Dade Freeman
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Peril in the Park

I was recently invited to take part in a Murder Mystery Dinner, "Peril in the Park", at which I was not only to be the official photographer for the evening but a member of the cast.

The guests, shockingly embroiled in a dastardly crime, enjoyed a murder mystery production, a delicious meal and the all-round merriment of the evening.

Write Me A Murder
Write Me A Murder

The production was hosted by WRITE ME A MURDER, the founders of which starred as the bumbling detectives trying to solve the whodunnit. The 'crime scene' was The Garden Café at St Ann's Well Gardens, Hove who produced a delicious three course meal to accompany the evening's entertainment.

Motley-Crue at St Anns Well Gardens Murder Mystery
Motley-Crue at St Anns Well Gardens Murder Mystery

26 guests were present, some of whom had dressed appropriately for the 1980s theme. On arrival, guests enjoyed sparkling wine and canapés, and received an envelope with information about who they were to be for the evening and how they were connected to the victim,  Albert Smith,  an eccentric millionaire who had uncovered a fountain of youth and believed he would live forever, only to be murdered for making such a find. The evening opened with an icebreaker to get everyone mingling but also laid foundations for suspects - soon almost everything became a potential clue and everyone a suspect.

Wine Bottle at St Anns Well Gardens Murder Mystery
Wine Bottle at St Anns Well Gardens Murder Mystery

The plot thickened as the team had very cleverly written in red herrings and dead ends and only by being an Ace Detective or Amateur Sleuth could you put all the pieces together. The clues came thick and fast in terms of visual clues, audio clues, acted-out scenes and letters/memos/news clippings - SO much work and such a performance.

Suspects at St. Anns Weel Gardens Murder Mystery Dinner
Suspects at St. Anns Weel Gardens Murder Mystery Dinner

Had there been a butler we would have known for sure whodunnit - but this event really kept you guessing! It was a great and very different way to spend an evening.

Suspects at St Anns Well Gardens Murder Mystery
Suspects at St Anns Well Gardens Murder Mystery

Write Me A Murder are now taking a well deserved short break, but I hear plans are afoot for more fun, murder and mayhem, so keep 'em peeled!

Police at St Anns Well Gardens Murder Mystery
Police at St Anns Well Gardens Murder Mystery