In an interactive murder mystery party, anyone can solve the murder - not just detectives, sleuths and private investigators.
This page provides tips for
solving the murder.
Murder mystery parties give you the chance to act out the role of your favourite detective - whether it's Miss Marple, Sherlock Holmes or Hercules Poirot.
While many murder mystery parties have a role specifically for the detective, everyone can join the hunt for the murderer.
Sometimes the games are written so that even the murderer doesn't know that they have committed the crime - so they can join in the fun as well.
So while these tips are particularly useful for detectives, they will also help anyone else trying to solve the murder.
(And if you're playing the murderer, these may help you cover your trail...)
Solving the murder means understanding the Holy Trinity of murder mysteries: means, opportunity, and motive.
Means is probably the easiest of the three to determine. By "means", I mean how the murder was carried out, and an examination of the body will usually tell you this.
Typical examples include stabbing, shooting, poisoning, drowning and so on.
With something like poison, you might need to discover how it was administered. Was it something the victim ate or drank? Was the toxin injected?
Sometimes it's not always easy to work out how the victim died - particularly if there are other wounds or marks.
Also, the murder might be disguised as an accident.
Once you have determined the means, you should have more avenues of investigation.
For example, if the victim was shot, who has access to a gun? This line of questioning brings us to the next in the Holy Trinity: opportunity.
Opportunity refers to the timing and planning of the murder rather than the exact method of killing.
With poisoning, for example, it means having the appropriate access to deliver the poison - such as in a bedtime drink, a favourite chocolate, or whatever.
Opportunity also means being in the right place and time to commit the murder.
Once you know where and when the dirty deed was committed, you can eliminate from your questioning anyone with a concrete alibi.
Which brings us to motive.
Motive answers the question: why was the victim killed?
Motive can be both the easiest and hardest of the Holy Trinity to solve.
Sometimes there are many people with a good motive to kill, and sometimes it's hard to find anyone with any motive.
So, the first thing you should ask is, "Who benefits?"
Who has the most to gain from the victim's death?
And if it's not immediately apparent, then you will have to talk to everyone.
(And even if it is immediately apparent, you may still have to talk to everyone as the murderer isn't always the person with the most obvious motive. Things are rarely as straightforward as that!)
If nothing else, whenever you talk to one of the other guests at a murder mystery party, ask them who they think killed the victim. Someone will have a clue as to the identity of the murderer, but without asking absolutely everyone, you might never find them.
You need to watch for the tricks and twists that can confuse things further.
Such confusions can include the misdirected murder (where the victim wasn't the intended victim but just was in the wrong place at the wrong time) and murder-by-proxy (where the murderer isn't the one with most to gain, but is a misguided friend or servant).
Here, then, are my tips on solving a murder mystery:
Murder on the Istanbul Express - for 7-11 guests
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.
Jan 06, 22 10:21 AM
Is there a way to shorten the game as we are trying to do it at work and don't have that many hours. My response: I think you could shave an hour off,
Dec 19, 21 11:40 AM
I ordered the Snow Business game as I was under the impression it could be a virtual game but this is clearly not the case. Is a refund possible please?
Nov 19, 21 08:44 AM
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