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Reviews of "How to Host a Murder" and "How to Host a Teen Mystery"
Ivan Owen - 06:18pm Aug 1, 2000 PST
"Writing is a spontaneous adveture, not a planned trip"

This area is for all you mystery lovers to write in on how you felt about the "How to Host a Murder" or "How to Host a Teen Mystery" that you have hosted. Tell what you liked and what you didn't like.... better yet, tell us your opinion on the one you hosted. REMEMBER TO TELL WHICH ONE YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT!!!!

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David Somerville - 04:25am Dec 8, 2000 PST(#2 of 25)

I have done four of the how to host a murder range: The Wall Street Crash, The Class of 54, The Last Train From Paris and Powar and Greede.

I have to say that the one I enjoyed most was The Class of 54. Although the others are good, I think that the Class of 54 is the most fun, in that it is about Rock and Roll in the 50s, and is set at a reunion. Also, it is not impossible to work out, and if you put your mind to it, you should be able to solve it. Having said that, it is by no means easy.

We found Powar and Greede to be almost impossible to solve. The clues are exceedingly confusing, and by the end of the night you don't even want to know who/how/why it was done.

The Wall Street Crash was really enjoyable too.

I would like to hear of people who have played with other brands, and how they compare.

A. Todd Lennig - 01:36pm May 16, 2001 PST(#3 of 25)

I am interested in the how to host a murder. I would like to do it for my summer camp staff but don't know where to get the info. David Summerville spoke of serveral "murders" How do I get those. If you could send me in the right direction that would be great. Thanks Todd

Sally Platt - 03:53pm Jul 11, 2001 PST(#4 of 25)
short n' sweet!

I attended 7 different partied all through my high school years,(which was about 6 years ago) and they were all a blast, so much fun, and really enjoyable! When I was the murderer though it was hard to keep a straight face, everyone knew that it was me!

Molly O. - 12:50pm Mar 20, 2002 PST(#5 of 25)

My family and I did one, and my father ended up being the killer. What was really funny was that my grandmother (yes, my father's mother) was who we'd cast as the victim. (She lived with us so she'd have supper with all of us, and we wanted her to be involved somehow.)

sassi - 02:03pm Aug 19, 2002 PST(#6 of 25)
I think animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.


I write and sell murder mystery parties. I've sold a few and only one has been actually was a teen party for a 17 year old's birthday. The mystery was based on a sorority (college) party and involved 8 deaths. There were 14 characters involved.

Since this was a "gift" to my best friend's daughter, I was able to really get the low down on how it went over. The daughter invited 14 people (plus extras in case others didn't show) and many pulled out at the last moment - hadn't done this before and got cold feet. Only 8 people showed. They doubled up the characters and apparently it went over really well.

They followed all the directives in the script and staged the deaths beautifully. The first death had one error - the person directed to find the dead person in the bathroom forgot! So the dead person rose up **laughing** yelled "hey guys I'm dead here" and returned to her death.

I went up after it was over - all adults had been banned from the party. **laughing** The kids were so "high" on energy and fun, it was awesome! They couldn't stop talking and were still in costume. They informed me that it was hard enough that they had to really think ..... and no one came up with the correct motive, although one came up with the correct murderer. No one figured out what were natural deaths and what were the murders - they got them confused. Said the logic went very smooth in the game - they simply missed the "obvious" clues. The hostess and parents set up a finger-food buffet table and everyone was filled to the gills with muchies. Overall it was very successfull and the ones who didn't show were kicking themselves the next day!

I hope to write some more teen parties next year. This one was really fun to create.

Waterlillie16 - 07:27am Oct 21, 2002 PST(#7 of 25)

I'm having a party for my birthday and i want to know how to host a murder party and some ideas for this party ok. Waterlillie16

Jenner - 06:41am Oct 25, 2002 PST(#8 of 25)
A friend threatened to jump off a cliff, but I knew it was just a bluff. ;)

Hi Waterlillie,

The easiest way is to buy a ready-made mystery party (see sponsor links to the right). Then invite the number of people that the mystery is set for (it'll say on the box). Open the box and assign each person a character. If you do this ahead of time, people can dress up like their character.

If you want to get creative, you could write your own mystery, but someone else will have to give you advice on that.

sassi - 10:28am Oct 25, 2002 PST(#9 of 25)
I think animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.


Jenner gave you good advice - best thing is to buy a pre-made mystery party. If you plan to write one, it does take time and as Jenner recommended, you'd need to do it with someone.

Good luck!

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