1930s Classic Mystery

    The Cat Screamed at Midnight
           This Mystery is a DOWNLOAD!

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The Plot

It is October 31, 1936

The world's attention is focused on a European continent which is poised to either create a legacy of political order or unravel a system of post-World War checks and balances.

It has been nearly four months since the Italian Duce, Benito Mussolini, ordered his troops into Abyssinia. Two weeks later, civil war broke out in Spain and Generalissimo Franco called up Adolph Hitler and his Nazi legions to aid the rebel troops.

Even today, the German Luftwaffe is practicing a new type of warfare called blitzkrieg because of the lightning fast speed which it takes place. In England, King Edward VIII's coronation is being planned for early next year. His affair with American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson is well-hidden from the general public as the British press has agreed to publish nothing about the relationship to avoid a scandal among the king's loyal subjects.

And, at the English country estate, Conifers, Sir Hugo Smythe Armbruster's 70th party took place last night. Sir Hugo had been knighted after The Great War for his contributions to the war effort. His brilliant sense of both history and propriety established him as an able publisher whose newspaper, The Daily Truth, kept the citizenry informed of what was happening at the front.

The assembled guests celebrated the event in a most fitting way - with enough food and drink to choke the proverbial horse. But, it seems, the horse may have fought back. For, this morning, Sir Hugo was found dead in the stables near the main house. Although the death was at first viewed to be accidental, Scotland Yard took little time in declaring that, indeed, evidence pointed toward murder.

The old gentleman had been a cat fancier, priding himself in the rare breeds that freely roam the grounds of Conifers. It was said that he preferred cats to humans, pampering them with catty trinkets. He had even threatened to leave his vast fortune to The Royal Feline Society rather than have his millions squandered by "fools and scoundrels." One could only imagine what surprises would unfold when the will is read.

The Suspects


Giles Jenkins
Sir Hugo's valet and butler for the past 20 years. He arranged the surprise party.

Lily Fish
The maid. Lily has been employed by Sir Hugo for the past five years. She has a history of service at estates in Berkshire.

Albie Armbruster
Sir Hugo's son and only heir. He has a reputation for fast cars and fast women.

Rebecca Armbruster
Albie's wife and daughter-in-law of Sir Hugo. Her humble beginnings have produced potential wealth through her marriage to Albie.

Maude Adamly
An actress. She had been starring in the play, The Lady Likes To Live It Up, until her recent hiatus from the cast.

Sheila Stanton
An artist. She was an uninvited guest who seemed out of place among the others.

Percival Bromley
The stable groom. He has a way with horses and an interest in Sir Hugo's social events.

Arthur MacKenzie
The editor of The Daily Truth. He worked for Sir Hugo. To him, only the truth will do.

You'll get everything you need, including . . .
  • Complete instructions on how to conduct the investigation of Sir Hugo's death.
  • Roles for all suspects that include family backgrounds and recollections of events surrounding the murder.
  • Instructions for the facilitator.
  • A letter explaining the investigation.
  • A series of written clues that can be exchanged or revealed.
  • Key supporting information such as a police report, a coroner's report and a map of Conifers.
  • "The Denouement" that is revealed at the end of the investigation and ties the event together. Remember: MOTIVE, MEANS and OPPORTUNITY will point to the guilty party.
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Pennsylvania Murder Mystery Party The Cat Screamed at MidnightThe party was an international success and we had over 35 guests all dressed to character and sporting a variety of different accents. At one point, I looked around and felt transported back to '30s England. Most of the guests stayed in character and many left the party without a true sense of who they were speaking with in real life.  Thank you for making this party a success.

Roseana Yoder
Cheltenham, Pennsylvania

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