The Name of the Rose

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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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Characters in the 6 player 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.

Additional characters in the 8 player game:

Reg Whittaker – Park Groundsman
Although in his best white shirt and trousers for the occasion, Reg couldn’t help but put on his wellies and utility apron as well.

Mavis Grind – Village Spinster.
In honour of the grand occasion Mavis has located and blown the dust off her best outfit. Unfortunately she is out of fashion by forty years or more.

Additional characters in the 10 player game:

Fred Barker – Pub Landlord
In shirt sleeves and dark trousers with a tea-towel hanging out of the back pocket, Fred has just popped over from the local pub to pay his respects.

Joyce Hunter-Ingalls – horticulturalist.
With wide brimmed hat on her head to keep off the sun, and her best gardening gloves to hand in her pockets, Joyce is ready to tackle anything – green that is.

Additional characters in the 12 player game:

Max Graves – Local Reporter.
With camera slung around his neck and a notepad ever to hand, Max is ready to scoop up any story – and this one takes the biscuit!

Jane Cox – Head Teacher.
An imposing presence in anything, Jane positively oozes “stern headmistress” from every pore. Helped no doubt by the glasses perpetually worn on the end of the nose. You certainly wouldn’t want to be left waiting outside her office!

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.


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Purchase Options

Earn up to 41 Loyalty Points.

This game is rated Everyone
This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 9 and older.
Alcohol Reference - Reference to and/or images of alcoholic beverages.


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Flexible and fun!

We contacted Red-Herring-Games for a party for a special occasion. Why going to restaurants to eat is the preferred activity to mark milestones is beyond me and my friends.   The choice of mystery was obvious, looking at the options from New Zealand on the web Red Herring stuck out from the international options.  A quick look at the site and games showed subtlety as well a range of choices.  The numbers you could have for each evening was important,  Red Herring had scaling options a good range of scenarios but most importantly were Jo and team being flexible, responsive and helpful.

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:
  • "Enjoyed the evening entertainment!"
  • The evening entertainment was great and the confusion made it great fun!"
With thanks and best wishes.

Sarah Spencer (Cleethorpes Chronicle)

I had no idea what to expect before purchasing a ticket for Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, which was being staged at a nearby hotel, and feared it might involve taking part in some way. However thankfully for me no acting was necessary, just some amateur sleuthing. "Wedding guests" of which I was one, were called upon to move from room to room in the hotel in groups, questioning a number of possible murderers with the aim of solving the mystery of the dead bridegroom. The interviewees were really fun characters and gave us all some good laughs. Of course they all had motives and it was a case of identifying the shiftiest. The wedding theme was particularly good, as it fitted well with the venue, the buffet that was part of the evening (with a wedding cake in the middle) and the fact that everyone had been able to dress up to fit in without going to the trouble of fancy dress. I didn't think I had enough "evidence" to actually accuse anyone but later regretted not even writing down my first guess as it wouldn't have been too far off the mark. The evening was great fun and everyone seemed to enjoy it and take part. I would definitely recommend Old, New, Borrowed, Blue as good for getting even reluctant or first-time mystery party-goers involved.  

Alan Young (Personal Touch Mortgages)

What a cracking nights entertainment! We don't get out much nowadays with 2 kids and this was exactly what we were looking for in a good night out. Lots of fun with tongue firmly in cheek and everyone kept guessing whodunnit right to the very end. Would definitely attend another!!!!!  


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