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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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17 06 201801:54 PM
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1920's 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.
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17 06 201801:46 PM
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1920's Dinner Murder Mystery Party: Halloween edition
Everyone came in costume, and had a great time. I was surprised at how well everyone got into character.
  • 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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04 03 201807:03 PM
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Murder at N Ohio
Book club party. Read "Death of a Flapper" and held the party for book club girls and their significant others. It was fantastic! The guests got really into their characters with detailed costumes, accents and even homemade business cards.
  • Meatballs, Deviled eggs, shrimp cocktail, cheese and crackers, nuts. Planter's punch, champagne toasts, BYOB beverages in the bathtub for the "bathtub gin era"
  • We used LED candles, gold fringe, gold cups. plastic martini glasses for the champagne, and speakeasy music playing on Spotify. We also had a mug shot photobooth.
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14 03 201807:51 PM
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#proverncemurdermystery
This was our second party using Playing with Murder and it did not disappoint!
Everyone was very into it this year, playing their characters and dressing up.
We had 28 people, so we played with a couple investigators. Even though they didn't have a specific character to play, they still dressed up and participated in solving the murder.
Since I did not have a specific part, I played a cigarette girl. I ordered candy cigarettes on amazon- they were a huge hit!
We all had a great time and can't wait to do it again next year!
  • I usually try to make the food easy, since I have so much other planning to do. I had some food catered and then just did heavy apps.
  • We used the sound effects that were provided with the game. Everyone dressed up and that made it so much more fun!
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03 04 201811:02 PM
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Killer Party
For my 33rd birthday I wanted to try something different, and i have always wanted to do a murder mystery party. So why not.
We had a blast. All 20 of my guests showed up in character and costume, they looked amazing.
When it was time for the murder we cut the light and the victim slipped away before the lights came back on. I gave a secret password to be able to get in ours was "2 words 1 finger" (you know like speak easy, be quiet, shut up lol).
I had a scavenger hunt to find the clues and while they did that I set up for act 2 back in the 1st room.
  • We went Italian, since it was based in New York. Jello was popular so we had jello shots alcohol and non alcohol ones. Turns out my favorite cake pineapple upside down cake was a cake of choice back then so yay for me.
  • I went black and gold streamers, balloons, and dim lighting. We played some jazz but mixed in so new music too, just to keep the vibe alive. I sent out my invitation via evites it allows you to text your invitation which makes thing so much easier.
    When we committed the murder we had horror sound effects and when it was time to find the clues (scavenger hunt) we had a finding clues song playing.
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16 02 201812:49 PM
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The Cat's Meow at the Oasis Lounge
I held the party at a local bar. It was such a hit! There were a lot of people that didn't know each other and this was the perfect way to get people to mingle. It was so fun that we're doing it again!
  • We actually didn't eat, just inspired drinks!
  • everyone was dressed up! I decorated tables with candles and set up a photo booth!
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16 01 201806:47 PM
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Jazz Jeopardy
We were celebrating my daughter's 30th birthday. It was amazing. Most everyone came in costume and really got into their roles. The couple who played Edith and Felix really brought a lot to their roles as a couple. The was the first time most of the guests had been to a murder mystery party and they all want to do it again. Thank you for making it so easy to host this party.
  • finger foods - deviled eggs, mini sandwiches, fruit, vegi tray, relish tray, little smokies, cake and ice cream
  • Neon chalk to create sign in the large front window. Jazz music.
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26 12 201710:45 PM
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30th birthday - Kiss good bye to your 20ZZ
Great fun for a 30th party with some rowdy 40 party people, was very easy to read and enact when necessary!!

highly recommend it !!
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12 03 201705:09 PM
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Murder on Lake Street
Playing with Murder is hands down the best murder mystery company! I had so much fun planning this party! See how I planned our party here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQMPuZI7gnQ&t=85s

The plot was great and kept everyone on edge! Candy cigaretts added to the era's atmosphere. Everyone really played into their characters, and we received so many compliments for going "all-in" on the theme! Head over to my site, www.AllAmericanWife.co to see details and photos from the evening!
  • Our menu was so special! Charleston truffles, Bootleg brownies, speakeasy sliders, mobster meatballs, bees knees cheese dip, flapper juice...the list goes on!
  • I painted a sign that said "The Cat's Meow" and also had balloons floating around the floor. Additionally, we made a photobooth with a mugshot background!!! It was just the best!
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11 07 201705:43 PM
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Murder At The Speak Easy!
We are a cafe that used this game for our Halloween Party. We added in some of our own elements to make the game more personal. Overall this game was very well put together, it made it very easy to keep such a large group of people busy and having a great time. We received nothing but compliments on the game. Will definitely be purchasing more games in the future!
  • Red velvet cupcakes with chocolate butcher knives.
  • We had a friend who is a phenomenal public speaker to be the Narrator and hired a local comedian to play the Club owner for the evening, this made for a very memorable event!
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19 07 201701:07 AM
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The Party Everyone is Still Talking about!!
I've always wanted to host a murder mystery party and decided in a whim to do so! I was nervous about how it would go but everything went seamlessly. I'm so glad I was the narrator, I felt like I was able to make the experience so much fun for my guests while keeping the event moving forward. Highlights included the black jack table, our themed cocktails, and the costumes, ohhhhh the costumes. Everyone came dressed tonthe 9's, and we're right in character.
  • Bootleg sliders, jazzy fries and hotsy totsy Oreo truffles on a stick! Bees knees, a vodka cocktail we named the pink flapper, old fashioneds, absinthe and moonshine.
  • We completely moved our house around. Couches and chairs went into the kitchen, for a lounge by the bar, the dining room got gutted to be the store room, an area for mug shot pictures and a photo booth area, lots of gold, black, silver decor.
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15 05 201707:57 PM
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Community Theatre Season End Celebration
We used Jazz Age Jeopardy as a year-end party for our community theatre season. It was a complete success. We met ar a local diner and decorated it as a speakeasy with a slot where you were required to give a password before entering. The music MP3 set the mood perfectly. People did a great job on costumes. We hope to do another Playing with Murder party for New Year's Eve.
  • We drank wine out of tea cups and beer out of paper bags since they were illegal at the time. Had a buffet of hot and cold snacks.
  • People loved the character they played. The doctor brought a prescription pad and a booze bottle with Rx on it.
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17 03 201710:48 PM
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Delayed
Had to delay our party date.
Purchased this for group of 20+ teens. Nothing else kid/family friendly looked appealing to our group of teenagers. Their prom last year was Gatsby Themed...so, they thought this would be a great continuation.
We expected to replace the alcohol references with other beverage choices...Arnold Palmer, Shirley Temple, etc. We just did not realize how many references to adultery/sex there would be in the script.
I am having to rewrite the script & recreate many of the characters to be more appropriate for our guest. We are looking forward to having this FUN party.
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27 01 201702:22 AM
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Jazz Age Jeopardy
My 16 guests had a blast playing Jazz Age Jeopardy for my 31st birthday. It was the classiest party we have had to date! Sending out the character sheets in advance encouraged guests to put thought into their costumes and characters. The highlight was the mingling amongst characters during Act I. Everyone is asking when the next one will be.
  • Heavy appetizers were skewered and served on platters by the characters designated as staff. I bought 5 liters of liquor for Long Islands. Should have bought more Cola and Sour mix. Drinks were extremely strong and we ran out in half an hour. Looking back, perhaps this was a good thing.
  • I posted costume suggestions on the facebook event page a few days prior. Used the mp3 provided with the game. I have hosted several theme parties before and most friends don't ever dressed up. This time was different. Everyone came in costume and there was stiff competition for best-dressed award.
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