Merri Mysteries is an Australian company with a terrific range of games!
They're mostly priced at just 29.95 US dollars (more for the larger ones), so they're quite a bargain! Some come in 'meet and mingle' variants, which are lighter and ideal for social icebreakers.
Almost all the Merri Mysteries are suitable for teenagers and children, as well as adult groups. And they include some that are for all girls, or all boys, too.
These are the games they're currently offering:
|Caught in a Spanish Web
This is set in Spain. Arthur Seaton, owner of the Hacienda Hotel, has been stabbed to death in his office. He was the kind of boss you'd hate to have. Someone has made sure he'll never bully again. Was it you? 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 or 15-16 guests or 17 to 30 guests (meet and mingle).
It's 1961 and the world's richest man – Jerry Oilman – has invited anybody who is anybody to his birthday party. Marilyn Monroe is here looking for the perfect man. Something sinister and frightening is about to take place. 8 to 16 or 17 to 100 guests. The meet and mingle versions include a trivia mixing game. Perfect for Halloween or anytime.
|Death On The Mound…
It is 1944. "The Boston Odd Sox" were playing "The Chicago Cheeky Chicks". Petticoat Peterson has been found dead on the pitcher's mound. Flexi version for 12 to 16 guests, 17 to 30 or 17 to 50 guests (meet and mingle). However, the larger version can be used for up to 88 guests.
|Fame, Money and Murder…
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? 8 to 17 guests or 17 to 30.
Set on "The Big Island" where there is an active volcano. Hawaii was inhabited by little people known as Menehune. Some say Molowa had some Menehune blood in him and that was why he was only four foot tall. Recently, however, he'd been causing so much mischief that people were complaining. Today he disappeared. Who rid the island of Molowa? 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 to 16 guests and 12 to 16 (play format), Perfect for Luau parties or anytime!
|Murder in Outer Space…
It's the year 2200. French space entrepreneur Pascal Cannon has been suffocated in his sleep the night before. Apart from being a very clever space cookie, he was also a major inter-galactic property developer and an investor. A number of suspects and friends of the deceased are gathered together at the intergalactic criminal inquiry center for questioning. 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 to 16 guests and 10 to 11 (play format).
|Murder On The Prairie…
This is set in the Wild West. Richard Woods – a wealthy landowner – was shot down while riding to town. Lots of people wanted him dead. But which one did it? 8 to 16 characters or 17 to 30 or 17 to 50.
|Murder of the Great Chef…
This is set in the 1940s in New York. Just as he was about to receive an award, Great Chef Alan Davies has been murdered. It's a gastronomic investigation. 8 to 21 or 17 to 30. This is our gangster mystery!
|Mystery in the Library…
The characters come out of their books at night to frolic. His Majesty King Henry VIII – has disappeared. Who rid the library of Henry? Lots of versions available for adults and teens (also some boys and girls versions). NEW: Meet and mingle version for 17 to 100. Also a special school version with teacher's notes.
|One Of The Girls…
It's a Girls High Class reunion. There's a mega-bombshell, a bikie chick, a shark-swimming adventuress & many more. Which of them murdered their old schoolmate? 8 to 16 or 17 to 30.
H. G. Wells has transported a 1920s soiree to your lounge room via his time machine and now he has been murdered. Was it T.S Eliot, Isadora Duncan, Mae West or one of the others? Agatha is also there to help. 10 to 16, 18 to 26, 17 to 30 or 17 to 50.
A number of athletes are relaxing on a tropical island in the Great Barrier Reef after a competition. A cyclone's come and someone has been found murdered. Everyone is marooned together on the island with a murderer who may strike again. Sounds like fun, doesn't it! 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 to 16, 17 to 30 or 17 to 50 (meet and mingle).
|The Balmy Bahamas Cruise…
A few of the famous have come along to share the lobster. But Karl Virgil, has been found overboard as full of water as he was of his own self-importance. Although we have more comedians on-board than we do detectives, this is no laughing matter. 8 to 17 (standard format - mixed gender or all female versions), 10 to 12 or 12 to 16 (play format) or 17 to 30 or 17 to 50 (meet and mingle). NEW: Meet and mingle version for 17 to 100.
|The Case Of The Missing Matchmaker…
The mystery with a romantic outcome for everyone: Darlene Hickle, a matchmaker; has mysteriously disappeared. 8 to 16 guests or 17 to 30 or 17 to 50. The meet and mingle versions include a matching game. Use it as a "mystery" or "murder mystery". Perfect for Valentine's Day. Not suitable for young teens.
|The Crazy Clown Car Caper…
Just 5 years ago, Edgar Center died. He left his circus to his son, Sammy. This shocked Edgar's wife, Tammy, and to his other son, Danny. Sammy is taking the Center Brothers' Circus to New York City! He's improved the circus by adding a clown car. Children love to see so many clowns coming out of the tiny car!. 10 to 16 guests (a play version for around 7 females and 9 males but very gender flexible). Meet and mingle version for 17 to 30 guests.
A letter has been found describing where someone had hidden their vast fortune including cash, gold bars, an artwork, a building title deed, a precious jewel, an old violin, and a valuable coin. Your job is to un-riddle the clues and to find the treasures. This is the ultimate scavenger hunt! 6 to 18 girls (fairies). 6 to 18 boys (pirates). 6 to 18 or 30 fairies and pirates versions. All are part meet and mingle and part scavenger hunt.
|The Love Letter…
It is 1807. Lady Mazzing has invited 8 young ladies to her mansion for high tea. Her son Lord Edward Mazzing dies with a love letter in his hand. The mystery is to find out who killed him and for whom the love letter was intended. 8 to 16 girls (1 optional brief male role). Also a play version for 8 to 16 girls (but you don't need a stage – you can use it around a dining table).
|The Luck Of The Irish…
The King of the Leprechauns Roy Gilroy has had his pot of gold stolen. Who was the devious thief? Optional "murder" version. Flexi version for 10 to 16 guests, 17 to 30 or 17 to 50 guests (meet and mingle), but can be used for up to 90. Perfect for St Patrick's Day parties or just for a bit of Irish fun!
|The Search For The Truth…
A group is attending a Christian camp. They find that they are not only on a search for their own personal truth, but also the truth in relation to a crime they didn't think could ever happen – the poisoning of camp leader, Peter Stein. This kit can also be enjoyed by non-Christians. Optional "mystery not murder" versions. 8 to 16 (standard) or 13 to 30 guests (large standard) or 17 to 30 (meet and mingle murder version).
|Who Killed Santa?…
The portly gent who dresses in red won't be going down any chimneys this year. He is dead – possibly murdered – yes it's scandalous but true. Was it revenge for an unwanted present? 8 to 16 (standard), 14 to 30 (large standard) or 17 to 30, 17 to 50 or 17 to 100 (meet and mingle).
|Who Stole The Cookies?…
Last night all the characters had slipped out of their books to play in the library. When Mrs Bookworm, the librarian, un-locked the fundraising cookie cupboard this morning she was shocked. The cupboard was empty. 8 (all girls) or 18 characters (13f5m) (standard format) or 8 to 16 (play format) or 17 to 30 or 60 (meet and mingle). Girls versions for 8-16 girls. For 10 years to teenagers.
|Revenge On The Goldfields…
It's the midst of the gold-rush. Alec Rashford – the 'self-proclaimed king' of Falcon's Ridge – has been shot dead and about time too. Who shot the most hated man in town? Was it 'Snakeman' Waller? Or Warden Dave Cole? Or one-eyed Clementina Jones – the one they call "The Black Widow"? Everyone has access to a Colt revolver, so who could it be? 8, 9, 10 or 11 guests or 17 to 30 (meet and mingle).