So, you love a mystery – curling up with the latest Grisham novel or shivering to the eerie sounds of Psycho. Maybe you like testing your powers of observation in an online murder adventure. Or, you anxiously wait for your turn to proudly announce, “Colonel Mustard did it in the Conservatory with a candlestick.” Perhaps you prefer the hard boiled detective genre, or the lighter, cozy model. Whatever your poison, you can’t get enough of the whodunit.
But, when the games afoot, do you wish you could be more than just a casual observer? Do you find yourself yelling at the t.v. “The butler did it!”? Have you discovered the killer twenty pages before the gumshoe? Then, maybe you’re ready to take your skills to the next level. No, I don’t mean apply to the FBI. I’m talking about being part of an interactive murder mystery.
Whether it’s hosting a murder mystery for your next dinner party or attending a mystery weekend complete with costumes and red herrings or maybe even an entire week’s mystery cruise, there’s a fix out there for every mystery addict – depending on your budget.
For those on a more conservative budget, or the do-it-yourselfers, there are murder mystery party game kits starting at about $29.95. Kits vary and can be for different size groups as well as age groups, but most include notes, instructions, invitations, and character sheets. Some even include suggested “theme” recipes and can be scripted or non-scripted. Doing a quick internet search will provide lots of interactive mystery game providers; host-party.com, NightOfMystery.com, and MyMysteryParty.com are just a few.
If you prefer to let someone else do all the work, then a mystery dinner theater might be the thing for you. Places like the Cloak & Dagger Dinner Theater in Columbus, Ohio, or Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows in Orlando, Florida allow you to interact with the players, witness a crime, and solve a murder all while enjoying a full meal with choice of entrée and drinks. Or, try your sleuthing skills while feasting on the sights of the Mount Hood Railroad in Hood River, Oregon. This murder mystery dinner train offers a four-course meal with some added flavor for those with an appetite for crime.
An entire weekend of mayhem is available for anyone who has more time (and money) to kill. A mystery weekend of crime and comfort at a quaint bed & breakfast nestled in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains like the Huntington Hall Bed & Breakfast in Murphy, North Carolina, or Keith & Margo’s Murder Mystery Weekend just a few miles east of The Hamptons at the Montauk Manor in Long Island, New York allows guests to play detective while they rest in peace.
Finally, if you are dying to see the Grand Cayman Islands, Carnival Cruise Line is making a killing on its murder mystery cruise. Just think: abundant luxury, blue skies, perfect weather, and MURDER – a combination to die for. So when your dormant detective personality finally surfaces, don’t just break out the binoculars and creep out the neighbors, try an interactive murder mystery. The added benefits of a sumptuous meal, luxurious surroundings, and faultless weather make it the perfect crime.