The food is to die for

The Food is to Die For is for 12 to 15 guests (plus one host) and is set in a modern swanky restaurant.

Note that if you click on the link below and then buy The Food is to Die For I will earn a small amount of commission.

the story

Cover for The Food is to Die For murder mystery party game

Pierre Baudelaire's restaurant, At the End of Maple, is THE restaurant in town – where anyone who's anyone is seen dining. Celebrities, politicians, philanthropists, foodies, they all wait and wait for than chance to get a table. Tonight is a special night – C.J. Charles, the most discerning and respected restaurant critic in the business, is dining here and will write a review.

However, tonight is marked by tragedy as Pierre has been found dead in a puddle of beet soup and blood. Who hated him enough to kill?

how The Food is to Die for works

In The Food is to Die For everyone has a complete character with background, friends and objectives.

Each guest decides how he or she will approach the murder - and the murderer must try to avoid detection.

As well as trying to solve the murder, all the characters have other goals and objectives. In The Food is to Die For, for example, there are people with hidden identities, wine thieves and someone is defrauding the restaurant accounts?

(Personally, I think interactive murder mystery games are the most satisfying - there's simply so much going on!)

The cast

The cast of The Food is to Die For includes:

  • Adrian Charles – aspiring actor
  • Alex Norman – one of the owners of At the End of Maple
  • Billie Adams – police officer
  • Brianne Fox – sous-chefs
  • C. J. Charles – restaurant critic
  • Chris Armstrong – one of the owners of At the End of Maple
  • Evelyn Maxwell – sous-chef
  • Gerald von Rubenstein At the End of Maple's wine steward
  • Hailey Hudson – celebrity starlet and actress
  • Hannah Hudson – celebrity starlet and actress
  • Julianna Dixon – bartender
  • Mike Young – server
  • Natasha Petrov – truffle dealer
  • Taylor Weddington – maître d'
  • Tess Pickering – server

The details

Instead of a formal dinner party, The Food is to Die For is better suited to a buffet meal or finger food.

Everyone needs to be able to talk quietly with each other - everyone (not just the gangsters!) needs to scheme and plot against each other,

The Food is to Die For needs a host, someone to organize the game.

They will read the entire game and will be available to answer questions.

It's a lot of fun being the host - you know what's going on and can watch your friends scheme and plot and be devious to one another.

purchasing The Food is to Die For

Cover for The Food is to Die For murder mystery game.

Click here to purchase The Food is to Die For  from Freeform Games.

You will be taken to the Freeform Games LLP website - follow the instructions to purchase The Food is to Die For.

Just download the game, print it out and have a great murder mystery!

Disclosure: I am a partner at Freeform Games - feel free to ask me lots of questions! (I will also earn commission if you buy The Food is to Die For.)

Does The Food is to Die For come with a money-back guarantee?


Freeform Games offer a cast-iron guarantee on all their murder mystery games. If you're not completely satisfied with The Food is to Die For then let them know within 30 days and they will refund you.

What age is The Food is to Die For suitable for?

Freeform Games recommends The Food is to Die For is suitable for those aged 15+ as it contains references to a romantic affair between unmarried people.

How long does The Food is to Die For take to play?

I would allow 3-4 hours to play The Food is to Die For. While the game itself takes 2.5-3 hours to play, I recommend allowing time to introduce the game and wind down after.

Where's my download?

Shortly after buying The Food is to Die For you should receive an email from Freeform Games explaining how to download the game files.

If you haven't received this, please first check your spam filter - sometimes the emails end up there.

If that fails, please get in touch directly with Freeform Games - with the details of which game you bought, when you bought it, and which email address you used. Or contact me (with that same information) and I'll get in touch for you.

How many guests will I need?

You need at least 12 guests and no more than 15.

If you have fewer than 12 guests you will have to drop a character (which may affect the plot), or play a character yourself (not ideal, but I talk about it here), or even ask a guest to play two characters at once.

If you have more than 15 guests you will need to create your own, or use one of the free extra characters provided by Freeform Games when you download The Food is to Die For.

Can I host The Food is to Die For and also play a character?

The host has an important role in The Food is to Die For. The organize and coordinate the party. They also act as an impartial "referee" - so it's important that they have read the game and understand what is going on.

So I recommend not playing a character and hosting the game. 

But if you still want to host a game and play a character (or you have to because a player cannot attend), I have advice on doing that here.

Click here to purchase The Food is to Die For.


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Here's my suggested quick route through the site:

Step 1 - Go to Choosing a Game to choose the game that suits your party best.

Step 2 - Review the Tips for Hosts for helpful advice.

Step 3 - If you want to keep up to date with the latest murder mystery game news, click on my What's New page.

Step 4 - Once you've had your party - tell me how it went! Click here to tell me your murder mystery party story.

Got a question? Click here to go to the FAQ.

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