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

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

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 alsoย 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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36 Comments

  1. laura banks
    April 25, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    i haven’t but they do look fun

  2. Tracy Nixon
    April 25, 2017 / 8:57 pm

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

  3. Sam R
    April 25, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    Nope, i think it would be fun though!

  4. Sarah Mackay
    April 25, 2017 / 11:28 pm

    I have never thrown one

  5. Sarah Ann
    April 26, 2017 / 12:11 am

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

  6. stuart hargreaves
    April 26, 2017 / 8:45 am

    NO I HAVEN’T READ ALL THE AGATHE CHRISTIE THOUGH

  7. Victoria Prince
    April 26, 2017 / 10:09 am

    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!

  8. Lisa B
    April 26, 2017 / 10:50 am

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

  9. Charlotte Herbert
    April 26, 2017 / 11:02 am

    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.

  10. Pauline
    April 26, 2017 / 11:18 am

    unless i murder someone i would not no where to start

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      April 26, 2017 / 12:14 pm

      Ha ha!

  11. amy bondoc
    April 26, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    i havent but it sounds like fun!

  12. Solange
    April 26, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    No, I haven’t.

  13. Jo Carroll
    April 26, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. ADEINNE TONNER
    April 26, 2017 / 9:55 pm

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

  15. Susan Smith
    April 29, 2017 / 12:01 am

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

  16. Amy J
    April 29, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    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!

  17. Katie
    April 30, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    No I haven’t but bet it would be fun

  18. Pamela Gossage
    May 4, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    No, but I would love to host one

  19. Emma Louise Elliott
    May 5, 2017 / 6:40 pm

    No but I have always wanted to xxx

  20. sharon stanley
    May 6, 2017 / 10:51 am

    I haven’t but it’s definitley something that both my freinds and I would be into. Thank you for the chance to win. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Rich Tyler
    May 6, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    No, but I’d love to after looking at your photos ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. paula cheadle
    May 6, 2017 / 11:56 pm

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

  23. May 7, 2017 / 8:06 am

    I’ve never hosted a murder mystery but I’ve been to one many years ago and would love to put one on myself ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Tracy Gladman
    May 7, 2017 / 8:40 am

    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.

  25. Rebecca roberts
    May 7, 2017 / 8:44 am

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

  26. Ian Murray
    May 7, 2017 / 10:15 am

    nope, never. would love to go to one.

  27. donna l jones
    May 7, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    no i havent but they look fun

  28. Allue Campbell
    May 7, 2017 / 1:52 pm

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

  29. Karen Barrett
    May 7, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    No I haven’t but it looks fun

  30. Hayley Todd
    May 7, 2017 / 2:22 pm

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

  31. Tammy Neal
    May 7, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    No but sounds fun x

  32. Deborah Mackenzie
    May 7, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    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.

  33. Diana
    May 7, 2017 / 9:59 pm

    Never but I always wanted to! ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Sarah Lees
    May 7, 2017 / 10:25 pm

    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!

  35. Tee Simpson
    May 7, 2017 / 11:32 pm

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

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