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 McArthy – The policeman responsible for solving the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, Inspector McArthy has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone!
Dr Robert Van Der Boom – Engineer
In white lab coat or tweed suit, Dr Van Der Boom is an imposing man and the director of the project.
Mrs Millicent Van Der Boom – Wife of the above
Demure and submissive in a modest black number, Millicent knows how to “do the rounds” and is always the perfect hostess.
Dr Jack Black – Mathematician
With pipe, worn white coat and an aging sweater, Dr Black has never been fastidious about his appearance – and it shows.
Mrs Penny Pinching – Married and divorced daughter of the Van Der Booms
Stylish, young and good looking, Penny is on the look out for a new husband and dresses to show off her assets.
Mr Hirem Enfirem – Industrialist
In smart business suit with a cigar and ten gallon hat, Mr Hirem Enfirem is loud, brash and doesn’t suffer fools gladly.
Miss Annie Cryption – Stenographer
Dressed for work, Annie Cryption is always on hand to take dictation at any time of the day or night.
Additional characters in the 9 cast game:
Dr Edward Speaker – Physicist
In white lab coat, Dr Speaker is a stumpy individual with a thick mop of hair and even thicker glasses.
Mrs Ros Well – Friend of Mrs Van Der Boom
Conservatively dressed in a brown dress, Mrs Well is clean, prim and proper.
Additional characters in the 11 cast game:
Dr Ian Phlegming – Chemist
Well educated and with a suave and sophisticated air, Dr Ian Phlegming is a bit of a dashing ladies man.
Miss Rita Report – Journalist
Smart, intelligent and wearing a stylish dress, Rita always lets her hair down if she thinks it will get her a better scoop.
Additional characters in the 13 cast game:
Dr Len Ingrad – Electrical Engineer
With wires and electrical tools falling out of every pocket of his lab coat, Dr Len Ingrad always looks as though he has recently stuck his fingers in a live electrical socket.
Miss Dee Coder – Secretary
Smart, businesslike and very professional, Miss Dee Coder is usually found with a pen behind her ears and document wallets in her arms.