the spy who killed me

The Spy Who Killed Me is a 1960s Oxbridge spy themed murder mystery party for 14-18 guests (and one host) published by Freeform Games.

(Note that if you click on the link below and then buy The Spy Who Killed Me I will earn a small amount of commission.)

the story

It's 1965 and Maudlin College, Oxbridge, England, is hosting its annual summer ball.

It should be a time to celebrate – but the evening is more sedate than planned; as the musicians arrived this evening, the Head Porter announced that Beth Garnet, one of this evening's student honorees, was found dead in her room.

There are whispers about that Beth lost her life because of her involvement in espionage...

If that is true, can she be the only secret agent in the college?

(What do you think!)

how the spy who killed me works

The Spy Who Killed Me is an interactive murder mystery game, so all the players receive complete details of their character, including a detailed backstory, objectives that they must try to achieve, and information about other characters.

Characters also have item cards (that represent guns, knives, banker's drafts, and so on), and abilities (that let them detect secrets find out information about other people).

The Spy Who Killed Me has a number of different plots to keep everyone busy. As well as the murder to solve, there are scholarships to be won, a position on the rowing team to be filled, secret agents to be identified - and more!

In my opinion, once you've played an interactive murder mystery game, you won't want to go back.

the cast

The cast of The Spy Who Killed Me includes:

  • Alex Tanner – Jan von Capp's assistant
  • Alicia Schleitwiler – an undergraduate academic scholarship recipient
  • Chris Morrison – an athletic scholarship administrator
  • Daniel Mason – an undergraduate
  • Doctor Aberhart – a dramatic music professor
  • Doctor Barnes – an abrasive physics professor
  • Genevieve Lyle – an undergraduate, coxswain of the rowing team
  • Jamie Carthart – an academic scholarship administrator
  • Jan von Capp – a research grant administrator
  • Jennifer Sable – a postgraduate student in physics
  • Jonathan Calder – an undergraduate and athletic scholarship recipient, captain of the rowing team
  • Margaret Ravenscroft – a postgraduate student in mathematics and academic scholarship recipient
  • Master Harris – the Master of Maudlin College
  • Nathan Saunders – an undergraduate
  • Professor Rosenthorn – a slightly reclusive economics professor
  • Professor Thompson – an eccentric mathematics professor
  • Sam Davidson – an undergraduate
  • Simon Feverfew – an undergraduate and athletic scholarship recipient, star of the rowing team

the details

Instead of a formal dinner party, The Spy Who Killed Me is better suited to a buffet meal or finger food.

Everyone needs to be able to talk quietly with each other - to plot and scheme and achieve their goals.

The Spy Who Killed Me needs a dedicated host, someone to organise the game.

I really enjoy being the host - you know what's going on and can watch your friends scheme and plot and be devious to one another.

how to get the spy who killed me

The Spy Who Killed Me is available from Freeform Games and costs $29.99 USD.

Click here to buy The Spy Who Killed Me from Freeform Games.

Buy The Spy Who Killed Me

or download the free intro file

The Spy Who Killed Me

For more information about The Spy Who Killed Me, click here to download the free introductory pdf file which includes more details - including background, a full cast list, costume guide and invitations.

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 Spy Who Killed Me.)

Does The Spy Who Killed Me 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 Spy Who Killed Me then let them know within 30 days and they will refund you.

What age is The Spy Who Killed Me suitable for?

Freeform Games recommends The Spy Who Killed Me is suitable for those aged 15+ as two of the characters are rival suitors for the hand of another.

How long does The Spy Who Killed Me take to play?

I would allow 3-4 hours to play The Spy Who Killed Me. 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 Spy Who Killed Me 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 14 guests and no more than 18.

If you have fewer than 14 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 18 guests you will need to create your own, or use one of the free extra characters provided by Freeform Games when you download The Spy Who Killed Me.

Can I host The Spy Who Killed Me and also play a character?

The host has an important role in The Spy Who Killed Me. 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.


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Don't know where to start?

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.

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

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