The Name of the Rose

Mother’s Day in the small country village of Seven Acorns sees the culmination of a month long competition to find the “Best Village Mother”; an honour which carries the reward of having a new hybrid rose named after the winning nominee.

The results are through and it is Felicity Good who has come out tops. Her family and friends, as well as a few choice local residents are awaiting her big moment in the grand marquee, but disaster strikes! Some dastardly person has cut every single last bloom from the new bushes!

Who could have done such a thing?

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This Game is Rated:


This game contains:Content that may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older.

Sexual Themes – Mild references to dating.
Use of Alcohol – The consumption of alcoholic beverages is discussed.
A murder – violence suggested.
Comic Mischief – Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour
Crude Humour – Depictions or dialogue involving vulgar antics, including “bathroom” humour
References to spiritualism and other “new age” practises (nothing serious – more for comedy value).

What is included?

Example pre-printed boxed set


Character booklets/scripts


Inspector CD / script


Instruction book


Decoration and recipe suggestions




Character name Labels


Invitation envelopes



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How it works:

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!

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:

Felicity Good – Nominated Best Village Mother
With kind heart and warm arms Felicity welcomes into her home any in need. With all her good works it is hardly surprising she won the village competition for “Best Mother”. And given her prestige today Felicity has wheeled out her best dress and coordinated accessories.

Reverend Ian Peabody – Vicar
A typical English country village vicar. One could only describe Ian as scrawy, with a dog collar and woollen cardigan.

Veronica Peabody – The Vicar’s wife
Domineering and completely in control over her surroundings, Veronica has grand aspirations for everybody. Needless to say, Veronica has turned out in her Sunday best for this grand occasion.

Simon Good – Felicity’s eldest son.
With his own doctor’s surgery Simon is always busy and ever on call, with the result that he rarely goes anywhere without his doctor’s bag.

Tim Good – Felicity’s youngest son.
Pale and weedy Tim rarely sees light of day, preferring instead the company of the books in his own second hand bookshop.

Paula Fox – rebel teenager turned model citizen
Although she has put her rebel ways behind her, Paula still manages to look unruly whatever she wears. Today she has just selected something comfortable and uncoordinated.

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.