Everyone likes murder mysteries, right? And most people know what a murder mystery dinner is, I’d assume. But let me explain anyway.
A murder mystery dinner is a kind of acting game for a party setting, although good acting skills are not necessarily required. There’s a pre-arranged story and characters; the guests all pick a character. There is likely also a specific character role for the host, who should probably have a decent idea of what’s going on, although they do not necessarily know who the killer is.
Through the course of the party and dinner, the different characters are supposed to perform certain actions (Flirt with X other character, ask around for some booze, look nervously out the window, etc) or reveal certain information at different times, usually acts. Then, at the end, the guests try to find out who the murderer is. This is often done mafia style.
It’s a very low-key type murder event (when compared to, say, games like Murder In the Dark) that involves dinner and amounts up to a very fun evening.
With the understanding of what a murder mystery dinner is, let me present Deadly Parties. There are several listed here, and they’re currently being sold for super cheap – a dollar each, I think. It’s definitely worth a look – aside from being just plain fun, a murder mystery dinner can actually be a good writing exercise as you get practice acting in-character, and also in determining someone else’s motives. And motive, you’ll remember, is everything.
So give it a try. They’re a lot of fun.