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Dinner and a Murder Review

Richly detailed, unscripted and complex, Dinner and a Murder mystery games can entertain groups both small and large. This company sells comprehensive murder mystery party kits, and you can purchase additional character packs in case you want to invite more people than there are playable characters in the game you choose.

Dinner and a Murder’s murder mystery game kits have a variety of themes. For example, you can purchase a mystery with a 1920s gangster plot; one with vampires, werewolves and other ghoulish characters; or one that takes place at a high school reunion. There are also holiday-themed mysteries.

The company’s website has party theme pages to help you decide which mystery is the best fit for your party. These pages include a lot of planning advice and ideas for your chosen theme, including costume, meal and decor ideas, as well as suggestions for other theme-related games. If you need even more inspiration, you can also make use of the site's community forum. Dinner and a Murder provides direct support by email, phone and text.

Depending on which you choose, Dinner and a Murder’s games accommodate between eight and 20 people, but you can buy extra character packs that allow up to 50 guests to participate. However, these characters are secondary and peripheral to the story. This murder mystery game company also provides ways to use its mysteries with groups of 100 or more guests.

It's important to note that, besides the versions of its mysteries marked as “tame,” this company does not offer mysteries specifically for children or conservative gatherings. It does, however, have a list of links to children's mysteries and party kits from third-party merchants. 

You can choose to have your mystery delivered via USPS, boxed and ready to use, or you can download it as a PDF. If you choose the latter, you have to print off and cut out all the supplies. The kits come with a comprehensive host guide, guest list worksheets, character profiles, full instructions, a guest list, guest goals list, game money, weapon cards and more. Participation certificates ensure your guests have an evening to remember, with awards for the Oscar-worthy performance of the night, best costume, most genius detective, most nefarious super villain and wealthiest guest.