Murder Mystery Party Kit Details

Don Carrasino and the Murdered Mobster - 30 Minute Mystery

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$29.95



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Don Carrasino and the Murdered Mobster

$29.95
Add intrigue to your next party with this murder mystery game, set at gangster's hideout.
Format: 30 Minute Mystery
Setting: Gangster's personal bar
Players: 8-16 (Standard Game)
17-100+ (Expanded Game)
Time: 30+ minutes
Ages: Adult / Teen
Story
Someone killed the Don's right hand man. He wants answers...

Backstory

Your guests will play the roles of one of the crooks, killers, mobsters, or gang-members employed by Don Carrasino, a notorious (and notoriously ruthless) mafioso. All of you are regulars at The Joint, Don Carrasino's personal bar.

Murder!

The eight of you, along with the Don himself and his consigliere (or right-hand man), Danny "Chuckles" Luciano, were enjoying drinks, cards, and conversation at The Joint. The evening was shaping up to be quite festive when suddenly Chuckles stiffened in his seat, made a choked gurgling noise, and fell over dead at the bar, clutching at his throat.

Solving the Mystery

Now it's up to all of you to figure out what happened to the Don's right-hand man! Your guests will need to work together and use the game's clues to determine who killed Danny "Chuckles" Luciano!

Characters

There are 8 primary characters in this game. Read the "How to Play" section for instructions on how to play this game with more than 8 people.

Don Carrasino and the Murdered Mobster is suitable for 8 guests (or 8 couples), including the host or hostess. The available guests include:

  • Gino Cabella, the Hitman: Well dressed, soft-spoken, and cold as ice, Gino is an expert at "taking care of" people who end up on the Don's wrong side.
  • Catalina "Crazy Cat" Macciano, the Shooter: As quick with a smile or a ribald joke as she is quick to anger, Catalina is the Don's top gunslinger.
  • Claudia Navarra, the Don's Girl: Beautiful, sultry, and salacious, Claudia is the Don's main squeeze.
  • Antonio "Lefty" Bonocello, the Don's Bodyguard: Responsible for the Don's personal security, Lefty is a silent, menacing giant of a man.
  • Lorenzo Pennino, the Driver: Talkative, likable, and quick-witted, Lorenzo takes care of the gang's transportation needs, whether that means serving as chauffeur or getaway driver.
  • "Dirty" Vinnie Marino, the Conman: A smooth dresser and a smooth talker, Dirty Vinnie's good looks and silver tongue have always brought him good fortune.
  • Roxie "Stiletto" Russo, the Thug: Beautiful and dangerous, Roxie is a street-wise, short-tempered lady who is good to have on your side when things get thick.
  • Regina Guissepe, the Bartender: Only peripherally involved in the gang's affairs, Regina serves drinks and runs the till at The Joint, Don Carrasino's favorite bar.

Extra Players

  • Investigator: If you have more than 8 players, 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.
How to Play

Our line of 30 Minute Mysteries is specially designed for fast setup and easy play. All you need to do to get started is:

  1. Print out the party guide
  2. Gather a group of players
  3. Hand out character sheets and name tags
  4. Follow the party guide instructions

Best of all, the party facilitator can choose whether they join in the game and solve the mystery along with the other guests!

Playing the Game

While this mystery has 8 primary characters, it is designed to accommodate any number of additional players. See the "Expanded Game for Large Groups" section below if you have more than 8 players.

Each of the players will be assigned a character and given a character sheet that explains who or what their character is, what information their character knows, and how their character should respond to events that occur during the game.

The game will progress in rounds.

Round One will start with the party's host or hostess reading a script that explains the nature of the mystery that is afoot. After the introduction is read, each player at the table will share a piece of information from their character sheet, and all the other players will have an opportunity to respond to that piece of information.

Round Two begins with the host sharing a clue that should shed further light on the mystery. After the clue is revealed, the players will once again go around the table, providing another piece of information and then responding.

Round Three, the final round, begins with the host sharing the last clue. The players then go around the table a final time, sharing their last piece of information and responding to each other.

By this point, the players should have learned enough information to be able to piece together a theory about who was responsible for the murder. Each player (or team) will say the name of the person who they think is responsible. The host will then read the final page of the mystery aloud, revealing the culprit. Any player or couple who correctly guessed the identity of the killer is declared a winner.

From start to finish, the entire game should generally only require half an hour to complete.

Note: As the host or hostess, there are certain times when you will be called upon to read aloud passages from this booklet. Passages that are meant to be read aloud will be clearly labeled and contained in a gray box.

What Do I Need in Order to Play?

Our 30 Minute Mysteries are specifically designed to not require very much in the way of supplies. All you really need is:

  • a table to sit around (or a large playing area where the guests can sit in a circle)
  • a group of players (minimum 8 people)
  • a printed copy of this booklet
  • a pair of scissors (to cut out nametag placards for each character)
  • pencils or pens for each player

Optional:

  • Scratch paper (for players to take notes on)
  • Folders (to help players conceal their character sheets)

If you wish to do so, you may also choose to provide prizes for the winner or winners (any players who accurately identify the culprit). Some suggested prizes might include candy, bath and body products, homemade treats or any other small, inexpensive gift item; remember that it is possible for multiple players to win, so if you choose to offer prizes, make sure you have enough on hand!

Expanded Game For Large Groups

If you have more than 8 players, there are three ways that you can accommodate everyone:

  • Investigator Role - Using this method, eight guests play the primary characters while the remainder of the guests each play the Investigator role. Players in this role 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.
  • Teams - Each primary character can be played by 2 or more people that work together as a team. This works well if you've invited several couples to your event, but also works if you break up your guests into eight larger teams of 3 or more guests.
  • Multiple Groups - If you have 16 or more guests, you can break them up into groups of 8 players and run multiple instances of the game on their own. This method is best for large events (e.g. fundraisers) where each table of people can play through the game independently. This method goes well with the Investigator method, which allows you the flexibility to add more than 8 people to any group.

Both the standard and expanded games are included with the purchase of any game kit.

What's Included

Don Carrasino and the Murdered Mobster is a 26-page downloadable PDF file that you print at home. It includes the following features:

  • An introduction that explains the basic principles of running a 30-Minute Mystery
  • A detailed party guidebook that will walk you through the event in a simple, easy-to-understand format
  • Nametags and character sheets for each player - the character sheets include special goals and information unique to each character
  • Step-by-step printing instructions
  • And much more!
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14 06 201801:16 AM
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Roaring 20’s
We had a terrific time with this murder mystery. It was the perfect length and my guests really enjoyed getting into their characters. I highly recommend!
  • Finger foods and martinis
  • 1920’s birthday party
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04 06 201804:51 PM
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Murder Mystery Member Event
I am the events planner at a country club. We actually had so many people want to participate we had 4 separate groups playing the game at the same time. We split everyone up in groups of 8 and each table played their own game.
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03 12 201811:40 PM
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Fun Valentine Event
Our youth group used this for a game on Valentines. It really helped different kids connect and open up by having an easy script to read and follow.
  • Cookies and soda
  • Tables of 8 played simultaneously.
    A few dressed up
    All had a fun time laughing and connecting.
    Played 1920's Jazz.
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18 01 201808:32 PM
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Don Carrasino the Murdered Mobster
We turned the mancave into a nightclub. The murder victim was alive and making everyone angry. When he died there happened to be an investigator who called 911. We had fun. New Years Eve. We also had a black jack table.
  • Crab boil.
  • Music drinks disco ball. VIP section for the Don.
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12 10 201710:53 PM
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Rollicking good fun at Xmas
Our work xmas party with 12 people in attendance. 2 investigators, 1 narrator and a dead body.

Good fun, kept everyone guessing to the end.
  • Turkish Banquet worked wonderfully
  • Everyone got into the spirit by dressing up as mobsters!
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29 11 201702:19 AM
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Mafiosos
We had a fun dinner party with our family and a couple friends. I liked how there were parts for 8-10 people at least because we had that. We had about seven courses that we enjoyed while the mystery unfolded. It would have worked better if we had followed the suggestion and had a host that wasn't one of the suspects. As it turned out I was both serving and ended up being the killer. No one guessed it was me, but maybe because I missed some conversations. We were thinking next time it would be fun to study the game more first and share more clues that would be subtle but could lead people to pin point the murderer. It's challenging to have lots of pasta dishes ready close together because they needed to be freshly cooked and warm. The game gave options to sort of act out the crime scene. To do it again I would have been ready to do that it would have added some more fun. Overall it was an affordable game that led to a creative and fun evening. It was just the right length and allowed for improvisation which we all enjoyed. Some other games are more scripted and much longer.
  • Squid ink pasta, lots of pasta and egg plant dishes, bomb appetizer below
  • We watched clips from the Godfather before to get the accent. We made a bomb appetizer from a black fondant covered melon. Red checked tablecloth. We played a CD of mafia wordless songs.
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21 11 201707:39 PM
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Murder Most Foul!
This was for my son's 16th birthday party. Last year we did Inquisition of Vampires, and everyone loved it! We had our 8 guests, ranging in age from 11 - 16. They were all boys, so some of them were really good sports and played the female roles. Our Lorenzo had a wonderful Italian accent, and all of our guests gave their best shot at 1920's mobster speech.
After 3 rounds, only two people guessed the murderer. Everyone had a great time, and there were lots of snacks. We also had a small photo booth prop where everyone had their picture taken as a gangster.
  • A variety of chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet snack cakes and flaming hot chips.
    Pepsi and Lemonade
    Cookie cake and mini chocolate cupcakes
  • We used an opened safe prop, bullet holes, guns, and 2 life-size shadow people (mobster and flapper girl).
    There was fake money, and poker cards and chips set out on the table.
    We also had a gangster photo booth set up with fake money in front of it for everyone to take their pictures in!
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11 02 201710:41 PM
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YouthGroupMurder!
We had a great time! Our leaders did a wonderful job and the students had fun asking questions and making guesses.
  • pumpkin pie and cider!
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31 10 201704:26 PM
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Don Carrasino and the Murdered Mobster
This was a great game for an easy-going but not "night with your best friends" event. The roles are all fun to play (at least it seemed so). We draw the roles so female/male characters got mixed up which was really fun.
Identifying the murderer was not easy but manageable.
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29 10 201702:09 AM
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Murder Mystery Dinner Party
Had a teen Birthday Party to celebrate my grandson’s 15th Birthday. Had him select who would play each character, we prepared name tags, and and assigned everyone their parts.
Had props for them , fedora hats and mustaches for the guys and boas and headbands for the ladies.
Everyone had a great time. The only hard part was trying to keep them all quite to listen to the script to gather the evidence.
I think I will try it again with adults to see if they pay better attention.
  • Lasagna, pizza, garlic rolls, salad, canolli’s and ice cream cake.
  • Godfather music, red, black and white balloons,fedora hats, mustaches, boas, head bands, photo booth props.
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08 12 201712:51 AM
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Don Carrasino and the Murdered Mobster
We are so excited to host this party! I've sent out invitations and started planning the decorations and menus.
  • 3 servings, salad, spaghetti and dessert
  • Bar decorations, candles, dark tablecloths, Italian opera music
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13 07 201701:17 PM
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Don Carrasino and the Murdered Mobster
We played this game at our family reunion and everyone loved it. We divided into two tables of players and pretty much randomly assigned characters. The women who played men really took to their roles. We had a few costume items that made it fun. Despite a downpour and windy conditions at the start of the game, we got through it in about 1/2 an hour.
  • We had fedora hats, boas, beads, headbands for the ladies, bubble gum cigars, and fake mustaches.
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21 06 201703:11 AM
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Don Carrasino
We had a great time with this mystery dinner for my son-in-law's birthday! I sent out the parts a few days early and everyone came dressed in costume. We had a 4 course meal topped off with cannoli's and lots of laughter! It was easy to follow and just enough playing time! Enjoying dinner while doing the mystery, it probably took about an hour to complete! Lots of fun!
  • Wine, Bruschetta, salad, lasagna and cannoli's!
  • played music from the Godfather, red tablecloth, great costumes!
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06 01 201705:26 AM
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Che style party
We re-wrote the mobster murder for a Che Guevrra theme, with Castro and other Cubans as the characters. We used the main script as a guideline and it was perfect. We had about 40 people for a cocktail party so we waited until all characters had arrived and then they dispersed the information one on one. That forced people to mingle and gave them something to talk about. It was perfect. No one suspected the murderer and it lasted for hours.
  • We served Cuban style pork and beans and rice with rum punch. Perfect.
  • Everyone wore costumes and we had Cuban posters and chocolate cigars. I even had the bakery make a Che Guevara cake. So much fun.
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24 05 201703:17 AM
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Don Carrasino
I used this with my middle school theater classes. They had a great time getting into character and solving the mystery. We doubled up and had two people playing each character and the rest of the class were investigators
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