The Brandy Butter Murders

It’s the Brandy Butter Company’s annual Christmas night out.

The staff are decked out in their Christmas finery, and with Christmas decorations festooning the walls and Christmas music playing through the sound system, everyone is set to enjoy themselves – however, things do not go to plan.

The party spirit abruptly tumbles when a phone call comes in from the night watchman at the factory. Jack Frost, one of the less popular managing directors has been found… dead. And not just dead, but drowned in a vat of the company’s brandy!

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This Game is Rated:


This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older.

Murder – Two murders have been undertaken, so violence is suggested. One murder occurs during the game.
Suggestive Themes – Mild provocative references or materials, references to dating.
Comic Mischief – Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour

What is included?

Example pre-printed boxed set

  • Full instructions

  • Scripts for each cast member

  • Invitation flyer (which you can copy to requirements)

  • Table Clues (part A and B)

  • Guest instruction handouts x 12 copies

  • CD-ROM of printable files you can use to print duplicate materials as needed


1 review for The Brandy Butter Murders

  1. Happy Customer

    This was our third mystery from Red Herring Games. A lot of fun. Being from Newfoundland, Canada, the British humour was not lost on the audience, however, we did have to slightly change some of the terminology in places. Getting the mystery via download is great, because it is instant and can be customized. For instance we do up our own billboard posters, print the clues with Christmas images to give it a polished look, created customized labels for our bottles of Brandy that the audience could relate to, etc. The possibilities are only limited by the user’s imagination. I love Red Herring Games mysteries, they are so versatile and so much fun to do. Everything you need it provided, and all kinds of suggestions and ideas that will make the night a booming success!!!

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How it works:

This format of game is ideal for novice hosts.

This particular game format requires 7 (or 8) cast who can also participate as “detectives” to if wished, use of 1 large room with stage area, and a few easy to obtain prop clues.

This mystery requires very little rehearsal time, and the cast do not need to learn any lengthy back story. Cast can usually manage to perform the short skits after just 30 minutes to an hour run through on the day, or can act “script in hand” throughout the performance.

Two murders occurs during the event. Usually one happens before the first script (and is announced within that script, and one occurs mid way through the evening.

Your guests will play the role of detectives. You can have any number of detectives, your only limit is the size of your room, and confidence of your cast. Performing for large groups over 100 in number, your cast may benefit from added sound support.

The audience will watch 2 fully acted scenes, witness two murders and will be required to solve the case by bartering and exchanging clues between the teams in order to see as much information about the case as possible.

This style of murder mystery usually works best with 40+ guests.

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:

Detective Inspector Si Lentnite – The policeman sent to solve the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, Si Lentnite has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone! If anything he is more like a bungling detective than a methodical one, but it has to be said, he does get results.

Noel Nowell – Managing Director
Dressed formally, but with a silly Christmas hat on so as to endear himself to his staff, Noel has invested both time and money into the Brandy Butter Company and likes to think of his workforce as one big happy family.

Carole Singer – Director of Finance.
Expensively dressed and with a tight hold on the company purse, Carole has a direct manner and doesn’t suffer fools or petty frivolities gladly.

Erma Starre – Customer Service Manager
With a good grasp of human psychology Erma Starre dresses to impress and has always managed to deal with any complaints received very effectively.

Ivor Cracker – Marketing Manager
Fun loving and full of ideas, not all of them good ones, Ivor Cracker is a snappy dresser and likes to let his hair down at office parties.

Chris Tingle – Factory Manager.
Dedicated and hardworking, Chris’s primary loyalty has always been to his staff. Although out of his work overalls tonight, he is clearly uncomfortable in smart clothes and is doing his best to look scruffy.

Holly Reith – Union Representative and Health and Safety Officer
Attractive and feisty, Holly is a bit of a party animal. She certainly doesn’t associate with the management; her loyalties are entirely with her fellow workers.