If you are a fan of detective fiction and you like playing the host at dinner parties, then why not combine the two and host your own Murder Mystery Night. All that you need is a few friends (around six to 10 of you in total), a script to follow, some nice food and wine, and you are all set for a great night.
You can get hold of a murder mystery night game from stores such as Debenhams, John Lewis and Argos, and they normally cost between £15 and £30. There are a range of different themes available including everything from the traditional haunted mansion setting, to more modern takes on the genre.
Often these games require you and your guests to dress in fancy dress in order to add atmosphere to the part, so make sure that you check on the box to find out the type of outfits that will be required. For more elaborate period games, you may have to rent outfits as they can be difficult to recreate yourself.
Once you have chosen your game, it is time to invite your guests. Normally you will find full instructions in with the game telling you exactly what you need to tell your guests about the night and how to go about it. Just because you are hosting the night, it doesn’t mean that you will know who committed the crime, and it is important that you do not read anything contained in the pack that might give it away.
The way that these games work, is that on;y the person who has been randomly selected to play the role of the murderer will know that it is them. The rest of the part have to act out their roles, performing certain actions and saying certain things as outlined in the instructions, and each of you has to give an answer at the end as to who they think is the guilty party.
Aside from the game itself, it is important to make sure that you create the right ambience in your house. Depending on the theme, you should make sure that the lighting, music and decorations are all suitable and add atmosphere. Also try and serve food and drinks that accompany the theme of the game well.
Holding a murder mystery night is a great thing to do, and even if you have friends who are not detective fiction fans, they are sure to enjoy a night out with a difference.