To have any chance of solving a murder mystery you need to brush up on clue spotting skills. This gets better with time, the more mysteries you attend the better your clue spotting becomes, and the more confident you become as an amateur detective.

Throughout any murder mystery evening there’ll be plenty of clues littered throughout the plot. This adds to the fun, the trick is to spot the genuine signs of evidence and ignore the lies, perfectly placed with the sole intention of dragging you down the wrong path.

Murder mystery evenings are carefully written. They have a set structure and a plot that contains any number of clues. Use clues wisely and they become useful tools; the aim is to avoid red herrings where possible.

What clues will the writer include?

Clues from characters

Character clues are always good places to start. Listen to the dialogue that is spoken by each actor in turn and make a note of anything important. Suspects are usually armed with a wealth of information and it’s down to you as the detective to wriggle these details out of them. Try to make connections if you can from the information you are provided with. Listen for clues that link the suspects directly with the murder victim, character clues are a vital part of the proceedings.

Hidden clues

A good murder mystery writer has the ability to hide clues within the plotline. These are tiny details that you might not notice at first but return to later on as the evening unfolds. Something as simple as a missing ice pick from the kitchen or a picture placed in the wrong position might seem totally innocent to begin. However, this could become a major clue later on during the mystery as other evidence is introduced. This highlights the importance of taking detailed notes at a murder mystery and keeping your wits about you at all times.

False clues (Red Herrings)

Of course, a murder mystery evening wouldn’t be the same without its fair share of red herrings. These are the useless clues, they’re designed to steer you off track and they have no purpose in the plot other than to confuse the players taking part. Writers have fun introducing fake clues to murder mystery plots and the trick is to differentiate the good from the bad.

Get clued up the next time you attend a Murder Mystery evening from Amusement Marketing and with the right pointers you’ll easily spot whodunit.

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