Wild West Mystery

  Death in Them Thar Hills
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The Plot

Wild West Murder Mystery Party Kit: Death in Them Thar HillsIn 1883, the residents of the small town of Cactus Gulch near the Grand Canyon assembled to honor prospector and gold mine owner Dusty Jones.​ Jones had arrived in town five years before, flat broke and relying upon the generosity of local residents to help him get by. 

He struck gold and became the sole owner of the TAqIlA mine. (He named it after his favorite drink, but Dusty never could spell.) Key citizens of Cactus Gulch agreed to honor Dusty. Each one rose to say a few words about him and his contributions to the community.

Then, it was Dusty's turn.
After speaking his mind, Dusty raised a glass of Gila Gold, his favorite brand of tequila, sat down and, a few minutes later, slumped over in his chair. He was dead.

The marshal took charge of the investigation and suspects were interrogated. But who killed Dusty Jones? And would the secrets of his mysterious mine ever be uncovered? It would take a slew of deputies to get to the truth.





The Suspects


Marshal Nate Dillman
The law in Cactus Gulch. He's in charge of investigating all crimes.

Doc Tricia Truehart
She sets broken bones and takes care of dispensing pills in Cactus Gulch. Dusty is one of her patients. 

Mayor Beauregard T. Brady
A former colonel in the Confederate cavalry, the mayor decided to seek his fortune in the West at the end of the Civil War. He remembers the details of every battle in which he fought.

Banker Abraham Patton
The owner of Cactus Gulch Bank. Dusty's bank account is his bank's biggest asset.

Writer J. P. James
A "dime novel" writer. She's been touring the West to document the colorful characters that populate the landscape. Recently, she's written about some of the residents of Cactus Gulch.

Chief "Hawk-Who-Watches"
Leader of the Holeecowa tribe. Could Dusty's mine be located on land that historically belonged to his people?

Saloon Owner Cattie Adams
She operates the local watering hole. Dusty has been a steady customer since he struck it rich - and Gila Gold has been his drink of choice. 

Sharpshooter Annie Elmley
The woman with the eyes of an eagle who is being recruited by Antelope Bob to be part of his Wild West show. Dusty was said to be "sweet" on her. 

Blacksmith Flint Flames
The man who knows the hoofprint of every horse in Cactus Gulch. He sold Dusty the pinto that Dusty named "Golddust."

Newspaper Editor Hannibal P. Hanks
He runs The Cactus Gulch Gazette. Recently, he's been investigating how Dusty was able to find the gold in them thar hills.

School Teacher Bonnie Crockett
She was hired by the citizens of Cactus Gulch to educate the children in a one-room schoolhouse. Privately, she's been giving "readin' and 'ritin'" lessons to Dusty.

You'll get everything you need, including . . .
  • Complete instructions on how to conduct the investigation of the murder. Your guests will be assembling to remember the life of Dusty Jones.
  • A newspaper account in The Cactus Gulch Gazette will describe what happened at the get-together that occurred on the previous night.
  • 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 Marshal Nate Dillman on how to facilitate the investigation. (With only 10 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.
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This mystery is written so well that it goes extremely smooth with very little preparation. There were many pictures taken and I wanted to send just a few. What a blast!  Please share my pictures to show off some great costumes. I have shown my album to many who have requested your web address.  Thanks again! 

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Pine, Arizona

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