The Brie, The Bullet and The Black Cat: Murder Mystery Party & Giveaway

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When you're in a social rut, it's good to shake things up a bit. We held a murder mystery dinner party, here are the results!

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It’s so easy to get stuck in an anti-social rut. My favourite evening pastime is getting into my pyjamas, eating dinner with some wine and watching TV. I might talk to my husband and browse social media, but that’s it. Saturday night is no different. I don’t like going out because it involves sitting on uncomfortable chairs, or standing, small talk and spending unnecessarily. I love socialising, just during the day is best. I’ve become a bit of a social hermit. I love eating out but that involves babysitters and again, leaving the sofa.

I’ve played dead myself in a murder mystery, and been a suspect in live murder parties which was great fun. I agreed to review the Murder Mystery party game from Paul Lamond Games so it would force me into inviting people round for dinner, in an aim to get me out of the rut. I do enjoy having people round for dinner and as we had a scripted element, it relieved the pressure of entertaining from me. There are different themes to the kits, ours was set in Casablanca, 1942 war time.

What you get in the murder mystery game box:

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It comes with everything you need to throw a successful murder mystery party at home. You get a party planner, which helped me out no end, character booklets, recipe suggestions, place cards, invitations and envelopes, plus 6 secret clues. There’s alsoΒ a CD with an introduction, scene setter, summary of events and solution to the crime. It tells you on the CD when to pause it.

Playing the game:

I got some french themed old music, and some forties war time tunes, and decided who to invite. I went for 10 people (including my husband and I), although you can add 2 more characters. If you want to play with less, you can, but you’d need to double up on characters. I managed to squeeze everyone in and used a large bed valance as a tablecloth! I used paper lanterns and tea lights to set the mood. I took the recipe suggestions and tweaked them a little, going for French onion soup, chicken cassoulet, bread and cheese and then asked a couple of my guests to bring pudding. I allocated the characters to my friends which was really fun, and sent out the invitations. I created an event on Facebook so I could keep people updated. In the invitations, it tells your friends the background, where the scene is set and a brief outline of their character and suggested costumes.

One of my guests, the owner of an american bar and restaurant

On the night, I was surprised and relieved to see everyone had made an amazing effort, not only with their costumes but with their characterisation – my american spoke in an american accent all evening and my german nazi officer had a monacle! I played the CD off my laptop. You start with the CD, which sets the scene, describing the murder. I played Edith Le Grandbutte and my husband was Huges Le Grandbutte (all the names are a bit tongue in cheek!) and we were the hosts of the evening. Our guest of honour was to be The Black Cat, France’s greatest living mime artist, but he has been murdered! The party planner guides you through the chain of events, and there are clues to be unveiled which trigger discussions, revelations and accusations. Once the guests arrived I gave them their character booklets. You can read the first pages, which gives you some revelations about your character, with some you can reveal and some you can only reveal when prompted. You can only advance through the individual books when prompted on the CD. The plot thickens, as they say, as you go along.

After the first clue, it was a bit unclear as to how to go about it, but after that first round, we got the gist of it. There was a typo in one of the scripts but it was fairly obvious. Then there are scripts to follow, so everyone has to be comfortable reading and speaking out loud. It was really good fun, we had all sorts of accents flying about! You are encouraged to make notes and at the end you make your guess as to who is the murderer. I managed to guess correctly somehow. Everyone has a motive though. The detective on the CD then wraps up and reveals the murderer and their reasons.

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I’d really recommend getting a kit and hosting a murder mystery party, particularly if you’ve got into the habit of doing the same old thing. It made me remember how much I love entertaining, good food and a bit of drama. It was a great excuse to get dressed up too. I’m offering you my lovely readers the chance to win your own murder mystery game, you can choose which one you want from The Brie the Bullet and The Black Cat (my one), Diamonds Dagger and one classy Dame, and The Lady and Lizard. If you win, tell me how you get on! Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below, UK entry only. Winner’s name displayed on the widget once closed.

 

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Disclosure: we were gifted the game in return for this review. All opinons are my own

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April 25, 2017
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36 Comments

  • Reply laura banks

    i haven’t but they do look fun

    April 25, 2017 at 8:45 pm
  • Reply Tracy Nixon

    No I havent but I fancy going to one of those organised Murder Mystery weekend breaks!

    April 25, 2017 at 8:57 pm
  • Reply Sam R

    Nope, i think it would be fun though!

    April 25, 2017 at 9:42 pm
  • Reply Sarah Mackay

    I have never thrown one

    April 25, 2017 at 11:28 pm
  • Reply Sarah Ann

    I’ve never but I’d love to! It sounds right up my street!

    April 26, 2017 at 12:11 am
  • Reply stuart hargreaves

    NO I HAVEN’T READ ALL THE AGATHE CHRISTIE THOUGH

    April 26, 2017 at 8:45 am
  • Reply Victoria Prince

    No I haven’t ever thrown a murder mystery party but I love that sort of thing and think it would be fun to do!

    April 26, 2017 at 10:09 am
  • Reply Lisa B

    I’ve not thrown one yet – but it is one of the things on my bucket list

    April 26, 2017 at 10:50 am
  • Reply Charlotte Herbert

    I haven’t but I would LOVE to – I’m currently in the middle of reading all of the Agatha Christie books, I’m on number 35 at the moment! I absolutely love murder mystery.

    April 26, 2017 at 11:02 am
  • Reply Pauline

    unless i murder someone i would not no where to start

    April 26, 2017 at 11:18 am
    • Reply Midwife and Life

      Ha ha!

      April 26, 2017 at 12:14 pm
  • Reply amy bondoc

    i havent but it sounds like fun!

    April 26, 2017 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply Solange

    No, I haven’t.

    April 26, 2017 at 2:37 pm
  • Reply Jo Carroll

    Well some of the dinner parties I’ve been to have been murder, but it’s no mystery why…it’s usually down to too much alcohol πŸ˜‰

    April 26, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • Reply ADEINNE TONNER

    I personally haven’t ever thrown a murder mystery party but it sounds fun

    April 26, 2017 at 9:55 pm
  • Reply Susan Smith

    No i havent, but it sounds terrific fun, especially if you have the right friends round to play the parts

    April 29, 2017 at 12:01 am
  • Reply Amy J

    Yes, I had one when I was 16! I wanted to do one after seeing my parents having one
    Would love to give it another go!

    April 29, 2017 at 12:27 pm
  • Reply Katie

    No I haven’t but bet it would be fun

    April 30, 2017 at 9:39 pm
  • Reply Pamela Gossage

    No, but I would love to host one

    May 4, 2017 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Emma Louise Elliott

    No but I have always wanted to xxx

    May 5, 2017 at 6:40 pm
  • Reply sharon stanley

    I haven’t but it’s definitley something that both my freinds and I would be into. Thank you for the chance to win. πŸ™‚

    May 6, 2017 at 10:51 am
  • Reply Rich Tyler

    No, but I’d love to after looking at your photos πŸ™‚

    May 6, 2017 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply paula cheadle

    No I’ve not been to one, but heard that they are great fun

    May 6, 2017 at 11:56 pm
  • Reply Jennifer Ball

    I’ve never hosted a murder mystery but I’ve been to one many years ago and would love to put one on myself πŸ™‚

    May 7, 2017 at 8:06 am
  • Reply Tracy Gladman

    I’ve never thrown a murder mystery party but this sounds like great fun. I’m a bit like you and don’t like going out much.

    May 7, 2017 at 8:40 am
  • Reply Rebecca roberts

    We have not but seems like lots of fun I will be now

    May 7, 2017 at 8:44 am
  • Reply Ian Murray

    nope, never. would love to go to one.

    May 7, 2017 at 10:15 am
  • Reply donna l jones

    no i havent but they look fun

    May 7, 2017 at 12:55 pm
  • Reply Allue Campbell

    I have not but I have attended a couple of organised ones.

    May 7, 2017 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Karen Barrett

    No I haven’t but it looks fun

    May 7, 2017 at 2:02 pm
  • Reply Hayley Todd

    I have never thrown a Murder Mystery Party or attended one, but have always wanted to go to one!

    May 7, 2017 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Tammy Neal

    No but sounds fun x

    May 7, 2017 at 5:38 pm
  • Reply Deborah Mackenzie

    No never. My husband has always wanted to go to one of those Murder Mystery night events, but have not seen any advertised lately.
    So this would be a great idea and we can stay home too.

    May 7, 2017 at 9:02 pm
  • Reply Diana

    Never but I always wanted to! πŸ™‚

    May 7, 2017 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply Sarah Lees

    No, but we went to one at a local hotel for our friends joint birthday evening, cried with laughter, didn’t guess right as to who was the murderer but it is something I would love to try re-create!

    May 7, 2017 at 10:25 pm
  • Reply Tee Simpson

    No I havent. They sound rwally good. Im inspired after reading your post.

    May 7, 2017 at 11:32 pm
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