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Murder in Manhattan - Mystery Party Kit

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Murder in Manhattan

$39.95
Add intrigue to your next party with this murder mystery game, set at a Manhattan cocktail party.
Format: Mystery Party Kit
Setting: New York cocktail party
Players: 10-25 (Standard Game)
26-100+ (Expanded Game)
Time: 90+ minutes
Ages: Adult
Story
Gossip, treachery & murder at an upscale NYC party…

Backstory

You and your guests have been invited to the anniversary bash of Mr. Francis Fisk, a noted businessman. The attendees include a number of Fisk’s high-society friends, family members, and business associates. These high society sophisticates live in a world of intrigue, gossip, treachery and endless jockeying for social superiority.

Murder!

Things take a turn for the deadly when a rolling blackout provides someone with the opportunity to advance their social agenda in a more brutally direct fashion than most of the guests are familiar with. When the lights come back on, a grisly crime is discovered!

Solving the Mystery

Reputations are at stake and no one at the party wants to risk the scandal of press and police involvement. Now the guests must work together to sift through the evidence and identify the killer in their midst!

Characters

There are 25 primary suspects in this mystery, however only 10 are required to play the game. The host or hostess will play the role of Taylor Walker, the head caterer. Read the "How To Play" section for more information on how to play an expanded game with more than 25 guests.

Male Roles

  • Alexei Siranov - Security: Doorman at Fisk’s building and security for the party, Alexei is in charge of making sure none of the lower classes get into the celebration.
  • Chester Fisk - Playboy: The debauchery and indulgence of the life of the upper class run hand in hand with this well-known playboy, younger brother of Jonathon and Francis. He owns the Castle, a hotel known for ruining the reputations of many celebrities and socialites.
  • David Kreig - Author: David published a biting satire on Upper East Side personalities—recently at the tope of the New York Times bestseller list—which everyone suspects is based on actual socialites.
  • Francis Fisk - Real Estate Tycoon: This party is being thrown by Francis in celebration of his company’s twenty-five years of success in real estate. He is very well known and always throws the most elegant parties.
  • Grayson Kreig - Rock Star: A one-hit wonder, Grayson was once part of the band Eagle’s Rose, which has long since broken up.
  • Isaac Corrington - Retired Senator: Although retired from government life, Isaac is the head of the politically active Corrington family. Easily the king of the Upper East Side socialites, Isaac has played the social and political scene for years.
  • Jesse Corrington - Journalist: Editor of a biting online gossip site, Jesse is known for only publishing verifiable rumors. He comes from one of the most powerful families on the Upper East Side.
  • Jonathon Fisk - Outcast: Jonathon runs Fisk Enterprises in Australia and has been invited back to New York for his brother’s big celebration. Rumor says he left due to some scandal that was covered up.
  • Richard den Waldern - Philanthropist: A young but prominent philanthropist, he is known for giving generously to children’s charities around the country. He was recently in Florida on vacation.
  • Sam Lily - Lawyer: Sam is an entertainment lawyer known for his famous clients and sharp sense of humor.
  • Zachary Wellington - Architect: A board member of Fisk Enterprises from Chicago, he is attending the event with his daughter Candice.

Female Roles

  • Ashley LeBois - Editor: Up-and-coming queen of the younger generation, Ashley is the editor of Runway, a popular fashion magazine. She rules the younger generation with well-timed rumors and vicious social takedowns.
  • Candice Wellington - New Girl: Candice is both Zachary’s daughter and his assistant. This is her first time in New York.
  • Davana Gudriov - Housekeeper: Ashley’s maid and housekeeper, Davana has been looking out for Ashley since she was a little girl.
  • Francine (Frank) Rose - Debutante: A cousin of the den Walderns from Florida, Frank recently arrived in New York and is making her debut among the upper class.
  • Gwen Kreig - Rising Star: New to the social scene, Gwen is a fashion designer with cutting-edge style and swift social-climbing ambitions.
  • Helen LeBois - Designer: Helen owns and designs her own line of haute couture fashion, catering only to the rich and fabulous.
  • Irene den Waldern - Party Planner: Irene runs a very successful public relations firm that caters to the Upper East Side and numerous celebrities and socialites. She is throwing this party for Francis.
  • Jo Chase - Filmmaker: New to the scene, Jo makes documentaries and is filming the party for a new documentary.
  • Mercy Neist - Scheming Socialite: A well-known socialite, Mercy mysteriously left New York a few years ago and has only just returned from traveling abroad. She is a troublemaker and a schemer who used to give Ashley a run for her money.
  • Rose den Waldern - Queen: Queen bee of the older socialites, Rose rules the Upper East Side with an iron fist inside a silken glove.

Male or Female Roles

  • Callaway Lee - Bartender: Callaway was hired by Irene to be attentive and discreet as well as to keep the drinks flowing.
  • Jamie Lavigne - Caterer: Jamie was hired by Irene to be attentive and discreet and to make sure the party runs smoothly.
  • Sydney O’Connor - Caterer: Sydney was hired by Irene to be attentive and discreet and to make sure the party runs smoothly.
  • Taylor Walker - Head Caterer: (Played by the Host/Hostess) Taylor was hired by Irene to be attentive and discreet, as well as to run the staff and make sure the party goes as planned.

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

Murder in Manhattan is a 171-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 gossip unique to each character
  • Fully customizable invitations, complete with RSVP cards and guest lists
  • 13 pages of gorgeously illustrated 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 Murder in Manhattan you will also receive the following:

  • Step-by-step printing instructions
  • Two mp3 audio effects for use with your party
  • Instructions on how to use these audio clips 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 montage of the sound effects included with Murder in Manhattan.

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The specific audio files for Murder in Manhattan include:

  • The background sounds of a spirited cocktail party
  • The scream of the murder victim

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30 04 201803:04 AM
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Murder in Manhattan
The party was so much fun! A couple friends of mine had been wanting to throw a murder mystery party for a while. We decided to throw one less than a month ago and even though we pulled the party together on short notice, it turned out awesome! Everyone got super into their characters. It was even better because not everyone knew each other at the party, but it was a great way to bring all of my group of friends together.

We had a slight mishap with trying to turn off the lights during the blackout, so we had one of the characters actually "find the body" by the pool. Her reaction ended up being even better and all the guests were shocked to see who the victim was. I would just make sure to give yourself adequate planning time because this party is very detailed and you can't just breeze through it!
  • We didn't do anything fancy with decorations but everyone dressed up PERFECTLY for each character. Encourage everyone to dress up because it's worth it.
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20 04 201804:17 PM
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Murder in... our backyard
For my best friend's birthday we held the first Murder Mystery party! living in a small house, we held the party in our backyard, and it was a success!! If you plan on indulging in a couple drinks as the host, just make sure you know timing and where you are doing your "events" of the night! You'll get pulled in a lot of directions with food, guests, and playing along!
We had friends get very into their characters! I suggest really highlighting getting dressed up as their character, it makes the night so much more fun!
  • We had many different drinks and a "bubbly bar."
  • I made the scavenger hunt pretty difficult. Guests loved going on the hunt for everything. I put the knife near the trash to go along with the story, which helped guest find it. Very fun!
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31 03 201805:14 PM
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March Birthdays
We had a group of 23 ladies! It went really well, half played the male roles. One mistake I made was I sent both act 1 and 2 to the group in advance. Don’t send act 2, it says who is murdered! Only found that instruction once in the manual. Luckily, most ladies hadn’t read their scripts. Overall, it was a lot of fun and worth the experience. Did require hours of prep if you plan on emailing the parts out. Would definitely do again now that I know what to expect!
  • Appetizers and drinks!
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11 03 201811:50 PM
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The most fun party I have ever had
This was for my birthday party and I went all out - decorations, food, and amazing costumes. The party was a huge success. I still have friends telling me more than a year later how much fun this night was. I think a key aspect of why it was so fun, was that I invited a mixed group of friends. So there were a lot of people at the party who didn't know each other, which helped people get into character more easily.

The materials were extremely thorough, and made it easy for me to organize the whole thing. I added my own twist by making lots of really amazing food (something I enjoy doing), so that really took it to the next level.

I recommend this to anyone!!
  • I made a champagne punch for the party and it was super pretty and delicious: https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/french-75-punch-51171630

    I also made tons of appetizers, including homemade ravioli, pancetta crisps with goat cheese, endive boats with marinated veggies (http://www.marthastewart.com/345535/endive-boats-with-marinated-vegetables), bacon-wrapped shrimp and chicken satay, and lots of gorgeous desserts.
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31 01 201802:39 AM
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30th Birthday Party
This was SO good! The package it came in was great, it made it so easy to organize everything. I just split up the PDF to email it to everyone who was coming. A couple last minute back-outs only took a bit of rearranging but it was no stress. We had 18 people come.

We booked a private room at a nice restaurant and the staff were happy to accommodate our needs for the game, like shutting off the lights, etc. The players really got into character and most people dressed up. It was a blast - I will definitely be getting another murder mystery package from here!
  • Dim lighting, candles, gold balloons - it was classy!
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29 01 201807:26 PM
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Murder in Manhatten
We did this for my friend's 30th birthday party and it was SO good!! It was my first time organizing a murder mystery party and this package was just perfect. It had enough information for a details person like myself to be completely confident in setting it up and hosting the party. I will be doing more of these parties for sure. Highlights were definitely some of the characters and how many people got into it!
  • We booked a room at a local restaurant - it was just easier for a large group.
  • Low lighting, posh place, gold balloons. Most guests wore outfits to correspond with their character - the guy who wore purple was great!
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16 01 201802:32 AM
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Murder in Manhattan
My son and I hosted a 60th birthday party. We had 25 people attend but 30 had RSVP’d. The thing we were disappointed about was I believed the additional parts were developed. Instead the additional rolls beyond 25 are only investigators. But it worked out.

The directions were very thorough and complete. Once my son and I read the directions hree times we knew the details and did need to refer to the notes very often.

We decorated the house with many balloons to define the party area for the game and had a theme that was black gold and silver. Everyone dressed up. We had more women than men so I did have some women take submittals rolls and improvise if they wished to dress as a man, come is a lesbian, or trails. It out of his element of fun.

This is the second murder mystery party I have hosted. you really need to plan at least a month ahead. We did not use the invitations provided using email instead.
  • We served appetizers, wine, beer, Rob and Matt Hatton touch
  • The party was two weeks after Christmas so we use Christmas decorations still as part of our festivities. We change things out and went with black gold and silver theme. I purchased 80 helium balloons for approximately 1000 ft.² to define the party space
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14 01 201809:39 PM
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Blackout, Booze and Blood
I decided to host this party for my husband. He has been very ill and needed a fun night with friends. We were able to fill all the character roles with the exception of the wait staff. I created a facebook invite first to generate excitement, then sent character sheets once confirmed. The party was a huge success!! Everyone dressed to their role and interpreted their characters uniquely. We had two floors of play space and I killed the lights through the circuit breaker for the blackout. This got everyone super excited and we used flameless candles to keep it dim.

We decided to charge $10 per person to play for cash prizes to determine the killer, best costume and actor. Only 2 people figured out the killer! I printed the award certificates and framed them with their award cash in an after party winner's announcement.

The game came with everything I needed to create a flawless night of murder, mystery and fun!! Definitely buying another one as all the guests cannot wait to play again!!
  • I kept things light. I hand passed slider sandwiches, cheese and crackers and bought grape juice served in champagne flutes. My home boasts a large wet bar, so I ensured that was stocked and had signature drinks throughout the night.
  • As for props, we used flameless candles throughout the space made into center pieces with white rose petals and red roses. I bought silver plastic serving trays and carried snacks and drinks around while engaging with the guests. We also created a little buffet in kitchen for those that wanted a plate of food.

    We played Frank Sintra music in the background to keep it classy.
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29 12 201707:53 PM
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Murder in Manhattan - cocktail party turns deadly!
Our extended family played this and had a ball! Ages ranged from 15-70 and there was a part for everyone. Everyone got into character - and continued using the character names long after:)

I had seen another's review that the murderer doesn't have a written confession speech so I ended up writing one since they didn't have all the information. I highly recommend doing that ahead of time!

I do think it was difficult to orchestrate the blackout as guests were in a few different rooms at the time.
  • As the caterer, I passed hors d'oeuvres so that I could hear what the guests were talking about.
  • Classical music was a perfect backdrop and coincidentally, the music hit a crescendo when the murderer was revealed
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12 12 201708:36 PM
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Holiday Murder in NYC
Family, neighbors and friends gathered at a private hall, decorated for the holiday season. You never know who will get into the spirit of the event, and who will carry out their character best. But we had an all star cast and the queen, the caterer,the bartender, and maid all did their part to perfection. the queen mentioned that I had her pegged just right!!!I had 35 guests and would have liked more character parts, but made do with the investigators. just ok. I added a master of ceremonies and he performed to perfection and was a great hit. I also added a greeter who helped with named tags. I must admit the suggestion to decorate the windows with city scape bought from amazon was great.
  • Manhattens were a big hit. I served pork roast and everyone brought a side.
  • clues really helped and 3 guessed the murderer.
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11 12 201704:36 AM
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Murder in Manhatten
Great time. Easy to use scripts and we had a blast. Highly recommend for those looking for larger party participation
  • We did a bring something to share
  • Everyone came in charicter. It was great
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08 12 201711:42 PM
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University society murder mystery night
Every year my Isoc at university raises money for charity week, and so we thought we should do something different on top of the usual events this year - cue murder mystery night! I'd not organised a murder mystery night before, but thankfully the pack was detailed so I was able to plan enough in advance that there weren't any issues or difficulties on the night. We charged £5 entry which all went to charity, and assigned characters as they arrived. It meant nobody could come in costume, which made it a bit harder to tell who was who given the name badges were quite small, but that was only a small issue. We had 30 people turn up which seemed like just the right number. It went down really well, everyone got into character, and had a great time. It was a great social evening and we raised money for charity which is fab. A lot of people said it was the best event of the semester :) so thank you playing with murder for a great evening!
  • We didn't serve a proper meal but had two tables set up with a buffet of snacks and drinks. That was enough for this event.
  • We rented a lounge room in one of the university halls. It was a good size, cosy with lots of sofas and some tables. Really felt like it could be the lounge of a NYC apartment. We had about half the lights on for the first half of the night for ambience, then after the blackout we turned on some fairy lights dotted around the edge of the room and gave everyone LED candles which thankfully were bright enough that we could read our character notes..! Also, one of the arty girls helping organise it made a really cool mug shot photo booth like you see in some of the other photos and that went down really well. We couldn't get the speakers in the room to work so didn't have any music but everyone got so into the mystery that I don't think anyone noticed or minded!
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04 12 201708:12 AM
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THANKSGIVING MURDER MYSTERY DINNER PARTY
We did our thanksgiving dinner with a murder mystery theme! Everyone we invited had such a good time, although some were skeptical at first. We have out everyone’s act 1 description a few days in advance so they could know what costume to come in and a little background. As the host I would just make it clear that you WILL find out who the murderer is and not to let others help you because it doesn’t hide it. A few of us got spoilers because they helped cut and fold paper etc. great theme. We had 20 people who all seemed to have vital roles. We loved it!
  • Something fun we did- we made a wall of reference by printing everyone’s Facebook pictures before they came. It said their real name and their character name by their picture since we had a large group who didn’t all know each other. It was convenient but also funny when people got their and saw their pic on the wall!
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30 10 201702:46 PM
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Fun time!
We decided to throw a Murder mystery for Halloween. Everyone did such a good job of getting into character and we all had a great time!

  • We served appetizers with cocktails.
  • We set the theme with low lighting, great costumes, and cocktails :)

    We had a mugshot photo booth. People did this at the intermission and we got some great shots! I also made trophies for the awards and they were a hit :)
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29 10 201705:12 AM
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College Murder Mystery Event
I am a student at the University of Central Missouri and I work in student activities as an event planner for a group called Spotlight. We put together free events for students every semester and it has been one of my goals to put together a murder mystery party, because they have always seemed so fun to me! I was happy when I found this website and how the pack comes with everything you need to run the event as well as tips on how to have a successful party. This was my very first murder mystery event that I hosted by myself, so I was very nervous and super excited for the night but everything went great! We bought the expansion pack because we can anywhere from 40-200 students come. We ended up with about 60 people, but everyone was super into it especially our murder victim. It was confusing at first for the players because I spent the first 15 minutes assigning everyone roles for the night, but they figured it out as they went along. I would strongly look into doing another murder mystery in the future and using this site to buy another mystery kit because everything was laid out and it made it so easy!
  • We had water and an orange blossom punch that were served in martini glasses to add to the scene. We also serve chips and queso and chix mix as something easy to eat.
  • We created a photo booth with signs for our students to take pictures with.
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