Murder Mystery Party Kit Details
You and your guests are passengers on the luxurious Oriental Express. Your fellow passengers number several unsavory characters, almost certainly up to no good. No one knows who they can trust, as everyone seems to have an ulterior motive.
Unexpectedly, the train is snowed in and one of the passengers is murdered. Fortunately, the famed detective Pardot is on board. With the help of your guests, the identity of the murderer should be discovered by the time the police arrive.
Solving the Mystery
Now the guests must work together to sift through the evidence and identify the killer in their midst!
There are 15 primary suspects in this mystery, however only 10 are required to play the game. The host or hostess will play the role of Detective Pardot, who will enlist the aid of the other passengers in order to solve the mystery. Read the "How To Play" section for more information on how to play an expanded game with more than 15 guests.
- Stephen Goldring, the American: A wealthy American businessman with a taste for the finer things in life, particularly women.
- Ernesto Vespucci, the Gambler: An Italian gambler who loves food and drink.
- Count Zoltan Navatov, the Count: A wealthy Hungarian nobleman returning from his second honeymoon with his wife in Paris.
- Colonel Major General Reginald Tobias, the General: A retired British army officer on his way to India.
- Roderick Broadhausen, the Student: A European university student suffering from a deep bout of existential angst.
- Patty Hunt, the Widow: A wealthy American widow with four dead husbands and a dark reputation.
- Princess Elisabetta Dagomir, the Princess: A wealthy Russian princess who loves books and intelligent debate.
- Gretchen Sutteberg, the Maid: Princess Dagomir’s personal servant and constant companion.
- Suzette Delacroix, the Headmistress: A teacher currently traveling to her next job aboard the first class car for the first time.
- Annette “Annie” Mayfield, the Saleswoman: An ambitious American saleswoman who dreams of becoming Europe’s first make-up mogul.
Male or Female Roles
- Sampson/Hypaetia Pardot, the Detective (Played by the Host or Hostess): A world famous detective investigating a series of crimes committed aboard the Orient Express recently.
- Pierre/Monet Parpadue, the Conductor: The Conductor of the Orient Express and quite possibly the world’s rudest Frenchman/woman.
- Sam Ignatio, the Porter: A vital member of the Orient Express staff who sees and hears everything.
- Investigator (male or female): Additional players have the option of playing the role of "Investigators". In this role the players are not suspects and do not have character backgrounds but can question the suspects and try to solve the mystery along with the other players.
Follow these steps to host this mystery:
- Each guest will each assume the role of a particular character
Mystery Parties involve a combination of improvisational acting, storytelling, and creative problem solving. Each guest will play the part of that character throughout the course of the game. Each character has specific personality traits, goals, secrets, and information, all of which are included in the character sheet; a big part of the fun is getting into character and taking on a new, exciting role.
- A mysterious Event will occur
At some point during the party, an Event will occur that will force the players to come together in order to solve a problem or unravel a mystery. Traditionally, the Event in question will be the murder of one of the characters (as played by a guest), but the parties crafted by Playing With Murder often use this basic framework to accommodate different types of Events, thereby ensuring that your guests will be surprised and entertained (even if they are veteran murder mystery party players).
- Solve the mystery!
Your guests will need to use the information that their characters know (as well as additional clues that are provided during the game) to solve the mystery or overcome the problem posed by the Event. Typically this culminates in the guests voting on the identity of the murderer, but again, different parties will have different specific goals. All of our parties also come complete with additional subgames (treasure hunts, unique character goals and special puzzles) that are guaranteed to keep the action intense and your guests motivated and focused.
Expanded Game For Large Groups
If you have extra players, there are two ways that you can accommodate everyone:
- Investigator Role - Additional players have the option of playing the role of "Investigators". In this role the players are not suspects and do not have character backgrounds but can question the suspects and try to solve the mystery along with the other players. Expanded Games include a PDF guide that explains how to use the Investigator role, as well as printable character sheets and name tags for anyone that is playing an Investigator.
- Multiple Groups - It is also possible to break your guests up into groups and play multiple instances of the game at the same time. The game will more or less happen the same way; the host makes announcements and each group moves their game forward simultaneously based on the host's instructions. It's good to have one assistant in each group to answer questions and facilitate gameplay within the group. This method provides a more intimate experience for your guests, who get better acquainted with a smaller group and participate in a more digestible story.
Please contact us if you'd like more information about how to run your party using the Multiple Groups method.
You can choose whether you'd like the Standard or Expanded version of a game when you add it to your cart.
First time hosting a murder mystery party?
Visit our How to Host a Mystery Party page to get step-by-step instructions on how to prepare for your murder mystery party.
Last Stop: Murder is a 122-page downloadable PDF file that you print at home. It includes the following features:
- An introduction that explains the basic principles of running a mystery-party and provides specific tips on props, menu items, sound effects, and special tips to help make your party exciting, memorable and easy to run
- Step-by-step instructions on how to prepare for your party
- A detailed party guidebook that will walk you through the event in a simple, easy-to-understand format
- Instructions on how to run the party for a large group
- Nametags and character sheets for each player - the character sheets include tips on costuming and role-playing, as well special goals and information unique to each character
- Fully customizable invitations, complete with RSVP cards and guest lists
- 3 pages of full color props and clues for use during the scavenger hunt
- Voting sheets
- Customizable awards for your guests
- And much more!
With your purchase of Last Stop: Murder you will also receive the following:
- Step-by-step printing instructions
- Three mp3 audio effects for use with your party
- Instructions on how to use these audio clips to best effect
Playing With Murder offers several audio files for use with each of our Mystery Party Kits. The audio clip below provides a sample montage of the sound effects included with Last Stop Murder.
Play audio sample:
The specific audio files for Last Stop Murder include:
- An “all aboard” call to get the party started
- The background sounds of the train
- The sound of the winter storm raging outside the stalled train
- What a great way to shake up our family celebration of New Year's Day. Teens and multigenerational adults mixed together for a super fun time. All the varied accents kept cracking us up all night. The costumes were easy to procure from our existing closets, but added a ton to the fun.
- Beef tenderloin, gruyere potatoes, chocolate mousse, and sparkling cider for the kids.
- We didn't really decorate (Christmas dec's were still up). We didn't add much in the way of ambiance, but it didn't matter. We did use a completely separate part of the house for the "Sleeper car" activity and that worked VERY well.
- This was our annual New Years Murder Mystery. This one was as good as we have had in several years. The highlight of the evening was the interrogation of the Conductor by the Detective. It was the height of French audacity in the face of accusation. The player who was the Princess' maid really stole the show with the genuine feel of her need to follow the orders of the Princess.
- The mood was set by the way we rearranged our Living Room to the feel of an exclusive train car, and heightened by the backdrop of the mp3 files.
- We had a great time. The layout is awesome. No set lines meant that everyone can add their own personality to their characters. I would recommend this company.
- We did heavy appetizers and it was awesome. Sushi, salmon croquettes, veggie bites and fruit parfait and cookies. Yum.
- It was Christmas time so we had gifts for everyone. But the winners got to choose first.
- It was a end of year breakup for a Youth Reference Group. We contacted the local Steam Railway Organisation and they allowed us to use a Dining Car and a Travel car for our game. It was in an old sandstone goods shed with all the trimmings and atmosphere galore. The travel sounds really set it off! It was a very hot night but everyone survived in their costumes and followed the script. We ended up running out of time so didn't do the spy puzzle (we ran from 6.30 to 10pm) We worked with only 10 participants so some of the spy clues were not relevant but we worked around that. Everyone did their best acting in the roles they were given.
- We served finger food as we did not have facilities to work in. All pre prepared. Did some fancy deserts and served 'mocktails' in champagne flutes.
- The Murderer turned up in a snazzy 3 piece suit, the Princess looked lovely as did the Widow...the Maid came dressed in a black dress with a white apron....a top effort.
- Celebrated my birthday with this fun murder mystery!
- French onion soup, salad, pasta, cheesecake, mock tails, and appetizers
- We found some vintage dishes and tablecloths and rearranged some furniture to make it seem like you were on a classy train.
- I had so so so much fun hosting this party for my friends this Halloween weekend. Everyone suggested we make it a yearly tradition! It did take a lot of planning on my part, but I enjoyed every minute of it. The spy puzzle was a little confusing, and only 3 people were able to solve the mystery; however, the drinks were flowing pretty heavily, which may have played a big role in that.
- I was very lucky, because I live right next to an active train station, so setting the mood was very easy. I dimmed the lighting and lit a lot of candles. I made first class seating signs and played 50s jazz music in the background.
- I bought it for Christmas Day. I wanted people yo interact with each other and stay away from the TV after Christmas dinner.
We had so much fun and laughed all night playing and talking about it afterwards. Would definitely do it again but next time I would order way in advance and give my guests their parts a couple of weeks ahead so that they can prepare and encourage them to dress the part as much as possible.
We had a blast! . :)
- Well it was Christmas Day so we had :
Turkey dinner with all the trimmings
Beverages of all chouces
It all fit in with being on a train on Xmas Day and acting out the Murder Mystery.
- My guests ranged from 14-16 years old. While a few of them were not fully invested in the event, most of them had a great time. Many of the guests were distracted in the solving of the murder by the spy component. Many guests did not know that they were the spy, so brief your guests in secret to be sure they fully understand their roles.
- The guests put a lot of effort into their costumes, and it really set the mood for the whole party. When doing the scavenger hunt, I put the clues near related objects, like a blanket or window for the corresponding clues. I used the train sound effects, but I also played music from the fifties during the First Act to set the mood.
- the mystery party was great! The character descriptions and prep instructions were good and made the evening simple to plan.
My only comment is that the finale, p. 39-40, was a letdown. 122 pages of info and script, with only 2 pages of 'who dunnit', and that info not very clear either, was confusing and a bit of a deflation on the evening.
There should have been more detail and drama about the ’reveal', as he rest of the info was quite detailed, but the 'who dunnit' was not.
Overall though I'd give the kit an 8.5 out of 10
Everyone had a great time, the costumes they put together were great, and I would recommend our chef anytime your customers are in need a chef
- Gourmet Cheese and crackers
amuse geules (smoked salmon, fresh spring rolls, parmesan cups with bruschetta; muffeletta stuffed grape tomatoes
Mashed potatoes with truffle oil; mushroom-stuffed roast, green beans with frenched carrots, gravy
Maple-blueberry ginger parfait
Much champagne, wine, and whiskey
- Our guests really outdid themselves finding amazing costumes, and getting into character. The meal and conversation was fantastic, they played their roles well. The 'reveal' was a bit of a letdown though as it was inconclusive the way it was presented. Overall everyone had fun, that's what counts.
- We celebrated my daughter's 13th birthday with a "Murder in the Orient Express" mystery party with 13 of her closest friends! All of our guests dressed according to character sheets and played out their roles beautifully throughout the evening! (I requested on the invites that each guest dress in a particular color as well so it would be like the "clue" game!) We couldn't have asked for better actors! 13 year olds are often self concious in social situations but because they had a "role" to play they came out of their shells and pit more imagination then I could have anticipated in the party! After the discovery of many clues, the murderer was caught and taken away by the authorities along with the rest of the boys by 11pm and the girls returned to their "sleep cars" for a late night slumber party! The party was a success in my book as I figured out how to entertain the minds of 13 additional 13 yr olds for 5 hours without permitting the use of any electronic devices! I was the detective "hostess" and my adorable nieces(6 & 8yrs) sneaked into the action to hide clues throughout the night! I actually set up a "sleeping car" and put the real clues instead of paper ones for them to find during act 2.We returned to the dinning car after act 2 for desert and the interrogation of the suspects! My daughter and I watch the real "Murder on the Orient Express" movie after the party and she kept picking out everyone's character. Now we are going to call them all back over to watch the movie!
- We stopped in different countries for meals-
Appetizers- Asian style- dumplings , egg roles, edemame
Dinner- Italian- salads, garlic bread, Manicotti, chicken Parmesean
(easy to heat and serve while running party)
Desert- French style- Cheeses, fruit, chocolate fountain, banana/chocolate ice creme cake
Drinks- Purple Fanta in Wine glasses
Fortune cookies in every room!
Breakfast - French - Egg and cheese Croissants
OJ in wine glasses
- Asian decor- Red/Gold/Purple- Authentic Chinese paper cutouts, tiny red lights in windows around them.)
Elegant silver trays for serving and Chinese trays
tea lights and candles everywhere
Tall candles for table
Fake hollowed out books to hide Dossier clues
- The game went very well. Liked having the clues to hide and the instructions were comprehensive. It took a while to read through the information. The printing instructions were very useful.
Two issues with the game:
- the train audio clip wouldn't loop using iTunes. I put repeat on but it advanced to my next song. It ruined a little of the atmosphere.
- the ending was confusing the way played out. If you read the script out loud, people are confused with who the killer is. It concludes with taking about the accomplice vs. the killer.
- The instructions were clear, my guests all had a great time! This was my first experience with a murder mystery dinner party, as a hostess I didn't fully understand the amount of preparation that went into the party until I began planning this one. Ha I'm very thankful that the instructions were clear and well organized!
I look forward to hosting another murder mystery dinner!!
- Nobody got the killer correct and nobody really even attempted the secret agent puzzle, which was a bit too complicated and time consuming for most after few wines. But all in all it was a great success.
- We were lucky enough to have a beautiful old turn-of-the-century homestead as our venue which added a fantastic ambience.
- I have now hosted two Mystery Party Kits and two 30 Minute Mysteries. I enjoyed all of them and how they were different from each other.
Terrible Castle of Baron Castaign:
It went very well. I used a home with multiple rooms and double used them all. The mortals barely won and the whole thing was quite fun. I have attached a picture of the group (in front of tv).
Last Stop Murder:
This also went very well. I ended up using just two rooms for the scavenger hunt and interactions. After the Terrible Castle, it had not occurred to me that you can do so much with so little. It also reminds me the importance of picking the right people for character roles. I have attached a couple pictures from this (murdered scientist under blankets followed by group shot).
A Pryce in Blood:
I greatly enjoyed being able to be surprised with everyone else. Also, the humor was excellent.
Don Carrasino and the Murdered Mobster:
This was also quite hilarious. These 30 minutes kits are ingenious. I also like that they can be used at a moment's notice for innocent entertainment.
One of the most important things I like about these is that they are kid friendly. Finding a mystery kit without profanities or sexual tangents is an immense relief. I am sure that I will be using these kits for years to come.
- Overall, we LOVED the game. The length was perfect, the characters were great, and the scavenger hunt was fun, and the plot twist actually surprised us. The puzzle was a little less successful, mostly for logistical reasons: it was tricky for all 13 (or 14?) characters to collectively participate in solving the puzzle. Maybe it would have been better if characters had been assigned to small "teams" to solve the puzzles--it would've kept everyone more engaged.
Thanks so much for giving us a wonderful way to spend a night!