New Year's Eve Mystery

  Murder Plays a Sour Note
           This Mystery is a DOWNLOAD!

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The Plot

New Year's Eve Murder Mystery Party Kit: Murder Plays a Sour NoteIt's New Year's Eve at The Pitz, the city's most famous (or is it infamous?) supper club. The usual mix of customers, some noteworthy and some notorious, decorate the tables that surround the crowded dance floor.

Everyone in the gregarious group of rarified revelers hoists a glass of champagne and readies their noise makers preparing to celebrate the arrival of the year 1955.

As the clock strikes midnight, Lou Gumbardo and his band, "The Loyal Geraniums," begin the familiar strains of Auld Lang Syne. The moment has arrived - a new year that promises to continue the post-war boom of the Eisenhower administration.

Suddenly, without warning, the club is in darkness and, amid the rumbling of the assembled guests, three shots ring out. When the lights go on again, it's deadly obvious that the darkened room provided a killer with the opportunity to put a strategic bullet hole into a surprised victim.

 Someone had dictated the dastardly demise of an individual whose brief glimpse of the new year proved to be a fatal attraction.



The Suspects
One of these people will die. You'll have to buy the kit to find out which one.


Giovanni Fishi 
Reputed mob boss. Although he supposedly runs a successful string of dry cleaning shops, its common knowledge that his income comes from other sources.

Lou Gumbardo 
Band leader of "The Loyal Geraniums." For the past ten years, his band has been a New Year's Eve fixture at The Pitz. 

Roxy Romano  
Owner of The Pitz and former dancer. Roxy has worked hard to make her establishment the number one supper club in the city.

Mary Rose Looney 
Songstress. She's been with "The Loyal Geraniums" for the past three years and plans on leaving the band to start her own musical career.

Sammy Fenetra 
Singer. He and Mary Rose used to be "a thing," but recently the duets have become solos.

Betty "Boom Boom" Baxter 
Drummer. She's famous for her talent in making percussion come alive. Sometimes she drowns out the rest of the band with her downbeats.

Tony "Ivory" Ivanski 
Pianist. He tickles the keys and makes them roar with laughter. Who'd want to shoot him? After all, he's only the piano player. 

Shirley Fedora 
Hat check girl. She runs the cloak room and knows what everybody's coat and hat looks like.

Richmond Dalley 
Mayor of the city. He's been running things for over two decades. If you're not part of his machine, you might as well be invisible. 


You'll get everything you need, including . . .
  • Complete instructions on how to conduct the investigation of the murder of Ronald Stump. Remember: The murder occurred at The Pitz while everyone was celebrating the new year, 1955.
  • Today's edition of The Windy City Gust, the local newspaper, with news reports about what's happening in Windy City. (The investigation takes place after the victim's demise as the new year is being celebrated.)
  • Roles for all suspects that include family backgrounds and recollections of events surrounding the murder.
  • An invitation to the mystery party investigating the murder.
  • Instructions for a Special Treasury Agent on how to facilitate the investigation. (With only eight people, one of the suspects can do this.)
  • 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.
Newe Year's Eve Murder Mystery Party in Pennsylvania
We turned my house into the Pitz (lighted sign and all) for New Years and did it at a local church on a larger scale that spring. It was well received.
Keep up the good writing :)
Barbara Spiri, Founder and Director
Penn Hills Musical Alumni
​Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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