The Mardi Gras Masquerade Murder!

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Wealthy author and New Orleans resident, Louisiana Williams is throwing her annual Mardi Gras party.

The beads will fly and the booze will flow, but in the midst of all the revelry, poor Louisiana is found dead in the bathtub.

Help Inspector Claude Cluesnot and the rest of the colourful “krewe” try to decide who is the true masquerader in this Mardi Gras murder!

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Characters in the 6 player game:

Mama Carriba – Fortune-teller
A Creole and New Orleans native, Mama Carriba dresses in bright colours, long beads, with her hair always covered in a matching scarf. She carries her tarot cards with her wherever she goes.

Alligator Dundee – Swamp Hunter
Alligator is French Cajun and grew up in the swamps of New Orleans. Due to his profession, he always wears a long overcoat, large brimmed hat and carries his trusted whip.

Grace Fulle – Debutante
Beautiful and cultured, Grace always wears an elegant gown. She drips of old Southern charm and diamonds.

Louis Armsweak – Jazz Musician
Louis is a top performer on Bourbon Street. He is never seen without a brass instrument, his signature bowtie and the large handkerchief in his shirt pocket.

Rufus Reme – Plumber
Rufus learned his trade well. He is always ready for emergencies wearing his overalls and rubber gloves with plunger in hand.

Simone Quatella – Famous Chef
Quite the expert in French cuisine, Simone proudly dons her chef hat and an apron, to let everyone know of her accomplished skills. She always carries a little tea-towel on her arm.

Additional characters in the 8 player game:

Beau Monde – Playboy
Always a ladies’ man, Beau is dapper in every way; from his slicked backed oily hair and pencil moustache, down to his shiny black shoes.

Mia Cherie – Exotic Dancer
With her flamboyant outfits, Mia is noticed wherever she goes. She is particularly fond of fluffy feathers, long necklaces and is known for carrying a pole wherever she goes.

Additional characters in the 10 player game:

Selma Page – Reporter
Never without her camera and notepad, Selma dresses very conservatively, but has a wild side that is seldom seen.

Dooley Slicke – Gambler
Known as “The Dealer”, Dooley practices his skill with a deck of cards at every opportunity while wearing his arm garters, visor and vest.

Additional characters in the 12 player game:

Gilda Robey – Lawyer
Having recently passed her exam, Gilda is ready to practice. She reflects this by wearing her glasses and lawyerly robe; but always wears a short dress underneath.

Will Waitonous – Hotel Manager
Ever ready to please, Will is there to wait on your every whim. He always dresses immaculately in a suit, with a tray of something to give to guests.

Never run a downloadable murder mystery before? Then 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 to them in a handy printable 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 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!

Each downloadable dinner party game requires use of a printer, around 120 sheets of A4 paper (each character booklet is around 9 pages long), 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 purchase this kit 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

When you purchase this kit as a printed kit 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 booklet in a sealed envelope so you don’t find out the solution by accident!
  • Making the most of your theme and recipe suggestions booklets.
  • Money off voucher towards next purchase (printed inside the booklets)

We can customise this game.  However, sadly we do have to charge for this service as even minor customisations take between 1-2 hours to process in the office and we need to buy toilet roll and biscuits as much as the next person…

It’s hard to give “ball park” figures for what different customisations would cost however we’ve attempted to HERE.

Remember… if you just need 1 extra person, or 1 less person, why not add in the inspector as your extra guest.  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.

3 reviews for The Mardi Gras Masquerade Murder!

  1. I organised the night for my Mum’s birthday so we had a mixture of ages and roughly equal numbers of men and women. I decided to host the night myself as the Inspector rather than using the sound files! Every-one had a great night and really got into playing the characters, some of which were hilarious! There was a good range of different characters so everyone had the opportunity to shine at some point during the night! There were a couple of people there who had never participated in a murder mystery night before but they found it easy to pick up what they needed to do so it all ran smoothly. We would definitely do it again, my only complaint was that I didn’t work out who the murderer was!!!

  2. Another absolutely brilliant night. Everyone had such a good time. Again we went to town with props and dressing the room. We compiled an American themed music play list to play through the evening – Every time I hear “American Pie” I am transported back to that evening where we all sang at the top of our voices each time it played – Such good memories. The plot was great, characters colourful and costumes were fun to pull together. De-finitely recommended.

  3. I hosted this Mystery Party and what can I say about it???? In one word- FUN! The characters were so diverse and my guests enjoyed the ease of putting together their costumes and their roles! Thanks to Red-Herring and the author for making this such a great party. I can’t wait to use Red Herring for our next murder mystery experience!!!!

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This game is rated Teen
This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older.
A murder - violence suggested.
Sexual Themes - Mild innuendo and references to possible illigitimate lineage. Deceased found naked in the bath
A murder - violence suggested.


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Rachel McWilliam, Arts Development Officer, Lincs Inspire

Thank you Red Herring Games for the marvellous 'Murder!  Cargo Connections?' event that you organised for us as part of Museums at Night at the Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby. The whole evening went so well and was brilliant fun.  I know from all the feedback that our visitors had a fantastic time. It was really good working with you and I have no doubt that we will do again in the not too distant future.  

A. Nonymous (council employee)

I would like to thank you and your colleague for helping contribute towards our successful conference last month.  Everyone really seemed to enjoy the evening and it was rewarding that so many delegates were able to participate in addition to the main "Actors".  Our conference evaluation froms included the following comments:
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  • The evening entertainment was great and the confusion made it great fun!"
With thanks and best wishes.

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