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Because planning a party can be...

Murder!

Whodunnit?

How?

... and WHY?

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Because planning a party can be...

Murder!

Whodunnit?

How?

... and WHY?

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Custom Murder Mystery Parties

Planning a party really can be murder, but with Killing Time, murder consultants that is actually a good thing.

BUSINESS EVENTS
TEAM-BUILDING

TEAM-BUILDING

Great for Team Building exercises. Give your group a great, fun experience where they have to work together organically to capture the murderer.
CUSTOMER APPRECIATION

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION

Your customers usually won’t know each other, and when they do, are often competitors. Have a great appreciation event where the framework lets interact comfortably and have plenty to talk about freely.
SEMINAR & MEETING ENTERTAINMENT

SEMINAR & MEETING ENTERTAINMENT

Gathering key employees for long meetings, or perhaps at a convention or trade show? Keep them refreshed, safe, and entertained between long days with an evening’s battery recharge.
HOLIDAY PARTIES

HOLIDAY PARTIES

While employees often look forward to holiday events, simple banquets can too often devolve into work cliques just sitting among themselves. Bring your employees together as a whole in fresh new dynamics for a shared experience.
PRIVATE EVENTS
BIRTHDAYS

BIRTHDAYS

Eventually standing around celebrating how wonderful the guest of honor is… or how terribly, terribly old they are getting loses its appeal. Celebrate that special day with some great fun all the guests and keep the party fresh the entire time.
NEIGHBORHOOD PARTIES

NEIGHBORHOOD PARTIES

Whether it’s a housewarming, block party, or just an excuse to reconnect after a snowy January, make your next neighborhood get together one to remember.
PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING

PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING

Want to make an impression on prospects, colleagues, or influential contacts? Whether it is your turn, or you want to raise the bar, burnish your reputation as a creative, next-level go-to person for them all.
WHO WE ARE
WHAT WE DO
Martini-Gospel

Our murder mystery parties are intimate, personal events, with 16-30 adults in a standing, cocktail-type party setting. Killing Time productions are not mere performances where actors occasionally single out a guest or two to give the impression of involvement in the action.

In fact, with Killing Time, murder consultants, there are no actors at all! Each and every guest has a character, with an agenda to pursue, and an effect on the plot. Two lucky guests will even be the killer and the victim!

Much of the fun a Killing Time party happens before the murder even occurs. There are no “good guy” parts—It’s more fun to play a baddie anyway. Guests work their own angles while keeping an eye on their fellows until the murderer strikes!

Once the deed is done, everyone must band together to share secrets and observations to figure out who the killer is among them! No one guest has all the information needed to solve the crime, so everyone must work together. Our parties encourage interaction, camaraderie, analytical thinking, but most especially laughter.

Of course, the killer won’t make that cooperation easy….

HOW WE WORK
30
DAYS

We suggest you book our services and send out invitations no later than 30 days before the event. Invitations are a very important part of the planning phase of a Killing Time event. Since we want every guest to have a part, we need to know how many people to prepare one for.

At this point, you should also have your location selected, whether it be your business, a venue, or your own home.

21
DAYS

At three weeks, we encourage you to have your guest list finalized with all RSVPs in, be they yeses or nos.

At this point, we will have either a teleconference or in-person meeting with you to discuss the plot you’ve chosen and your guests. We will go over personalities and any “issues” there might be and decide with you who will be assigned which parts. Don’t worry, there are no spoilers here. We want our hosts to be able to play along with everyone else!

This process can take an hour or two, but the upfront work makes the party a bigger success when the guests are in the roles best suited for them.

10
DAYS

With a week to ten days left to go before the event, we will have completed a set of custom books outlining all the guests’ characters and other background information. We also will have produced a personal character guide for each guest with their own public information, secret background, and some juicy gossip about a few other guests. At your preference, we will either mail these directly to the guests, or we can send them to you should you wish to distribute them yourselves.

There is a lot here to read, and it’s ok if not every guest reads it all. (We’ve been at this a long time. We know how people work.) But by getting this information to them ahead of time, your guests will have time to plan their wardrobe and generally build up their anticipation.

0
DAY

You need not worry about anything regarding the mystery on the day of the party. Your coordinator will be there well before the event, and throughout the evening. As “stage director”, your coordinator will help greet the guests, and answer any of their questions. We also make sure everyone knows what to do, and does it when they are supposed to. If anyone fails to show, or other circumstances threaten to “break” the fun, we are there to fix things, usually without the guests noticing. Our goal is to make sure that you, the organizer has as little to worry about as possible.

OUR STANDARD PLOTS

Choose from any of these, or upgrade to a custom storyline, created especially to your specifications.

Stillwell-Effect

Money, power, and bitter rivalries make for a dangerous mix at a party celebrating the release of the new, multi-million dollar action thriller: The Stillwell Effect.

In attendance will be actors, writers, directors, producers, studio executives, paparazzi, and all the wonderfully weird hangers-on these people attract.

This cosmic cash register of a movie is throwing out profits like an action hero’s unlimited ammo machine gun, so everyone should be happy, right? Unfortunately in Hollywood, too much is never enough!

This is our most popular storyline, and works great for virtually all kinds of events. Characters include actors, directors, Hollywood executives and other assorted paparazzi fodder. If you so much as let your eyes drift over the tabloids in the supermarket checkout line, you know these types of characters.

Affair

Who says the fine art market is soft? The Northwell Gallery is hosting its annual Fall Gala. The gallery’s best artists will be featured, along with poetry readings and performance art.

All the best people will be there: artists, new and established; collectors, legit and less-so; critics; poets and entertainers; the gallery owners; and maybe even an art thief or two!

But the problem with the art world is telling the thieves from the victims. And just what will happen when someone wants revenge….

Many of the characters in this storyline are less recognizable to most people. But there is a pot full of fun here for either the museum crowd, or a group which has done one of our events before.

Stirred

It is time again for the annual City Cocktail Congress, a convention that brings together distillers, bartenders, and pundits in a week-long “party to end all parties.”

You’ve been invited to an exclusive, mid-week reception, sponsored by PR firm Fenniman Brands, to roll out the much anticipated new rum, Deep Cane. Fenniman’s client has deep pockets and will be emptying them to promote this brand and change the game.

But many of the players like the game the way it is. And at the City Cocktail Congress, the only things higher proof than Deep Cane itself are the egos of the players and the stakes of the game.

The mix is heady, and for one attendee, the party really will be over!

This plotline may be about the world of high-end mixology, but anyone familiar with the world of trade seminars, trade shows, and brand PR will be more than comfortable. Inquire about our additional services to help you offer some real specialty drinks for your event.

Strong-and-Loving-Family

A family reunion is not the place for doing business… and definitely not the place for doing murder! But when the grand old southern dynasty of the Marsdales assembles for their latest reunion, all bets are off.

The mighty Marsdale empire of inter-related businesses pours wealth and power into the family’s coffers year after profitable year. The only question is: Can even this ever-expanding pie keep up with all the appetites it has to feed?

The only sure thing is that the strain has begun to tell upon this strong and loving family….

Another excellent plot for all sorts of gatherings. The myriad weird family entanglements can make this one troublesome if your event will have lots of real relatives in attendance.

Yield

Can it really be twenty years? Our powerful Congressman Fyfe has announced his retirement, and the Party is having a party in his honor. Of course, in politics any party means a fund-raiser.

Cocktails, canapes, and other dishes best served cold will be part and parcel of the evening….

In attendance at the event will be rivals for the soon to be vacated congressional seat, party bosses, lobbyists, columnists and commentators, and of course, the big contributors!

This gala may prove more tense than you would expect, as the ripples from Fyfe’s retirement will affect many. A lot of people will be winners from this, and a lot more think they will. But in politics, for every winner there are plenty of bitter, angry losers….

This storyline is a great one for the political junkies out there, or pretty much everyone in an election year. Don’t worry. The fun is non-partisan.

Class

1979 – Prom queen Ashley Powers murdered! But more importantly, what about the Prom?

Cancelled…..

Cancelled that is, until the Coppertown High class of ‘79 reunites to have the prom that never was!

But adults have even more problems than teenagers, and prom problems can once again be murder….

This is a great plot for groups of couples, you can even have it be part of a real dance party.The plot is more complex than most, so we often recommend it for our repeat customers. Also, this one benefits more than most of our events from a group that will get into dressing for the occasion!

OUR PRICING

We strive to keep our pricing as simple as possible, with one flat rate for all our standard plots.

  • $1,200
  • STANDARD PLOTS
    • Good for all our standard plots
    • Heavily customized for your own guest list
    • Flat rate applies for any number between 16-30 guests
    • No travel charge inside the State of Ohio
    • Includes all consultation, mailings.
    • Plot-specific props and decorations
    • $250 deposit due at booking
  • Custom
  • $1900+
  • ORIGINAL PLOT
    • A brand new story, on a subject you choose
    • All the features of our standard plots
    • Allow a minimum of 45 days extra prep time before casting
    • Pricing quoted based on subject matter
    • $500 deposit due at booking
  • Unique
  • Variable
  • TRAVEL EXPENSES
    • Controlled expenses—Only one person
    • Transportation: Airfare or $75 car charge
    • Lodging: 2 nights hotel
    • Rental Car (if applicable)
    • Airfare due with deposit at booking.
  • Expenses
  • $225+
  • FLAT-RATE CITIES
    • Flat rate, predictable travel costs for these cities
    • $0 All State of Ohio
    • $225 Detroit, MI
    • $300 Pittsburgh, PA
    • $385 Atlanta, GA
    • $415 Dallas, TX
    • $425 Tampa/Orlando, FL
    • $470 Buffalo, NY
    • $485 Houston, TX
  • Easy
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We encourage hosts to plan and book their event as far in advance as possible, as dates are booked on a first come, first served basis.
We encourage hosts to plan and book their event as far in advance as possible, as dates are booked on a first come, first served basis.
The important consideration is to have your confirmed guest list ready about 21 days before the party.
We encourage hosts to plan and book their event as far in advance as possible, as dates are booked on a first come, first served basis. October thru January can book up rapidly, so please be proactive for events at this time of year.

From the standpoint of getting things prepped for your event, the important consideration is to have your confirmed guest list ready about 21 days before the party.

Not at all!
Not at all!
We call for a “cocktail party” atmosphere in part because of our events’ sophistication, and their intimate size. But the most important reason is because they are the sort of party where everyone stands up pretty much the whole time!
Not at all! We call for a “cocktail party” atmosphere in part because of our events’ sophistication, and their intimate size. But the most important reason is because they are the sort of party where everyone stands up pretty much the whole time!
While alcohol is certainly a part of most of our events, it is not necessary for success. What is needed are refreshments of some kind. It isn’t a party without something to graze on.
Our storylines tend to feature adult characters and adult themes and motives, so we seldom market them to teenage events.
Our storylines tend to feature adult characters and adult themes and motives, so we seldom market them to teenage events.
We have been working to develop a Mocktail Party for teenagers, however. Please give us a call to see how it is going. We do not recommend our services for children's parties.
Our storylines tend to feature adults and adult themes and motives, so we seldom market them to teenage events. We have been working to develop a Cocktail (Mocktail?) Caper for teenagers, however. Please give us a call to see how it is going.

We do not recommend our services for children’s parties.

We certainly hope so!
We certainly hope so!
We certainly hope so!
Our material (at its raciest) runs along the lines of your average prime time soap opera (at its mildest).
Our material (at its raciest) runs along the lines of your average prime time soap opera (at its mildest).
Let us just say that in our parties, not all characters' marriages are monogamous, and not all business dealings are strictly business.
Our material (at its raciest) runs along the lines of your average prime time soap opera (at its mildest).
Let us just say that in our parties, not all characters’ marriages are monogamous, and not all business dealings are strictly business.
We provide certain small, custom props
We provide certain small, custom props
as necessary for the advancement of the mystery and to help guests stay in character and in the mood.
We provide certain small, custom props as necessary for the advancement of the mystery and to help guests stay in character and in the mood. We leave standard party decorations such as balloons, streamers, etc. to you, as you can usually procure them more cost-effectively and in tune with your tastes.
No, and yes. None of our parties require guests to dress in costume.
No, and yes. None of our parties require guests to dress in costume.
We do however suggest that you encourage your guests to “do a little something to dress the part”, just to get into their role.
No, and yes. None of our parties require guests to dress in costume. In our experience, calling your event a “costume party” will excite a few of your potential participants, but will seem like a chore to a lot more.

We do however suggest that you encourage your guests to “do a little something to dress the part”, just to get into their role. We have found that this approach makes for the most fun, and often results in some pretty entertaining costumes, but without the pressure!

Anything from the living room of a private home, to a large suite or adjoining meeting rooms in a hotel will do.
Anything from the living room of a private home, to a large suite or adjoining meeting rooms in a hotel will do.
Please talk to us if at all possible before booking a venue.
Our parties need a comfortable space for the guests to congregate. Anything from the living room of a private home, to a large suite or adjoining meeting rooms in a hotel will do. We also need several exits from the room which lead to different areas to send people in and out of the main party during the course of events. Please talk to us if at all possible before booking a venue.
We place our upper limit at thirty due to decades of experience.
We place our upper limit at thirty due to decades of experience.
However, if you have a few extras....
We place our upper limit at thirty due to decades of experience. We’ve found that any more and your guest’s brains will start to bleed… or at least we find that they actually start giving up on keeping everyone straight.

However, if you have a few extras, or people who really don’t want to participate (or who you think are likely to flake out on you) you can invite them as non-participants. Keep this number small, or you’ll end up having in effect two parties in the same room.

CONTACT US

Doug Winship
Doug Winship
Owner

Doug Winship

Owner, writer, raconteur, and chief mystery consultant.

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