The Christmas Conundrum

Jacob Barley, a prominent Victorian businessman and partner of Ebenezer Stooge, has been murdered by an assailant unknown! Unable to go to either Heaven or Hell until his murder is solved, he is now stalking Limbo, where he meets a ghost policeman from the future, Detective Chief Inspector Striving Gorse, and tells him of his murder.

Between them, they work out a list of possible suspects and persuade the Powers That Be to allow Inspector Gorse to assume living form once more for the period of one night only so that he may try and solve the murder. Invitations are sent out to all the suspects asking them to attend the reading of Jacob’s will as it would be in their best interests to do so…

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Hire an actor to play the detective – prices start at £291 contact us for more information.

This Game is Rated:

Mature

This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older.

Including:
Drug Themes – Description of the use of opiates as well as several poisons.
Sexual Themes – one lady is being paid by the deceased for “services rendered” (which are actually innocent in the plot, but could result in a lot of innuendo and suggestion)
Mature Relationship Themes – One couple is dating, there are also references to being a “black widow”.
A murder – violence suggested.

What is included?

Example pre-printed boxed set

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Character booklets/scripts

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Inspector CD / script

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Instruction book

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Decoration and recipe suggestions

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Invitations

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Character name Labels

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Invitation envelopes

Reviews:

Sample

How it works:

Never hosted a murder mystery before?

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 in a handy 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 (MP3 with a download or CD with a boxed set) 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!

How does a “download and print at home” kit work?

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

How does a “Pre-printed box set” work?

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:

6 players

Ebenezer Stooge – Jacob Barley’s business partner
A wealthy white haired miser, Ebenezer’s clothes are extremely worn and nearly as old as he is.

Bella Deball – An eligible spinster
A handsome woman, Bella still has the ability to turn heads in her not-so-little black numbers.

Bob Scratchitt – Chief clerk to Jacob and Ebenezer.
Struggling to make ends meet, Bob dresses as smartly as he can in regularly mended hand-me-downs of varying size.

Clara Net – Ebenezer’s niece.
Young, attractive and with a liking for the trappings of high society, Clara Net has exceptional taste in clothing and looks stunning.

Fred Nephew – Jacob Barley’s godson
A smart banker, Fred Nephew is always in a well cut suit.

Wanda Scratchitt – Bob Scratchitt’s wife
A comely but not unattractive woman, Wanda spends a lot of time engaged in domestic tasks and usually wears an apron.

8 players

Ebenezer Stooge – Jacob Barley’s business partner
A wealthy white haired miser, Ebenezer’s clothes are extremely worn and nearly as old as he is.

Bella Deball – An eligible spinster
A handsome woman, Bella still has the ability to turn heads in her not-so-little black numbers.

Bob Scratchitt – Chief clerk to Jacob and Ebenezer.
Struggling to make ends meet, Bob dresses as smartly as he can in regularly mended hand-me-downs of varying size.

Clara Net – Ebenezer’s niece.
Young, attractive and with a liking for the trappings of high society, Clara Net has exceptional taste in clothing and looks stunning.

Fred Nephew – Jacob Barley’s godson
A smart banker, Fred Nephew is always in a well cut suit.

Wanda Scratchitt – Bob Scratchitt’s wife
A comely but not unattractive woman, Wanda spends a lot of time engaged in domestic tasks and usually wears an apron.

Tiny Tom – Son of Bob and Wanda Scratchitt
Crippled since birth, Tiny Tom walks with crutches and wears his father’s clothes which have been patched and cut down to size.

Christine Present – Jacob Barley’s housekeeper.
With an apron and a work-worn dress, Christine Present is a cheery bustling individual.

10 players

Ebenezer Stooge – Jacob Barley’s business partner
A wealthy white haired miser, Ebenezer’s clothes are extremely worn and nearly as old as he is.

Bella Deball – An eligible spinster
A handsome woman, Bella still has the ability to turn heads in her not-so-little black numbers.

Bob Scratchitt – Chief clerk to Jacob and Ebenezer.
Struggling to make ends meet, Bob dresses as smartly as he can in regularly mended hand-me-downs of varying size.

Clara Net – Ebenezer’s niece.
Young, attractive and with a liking for the trappings of high society, Clara Net has exceptional taste in clothing and looks stunning.

Fred Nephew – Jacob Barley’s godson
A smart banker, Fred Nephew is always in a well cut suit.

Wanda Scratchitt – Bob Scratchitt’s wife
A comely but not unattractive woman, Wanda spends a lot of time engaged in domestic tasks and usually wears an apron.

Tiny Tom – Son of Bob and Wanda Scratchitt
Crippled since birth, Tiny Tom walks with crutches and wears his father’s clothes which have been patched and cut down to size.

Christine Present – Jacob Barley’s housekeeper.
With an apron and a work-worn dress, Christine Present is a cheery bustling individual.

Mr. Fuzzywig – Business acquaintance of Mr. Barley.
Smartly dressed and full of energy and plans, Mr. Fuzzywig enjoys company and a few too many tipples.

Mrs. Dibley – Jacob Barley’s laundress
In faded clothing which is always spotlessly clean, Mrs. Dibley is always ready for work.

12 players

Ebenezer Stooge – Jacob Barley’s business partner
A wealthy white haired miser, Ebenezer’s clothes are extremely worn and nearly as old as he is.

Bella Deball – An eligible spinster
A handsome woman, Bella still has the ability to turn heads in her not-so-little black numbers.

Bob Scratchitt – Chief clerk to Jacob and Ebenezer.
Struggling to make ends meet, Bob dresses as smartly as he can in regularly mended hand-me-downs of varying size.

Clara Net – Ebenezer’s niece.
Young, attractive and with a liking for the trappings of high society, Clara Net has exceptional taste in clothing and looks stunning.

Fred Nephew – Jacob Barley’s godson
A smart banker, Fred Nephew is always in a well cut suit.

Wanda Scratchitt – Bob Scratchitt’s wife
A comely but not unattractive woman, Wanda spends a lot of time engaged in domestic tasks and usually wears an apron.

Tiny Tom – Son of Bob and Wanda Scratchitt
Crippled since birth, Tiny Tom walks with crutches and wears his father’s clothes which have been patched and cut down to size.

Christine Present – Jacob Barley’s housekeeper.
With an apron and a work-worn dress, Christine Present is a cheery bustling individual.

Mr. Fuzzywig – Business acquaintance of Mr. Barley.
Smartly dressed and full of energy and plans, Mr. Fuzzywig enjoys company and a few too many tipples.

Mrs. Dibley – Jacob Barley’s laundress
In faded clothing which is always spotlessly clean, Mrs. Dibley is always ready for work.

Nick Wilkins – Apprentice to Barley and Stooge.
Lean, and paid even less than Bob Scratchitt, Nick only just manages to scratch together some suitable business clothing.

Christmas Past – A merry widow
Still relatively young and attractive, Christmas is on the look out for a new rich husband and dresses to attract the right man.

Customise this game

This game can be customised to fit your event for an additional fee.

It’s hard to give “ball park” figures for what different customisations would cost however we’ve attempted to HERE.  Please do contact us for a free quote if you would like any customisations on your game before purchase.

Remember… if you just need 1 extra person, or 1 less person, why not have someone play the inspector role?

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.