Next of Kin - An Interactive Murder Mystery Game

Susan Haley

Published by Haley Productions

This set on an Estate owned by Hamilton Sugarbaker, a sickly patriarch whose last wish is for his family to gather for what could be their last time together before he passes on

And now he must decide who will be the beneficiaries of his vast estate

8 PRIMARY SUSPECTS - (they will have full knowledge of the mystery & be given a complete script):

Hamilton "Big Daddy" Sugarbaker - A very, very rich man from Atlanta, Georgia who moved to (your state/county) 6 months ago after the disastrous failure of his second marriage

Bobbie Joe Butler - Hamilton's nurse, confidante, and friend (can be played by a male if necessary)

Rhett Sugarbaker - Hamilton's oldest son. He'll do anything to make money-anything

Ashley Sugarbaker - Hamilton's youngest son. He's a struggling poet - ana a bad one - who's embittered by his lack of success, but who still believes, despite his failures, that he's a true "artiste"

Philly (Philomena) Sugarbaker - Hamilton's jailbird sister who spends her time leaching off him

Savannah Sugarbaker - Hamilton's neurotic (insane?) second wife

Scarlett Sugarbaker - She comes from the wrong side of the tracks and it shows

Melanie Sugarbaker - Ashley's supportive but very eccentric wife. An 'interpretive dancer'

SECONDARY SUSPECTS - (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 and 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):

Mercy Bloomer - Big Daddy's accountant

Cornelius Bliss Big Daddy's ex-foreman at his Acme Bottle Capping company in Atlanta. Ex because he was caught doing something he shouldn't have

Dr Billy Kildaire - Big Daddy's doctor

Ms Beula Busty, Esq - Bid Daddy's lawyer

Wilbur Ernest Fudge - Big Daddy's milkman and witness to his will

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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