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T'was a death before Christmas (12 players) 35.45EUR

Every year in the small country village of Mid-Trimming the residents come together to sing carols through the village streets.

At the end of their night of wassailing, tradition dictates that they all gather somewhere for a final Christmas party before the big day itself.

This year the carol singers descended on Mid-Trimming Manor, owned by the wealthy miser, Bob Scratchitt.

Everyone was surprised when he agreed to play host, but they were even more amazed when he was discovered dead in his own lounge!

So much for being a season of goodwill and glad tidings; this Christmas it looks as though someone had some very ill will indeed! The question is: who?

The suspects:

  • Carole Singer - Retired Headmistress
    Bookish, with half moon specs and drab clothing, Carole Singer has a stern countenance and perfect pitch.

  • Jacques Frost - Butcher
    Straight from work, still in his blue striped apron or white coat, Jacques is burly, cheery and friendly and throws himself into any party.

  • Holly Reath - Postmistress
    Decked out in festive colours and Santa hat, Holly is not as prickly a character as you might expect, though she does love to poke her nose in where she isn't wanted.

  • Declan Halls - Baker
    A friend to all, Declan finished work early this afternoon and has come in his winter woollies prepared to eat, drink and be merry.

  • Gaye Buntin - Newspaper shop owner
    Fond of bling and bright colours, Gaye just loves Christmas and really gets into the festive spirit with flashing earrings and reindeer antler headgear.

  • Chris Tingle - Grocer
    Always armed with seasonal fruit as gifts, Chris Tingle is fond of Arran sweaters.

  • Silvia Bells - Chair of the local Amateur Dramatics Society
    Larger than life and twice as glittery, Silvia is a thwarted actress, with class, darlings.

  • Noel Nowell - Scout leader
    Dressed in khaki, with neckerchief and woggle, Noel takes his scout leadership very, very seriously and is never off duty.

  • Missie Le'Toe - Clothing retailer.
    Specialising in fashion from Europe, Missie Le'Toe has cultivated a French accent and is always dressed flamboyantly.

  • Scott Spine - Policeman
    Just off duty, Scott is still wearing dark blue trousers and white shirt, however after a day roaming the village he is more than ready for a drink and is already quite merry.

  • Angela Onnatree - Riding School Owner
    Never seen out of her beige jodhpurs, Angela has a distinctly upper-class accent, but is actually really down to earth.

  • Ivor Cracker - Landlord of the local pub.
    In shirt sleeves and dark trousers with a tea-towel still hanging out his back pocket, Ivor has just finished a shift at his local to join the wassailing.

Never run a murder mystery before? Then don't panic!

There is no special acting required. Guests do not need to memorise any information, and everything they need to play their parts is provided to them in a handy printable booklet. The games are constructed so that everyone has to interact, and scripted dialogues are included to help break the ice and get everyone into character. Even total novices get into the swing of things quite quickly!

The game includes the option of, either a sound file, or a script for Inspector Si Lentnite who provides the setting, clues, and summaries for each round, as well as the final solution. Which means as host, you too can play and remain completely in the dark as to the culprit.

click here to download a sample booklet from this game

click here to listen to the opening speech of this murder mystery game

At Red Herring Games we give you everything you need to run a sucessful party!

Our murder mystery games include:
  • How to use this game.
  • Instructions for running the murder mystery.
  • Making the most of your theme- ideas for decoration / activities.
  • Invitations.
  • Character Booklets.
  • Scripted dialogue for Si Lentnite.
  • Solution script for Si Lentnite.
  • Sound file for Si Lentnite (dialogue and solution).
  • Hints and tips.
  • Recipe suggestions.
  • Money off voucher towards next purchase.


This game contains content that may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older. This game contains:
  • A murder - violence suggested.
  • Alcohol Reference - Reference to and/or images of alcoholic beverages.
  • Comic Mischief - Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humor.
  • Suggestive Themes - Mild provocative references or materials and sexual innuendo. Acting as if attracted to particular characters is suggested in the character backgrounds.

  • This mystery game is available in three options:

    • Downloadable
    • Print on demand.
    • Deluxe kit.

    Further information on the three options can be found in the menu on the right of your screen.

    Please select which option you require below and then click “add to cart” to purchase this game.

    Printed games and deluxe kits will be shipped within 2-3 days of the order and a confirmation email will be sent at this time. All printed games will be sent by first class post and will arrive in line with postal service timescales.

    If you would like personal details adding to your invitations please indicate this at check out and we will get in touch to confirm your requirements with you.

    All downloadable games can be accessed immediately after purchase. Customers who purchase the printed materials will also be able to access the downloadable game on check out to enable advance planning.

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    Current Reviews: 3
    This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 04 October, 2008.
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