The inspector/facilitator role is essential for the game to work. He/she facilitates the entire evening.
The other characters can be taken from the audience and briefed before game play starts, OR you can select a group to play your suspects in advance of the night and give them time to get fluent in their roles and answers.
The rest of the guests are fully included in the game as they’ll be asking questions throughout the night.
Inspector Napp – The policeman responsible for solving the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, Inspector Napp has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone!
Hercule Pernod – Private detective
Unlike his Agatha Christie counterpart, Belgian private detective Hercule Pernod’s grey cells take more abuse from cracking cases of wine, than from cracking criminal cases. Even so, he does quite well for himself. He has a large apartment, and a large waistline.
Vera Sin – High Society Club Hostess
Vera Sin runs the high society club “Bottoms Up”. She is an excellent hostess, attractive, smoothly spoken, good with names, and able to put people at their ease.
Captain Pastings – Retired Captain and sports car fanatic
Captain Pastings is a decent sort of a chap, bursting with the energy and the inexperience of youth. After returning from serving in the forces in India he made his money in wallpaper manufacture.
Amelia Fairfart – Solo hot air balloonist
Solo female hot air ballooning expert Amelia Fairfart is lively and flamboyant, more than a match for any man at the party, though she has a soft spot for Captain Pastings.
Ernest Shingleton – Famous Explorer
Ernest Shingleton is a famous explorer. He is strong, dashing and brilliant and what’s more, he is head over heels in love with Laura Ghastly.
Laura Ghastly – Fashion and Interior designer
Laura Ghastly is a fashion and interior designer, though sometimes one wonders if she gets the curtain fabric muddled up with the clothing.
Additional characters in the 9 cast game:
Marc D’Triumph – French Ambassador
Marc D’Triumph is the flamboyant French Ambassador.
Mother Inferior – Nun
Mother Inferior is a model nun and is somewhat out of place at the party. She enjoys art work, but prefers frescos to modern art and isn’t too impressed by Ronnie MacIntosh’s artistic ability.
Additional characters in the 11 cast game:
Otto Von Blockwurst – German Ambassador
Otto Von Blockwurst is a sausage guzzling German Ambassador who has an intimidating presence and a loud voice.
Miss Lemming – Pernod’s secretary
Miss Lemming is Hercule Pernod’s scatty secretary. She is efficient at her job, but doesn’t really keep up with current affairs.
Additional characters in the 13 cast game:
Ian Vestment – Banker
In smart business suit, Ian is always seen carrying his investment portfolio, Financial Times and trusty black umbrella.
Ginger Bodgers – Actress
With plunging neck lines, and sparkly dresses, Ginger really shows off her exquisite actress figure.