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Murder in Manhattan - Mystery Party Kit


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Murder in Manhattan

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
Gossip, treachery & murder at an upscale NYC party…


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.


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!


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.

You can choose whether you'd like the Standard or Expanded version of a game when you add it to your cart.

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

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.

Play audio sample:


Alternative content

The specific audio files for Murder in Manhattan include:

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

Murder in Manhattan
By on at 03:04 AM (GMT)
  • 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.
Murder in... our backyard
By on at 04:17 PM (GMT)
  • 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!
March Birthdays
By on at 05:14 PM (GMT)
  • 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!
The most fun party I have ever had
By on at 11:50 PM (GMT)
  • 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:

    I also made tons of appetizers, including homemade ravioli, pancetta crisps with goat cheese, endive boats with marinated veggies (, bacon-wrapped shrimp and chicken satay, and lots of gorgeous desserts.
30th Birthday Party
By on at 02:39 AM (GMT)
  • 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!
Murder in Manhatten
By on at 07:26 PM (GMT)
  • 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!
  • Watch my video
Murder in Manhattan
By on at 02:32 AM (GMT)
  • 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
Blackout, Booze and Blood
By on at 09:39 PM (GMT)
  • 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.
Murder in Manhattan - cocktail party turns deadly!
By on at 07:53 PM (GMT)
  • 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
  • Watch my video
Holiday Murder in NYC
By on at 08:36 PM (GMT)
  • 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.
  • Watch my video
Murder in Manhatten
By on at 04:36 AM (GMT)
  • 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
University society murder mystery night
By on at 11:42 PM (GMT)
  • 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!
By on at 08:12 AM (GMT)
  • 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!
Fun time!
By on at 02:46 PM (GMT)
  • 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 :)
College Murder Mystery Event
By on at 05:12 AM (GMT)
  • 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.
  • Watch my video
Friday the 13th Murder in Manhattan
By on at 10:40 PM (GMT)
  • We did our party on Friday the 13th so the decor was Halloween themed. It was a ton of fun and everyone really got into their characters. We were concerned that the guests who weren’t familiar with each other would have trouble interacting but it gave everyone a reason to come out of their shells.
    Overall it was fantastic and we had a tonne of fun!
  • Finger food
  • Halloween themed, lots of candles and LED flickering lights
Murder in Manhattan
By on at 09:28 PM (GMT)
  • The party was a huge success. I was surprised at how everyone really took to their characters and played along with the storyline.

    The instructions were easy to follow and the audio extras are great!
  • We had a specialty cocktail, Manhattans of course. We chose purchase most of the food from a local grocery store that also does catering.
  • The group had a great time voting for the best costume. The winner received a box of chocolates.
Friends from different groups meet for the first time
By on at 11:35 AM (GMT)
  • I decided it was about time for my friends of different friend groups (childhood, high school, college, work) to meet- and this party was such a great hit!
    Interestingly enough, it was easier for everyone to talk to each other in character so it made for a very smooth transition for them to chat out of character. I put up everyone's picture with their real and character names on the wall so people could refer to it instead of search through the crowd for the right name tag. I also took out some of the unnecessary characters in the story so everyone felt like they were an important character.
    The print outs were really helpful and well done. The only two things I would be aware of is that 1) the murderer doesn't have a written confession speech and 2) even though it says there has to be a minimum of 10 characters, read through the descriptions and you will find that you will want at least a group of 15. I ended up making a confession speech for the murderer since they didn't have all the juicy information. And as for the characters, once I really knew what was going on and who knew who and why, I had to ask a few extra friends to come last minute since these characters had to be there.
    Overall, I really enjoyed the murder mystery! All my guests were still talking about it a week later. Highly recommend!!
  • I got plastic champagne glasses and we ended up finishing six bottles of wine. I had everyone bring in a snack or finger food (it took place at 8pm, after dinner). We had a pizza break during the intermission. I wrote a toast for the "party planner" character to start the night.
  • We have a big space in our apartment so it *felt* like we were in a nice fancy NYC apartment. I used recent music hits in the background since I wanted it to feel like a party. All my guests had great costumes, from glamorous dresses to fake glasses and moustaches.
Murder in Manhattan Eric's 50th!
By on at 12:54 AM (GMT)
  • This was for my dad's 50th birthday party. It went very well, everyone really enjoyed themselves! The number one highlight was the murder scene that was played out for everyone to see. We all laughed so hard! The people playing the characters did a fabulous job! We used four different themed rooms for the characters to go into. A lot of people snuck off to have "private conversations" after the dinner had concluded. This led to an even more mysterious atmosphere because everyone was always keeping tabs on everyone else thinking they were missing something.
  • As for what food we had, we were all family so we just did it casual style potluck!
  • We held this at my parent’s business so the rooms we used were already decorated. We used the sound files that came with the download & they worked out well. We made custom name tags with their normal picture on it, but used their character names. The majority of everyone had great costumes.
Murder In Manhatan
By on at 10:49 PM (GMT)
  • It was the most fun I had in a long time.Everyone stayed in character all thru the whole party.We had appertisers,Champagne,Then moved to dining room for soup,salad,wine,main course,dessert.Then lights won't out.We all wore formal attire and dressed according to their character Loads of fun and mystery .We played classical music.we had 14guest 5 guessed the murderer. We had 2servers plus myself , who also had part.It worked out great.
First of many murder mystery parties!
By on at 09:21 PM (GMT)
  • I've wanted to attend a murder mystery party for years but never had the chance. Finally, I decided to host my own! The party was so much fun. We had 26 RSVPs. It worked out perfectly, I only had one person as an Investigator. Then, two hours before the party, I had a couple drop out. I replaced the investigator (male) with the male character that dropped out. We played with only one character missing but it didn't make much of a difference, really.
    I can't decide if I preferred knowing who the killer was ahead of time or not. I'm a planner and organizer so I liked knowing and being able to plan accordingly but I also would have liked to see if I could guess the killer.
    I was a little apprehensive about the "caterer" characters at first. I didn't want to invite people to a party then ask them to serve food and drink. But I had a few guests on the shy side who preferred not to have super social characters so I assigned them caterers. Once they arrived I told them they did not have to serve anything but if they wanted to use it as an excuse to jump into conversation they could. That worked out great.
    Everyone arrived at 6pm. I gave everyone a chance to get drinks and mingle for about an hour, then I passed out name tags and said we would be "officially starting". This worked well because people got a few drinks in them and loosened up a little so they were less nervous, I think.
    It might have worked a little too well because I had a hard time getting everyone's attention when it was time for the scavenger hunt :)
    Everyone was having so much fun and that made me happy!
    Towards the end, everyone was slinging accusations at each other and when it came time for voting, out of the 24 people, I only had 4 people guess correctly. The mystery was just hard enough that it was challenging but not impossible. I was glad for that.
    We finished the game at 10pm. I probably could have wrapped it up sooner if I had moved the game along faster, but everyone was having so much fun laughing and talking, I hated to interrupt. There was never a lull in conversation or the game the entire night.
    We got great feedback from our guests and have already decided this will be an annual event!
  • We decided to go with heavy hor d'oeuvres. I ordered a large tray from Chik-fil-a then got several finger foods from Costco. All the food was set up in the dining room so guests could help themselves. I also purchased a large pizza and popped it in the oven around 10pm. This worked out great as people were starting to get hungry again by the end of the night.
    As far as drinks, we had everything: Beer, Wine, Liquor; our guests could help themselves with whatever drink they liked.
  • I ordered a New York skyline from Amazon. I cut it out and placed it on all the windows, this helped set the scene tremendously.
    I started out playing the cocktail party sounds that were provided. But by the time everyone showed up, it was so loud from all the different conversations that you couldn't even hear it. I also used the other sound effect that was included, That worked out okay, I'm not sure everyone could hear it even though I played it through our sound bar.
    As far as the invitations: I sent out an Evite first. Then once I got everyone's RSVPs I emailed them their character sheets individually.
    There were only a couple characters that had really specific costume suggestions. Both guests committed fully to their role and it was fantastic!'
Murder Mystery in Manhatten Solved!
By on at 02:44 AM (GMT)
  • Our MOPS (mom's group) had a date night and this murder mystery party was perfect!! The victim and the killer were so into it and made the party very exciting. The people involved got extremely into character and had a wonderful time!
  • We had a sign up for everyone to bring a classy pick-up item. The "caterers" were able to carry around trays of any of the food offered and guests were able to eat whenever they chose. The drink offered was a delicious cherry limeade topped of with limes. (Sprite, frozen limeade, cherry macchiato juice, cherries and limes) Delicious!
  • We had the "cocktail" party at our host church in a parlor. The room had a good many lamps so we turned off all the lights and just used lamps and and candles. We used a jazz station on Spotify for background music. Overall, the mood was perfect for the party.
Murder in Manhattan NYE party
By on at 02:53 PM (GMT)
  • We did the party for new years eve. This was our fourth murder mystery party and one of the best yet. We used the smart things home automation routines to slowly bring in the rolling blackouts creating some suspense. We started at about 8:30 pm and finished right at 11:45 pm just in time for a midnight toast for the new year and watching the ball drop. I would recommend this party for the veteran party host.
  • Our Caters handed out the following
    Bacon wrapped scallops
    Deviled Crab balls
    Lasagna Ravioli
    Buffalo Chicken Ragoon
    Spinach artichoke bread bowl dip

    We also did a champagne bar with
    Blackberry-thyme champagne cocktail
    margarita Champagne cocktail
    cotton candy champagne cocktail
    and raspberry sorbet champagne cocktail
Another Success!
By on at 01:00 AM (GMT)
  • What fun!! My biggest event yet!
    Forty ready-to-play guests all came in perfect costume and character. Laughter and hilarity abundant! Seven Keen Detectives! Heavy hors d'oeuvrves and Manhattans, our signature drink, satisfied all. Poor victim! Done in by his/her real life offspring! Lol!
  • Pulled Pork Sliders
    BBQ Meatballs
    Egg Rolls
    Cold Shrimp
    Deviled Eggs
    Bite size Rubens
    Stuffed Dates
    Cheese, Dips and Crackers
    Assorted Two-Bite Desserts
    Wine, Champagne and Signature Manhattans!!
Not your older brothers' murder mystery party.
By on at 07:34 PM (GMT)
  • The occasion was a friend's birthday. She wanted a party that didn't draw a lot of attention on her but where everyone was having a good time. This was a terrific time; everyone was into it. Lasted about 2-3 hours.
  • Ordered small sandwiches and cheese platter from the grocery store. Lots of wine.
Murder in Manhattan
By on at 02:05 AM (GMT)
  • Upon entry people collected a name badge and were ticked off from the guest list at a lectern.

    The opening speech was given and everyone was offered drinks.

    Characters then spread out to gather information about each other.

    As the evening went on and it got darker a "blackout" occurred and the scream of [the victim] was heard.

    The scavenger hunt lasted only a short time but some characters decided to deliberately withhold evidence pertaining to their characters until pressed by the group.

    After a lengthy discussion where each person was given the opportunity to read all evidence and make their mind up on who the killer was, the voting cards were handed out and each player cast their votes for the killer, best actor, and best costume.

    The votes were very close across all categories with no one voting for themselves! The killer was discovered however and the awards were handed out.
  • Jalapeño poppers
    Panchetta wrapped asparagus
    Mint yogurt mini toasts
    Mini cupcakes
  • We sent out the invitations in envelopes containing the invitation, RSVP card, and character sheet to each players home a few weeks in advance.

    We went with 20's themed costumes as it distinguished the business and other upper class characters from the others. It was amazing to see eveyones costumes all very well 20's themed with lots of tassals, feathers, pearls, and even an old camera!

    We played the sound effect for the room chatter that was included but felt it was getting a bit stale so switched to a video of cafe chatter about an hour in.
Murder in Manhattan
By on at 04:01 AM (GMT)
  • Such a fun party! I had about 25 people there A lot who didn't know each other but everyone got along so well due to the suggested prompts in the scripts. It's helpful to have one other person who knows and can help you manage the light for the black out. Super good time we'll do it again.
Homicide on the Upper East Side
By on at 10:52 AM (GMT)
  • We hosted a murder mystery dinner for 17 guests. It was held at a beautiful venue and an outside caterer did the food. Our guests got into character SO well and all put in a huge amount of effort.
    One big error noted in the script: Rose den Walden's info sheet says that Helen LeBois was previously married, but Helen LeBois did not know about this. Also some grammar/spelling errors and typos.

    7/17 guests guessed the murderer correctly, which I think reflects that the game is the perfect level of difficulty.
  • We tried to do fancy, Manhattanite food - tartlets for starters, lamb shank for main course and cheesecake and coffee for dessert.
This was fantastic for a Halloween/Birthday party!
By on at 09:19 PM (GMT)
  • I had this party for my boyfriends birthday party/ Halloween. The party was fairly easy to plan, the manual outlines every step by step. To make it even easier I had a potluck style dinner instead of preparing everything myself. It all went great! As people started to arrive we let them interact as normal and then when everyone had arrived we sang happy birthday, blew out candles, and then started the game and everyone got straight into character! It was hilarious to watch.I highly recommend if you are looking for an entertaining evening!
  • We had a potluck style dinner and everyone brought appetizer type food. Such as cheeseburger and pulled pork sliders, chicken tenders, barbecue smokies, ect. Most themed food was mummy-shaped oreo balls! We also had plenty of drinks which definitely helped the success of the party. We had a pumpkeg (see attached images), themed jello shots, sangria, and more!
  • I decorated for Halloween which was easier and cheaper than going with the Upper East Side Theme. However, people dressed as the theme for the game and it set the mood really well. I didn't use the background noise that came with the game, instead we had a halloween/cocktail party playlist.
Murder in Manhattan
By on at 04:32 PM (GMT)
  • We had the most fun! We decided to do it around Halloween to get all of our friends together for some catching up and just something fun. We thought this would be the best idea!
  • We wanted to stay with the theme of cocktail party so we had each guest bring appetizer style food. So we had a lot of dips, clams casino, stuffed mushrooms, etc.
  • Since we did do the party around Halloween we decided to kind of dectorate Halloween style. We had an entry way that had a sign that said "a little party never killed nobody" and letters with the guests names on them, in these letters it was kind of bullet point information for each individual guest just in case they weren't fully prepared. We also had a sign that gave our friends snapchat name because her character was Jo Chase and she was making a documentary. So then everything was recorded on her snapchat story.
Murder in Manhatten cocktail Party
By on at 12:15 AM (GMT)
  • Decided to do this for Halloween and because I've always wanted to do a murder mystery party. We ended up having less then the required amount of guests (I didn't see the games with less players at the time). It still went great though and was very fun. Everyone got into character easily. The kid was very helpful but a little pricey for my taste. I enjoyed it as did my guests though.
  • We had pork sausage stuffed mushrooms.
    Brownie bites with chocolate covered strawberries
    Lemon bars.
    Steak kabobs
    With lots of wine and shots.
Melanie's Murder In Manhattan B-Day Mystery Party
By on at 06:36 PM (GMT)
  • I held this event for my wife's birthday and we had an amazing time. There were a total of 20 people involved in the game so definitely plenty of suspects. I had the event catered and a cake made as well as beer, wine, and cosmopolitans to drink (it is upper east side Manhattan right??) I really did my best to follow the instructions laid out to a "T" and feel that this murder mystery game is the best one I have ever been involved in (this is my 3rd one, but 1st as a host). I feel that now we have set a bar to do this again next year and even better :-)
  • I had a local Italian restaurant catering laid out, made Cosmos, and had a cake made following the theme (they even had blood spatter icing) and it all went over really well
  • I sent out everyone's character sheets to them in the mail and everyone enjoyed dressing up and playing their parts. I didn't use the audio files, I just played some old school Jazz music in the back. I did get LED candles for the blackout and hide the clues around very well and at the end had card stock awards for the end of game made up with small party favors to go along and we decorated our house plenty of fresh flowers and gold, black, and silver coloring and finished everything off with cake, champagne, and cosmos
Murder Manhattan
By on at 09:15 PM (GMT)
  • This is our 2nd Annual Murder Mystery Party and as always, it was a blast! Everyone had such a great time, especially the newcomers this year. There was a lot of information to study but everyone stayed in character and it was so much fun. I bought the expansion pack so we could invite more people this year which works out great for those who don't want to act or study at all.
Murder in Manhattan
By on at 10:37 PM (GMT)
  • We hosted the Murder in Manhattan for a 40th birthday party with 33 guests (used 6 Private Investigators plus the 25 roles).

    We took the time to give people roles (characters) that fit their personalities (outgoing people with roles where they needed to feel comfortable interacting and being loud...). This, along with everyone coming dressed to their role, were a few of the reasons the event was a tremendous success.

    Throughout the party we had 'caterers' walking around with food (appetizers) and drinks in hand for the 'guests', and the bartender did a great job ensuring no glass was empty.

    Everyone left that evening commenting how much fun they had and what a great time.

    We are thinking about making this a yearly party!
  • We had a lot of appetizers- meatballs, cheese plate, spring roles, pizza (toward the end of the evening), crackers, dip.

    We served wine, beer and lots of cocktails.
  • We had Christmas lights on a railing to give the allure of a penthouse party. Lights were on dim. Music playing in the background. We used the kitchen for the 'caterers' and bartender. Most people stayed in the other rooms to socialize.
murder in Manhattan
By on at 02:55 PM (GMT)
  • 35th bday - success! 13 couples - so much fun! None of us had even been to a party like this. Most of us are parents and rarely do much "fun" stuff. We had a bb sitter in the other room ... And the adults had a blast! We dressed in costumes and arrived in part ready to place. The story line is great, easy to plan and we planned a Buffett style menu including drinks. The Bloody Mary's were a success, a friend made a cake that looked like a high rise building & a martini glass with blood handprint. Definitely going to plan another party for this summer!!
  • Meat balls, soup & rolls, shrimp cocktail with veggies & dip, crime scene popcorn (popcorn with red food coloring & white chocolate drizzled over the popcorn ) blood spattered fudge (white fudge with red food coloring drizzled over it) we served wine/beer/ & bloody Mary's along aith non alcohol drinks.
  • Grayson - showed up looking a lot like Bret Michaels - aka burned out 80's rock star.
    Chester - got a rockin pin striped suit at goodwill paired with a purple silk shirt... He's A retired farmer in real life - looked super awesome! The girls- we r all moms of small kids and scoring ci tail dresses at goodwill & breaking old bridesmaid dresses was so much fun! Girls of all ages love playing dress up!! Turning 35 was amazing and so I have fun!!
29th Birthday
By on at 08:30 PM (GMT)
  • We decided to celebrate my 29th Birthday with a Murder Mystery party! We had the family over for delicious food, lots of laughs, and of coarse....murder! We had the BEST time! Everyone dressed up (my sister in law really embraced her character, I will attach a photo) and we had so much fun! It was so hilarious listening to everyone interrogate and gossip about each other. We had a couple of write in guests (Disney princesses) that joined us for dinner and then watched a movie while the adults finished the game. Perfect for a night with family or friends! I would say that this is the most thought out murder mystery party I have ever seen. Lots of character options, a fun and easy story line, and the scavenger hunt is a fun addition. I would recommend this party to anybody! We plan on having another party to celebrate New Years in a month or so! Thanks for making my Birthday great!
  • I picked one of my favorite dinners since it was MY birthday. Chicken pillows and a Mashed Potato bar!
Murder at home
By on at 12:17 PM (GMT)
  • A good idea for my birthday. Everyone was fantastic, dressed for the ocassion. They went very well in their respective characters.
    The whole house was the stage and it was fun. All guests enjoyed the mystery and research.
    I totally recommend it.
  • Trays with snacks and drinks for the beggining.
    A table decorated with drinks and a good meal to give atmosphere to the evening.
    And finally exclusive cocktails for guests.
  • Chandeliers, flowers and everyone dressed gave the evening a fantastic look.
Murder in Manhattan (Colorado-style)
By on at 12:17 AM (GMT)
  • Everyone who attended our party (hosted Dec. 2014) had an absolute blast. I created my own invitations jazzed up with jewels and printed on card-stock. Mailed each invitee his/her own character bio and invite. Everyone dressed up to play the part. All 25 parts were filled hours before the party, due to some changes in plans by friends.

    Highly recommend this! Although no one invited had ever been to a Murder Mystery Party, it was a hit. The murderer was nailed by night's end!
  • We had dinner catered: Pasta with chicken breast in butter sauce. Salad. The Manhattan cocktail was the drink specialty for the night. The next time we host, we will ask for all who attend that they BYOB b/c we didn't realize how costly it would be to do it all on our own!
  • We went with silver, gold, black and red colors. Had streamers throughout the house. Used my son's blackboard easel to welcome everyone at the door. Ordered an awesome fondant cake with blood and pearl decor. Everyone dressed in cocktail dresses, suits, tie and some even rented a tux!
Murder in Manhattan - The Elite all have something to hide
By on at 11:27 AM (GMT)
  • This was the perfect idea for my 25th Birthday. I wanted to do something different to commemorate my quarter life birthday and have heard about Murder mystery parties but never known anyone whose done one before.

    My 20 guests including myself or Taylor Walker was i was known for the night all gathered in the dining room of my house to begin a Murder in Manhattan. No one had been to one of these parties before but we're all very eager to participate.

    When darkness struck on New York City and the power went out one of my guests didn't make it past dinner but who was it and where was the murderer. All my guests dressed up in elegant evening wear with the gentlemen in suits and ladies in dresses and a lot of shinning jewelry.

    As the night progressed their was a scavenger hunt for clues and more and more secrets about my guests started to surface. Everyone laughed and got into character and the night was 100% a success and i would definately host another one.
  • We had a cocktail menu of Sausage rolls, Pies, Spring Rolls, Chicken Wings, Shazliks, Wedges. All accompanied with White and Red wine for the ladies and fine Scotch for the gentlemen, followed by after dinner Baileys.
  • Black & White theme with balloons, table clothes and banners, napkins in wine glasses and black and white individual cookies for each guest to take home.
By on at 01:12 AM (GMT)
  • For most including the hostess this was the first time we had done a murder - a notice went up on the board and before we knew it there were 25 participants!! We followed the party plan and it all went really well everyone had a ball! Everyone got into character in their own unique ways and it was fantastic.
  • We did a potluck finger food BYO kept costs down and was really interesting.
  • We had a painted background in the formal lounge for photo ops and a dance floor in the family room as well as the dining/mingling area in the dining room. The invites said formal attire but there were a lot of NZ variations on the theme which was great.
A party to kill for!
By on at 06:56 AM (GMT)
  • This was origanilly going to be for our reunion, but decided at the last minute to use it for my son 17th birthday party. He was nervous about who to invite mostly because he only has a few close friends. So he decided to invite his entire youth group which is about 35 kids. However we had a total of 20 attend. I think everyone was a little nervous at first because this was everyone's first murder mystery party! However once the welcome, the rules and the story back ground was out of the way everyone got busy trying to find out all the secrets. I was a little surprised with how they all interacted and tried very hard to get into their roles. They all did really well and had a great time! I think the most exciting part was the surprise that there was actually a black out( wink wink ) and then there was someone lying dead on the ground! That's when I think the few sluggish guest decided that this was a lot of fun and everyone was way more excited to try to figure what was going on! All the kids had a great time and my son was so happy with his party? Thanks
  • I did bite size every thing ,cheese cake, cookies, brownies, donut holes and veggies with dip. Then we had a self serve lemon aid drink.
  • The party was in the basement with a walk out patio. So we brought in some small tables about 2 1/2 feet across and then we made chairs out of buckets with a pillow and a piece of material over that held down by a rubber band. Our party colors were blue and sliver. Blue table clothes and silver covers for our bucket chairs. We had white Christmas lights stapled to the wall around the room to creat a ambiance. When the lights went out we had only the Christmas lights come back on to help withy the effect of emergency light . We had my son play list playing softly in the back ground
Easy, fun and would do it again
By on at 01:31 PM (GMT)
  • My son was turning 16 and we had been kicking around several ideas. We landed on a murder mystery and I found Playing with Murder. By far the best out there. THe party was a hit! All the kids loved it!
    They are begging for another one,
    Easy to use well written and would use this company again.
  • We had a simple pasta dinner, Went cheap on that feeding teenagers. Had sparkling lemonade, cider and grape juice.
  • I bought a skyscraper backdrop off amazon and put it up in a window.. Threw down a red carpet and created a "photo booth" area.
Murder in Manhattan
By on at 10:51 PM (GMT)
  • Our party was a blast! Playing with Murder provided everything we needed to host a great party. We had 17 people and were amazed at how everyone played their character to the full extent. Would definitely host another!
  • We really made it easy and turned it into a cocktail party featuring manhattans and champagne, as well as beer and wine. Everyone brought a "finger food" to share while we provided pork sliders among other food as well.
  • We decorated in silver and black, used all glass and silver dishes- no paper. Played Frank Sinatra in the background. Many of our guests dressed in costume. We have no pictures to share. Some of the guests took pictures on their phones but I was the head caterer and it was difficult for me to run the party and take pictures. Next time, we'll do a video!
Best party ever!
By on at 10:42 PM (GMT)
  • I was recently in charge of planning an event for the Italian Society I am a part of in my uni in London. I am honestly so proud I chose this! The party went on extremely smooth, everyone identified themselves so unexpectedly much in their characters, it was just hilarious. The plot wasn't simple and yet it was quite easy to follow for all the guests The characters are very well described and the night was full of surprises.
  • For the dinner I've opted for tons of finger food and snacks, which made it easy for me to prepare and for them to carry around while chatting.
  • I have been updating the guests every few days for a couple of weeks adding always more details to the evening description (like theme and characters) to make them curious. Everyone dressed up to the theme, which was quite of an easy one.
Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Big Hit!
By on at 04:30 AM (GMT)
  • This package was amazing! VERY easy to navigate and my guests had a blast! I particularly liked that the murder occurred during the party. I would definitely recommend Murder in Manhattan to anyone seeking to try this for the first time.
Murder in Manhattan
By on at 02:52 PM (GMT)
  • What an awesome party! Thank you Playing with Murder. I held the murder in manhattan themed party for my birthday celebration last week Saturday. I had 25 friends attend and everyone really got into character. Such a great time and very easy to host. Overwhelming feedback was that we NEED to do this again!
  • Our menu was just appetizers and drinks. We of course had manhattan's as drinks as well as martinis, wine and beer.
  • Getting all dressed up as if we were the fanciest of people
Murder in Manhattan
By on at 09:42 AM (GMT)
  • My casual "dessert and bubbly" birthday evening was enhanced significantly by the Murder In Manhattan mystery. It was a perfect way for guests who did not know each other to mix and have fun. They all got into it and the actual staged murder was brilliant. Also, I found Ken to be extremely efficient in emailing back when I had questions - he was very helpful and pleasant to deal with. Thanks for making my birthday one to remember!
  • Dessert and bubbly night - champagne and lavish desserts
  • I decorated with flowers, candles and the desserts. We played music from iTunes Radio, used the murder sound effect from the party pack, and provided each guest with an element to their character's costume (bow tie/wig/apron)
looking forward to playing again
By on at 11:39 AM (GMT)
  • It went really well thank you, everyone was guessing right to the every end and even when voting no one got the actual murderer.
Everyone had a great time
By on at 06:27 AM (GMT)
  • I was impressed with the ease of the event. Having never even been to a murder mystery, the instructions created a format that was easy to follow. Everyone had a great time. My only complaint would be the amount of time needed to calculate the winners and fill in the awards.
Overall, it was fantastic!
By on at 07:37 AM (GMT)
  • I absolutely loved the mystery party. The character descriptions were great, the detailed instructions were fantastic, and everything in my party went according to plan!

    The only thing I would have asked differently is somehow the clues be more incorporated. I found that a lot of the guests and myself were confused on how certain clues were meant to be found and incorporated. This was a little unclear.

    Overall, it was fantastic! I would love to throw another one.
We thoroughly enjoyed our Murder Mystery Party!
By on at 06:14 AM (GMT)
  • Unfortunately we did not document with photographs! We had an age range from 14 years old to 75 and everyone had a blast! Thank you for making our first experience with an on line purchase of this sort of game.
Great customer service and high quality game
By on at 11:10 AM (GMT)
  • I have a small amount of things to say, which I'll outline below.

    1. The service you provide is impeccable. Firstly, the quality of your mysteries, at the given price, catering to so many players was great. Living in South Africa with the exchange rate, my budget didn't allow me to spend $50+ which was the cost of some parties catering to the number of guests I needed.

    2. Aside for the price and high quality of the mystery, I was exceptionally pleased by the help of Ken in particular. Whenever I had questions (including indecisiveness over which mystery to go with) he was there to advise.

    3. Regarding the game itself the only thing I really have to say is regarding a couple of the characters.

    3.1 The maid character (I don't have the mystery on hand so can't recall her name) didn't really have much to do. While it was alright to give to a quieter personality, my friend who played this character really didn't have much to do.

    3.2 In the guidebook where you put asterix' for the NB characters you can't leave out, I felt it could be helpful to also highlight the potential suspects. I didn't realise the person I'd cast in that role would be so involved, and they didn't really handle it very well. By knowing which characters are suspect (as we know who the murderer is anyway as the host) it could be great to be able to pick suspects who we know will be able to play against the suspected murderer.

    3.3 Regarding the waitoring staff, I know they are just extra characters to allow more players into the game but I didn't feel they had much to do (aside for serving food, which as the host I wasn't happy with my guests doing). Again while these roles are good for more quiet personalities, the role could also be considered dull which can result in bored guests. It could be great to even give the waitoring staff particular gossip and goals beyond just serving food and knowing who each character is.

    Our Murder Mystery party ran so well and so smoothly. All of our guests had such a great time, as it was really something unique they had always wanted to do but never had the opportunity. I did write a blog post on our experience, and would happy to write more. Please see the link here:

    I hope you have a fantastic week. Would love to see new mysteries being written, especially with a larger cast (can't help it we have so many friends who love this type of thing).

    Thank you again for all your help and this fantastic service.
Satisfied with game but disappointed host knows murderer
By on at 08:59 PM (GMT)
  • This is the third year we've held a Murder Mystery party and the first year that we've used your company. Overall we were quite satisfied with the game. The characters were fun and there was good information provided on each one, making it easy for guests to come prepared.

    All of that being said, we were very disappointed that, as hosts, we had to find out who the murderer was. There is no reason for the host to be in on the secret, and with the other company that we've used in the past we were surprised at the end along with everyone else. The only reason we knew who it was is because the certificate has the murderer's name on it. This is totally unnecessary and did make it so that we didn't enjoy ourselves as much as in the past.
  • To add a fun twist, and encourage people to dress up, we decided to theme the party 1980's. It was a fun twist.
Great success!!
By on at 05:09 PM (GMT)
  • Our murder mystery party was a great success!! The night was so much fun and it was great to see everyone dressed up and in character! It was also such a great way for everyone to interact and meet new people. And the murderer was so unexpected which made it all the more fun! The party guidebook, invites and character sheets were all really helpful and self-explanatory which made it very easy to host the night. I will definitely being throwing one of these parties again!
wonderful party
By on at 01:37 AM (GMT)
  • Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful party! I had the murder mystery this past weekend and we had 23 characters! Everyone had a blast and can't wait for the next one!

    I loved how easy it was to set up and to run through-out the night. Everyone got into character and it couldn't have gone any smoother.

    Thanks again for providing a fun and entertaining night of Murder Mystery!
Party was great!
By on at 12:55 AM (GMT)
  • Our Murder in Manhattan party was great! All of the guests came dressed up and stayed in character as they discussed the different clues and motives of the people around them. We had a big spaghetti dinner to supplement the event--it really made it feel like a banquet for Fisk Enterprises.

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