Monday, May 30, 2005

Death is a Cabernet, Ol' Chum

Questions or comments about "Death is a Cabernet, Ol' Chum?" Please post them here.

14 comments:

Mel said...

Hello,
I have never had a murder mystery party and I want to. Can you give me the top 5 details that I MUST not forget to make my party a success? I will have about 20-25 people. I am thinking about the Death is a Cabernet, Ol Chum because I can use that wine and cheese theme. But after seeing your postings Death in them thar Hills seems to be easy. Do you have a preference based on which one is easier? Also do you have to have 2 MC's or will one do? And does the MC have to know who the killer is?

The Chief Inspector said...

Mel,

The best way to answer your first question is to have you download the sample instructions for "Death in them thar hills" at:

http://www.mysteries-on-the-net.com/hills_instructions.pdf

They'll give you a good idea of what you'll need to do.

Murder mysteries are a personal preference. By all means, use "Death is a Cabernet" for your group. "Hills" has more references because it was written in May of 2003. "Cabernet" just went up in March of this year and is already proving to be a real hit.

One "MC" is fine. You can actually do it with NO "MC." That person ONLY knows who did it if he or she wants to know. SO . . . the MC can also try to solve the case.

Hope that helped. Write back it you need more input.

Mel said...

Chief Inspector,
I have another question about the Cabernet Party, I am going to have the party and I decided to go with this one for sure. Now my question is If I am going to make a package to give to EACH of my guests, What should I have in it? What items should I give to each person that comes to the party? Or it you were attending a patry with this theme, what is something fun you would like to get from the host, that would make it fun, funny or just interesting? I am going to put together a bag that they will all get as they walk in, I am going to call it their CRIME SOLVER KIT.....and I want it to SCREAM to them "this is going to be fun so pay attention"

The Chief Inspector said...

Mel,

The instructions in the kit will answer your questions. They'll detail exactly what to send and when to send it. One you buy the mystery, take a look at the information. If you still have more queries, feel free to get back to me.

Susan in Montana said...

Jack,
We began incorporating your murder mysteries into our annual holiday family gathering a couple of years ago, and now, it's everyone's favorite event! The 20+ kids play with the 20+ adults and we have a fabulous time together. This year, "Death is a Cabernet" was a big hit and next year, we're hoping to add a children's mystery too! We appreciate your fine writing and attention to detail, and look forward to more in the coming years.

Echamberlain@verizon.net said...

We are hosting Death is a Cabernet and I am trying to come up with a meal to incorporate into the evening. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thank Yor I must say we put on Death in them thar hills and everyone keeps asking when we are going to do another. It was a big hit.

The Chief Inspector said...

Thanks for the question. Cabernet is a robust red wine, so beef or lamb would be a perfect complement to the wine. My English wife, of course would insist on veggies and potatoes with the beef - or mint sauce with the lamb. Mkae sure there's no whining in the wine.

TK said...

I did Death is a Cabernet, Ol'Chum about two years ago, we ended up with a group of 30. Since I had promised dinner in the invite unaware that the party would become so large..I kept is simple. We served beef stroganoff, salad, and bread. the richness of the stroganoff held up with the wine well and it was simple and easy.

Cris said...

I would like to use this as an energizing exercise at a retreat of about 115 people. Is this possible? How would I go about conducting in such a large group? Would I have several small groups trying to solve and then us competition (who solves first) as an incentive?
Is there a better murder scenario suited for this many people?

Cris said...

I have a group of about 115 people that I would like to use a murder mystery for an energizing exercise. I'm a professional trainer, so I am struggling with this concept as I don't have an idea as to how it would role out. Can you help me? Can this be done in a group that large? Would I break them into smaller groups and see who solves first? Thanks! Cris

The Chief Inspector said...

Cris,

Thanks for your questions. In my role as a professional speaker/trainer, I have used my mysteries at many corporate and organizational events in the precise way you'd like to use DIACOC. Rather than give you an answer that is too brief, call my office at 262/377-7230, leave your phone number and let me know when I can contact you to discuss this with you. AND - I've already developed casebooks (workbooks) for use with these events

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I hosted the Cabernet Mystery on the New Year's Eve and I must say that we loved it! I had to postpone it a year but it was worth to wait - the story worked perfectly. Thank you Inspector! Tom from Poland

Anonymous said...

Which murder mystery is the most popular or the one most ordered?

The Chief Inspector said...

Thanks for your question. Depending on which holiday is coming up, the "favorite" changes. However, on an annual basis, "Death in them thar hills" and "Death is a Cabernet" take the award.