Before lockdown we liked going to murder mystery events. Since lockdown a number of companies have moved their shows online. Moonstone Murder Mysteries is one such company. They used to be an entertainment company specialising in dining experiences entertainment, but are currently providing weekly interactive murder mysteries on YouTube. The team ran two series of weekly murder mysteries.
Some of the murder mysteries are available to watch on the the Moonstone Murders Youtube Channel
Fatality on the Ferry Plot
On a luxury three day cruise from Portsmouth to The Isle Of Wight, Mike Delfin had been murdered. Mike was the head reporter for the local newspaper. Luckily, Inspector Rutherford just happened to be travelling on the ferry and took charge of the investigation. He drafted in a guest detective and she asked the questions that we, the audience, were likely to ask. Anything that we wanted to know in addition, we put into the chat box and Inspector Rutherford asked it on our behalf. There were four potential suspects for this crime :
Danielle Barnes, the acting general manager for the ferry company
Captain Patito, the ferry captain
Mary Barty, the head chef
Derek Bran, a passenger who can communicate with the dead!
The interaction with the Inspector and the suspects was handled extremely well. Standout moments, that had little to do with the plot, were the hypnotic way the name “Derek Bran” kept being repeated and the assertion that “if I don’t remember it, it didn’t happen”. A sentiment I think we can all carry forward….
A fun evening that we thoroughly enjoyed…..And we correctly deduced the murderer!
Mr Wobbly’s Murdertime Spectacular
This time a well-loved children’s entertainer, Mr Wobbly, had been murdered. He may have been well loved by children but there were at least four possible suspects who could have killed him.
Luckily Inspector Rutherford was on the case, this time assisted by DI Squibb (a member of the audience). The four potential suspects were :
Jack Redwood, another children’s entertainer
Hannah Stone, another children’s entertainer
Dean Benson, director of show
Pheobe Foster, Mr Wobbly’s agent
As before, the interactions between the Inspector and the suspects was handled extremely well. Audience questions were picked up from the chat function by Inspector Rutherford and DI Squibb and put to the suspects. This mystery featured Mr Buttons, who did not feature in future episodes but appeared every week in the chat box comments along with mention of badgers.
Another fun evening and we again worked out whodunit.
Curse of the Pharaohs
Lord Lucas Haines had been financing an expedition to find Ancient Egyptian Artefacts when the leader of the expedition, Sir Wilfred Marker, was murdered. Could it have been his assistant, Amelia Carnarvon, who killed him? Or rival explorer, Harrison Drake? And what had curator, Mildred Berstead, to hide?
As usual, Inspector Rutherford was on the case. Unfortunately, the Inspector seemed to have problems with his microphone and was difficult to hear. This time he was assisted by DI Feig and, of course, the audience via the chat box.
Another fun evening that we thoroughly enjoyed…..and we correctly deduced the murderer!
The Tables have Turned
The Ninth online Moonstone Murders was called “The Tables have Turned” and it appeared that the tables had indeed turned…….
We were greeted by that great detective, Sherman Bones. Oh, this is different, we thought. What has happened to Inspector Rutherford? Are we were going to be led by a new detective this time?
Suddenly Inspector Rutherford appeared. (Hooray!)
He told us that Sherman Bones was a character in a mystery, and was played by Tim Buyer. He also informed us that the Moonstone Murders company of actors were due to perform a murder mystery tonight. However, when they arrived they discovered the owner of the company, Mrs Betty Blue, had been found murdered!
So Inspector Rutherford was going to carry out a “real” investigation with the actors. He was assisted, as ever, with a guest detective (DI Mortlock) and the audience.
The suspects were:
Tim Buyer/ Sherman Bones:
Evelyn Stents/ Ruby Lockhart:
Kate Stop/ Marilyn Lockhart:
Raymond Barnes/ Jeeves the Butler:
This time we could hear Inspector Rutherford fine, but the live show suffered a few technical difficulties. These have been ironed out for the version of the show that is available on YouTube. Not that it made any difference to the enjoyment of the show, nor to the clues being presented.
We, unfortunately missed vital information, and pointed the finger of suspicion at the wrong suspect! Luckily “Barry”, who insisted his name was Inspector Jonathon Rutherford, was able to deduce the correct murderer and point out what we had missed.
Another great evening.
Bippity, Boppity, Buried!
For the latest online Moonstone Murders we were transported to a mystical kingdom. A ball had just been held to find a suitable suitor for Princess Aquaria. Unfortunately, the princess had been murdered – poisoned by apple!
The suspects were:
Anathese (the witch):
Billy the Bellhop:
Inspector Rutherford was on hand, suitably attired, and assisted this time by DI Wenden and Constable Catherine. Great performances from all the cast. Just like a pantomime and murder mystery combined.
A wonderfully fun evening…..and we worked out whodunit.
Dressed to Kill
This was the penultimate Moonstone Murders play-a-long murder mystery events. Set in the world of high fashion Pierre Couture had been stabbed in the back. Who could have done it?
As ever, Inspector Rutherford was on hand to question the suspects, this time aided by DI Lapworth. Could it be Bryony Hughes, Pierre’s assistant? Or maybe rival fashion designer, Christian Clone. What was model Fabian Zaine hiding? And what had head of security Karen Clapp been up to?
Cyanide in the Speakeasy
Cyanide in the Speakeasy was the last Moonstone Murders play-a-long murder mystery event. the cast traveled back in time to the 1920’s and found themselves at a Speakeasy favoured by stockbrokers. John Hartsby had been found dead at his desk, a glass, smelling suspiciously of bitter almonds, by his side. Could he have been poisoned, and, if so, who could have done it?
As ever, Inspector Rutherford was on hand, aided by two guest detectives, DI Howells and constable Mary, to question the suspects. This time the suspects were the victim’s wife, Rose, the bartender, James Ratney and stockbroker Nick Carterway plus the receptionist, Daisy Cordon.
Another fun evening of investigation at Moonstone Murders play-a-long