4th of July Mystery

  I Loathe a Parade
           This Mystery is a DOWNLOAD!

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The Plot

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4th of July Murder Mystery Party Game Kit
Mayor Joe Possumz, who's just announced that he'll be running for his fourth term as mayor of Elmtown in the fall elections, is in the reviewing stand for the 4th of July parade, waving and wearing his now-famous, red-white-and-blue bowtie.

As the final drum-and-bugle corps passes by, the mayor bites into a hot dog coated with traditional brown mustard and topped off with a dark-green dill pickle. When he finishes the culinary treat, Possumz wipes the perspiration off his brow, smiles faintly at the crowd and collapses. To the amazement of those nearby, the local doctor rushes to him, checks for a pulse, and pronounces him dead. 

Twelve years ago, when Mayor Possumz was first elected to office, the Elmtown parade was a ten-minute affair, consisting of four units and a lot of fire trucks. With the mayor's backing, the parade has become a holiday extravaganza. The 80-plus units in the parade now take two hours to pass by the official civic reviewing stand, strategically positioned in front of City Hall where the mayor gazes with pride at the event that he has built and nurtured.

But, any politician is only as secure as his last controversial decision ... and the mayor has made many enemies over the years. Could one of them have done him in as he was enjoying the latest version of his most noteworthy accomplishment?

The Suspects


Vern Fullerton
The part-time weatherman at the local TV station, WORM. He was the grand marshal in the parade, riding in a vintage Model A Ford.

Rhonda Ripley
Owner of Horsebalm Stables. She and her team of riders have been fixtures in the parade for the last 10 years. 

Rocky the Clown
A favorite with the kids of Elmtown. Behind the greasepaint is alderman Rockwell Kenmore, who planned on running against the mayor in the upcoming election.

Mona Minski
Head of the Elmtown "Marching Mommas." Every 4th of July, she relives her cheerleading days at Elmtown High School by marching in the parade and leading cheers all the way down Elm Street.

Albert Ames
Leader of the Elmtown Civic Band. He plays the piccolo and is renowned for his solo in "Stars and Stripes Forever." Albert knows when anything in Elmtown is off-key.

Dottie Pinewood
Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 1776. She takes pride in winning the annual prize for best float in the 4th of July parade.

You'll get everything you need, including . . .
  • Complete instructions on how to conduct the investigation of Joe Possumz's death.
  • Roles for all suspects that include family backgrounds and recollections of events surrounding the murder.
  • An invitation to the mystery party.
  • The morning edition of The Elmtown Graphic News, the local newspaper.
  • Instructions for the facilitator, and a letter from the police chief explaining the investigation.
  • A series of written clues that can be exchanged or revealed.
  • Key supporting information.
  • "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.
Photo and Testimonial of Murder Mystery Party hosted by customers.

North Carolina Birthday Murder Mystery Party EveningIt was a blast. I cannot thank you enough for all your creativity and work that goes into each "case." Party guests requested that I don't forget about them next year. Outside of myself, no one had ever attended/hosted a murder mystery before.  They were all nervous for about the first 30 minutes until they realized that it wasn't a play and we were all just having a fun time. Thank you again. This was the best birthday party ever. And I, like my guests, can't wait until next year.

Wanda Merical
Fayetteville, North Carolina

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