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Jazz Age Jeopardy - Mystery Party Kit

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$39.95



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Jazz Age Jeopardy

$39.95
Add intrigue to your next party with this murder mystery game, set in 1920's jazz club.
Format: Mystery Party Kit
Setting: 1920’s New York Jazz Club
Players: 15-24 (Standard Game)
25-100+ (Expanded Game)
Time: 90+ minutes
Ages: Adult
Story
During a night of Prohibition-era revelry, something goes terribly wrong.

Backstory

The guests are a mixed group of club staff members, entertainers, and guests at a private party held at a jazz club in 1920s New York City. It is the height of the Jazz Age, and social revolution is afoot. This is the age of Prohibition—and of bootleggers and gangsters. Club owner Felix Fontano, the son of a successful bootlegger and crime boss—and a successful businessman himself—is throwing this private party for a group of select friends. It is a night of revelry like many other nights of revelry enjoyed by this group of sophisticates, artists, and hoodlums . . . until things go horribly wrong.

This mystery is divided into two primary segments.  During the first portion of the evening (Act One), the partygoers will have the opportunity to eat, drink, dance, and mingle, while enjoying the swanky atmosphere and smooth jazz of Fontano’s club, The Cat’s Meow. 

Murder!

At the midpoint of the evening, one of the players makes a terrible discovery: someone has been murdered in the back supply room of the club!

Solving the Mystery

Act Two will begin with the grisly discovery of the victim’s bloody body. In the area around the body, there are signs of the struggle that occurred prior to the death. It will now be up to the guests to figure out what happened.

The guests quickly decide that the best course of action is not to call the police, but rather to conduct an investigation amongst themselves; at this point, all the guests are suspects; a formal police investigation would dredge up unsavory details of their pasts and expose them to public scandal and unwanted personal repercussions, not to mention the serious and immediate legal repercussions of being caught in a bootlegging establishment!

Characters

There are 24 primary suspects in this game, however only 15 are required to play the game. The host or hostess will play the role of the Narrator, who keeps the party on track and helps to advance the action. Read the "How To Play" section for more information on how to play an expanded game with more than 24 guests.

Male Roles

  • Felix Fontano, Club Owner. Felix owns The Cat’s Meow Jazz Club. He is attractive and vain, the son of famous bootlegger Frank Fontano.
  • Raymond Reynolds, Artist. Raymond is an old college buddy of Felix’s—an artist and something of a dilettante. He comes from old money.
  • Jefferson Mitchell, Stockbroker. Jefferson is a successful stockbroker working on Wall Street.
  • Edgar Fitzpatrick, Broadway Producer. Edgar is an up-and-coming Broadway director and producer.
  • Roger Webster, Attorney. Roger is a money-hungry, ambulance-chasing attorney.
  • Duke Carillo, Track Owner. Duke owns a horseracing track in New Jersey. He’s an old friend of the Fontano family.
  • Poppy Gebhardt, Club Manager. Poppy manages the day-to-day affairs of the club with an iron fist.
  • Calvin Carpenter, Bartender. Calvin is the bartender at the club. He’s cocky and presumptuous. A scoundrel with the ladies.
  • Ronald Mason, Doctor. Ronald is a physician who has made a lot of money during Prohibition because of his willingness to prescribe medicinal alcohol.

Female Roles

  • Edith Fontano, Club Owner’s Wife. Edith is Felix’s wife. Enduring years of his infidelity has left her hardened and cynical.
  • June Palmetto, Actress. June is a famous actress, a southern belle in the big city.
  • Judy Jordan, Flapper. Judy Jordan is a popular young woman on the party circuit. She’s young, bubbly, and optimistic.
  • Claudia Mitchell, Writer. Claudia is a well-known author and the wife of stockbroker Jefferson Mitchell.
  • Gloria Call, Singer. Gloria is a jazz singer hired to perform this evening.
  • Jacqueline Jacobs, Fashion Designer. Jacqueline is a snobbish fashion designer. She has a boutique catering to young flapper types.
  • Ella Landeau, Flapper. Ella Landeau is a popular young woman on the party circuit. She’s confident and flirtatious.
  • Bess Bailey, Flapper. Bess Bailey is a popular young woman on the party circuit. She’s lighthearted on the outside but serious underneath.
  • Holly Olmstead, Tennis Champion. Holly Olmstead is a professional tennis player. She’s haughty and competitive.

Male or Female Roles

  • Win Wallace, Accountant. Win is the accountant for many of the guests. S/he’s reserved but knowledgeable.
  • Elliot Nash, Jazz Pianist. Elliot is a talented jazz pianist who often performs at the club. S/he is cool, calm, and collected.
  • Charlie Chambers, Jazz Bassist. Charles is a talented jazz bassist who often performs at the club. He is obsessed with all things jazz.
  • Brett Burgess, Waiter. Brett is a relatively new employee at The Cat’s Meow Jazz Club. S/he has hopes of one day making it big on Broadway.
  • Regan Richards, Waiter. Rosie is a relatively new employee at The Cat’s Meow Jazz Club. S/he has hopes of one day making it big on Broadway.
  • Alex Preston, Actor. Alex Preston was once on track to stardom, but alcohol got the better of him/her.

Extra Players

  • 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.
How to Play

Follow these steps to host this mystery:

  1. 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.

  2. 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).

  3. 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.

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

Read more about Expanded Games here

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.

What's Included

Jazz Age Jeopardy is a 119-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, casino games, 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
  • Special handouts for your guests, offering a detailed overview of 1920’s costuming and slang
  • 7 illustrated clue cards the players can use to solve the mystery
  • Voting sheets
  • Customizable awards for your guests
  • And much more!

With your purchase of Jazz Age Jeopardy you will also receive the following:

  • A separate “Customizable Documents” file that includes all of the invitations and awards in an editable format
  • Step-by-step printing instructions
  • A lengthy mp3 audio effects clip for use with your party
  • Instructions on how to use this clip to best effect
Audio

Playing With Murder offers several audio files for use with each of our Mystery Party Kits. The audio clip below provides a sample of the sound effects included with Jazz Age Jeopardy.

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Alternative content



The full file for this mystery is a full length (75+ minutes long) Jazz mix that includes the background sounds of a roaring 1920’s night club!

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03 12 201902:40 PM
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A “Roaring” good time was had by all!
Great party package! The downloadable information was extremely helpful in planning and executing a fun party. We used all of the tips included for costumes and decorations and added a few of our own. My favorite was our roaring 20’s cut outs that were hung on the walls throughout the house. Everyone did their “homework” and came to the party ready to play their character. So much fun watching everyone get into their part and use the provided “20’s vocabulary” cheat sheet. Great time had by all for my daughter’s 30th birthday party!
  • Chicken Alfredo, spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread and New York cheesecake.
  • Jazz music and videos playing on the tv )you tube), colored light bulbs in all of the lamps, black cloths covering tables and food bar with pearls, clear wine bottles with ostrich feathers and candles. Gangster, flapper girls and jazz band cut outs on the walls. (Made by projecting images onto black butcher paper). Gold fringe curtain separated the “stock room” where the murder occurred. Lots of empty boxes and bottles stacked in the corner.
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03 11 201905:12 PM
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A great time for all ages!
The party was a Mardi Gras party for senior citizens. They found it fun and exciting. I was impressed at how easy everything was to download and set up.
  • Chicken in cajun sauce & red beans and rice.
  • Mardi Gras colored balloons and other decorations. Masks for all guests. Boas for the ladies. We also had someone dressed in a Mardi Gras parade costume.
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03 11 201903:47 PM
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Teens Had A BLAST!
My event was for teens ages 13 to 18. I was nervous at first that they wouldn't get into character with their roles but when I set out the sign up sheet they all took the choosing of a character very seriously. We had 21 characters out of the 23. The teens LOVED this event! They said they wanted to do more parties like this one where they get to have an active role in what's happening. The biggest issue was that some of the necessary information was not given out because the teen playing that character was shy and didn't really speak. So finding ways to have information presented other than just hoping the actors give it out, would make this party a perfect 10!
  • They are teens we did pizza rolls, chips, cookies, and soda!
  • I had a few teens dress up but the biggest thing was that I recreated all the clues so they were physical items instead of just pictures. That seemed to help a lot.
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03 04 201904:53 PM
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Worked well for a fundraiser!
Purchased a kit to host a murder mystery night fundraiser. It was awesome for our event. We had 40 guest attend, and would recommend this be the max amount of people you host due to limited number of character roles - unless you believe not many guest will want to get involved. Guests who were the investigator rolls felt a little left out because once people realized they were just investigators, less people wanted to talk to them. However, this also worked well for the few guests who did not want to get as involved!! It helps if you have an idea of people would will get into their role, and who will suit each role.
We did not give the personal information out in advance. Upon arrival each guest got an envelope with information and a name tag.
We were able to host this event in a bar, up stairs private space - it worked perfectly!
Who recommend this kits for a fundraiser or party.
  • We ordered nachos and a few appetizers for people to snack on through the night. Guest could order drinks as pleased.
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24 01 201903:32 PM
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Surprise Murder Mystery Party was a hit!!!
We played Jazz Age Jeopardy for my sister's 30th birthday. It was also a surprise party! We had everyone arrive 30 minutes before my sister did to give them time to mingle in their character. (I did not send out their character cards before hand and it still went really well! We just told everyone to dress in 1920s costumes). My sister was shocked to see all her friends dressed in their 1920s best! We had a costume ready for my sister and shortly after she arrived we served dinner. I got so many compliments on the party and the game. Everyone had a wonderful time. We did spend quite a long time decorating before the party, but it was well worth all the extra effort. It really added to the feel of a Speakeasy. We kept everyone informed with physical invitations and also a Facebook event group.
  • We served lasagna, salad and bread for dinner and had bruschetta and mozzarella sticks for appetizers. As well as birthday cake once the game had ended. We also had a Rum Runners punch pre-made for easy serving, along with other rum and whiskey drinks.
  • We were in one room with tons of windows/doors which we covered with a wall covering. We then covered all other doors with black table cloths with gold streamers over top. We had the murder take place in a hallway as we were limited on space. But it worked really well! We had everyone go into the hallway while we hid the clues in the main room. We also had cigarette holders and candles on most tables, with half the lights off.
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20 01 201901:36 PM
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Jazz Age Jeopardy ..... The Bees Knees
We played Jazz Age Jeopardy last night and had a blast. There were 24 characters and 2 hosts... Our group of friends really did an excellent job staying in character the entire time. The interrogations was the funniest point in our evening... I never knew our friends could act!!

The instructions were a little overwhelming and we there would have been no possible way to have pulled this party off in a 2 week period of time. We had to slowly digest the components and then run with it... Took us about 4 hours to read everything.

The instructions were well done but probably could have been consolidated a bit.. Would I buy it if I knew this before, Absolutely...

We had a tie for best costume, 4 people guessed whodunnit so we gave out the cold blooded killer award.
  • We did an Italian theme and everyone brought something from a list that was provided. We had Pasta Fagioli, garlic bread, ziti, lasagna, sausage & peppers, meatballs, cheesecake, tiramisu and cannoli's. Our bar had Bee's Knees, Gin Rickeys and Old fashions....
  • We set up the garage as a jazz club... stage, lighting and the works.... don't forget the photo booths and 1920's music
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16 01 201903:31 AM
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New Years Eve Party Dinner!
I hosted a New Year's Eve party, and after we ate dinner I organized the murder mystery dinner! Jazz Age Jeopardy was a hit!! We did it pretty informally. Guests knew we were doing a murder mystery but didn't know their character beforehand, and didn't have to dress up in costume. Despite this, everyone still got very into their characters! Everything was great from start to finish.
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01 03 201902:17 AM
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New Years Eve to remember!
We had a New Years Eve party to remember thanks to PlayingwithMurder.com and the Jazz Age Jeopardy kit. We had 17 people attend (including me at the narrator) so nearly everyone had a piece of important information to contribute. This made it way more fun for everyone as we had played other mystery murders and its boring for the non-essential characters. We went all out on the decorations -transforming our kitchen and living room into The Cat's Meow Jazz Club with a bar, stage, and VIP lounge. This party is quite complex - I read it through multiple times and STILL had to refer to my pages often during the evening. I would suggest that you stress that it is important to divulge your character info and not to withhold any. Also, a scoring or vote tally sheet would be a really helpful document to add to this package.
  • finger food and gin cocktails from the 20's
  • We had white Christmas lights hung and that supplied most of the lighting so the mood was set!
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27 11 201802:29 AM
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1920s Speakeasy was a smash!
We did this for a Halloween party! We had the best time ever! Everyone really enjoyed themselves. The clues were really great and kept us all thinking!
  • We made 1920s inspired food. Chicken club sandwiches, mini pilgrim pies, deviled eggs, ham and cheese croquettes, spaghetti casserole (we found these recipes in a cook book from 1923)
  • We decorated our basement in Christmas lights and turned off the other lights. Decorated like a speakeasy. Everyone dressed in 1920s flapper dresses and suits.
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11 09 201804:34 PM
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Halloween Murder Mystery Party
Halloween Party. This was my first time hosting and first time attending a murder mystery party. Everyone really seemed excited for this event. I was happy that all my guest took time and put in a lot of effort in their costumes and their roles.
  • For food we mostly had appetizers. I did make "fake" cigarettes out of pretzels and chocolate. For drinks we had a variety of liqueur , wine, beer and moonshine.
  • I transformed my basement in a Jazz Club. I added a casino area along with a dance area and lounge. I purchased toy guns, cigarette holders, fake cigars, hats and jewelry for the photo booth. I made custom act cards for my guest. I also made a photo collage on poster board that had pictures of each guest and their character name. I downloaded 1920's jazz music and played that in the background. I handed out trophy's for the awards. I also printed out pictures of celebrities for the 1920's and "autographed" them to Felix.
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29 10 201804:39 AM
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It was an awesome birthday party
We did a murder mystery party for a friends birthday. It was awesome... everyone dressed up and got involved... the step by step was very helpful especially since I only had 3 1/2 weeks to plan.
  • We actually only did cake and finger foods.
  • We had jazz music playing and gave the name tags out immediately when guest got there so they would get into character
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29 10 201802:14 AM
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Spectacular Success and ready for more!
We had a Mofia Murder Myster dinner in the 1920's. It was a great success! My boyfriend and I played the owners of the Jazz Club and made a sign using Christmas lights punched through foam board. We hired 3 college students from our neighbors younglife group to be our waiters. Everyone came dressed up to match their character. I've never had so many compliments on how much fun the evening was. The one thing I did notice was that during Act two, it was "challenging" to get the adults to look for clues, they were leaving it up to the kids as they stood in a large circle. Can't wait for the next one! Would really love a Wild West with a chuckwagon dinner at our firepit and a murder on the trail/yard.
  • Since we did a Mafia Theme in the 1920's we, had the waiters handing out bruchettia, shrimp cocktail and mini quiche. For dinner my brother made lasagna, my mom made eggplant parmigiana, I made Olive Garden salad and breadsticks, I purchased Olive Gardens Minestrone soup and we had Apple Pie Ala-mode for dessert. The normal Italian meal
  • We played 1920's Jazz age music from my phone, I made a sign for the club with Christmas lights as bulbs. Everyone dressed their part.
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22 09 201810:04 PM
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Friends-giving jazz age jeopardy
This was our second Playing with Murder party. We had an amazing time, everyone loved the 1920s theme and everyone really got into their parts!
  • We had this party the week before thanksgiving so we had a carry in style thanksgiving dinner complete with all the sides and appetizers. We had a drink station with bootleg liquor and hooch bottles labeled with brown paper.
  • One of our friends lives in a turn of the century ;1900s) large Home which really added to the feel of the era. We had red lights that gave it a Jazz club feel with lots of jazz music and club decor!
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17 06 201802:46 PM
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1920's Dinner Murder Mystery Party
This was so much fun! I have a Halloween party every year, but I wanted to do something different last year, and I',m so glad I did. Everyone got into character, and I honestly was so worried it would not go smoothly as I didn't even get to read the entire game through, but I had all my instructions/narration in hand and it all worked out. Everyone complimented me on what a great hostess I was, and how well it all flowed. I am planning to do another murder mystery party this Halloween...with a different theme of course.
  • We had Italian food which I ordered from a local place, and I made the desserts. We also had drinks that went with the theme.
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04 10 201802:29 PM
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25th Birthday Murder Mystery Party!
I've been wanting to throw a murder mystery party forever, so I figured my 25th birthday was a good reason! The kit was well thought out and thorough. My only tip would be to plan further in advance than I did. I started planning about two weeks out and it was a lot more work than I thought it would be! Overall the night was great, the only kink was that our killer cancelled last minute and I had to do some switching, but that is no reflection on the kit/script. Everyone came in costume and had a great time.
  • Nothing 1920s themed for the menu. We just did a potluck style heavy hors d'oeuvres.
  • I bought a balloon and lantern kit to decorate our space. Gold, black, rose gold, and white were the colors utilized throughout the room. I also made a mugshot photo booth with photo props. We used a 1920s swing Spotify playlist because I don't have iTunes and couldn't use the audio that came with the kit. Several people came with canes and we had lots of fake cigarettes floating around! I also bought a dorky inflatable trophy to award the "Best Actor/Actress".
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