Monday, May 30, 2005

Classic Mysteries

Questions or comments about my Classic Mysteries? Please post them here.

18 comments:

Enthusiastic Mother said...

Hello Chief Inspector,

My daughter is quite a writer for her young age and has asked to have a murder mystery party. She is inviting only one of her friends, and then including her adult relations such as aunts and grandparents. There will be 6 females and 3 men. Can genders be changed in any of your Classic Mysteries to accomodate the uneven number of male to female participants? Thank you!

The Chief Inspector said...

I like enthusiasm - especially at the maternal level. Alas, the roles in my Classic Mysteries are gender-specific. However, if you look at my testimonials, you'll see quite a few pictures of individuals who assumed roles other than those which might be expected. In particular, go to:

http://www.mysteries-on-the-net.com/kilty.htm

My suggestion . . . If you select "The Cat Screamed at Midnight" (my favorite CM), have a female guest play Arthur MacKenzie, and another female guest assume the role of the Chief Inspector (which I normally do so ably). This will give you a total of nine people.

Keep in mind that my CMs have some of the intrigues of a good Gothic novel. So, there are hidden relationships and indiscretions built into the plots. Nothing worse than what's on TV every day, but please be aware of this.

Happy Sleuthing!

Linda Petty said...

We had to postpone doing the New Year's Eve murder mystery to next weekend. We have nine players. Eight for the suspects and one for Marriot Mess. We were wondering about clothes that others have worn while doing this mystery.

Are there photos on your web-site anywhere? Thanks. Linda Petty

The Chief Inspector said...

Linda,

Thanks for your question. You'll find one person on my website who has done this mystery. Look at Irma Netting from Luling, LA. In general, think 50s night club/ganster garb. The band members could have tuxes, the mayor a business suit w/carnation and Roxy would definitely be flamboyant in an evening gown. After reading the roles, your guests will probably have their own ideas about what to wear. Have a great time!

Polina said...

Hello Chief Inspector,

I am planning the Murder on the Petulant Express party for my birthday. I was wondering whether it would be possible for me to participate in the mystery as well. I have noticed that in some of your other mysteries, the Facilitator role can be assigned to one of the players, and you have given suggestions to which one. However, in the Murder on the Petulant Express, it seems that the Facilitator has to be separate from the players? Is that correct? What would he/she have to be then? The Chief of Police? Or is there a player role that could also be a Facilitator?
Thanks in advance!
Polina
Toronto, Canada

The Chief Inspector said...

Polina,

Thanks for your question. By all means you could assign this to one of the role players. I would suggest Christine Agatha. After all, she's a murder mystery writer. Who better to lead such an investigation? Please let me know how the party turns out!

Mizelly said...

Hi I recently purchased the Comet mystery. I'm only inviting a limited amount of people (about ten including myself and assuming everyone can come). Would it be possible for roleplay characters to participate in the investigation as well so as to have more people trying to solve the mystery? They would sort of double as investigators. Would this interfere with the plot at all? Thanks!

The Chief Inspector said...

Mizelly, by all means allow the role players to also be investigators. In fact, they could work in teams to solve the case. The plot will not be affected. Happy Sleuthing!

Mizelly said...

In that case (that the roleplayers are investigating as well), would they recieve case files as well? Thanks again!

Mizelly said...

In that case (that the roleplayers are investigating as well), would they recieve case files as well? Thanks again!

The Chief Inspector said...

Yes, they would. Have a ball.

Alysha said...

I was wondering if the Chocolaty Case of The Costume Conspiracy would be too easy for adults to solve.
Also, I've used two other of your mysteries and can't say enough good of the ease and fun we had!

The Chief Inspector said...

Alysha,

Thanks for asking. The kids mysteries have very simple plots and wouldn't challenge adults. Stick with the mysteries at Mysteries on the Net.

Bill said...

We have purchased Murder Most Green and have 64 inspectors attending. We plan on having 8 tables with 8 inspectors and 1 table of 7 suspects and 1 detective. We plan on giving each table 2 clues, or should we give all 16 clues to all 8 tables? We plan on rotating the suspects to each table to be interrogated.

The Chief Inspector said...

Bill,

Thanks for your question. Give each table 2 clues. That way, they'll have to negotiate to get the rest of them. Let me know how it goes.

Anonymous said...

We recently did "Murder Plays a Sour Note." When we did the interrogation, some of the questions that were asked "Did you fire a gun?" How do the suspects answer that? Do they say, "not to my knowlegde?"

We had a wonderful time and I can't wait to do another one! I love the organization and details that are give in the kit.

The Chief Inspector said...

Since the suspects are answering in character, if their roles do not say they fired a gun, then the answer is "no." After all, the killer would, of course, lie in real life - part of the gamesmanship of solving the case. Please come back again for another challenging whodunit.

ChristiL said...

Hi! I purchased the Valentine's Mystery and plan on having about 100-120 people coming together for a dinner event (military post). We will have 10 tables of 10-12 people at each table. Should each table have all of the clues??
Thank you!
Christi