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I love dinner parties. I would throw them regularly if I could. Lucky for me, I got the opportunity to take a couple of my friends to a dinner party recently, and I didn’t have to do any of the cooking or cleanup!
Though we were off the hook for dinner duty, we did have to do some detective work. Fortunately we had a tip that something bad might go down at this dinner, so we were ready for action.
From the moment we walked in, we started our observations, and it’s a good thing too, because this case didn’t become clear to us until the very end.
Throughout dinner, we were led through the crime and investigation. Many characters, both paid actors and random audience members brought the story to life. There were definitely exaggerated story lines designed for a good laugh, and some were obviously better characters than others, but it was really surprising that our favorite suspect was actually a participant! We kept forgetting he wasn’t a part of the cast because he was so cool! Overall, we enjoyed that the story was so multi-faceted because it meant the culprit wasn’t easily identifiable. There were lots of red herrings, and you really do have to get involved to figure out the mystery.
Our table was a bit hesitant at first to choose a team leader, but I was already taking notes for this write up, so I became the keeper and organizer of the clues. My notebook really did look like the boards in detective shows with lines connecting all the pieces of evidence. What started out as me listing the names and details of the characters became a map of relationships and clues.
We got a few clues from our notebook we were given which included a group name and backstory, but after a few rounds of interrogation, it became clear that we were never going to solve the case with only those details, so we tried our hand at bribery and espionage. (We got a good laugh out of our teammates when our husbands went to bribe someone for information, but blackmailed him instead and came back with more money!)
At the end of the show, we did guess the culprit, but we were missing a key piece of information to detect the true motive. So if you go, make sure you go ask questions to all the suspects! The winners of course received an award, but my favorite award went to a team who had received all the right clues, but still got it wrong! I love that they were given the “Dead Last Place” award!
As you can tell, the whole evening was lighthearted and fun, and the public shows would be a great outing with friends, and a private event would make for an excellent party where you actually know the participants and the other groups. I think people would get more into their roles if they felt more comfortable (the bar helps with that at the public shows), and the groups would be more competitive.
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Disclosure: I received four tickets to visit The Murder Mystery Co. in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% my own.