin – Latin pop sensation.
Real name Enthique Martin, but better known as Thicky to his millions of fans around the world.

Gingery Haliwell – Former Spicy Girl.
Gingery was the heart and soul of the Spicy Girls. Apart from anything else, she was the only one actually named after a spice.

Additional characters in the 10 player game:

Dr. Von Danzen – Dutch dance music producer.
From Ibiza to Amsterdam, Dr. Van Danzen has the winning formula and keeps on churning out the hits.

Smiley Virus – Fearless young pop star.
Smiley is the next generation of pop starlet; young, disrespectful, wearing a onesie and out of control.

Additional characters in the 12 player game:

Pro Bono – Lead singer of Youse 2 and a global icon.
Black shirt, leather jacket, cowboy hat or mullet, Pro Bono is instantly recognisable by his wraparound sunglasses.

Mad Donna – The Queen of Pop.
A fashion chameleon whose various looks include 80s tomboy, wedding dress and lacy gloves, power dressing, cone bra and channelling Marilyn Monroe or Eva Peron.

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.
Mature Humor - Depictions or dialogue involving "adult" humor, including sexual references and innuendo
Sexual Themes - Mentions of VD, secret affairs.
A murder - violence suggested.
Gambling debts mentioned.
Drinking alcohol mentioned.
Spiritual mockery.


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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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