Murder in the Thirties [Download]


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Host a classy 1930s murder mystery! With Murder in the Thirties, your living room becomes the glamorous home of Sam Shady, private eye to the stars. You and your friends play Sam's clients and acquaintances – from the fiesty femme fatale and the lovelorn secretary to the petty thief fresh out of jail. Add some simple yet stylish costumes, a few sparkling cocktails, and it'll be just like you've stepped out of a classic movie!

"Sam never once made a pass at me. That's just not natural!" - Mandy Seever

- 8 player murder mystery (4 female, 4 male)
- downloadable high street boxed game
- takes 1-2 hours to play
- recommended age 18+
- print size 25 A4 pages
- optional video evidence
- optional background music

Sam Shady is celebrating his birthday with his closest friends and one or two of his closest rivals. But when he steps out for a quiet smoke, one of them sneaks out too – to kill him. Host your own party to find out who shot Sam Shady!

Murder in the Thirties is a game for 8 players – 4 female and 4 male. You and your guests will each take on one of the following roles:

Female Roles
MANDY SEEVER, femme fatale. The doll with the dangerous curves. She may be dressed to kill, but is she a killer?
SUSO SHADY, Sam's Chinese wife. She's a real firecracker. Did she make Sam's birthday go with a bang?
LUCY LOVELESS, Dick Lacey’s secretary. She would do anything for love - does that include murder?
LADY FADDINGTON, star of stage and screen. She's a glamorous actress, so why does she need Sam Shady's services?

Male Roles
JIMMY OPEN, small-time crook. He may be handy with a crowbar – is he good with a gun?
DICK LACEY, rival private investigator. Straight-laced Dick does everything by the book. Killing Sam's not his style - or is it?
AL DABONE, pet shop owner. He has a sharp suit and a bark that's worse than his bite, but does he have a motive?
BOBBY CUFFS, police officer. An ambitious cop who's going places. Will he be going straight to jail?

Murder in the Thirties lets you host a stylish party with the minimum of fuss. The game contains everything you need to play – from the host's guide and costume suggestions to recipes for a full three-course meal (it also plays well as a 'buffet-style' party). Here are a few other tips to help you host an unforgettable murder mystery night:

The Decor
The 1930s were a time of glamour and extravagance. If you're planning decorations, black, gold and cream would work well as a colour scheme. Or match gold with any other colour – it was the Golden Age after all!
It's Sam's birthday, so how about a few 'presents' wrapped up on the table to set the scene?

The Music
Murder in the Thirties comes with a full CD of background music. If you'd rather create your own playlist look for the popular jazz and swing hits of Glenn Miller, Bing Crosby, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald.

The Cocktails
Try a Sidecar – a popular drink in the 1930s. Mix one part each of Cointreau and lemon juice with two parts Cognac. Shake well with lots of cracked ice then pour into a cocktail glass that's been frosted with lemon juice and sugar.

Murder in the Thirties was previously published in boxed format by BV Leisure and written by D'Avekki Studios, and sold successfully on the high street for many years. This is the remastered download version and you can also buy it boxed in a stylish gift tin here.

You will need a printer to print this game. It's downloadable, so nothing is shipped. You'll receive emailed instructions for downloading the game within minutes of placing your order.

Included in the download:
Host guide and rules
Eight guest invitations with costume suggestions
Menu suggestion with full recipes
Three pieces of group evidence and five clues
Author's solution (no peeking!)
Character booklets for all eight suspects

Also included but not required to play:
DVD ISO image
Download an ISO image of the DVD from the original boxed game. These four short pieces of film evidence will add excitement and atmosphere to your party. Cert PG. You will need a DVD recorder drive in your PC or Mac and software that burns disk images.
Music MP3s
Download MP3 files of the background music CD from the original boxed game to add atmosphere to your party.

Note: Download games are digital files for you to download and print at home - this is not a boxed game. This download game is supplied by - downloaded content is for personal use only, and may not be replicated or sold in part or in whole without express permission.

This game is also available to purchase ready boxed in a stylish gift tin - click here to view.

EU Customers: We are only able to supply DOWNLOAD games to EU customers outside the UK via our Etsy shop - click here to visit shop. Customers outside the EU or in the UK may still purchase this download directly.

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Murder in the Thirties [Download] Reviews

Really good fun and very cheap to down load. 8 of us had a good laugh over new year in fancy dress having decided the day before to do something different. thanks chris (2016)
Well set out and easy to follow instructions. Everyone got into the spirit of it and made an effort to dress in character. We had great fun and all thought the murderer was someone different so it was quite a surprise for most of us!Suso Shady (2016)
Fantastic evening. Everyone made a real effort with their costumes. It was made even better with everyone trying to speak in an American accent. Sara (2015)
Fantastic Easy to follow as the wine flows and quick fire enough to keep the attention. The video is great Mandy (2015)
Great fun for a small group for dinner. Everyone really got into their parts and the evening flowed very smoothly. We watched the recommended DVD segments between courses. Lots of laughs! Hardly any prep so it was very easy to host. No one guessed it was me!The Murderer (2015)

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