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Murder in Manhattan - Mystery Party Kit

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$39.95



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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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11 09 201810:00 PM
  • more than 1 month(s)
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Best Halloween Murder Mystery Birthday Party
I hosted a Halloween murder mystery birthday party for 30 guests in our small Manhattan apartment using this kit and it was a blast!

Some tips: We used Survey Monkey for the voting so it was easier to tally up the votes quickly. If you have extra people like we did, you can give a few people (like couples or +1s) shared roles instead of adding investigator characters, which worked out for us. I would set aside some extra time after the mystery ends so you as the host have more time to talk to everyone afterward!
  • Halloween themed cookie cake, disco ball
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11 06 201801:03 PM
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Fabulous Fortieth Birthday
My friends and I did the Murder in Manhattan murder mystery for my 40th birthday. I still wanted a 1920s feel and I didn’t want to have the theme be a speakeasy, so Murder in Manhattan worked out perfectly. We had an absolute ball. I had to tweak some of the characters because there was only ladies at the party, but my friends and I had so much fun. This is something that I will definitely plan to do again. I have friends that are in different groups that don’t really know each other, so this gave them an opportunity to mingle with people they only see in pictures on social media. My mom and best friend made it for the party from out of state which made it that much better. Best party I’ve ever had!
  • I had a simple brunch menu. Worked out great, because it wasn’t messy.
  • We had the front of our house set up kind of like a parlor. We already have antique furniture so it was the absolute perfect setting for the party. We didn’t have any music. I wanted to, but it just didn’t work out. People dressed in different clothes from the era. Not everyone wore flapper dresses which I really liked.
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11 04 201804:07 AM
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Great!
We did Murder in Manhatten for our Halloween party. It went great! Everyone had a really good time. There are 2 things I wired change The clue saying someone saw a man and I would change Act 1 so that the murderer and the person killed didn’t know until they absolutely had to. Great party though! Thanks
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31 10 201803:35 AM
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Murder in Manhattan! (Or...Queens!)
Held in the Upper East Side of New York City (aka Queens), guests from all around the globe (aka the tristate area) gathered to celebrate the most anticipated penthouse speculator of the decade – the anniversary of Fisk Enterprises (aka the most exciting Halloween gathering I have hosted at my apartment).

I was pleasantly surprised how all my guests stayed in character and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. While not everyone was an expert in their character’s background, their performances were first-rate. As the head caterer, I would round a corner with a tray of food to find characters enthralled in a heated argument or cover up. At times, I forgot we were playing a game and listened in due to sheer curiosity.

To boost the night’s production value, I used smart light bulbs and switches throughout my apartment controlled through my phone to dynamically affect the mood. For instance, lights flashed and dimmed out to a murderous red when the act was at hand. When we took an intermission, or an announcement was made, the lights switched to a luminous green to alert guests to listen up. That was a hit, and I recommend those for anyone throwing a similar event.

Everyone had the time of their lives. For an event type I had no experience in throwing, it went swell. No one left disappointed. The party took some thoughtful planning, but I have to say I enjoyed every second of it. Without a doubt, I am throwing another murder mystery with a Playing with Murder kit in the near future (I’m eying that cruise one…).
  • Our menu was designed around elegance on a budget. Pizza was ordered, but it was sliced into finger-food style appetizers for a classy touch. We also had classics like pigs-in-a-blanket, chip dips, and bruschetta. A couple of spooky-themed desserts topped off the menu to complement everyone's sweet tooth.
  • The tagline for the party was "A posh Halloween party held in a penthouse". I decorated my apartment with a splash of ornate mixed with ghoulish. "Silver" platters featured pumpkins and leaf garlands while cobwebs littered the rooms. For music, I combined the provided audio from the kit with a collection of spooky undertones from movies and TV shows. Costumes ranged from 1930's pinstripe suits to elegant gowns and even a few clever Halloween guises here and there. In addition, I combined the prop cards with real life objects to benefit everyone’s interaction in the game. A little fake blood went a long way, too.
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30 10 201804:33 PM
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Real life Gossip Girl
SO FUN! I was worried it was going to be way too complicated and confusing but once the party started everything fell together perfectly. The guests were so into it and only 3 of the 14 guests pinned the murder on the right person which I actually loved because it wasn’t obvious who did it. I’d love more complex games like this one!
  • Silver and black, very upscale and classy.
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28 10 201803:43 AM
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It was amazing!!!!
We had the Murder in Manhattan Party. It was a lot of fun, ran smoothly..... everyone was really into their character. Which i gave everyone there info weeks before the party. I did hold on to act 2 till the party started.
  • We did a appy potluck. this works great!!
  • I made decorations for the windows so it looks like we could see the city lights
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21 10 201805:31 AM
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No Occassion! Just a fun night with great company
My partner and I had 20-25 guest attend our Murder in Manhattan mystery night. Everyone dressed for the occasion and it was a great night for all (except the murder victim when he/she found out they were ‘the one’)
  • Cocktail bar of course
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    • @40Stobie%C2%A0does the host need to play the role of Taylor%3F I want to host it but I dont want to play it as I will have another group playing another game that I need to watch. thanks
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      For this game, the host is assigned the role of Taylor. While this role isn't strictly necessary, host oversight definitely is required. If you will also be overseeing another game, we would strongly recommend that you secure an assistant who can devote their full attention to Murder in Manhattan. If you have additional questions, please feel free to email us at service@playingwithmurder.com. Thanks!
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15 10 201801:00 AM
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A Night to Die for!!
This was an awesome kit. It was our first time hosting a party like this and we nailed it. We had 24 people. It was amazing to hear how many people studied their parts. I can’t wait to host another party!!
  • I went on my own here. I served Lasanga, Salad, garlic bread and dessert. I had everything in Chaffee dishes so it looked like it was really catered. I even made aprons for my caterer characters
  • My decorations came in to play with the table setting. I bought plastic Plates that looked like China from Party City. Centerpieces were easy but really added the extra flair. I also had plastic flutes, wine glasses and martini glasses for everyone to drink out of.
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14 10 201802:07 PM
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A night to die for!!!
This was my first time every throwing a murder mystery dinner and thanks to this kit it went perfectly!! I created a Facebook event to do my invites and once confirmed I then mailed/handed out the parts. We had 24 people. Only 1 person canceled. Everyone got into character in their own unique ways and it was fantastic. It was really funny to hear how many people actually study for their parts. Hands down best party I have ever thrown.
  • So I did my own thing for this. For so many people I wanted it to be easy so I have salad, lasagna, garlic bread and Dessert. With such a large crowd it was perfect!! I had it all set up in Chaffer dishes so it really looked catered. Someone actually thought I catered on the side.
  • I held the party at my house. I bought fancy plastic plates from party city. The ones I bought looked real!! It was awesome cause you felt like you were eating on China and I didn’t have to do dishes. My tables were my decorations. I had nice cheap centerpieces and all plates on gold chargers. I really feel like that set the tone. Everyone was amazed. I also made me an apron with a name so it looked like I was a real catering company. I made one for all the caterer roles.
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09 06 201811:06 PM
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Murder in Manhattan
The party actually went way better than I thought it was going to! I was nervous that people weren’t going to enjoy themselves or get bored, but everyone was entertained throughout the whole evening!
  • I didn’t actually make all of the food like the invitations said, I asked everyone to bring one appetizer with them. It worked out amazingly and saved me a lot of work!
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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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03 11 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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