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Fame, Money and Murder

A murder mystery game set at a family reunion

When Ed Dockafeller died, he left a will stating that each of his 5 children would only receive their share of his billions if they had done various things. His son Nathan has been murdered. Who killed him and who will inherit the millions?

Reading level: 7

This is a very flexible murder mystery with only 8 suspects. It is perfect for a party where you are not exactly sure how many guests will turn up.

Great for New Year's Eve or anytime!
Not suitable for young teens.

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Overview

When Ed Dockafeller died, he left a will stating that each of his five children would only receive their share of his billions if they had married, contributed something significant to the world and moved to a country town by midnight tonight. In their quest to achieve these stipulations, a lot has happened. And this morning Ed's son Nathan Dockafeller (also known as "nasty Nathan") has been murdered.

As they tick away the hours before midnight, the children and their new partners have come together for a family meeting.

Now they will find out which of them killed Nathan and which ones are going to get a share of the money.

This is a very flexible murder mystery with only 8 suspects. It is perfect for a party where you are not exactly sure how many guests will turn up.

Great for New Year's Eve or anytime!
Not suitable for young teens.

Excerpt

Polly Darton: "Now I grew up in a large family. There were 12 of us. Five kids to a bed. So I knows what family feuds can be like. But you all seem such a nice family. Why you are all so pleasant to one another, I can hardly believe that one of you murdered your poor older brother Nathan."

What they've said

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Tina McIntosh, Red Gum Cottage, Tamworth, NSW, Australia

"Fame" is great for 8 people who enjoy a not too serious murder.

Kari Jones, Norway

Here are some photos from Kari's "Fame, Money and Murder" party:

A photo of Serina and Pebbles from Karis Fame Money and Murder Party

Serena and Pebbles

A photo of Duncan Dockafeller and Polly Darton and from Karis Fame Money and Murder Party

Duncan Dockafeller and Polly Darton

Kari sent in this feedback:

"Here are some photos of the game we played on New year's Eve. I think "Pebbles" had made a particular good effort! We played the game on New Year's and had a great time. Hopefully the pictures speak for themselves. Thanks! We had a great time!

Kari"

Pat Verner, USA

Here is Pat's photo from her "Fame, Money and Murder " party:

A photo of Polly Darton at her Fame, Money and Murder party

Polly Darton

Pat sent in this feedback about her party:

"I'm a resident of a retirement home community where we had a New Years party on December 31, 2007. I was unaware of your photo contests until today when I read your Party Chit Chat - Merri Mysteries No. 54. We had a successful production of "Fame, Money, and Murder". We had lots of fun coming up with costumes and make-up.

Pat Verner
Louisiana
"

 

Theresa Sterbis, USA

Theresa sent in this feedback:

"I thought you might like to see this year's photos from "Fame, Money and Murder." It was a roaring success a few weeks back. Guests particularly liked the life-sized horse and fencing that my husband and I made for the back yard. It was also quite amusing that our jockey, Tommy Whip, was the tallest guy there at 6'4" tall! :-)

Thanks for the entertaining story line.

- Theresa Sterbis
"

Theresas photo of the horse and fence and the boxer from her Fame, Money and Murder party

Invitations

Reading level

Note: The reading levels of each kit (not just "page" as it says below) were determined by copying and pasting the kit (the meet and mingle version for 17 to 30), into The Readability Test Tool (see www.read-able.com).

Fame, Money and Murder reading details picture

Characters

The people present at the gathering at their father's Arizona ranch are:

Duncan Dockafeller (brother)

I'm a world famous boxer. My name's Duncan and so the media call me "Dunk-Them Dock - A - Fella" because of my mean left hook.

Polly Darton (partner of Duncan)

I'm a famous country and western singer from Tennessee. I also write a lot of my own songs. My family call me "Jolly Polly" because I'm always grinning.

Serina Dockafeller (sister)

I teach belly dancing. I learnt it during a trip to Athens years ago. Belly dancing and smashing plates seemed great ways to de-stress. And the belly dancing has the side benefit of toning my tummy.

Tommy Whip (partner of Serina)

I'm a world-class jockey. I was recently accused of race-fixing but I was proved innocent.

Magnus Dockafeller (brother)

I'm a scientist. Recently I published evidence proving that I've discovered a cure for skin cancer. Before I started my research, I spent a lot of time cruising around the world on another friend's yacht. I started to think seriously about skin cancer while I was lounging around the deck.

Pebbles (partner of Magnus)

I'm a comedian. I spend all my time in a Neolithic age. I like telling jokes about rocks, because you can accuse rocks of anything you like. It's politically correct, although a bit crushing for rock emotions.

Cynthia Dockafeller (sister)

I'm very shy. My therapist described me as a paranoid agoraphobic. Until recently I've spent all my time at home working as a proof reader for a legal publisher. But I have a secret talent.

Charles Concerto (partner of Cynthia)

I'm the conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. I also have a passion for turtles and I have twenty of them as pets. I've converted the bath tub into a turtle tank.