Candice: Has anyone been on a murder mystery night? I’ve been on one a long time ago for a Hen do. To be honest we drank too much and couldn’t really keep track of what was going on.
However, Friday night I went to an amateur one, amateur performers but a professionally written play performed by them. The proviso was a wedding where the whole family were there and suddenly in the middle of the performance someone keeled over and died. It was our job, as a table of 8, to work out who done it.
The deceased was the father of the groom, an obnoxious man who told everyone what he thought of them before keeling over. The rest of the wedding party then came round each table and you were able to ask questions about what you had seen or heard. This turned into a bit of a bun fight as everyone on the table wanted to ask questions at once (and got progressively worse as they drank more Crabbies Ginger Beer). At the end we had a conclusion…however it wasn’t the same conclusion across the table!
After a vote we decided on the answer but I didn’t agree, it seemed too obvious to me. The murderer was supposedly the wife of the deceased, killing him for being cruel to her. Well, the fact she had her arm in a sling was a bit of a give away.
However, that was the consensus and we went with… and we were right. Or rather the table was.
But to me it did not ring true. In my world of plotting, she was too much of an obvious subject and I thought it was some else, some one more subtle. However, in all my reading and watching these kind of programmes perhaps I am looking for the red herring before the actual culprit. This show did not break off 10 mins before the end to have an advert break before announcing who the real killer was, which messed up my usual lines of deduction.
So, am I not as good as I thought I was? Perhaps I’m just better as murder dramas for TV or film, not for entertainment on a Friday night in the local community hall. Good show though!