My Alma Martyr - An Interactive Murder Mystery Game

Susan Haley

Published by Haley Productions

Opossum State College Class of '38 celebrates their 10th year reunion tonight

The event is, however, marred by tragedy because one of their alumni, Simon Klint, has recently passed away

Add to that some other strange happenings and you'd better ask yourself if you even dare attend the reunion

EIGHT PRIMARY SUSPECTS - These are the players who will be given a complete script and full knowledge of the mystery ...

SIMON KLINT: He would be attending the reunion, only he's dead. Ask Molly about it. Someone sent her his death certificate if you can believe it. (There will be additional murders during the course of the mystery)

MOLLY SALEM: Your former class president who's organized this reunion. Yup, she and Lana are still best friends and yup, she hates Phineas even more than she did in college

LANA BLUSTER: She's married to Phineas but the true love of her life used to be Frankie. We wonder how she'll feel seeing Frankie again after all these years?

PHINEAS T. BLUSTER: Lana's husband and a big shot surgeon with an ego that's out of this world. It's okay if you don't like him much, no one else does either

FRANKIE McCALL: Once a bad boy, always a bad boy - the kind of bad boy women love (especially Lana). Frankie may be a bad boy but he did have one true love in his life - once a long time ago

GLORIA DOWD: Ah, dear desperate Gloria. A sort of man's man if you will, which is probably why she's still single. Perhaps tonight she'll get lucky in love? She'd do anything to get lucky in love

PEGGY GARFUNKLE: She wanted to be a famous actress. Instead she went on to become a librarian in Fargo, ND which is probably a good thing because she's a bookish, nervous and hysterical woman who's prone to panic attacks

CLIFF CLARENCE: He used to be the number 1 best-selling horror writer in the US. Lately he hasn't been doing so well with his book sales so he's desperate for his next big best-selling story. Perhaps tonight he'll find it


These are optional - remember, EVERYONE will be actively involved in this mystery because it will be their job to solve the case and because you'll be encouraging them to come in costume and in character

Use any or all of these secondary suspects if you have "extra" cast members you want to use. You will NOT give them a script but you will give them a description of their character and let them run with it):

VINNIE - "Mr. Sell'em" Salem & Molly's husband. He LOVES selling any thing that will make a housewife's work easier so she can welcome her man home at the end of the day

KITTY REAGAN - Frankie's date for the evening. A jealous sort so she won't like Lana one bit

HERMAN SWIGGLE - Milton's best friend in college. It's "Revenge of the Nerd's" 40's style.

GEORGE - Phineas's driver whom he insists is at his and Lana's beck and call

POPPY ARTHUR - Gloria's "date" whom she insists is just a friend

These audience-participatory Murder Mysteries are distinctive in that everything from arguments to clues to the actual murders happens in the middle of the audience enabling them to participate and witness every action first hand. None of the dialogue is scripted - it's all improvised - the role of the guests is to actively solve the case by asking the suspects questions, following them, eavesdropping on their conversations, and so on - whatever it takes to discover whodunit

NUMBER OF PLAYERS - Up to 125 plus the Primary Suspects (your cast)

LENGTH OF MYSTERY - Approximately 2 hours

HOW IT WORKS: You'll need to provide 6-8 people willing to take part in the mystery as the primary suspects, victim(s), detective and killer (see below). They'll have full knowledge of the script, which means they'll know "whodunit". The rest of your guests will take on the role of Detective and it will be their job to solve the case. Everyone, therefore, will have a crucial part in the mystery. The game lasts about 1 ½ to 2 hours but you can, of course, make it longer by allowing more time between the scenes/action

Your guest actors won't have to memorize a lot of dialogue but they will have to be familiar with a sequence of events or timeline that will move the mystery through the clues, the murder(s) and the solving of the crime. They'll also have to carry out certain actions (like arguments) and suspicious activities to set themselves up as Primary Suspects

NB - This type of mystery game is geared towards groups of 15 or more. All scripts are rated PG-13, contain adult themes and may not be suitable for children


Upon arrival, the guests receive a program that will be a guideline for the mystery (included in this package). The primary suspects start to mingle in character, usually during the reception, and begin setting up the mystery with clues, arguments, gossip, that sort of thing. Just about the time the first course is served, the guests witness the (1st) murder. The mystery continues to unfold with more dramatic action and more clues that will lead to the mystery's conclusion. The "detective" character then allows the guests to asks his primary suspects any final questions and has the guests fill out their detective evidence record (which they receive with their programs). The solution is dramatically revealed around the time dessert is served


1. Program master (you will provide this program to all participants. It will be their guide to the mystery by providing the basic plot of the mystery, the primary suspect list and the "rules" of the game.)
2. Solution sheet master
3. Invitation master
4. Outstanding and Bumbling Detective certificates
5. Cast guidelines and suggestions
6. Supply list and prop use instructions (if applicable)
7. Paper props (for example, a medicine label or a will)

NOTE: You need only buy ONE Copy

The complete Package will be available immediately via email Download link and you can Print as many copies as you need

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