I have never been to a Murder Mystery Dinner and that finally changed a week ago. The kind folks at Murder Mystery Company from Minneapolis invited me to attend one of their shows and it was quite an experience. I didn’t know what to expect. I knew that we would be solving a murder mystery but wasn’t sure of what it all entails. It was exciting in a way not to know what to expect. We were given a small briefing before the show officially started and as the show progressed more instructions followed.
If you don’t know what a Murder Mystery Dinner is then here is what you need to know. They are similar to dinner theatres but the kind where you could actually be part of the show. Cast members of the show can randomly select you to play a part. In this case, if you are randomly selected then you are one of the murder suspects. You are solving a murder so there is chance that if you are a suspect then you could be the one who committed the crime. If you are analytical enough and can put the pieces of a puzzle together, you can find out who the murderer is.
Dinner was served between segments of the show. We had a 3 course dinner with 3 choices for the main course. Since the show was at Old Spaghetti Factory, the option for main course were variation of pasta dishes. I went for Spaghetti Vesuvius. My friend went for Spinach Tortellini.
What I liked most about the show were the cast members involved. They stayed in their roles throughout the dinner. I thought that was very impressive. Between meals everyone got to walk around and ask questions. I do have to say investigation is a pretty tough job. Coming up with right question that might lead to a clue was much harder than I imagined. Law and Order definitely makes it look easy!! In my opinion, anyone could have been a murderer.
Overall, I think it was a fun experience for both me and my friend. We were very much part of the whole show as we were actively solving the puzzle. My friend was actually one of the suspects. I would highly recommend attending one with a group of friends. It could be a fun family night out too. You can find more information about the upcoming shows in Minneapolis area here if you are interested.
Lastly here is a tip that might help with your investigation…note down every single detail! Draw a relationship diagram between suspects and victim if you need to! I assure you there are tiny hidden clues between each suspect!
In collaboration with The Murder Mystery Company of Minneapolis.