Stiffed at the Speakeasy – Large group script

Al Scapone – the Godfather of the infamous Scapone family and master criminal lies dead – gunned down in his own club!

Word of this “hit” gets out and the whole balance of power in the city could be thrown into chaos. Al’s murder needs to be resolved – and fast – to restore the credibility of the family.

The question is: can the killer be found, or some scapegoat framed, before the end of the night?

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This Game is Rated:


This game contains:

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

Sexual Themes – Two men are after the same girl, no references to any sexual relationships, or possible two timing.
A murder – violence suggested.
Alcohol Reference – Reference to alcoholic beverages.
Comic Mischief – Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humor.
Suggestive Themes – Mild provocative references or materials and sexual innuendo.

What is included?

Example pre-printed boxed set

  • Full instructions

  • Script booklet for each cast member

  • Invitation flyer (which you can copy to requirements)

  • Invitations and envelopes for each cast member

  • Script for the inspector

  • Guest instruction handouts x 20 copies

  • Clue question sheets for guests

  • Solution in sealed envelope so inspector can play too


1 review for Stiffed at the Speakeasy – Large group script

  1. Happy Customer

    On the evening of Friday 6th September, I kicked off the surprise Murder/Mystery night for my wife’s 60th Birthday at the Milton Brasserie near Banchory, Aberdeenshire. It was the culmination and high point of 6 months of planning – having ordered the ‘large group’ Murder/Mystery package – ‘Stiffed at the Speakeasy’ from Red Herring in February (maybe March) of this year … and oh boy what a success it was.

    I had invited 45 close friends to join my wife, myself and my chosen Inspector and thanks to a first class package from Red Herring and a lot of covert work by myself and Neil we had a wonderful evening. Everybody (not just the twelve key cast members) entered into the spirit of the evening, with some great costumes and some hilarious ad libbing and I will not be surprised if they ask me to organise a similar event next year.

    My ‘Inspector’ and I spent a lot of time reading through the script and instructions prior to the evening and found it very clear to follow. I just wanted to thank you for a brilliant Murder/Mystery package and we will definitely be using Red Herring again in the future.

    Keep up the good work

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How it works:

These games require 7-13 cast and involve the rest of the audience by getting them to ask pre-set questions – which are provided to them on paper by the inspector at the start of each round.

They run in a similar way to a dinner party, so are an ideal first choice for novice hosts and acing teams with little or no experience running large scale events.

These games work best as a sit down event with 6-12 tables of guests, with a suspect on each table.

As a rough guide these mysteries take approximately 2-3 hours to complete with a three course meal.

During the game the audience will listen to five short sets of dialogue from the cast and pose pre-scripted questions (which the cast answer with pre-scripted answers). There are three rounds which can be evenly spread throughout the night or, if preferred, the question and answer rounds can be bunched together into one large round.

At the end of the final round the guests are given time to decide who is the murderer, and once the guests have decided who did it, how and why (i.e. the murderer and motive) they will complete the answer sheet and hand it in.

How these games usually run.

Introductory Round: Introductions by the cast and the facilitator “inspector character”.
Rounds 1, 2 and 3: Scripted dialogue from the cast, followed by pre-set questions and answers.
Concluding Statements and solution: conclusions by the cast and denouement from the inspector.

There is one “inspector character” who acts as facilitator during the event and is essential to the cast.

Reducing the cast size will reduce the length of time required to solve the mystery.

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:

Elliot Mess – Mafia Inquisitor.
Efficient in his own peculiar way, Elliot Mess has an unusual method of solving crimes- he involves everyone!

Ma Scapone – The Matriarch of the Scapone family.
Larger than life and in floral clothing, Ma has never really moved with the times and is still often found in her kitchen stirring bolognaise sauce whenever the family come to visit.

Rick Otta – Al Scapone’s right hand man.
With sleek hair and pencil moustache Rick may look respectable in his tux, but he is never without his side arm, leg arm, rear waistband arm, up the sleeve arm…

Francesca Pancetta – Opera singer
Beautifully dressed in a stunning evening gown, Francesca’s dark eyes and fulsome lips have proved a strong temptation for many a man – fortunately her family have always been there to see off any unsuitable suitors!

Toni Calzone – Scapone’s muscles.
With a body builder’s physique clearly visible under his loosely fitting tux, it is easy to see why Toni became Scapone’s “Mr Fix-it”. Even among family Toni’s trusty violin case is never very far away.

Margarita Pizza – Scapone’s ditzy niece.
Young, enthusiastic and flirtatious, Margarita always dresses dangerously in low cut ruffling blouses and short skirts, luring in many unsuspecting men – which are then deemed unsuitable and consequently disposed of by her protective Uncle.

Nicky De’Lott – Scapone’s accountant.
A thin, slicked, weasel of a man, Nicky is always seen clutching his calculator, and like the rest of the gang, he too wears a tux – although his are always custom made.