Think you could spot a liar at a murder mystery evening? Part of the fun of attending this type of occasion is working out who is telling the truth and who is telling outright lies. People are assigned roles at murder mystery evenings, they are given clear instructions and during the evening you’ll meet role-playing guests that are telling the biggest ‘whoppers’ of their life.

Spotting the fake alibis adds to the excitement of the evening and by studying guests carefully you should be able to differentiate fact from fiction.

To help you out a little we thought we’d highlight some of the more obvious ways to tell if a person is lying or not. Look for these classic clues and start solving the mystery, we bet you’ll have tons of fun at Murder Mystery event.

Signs that somebody is lying…

Failing to maintain eye contact

Does the person avoid looking at you when they speak? This is a sure sign they have something to hide. Try asking a rather tricky question. If they look to one side when making a reply they definitely feel uncomfortable and could be telling you an untruth.


Some people can’t avoid blushing when they are telling a tale. Look for pink tinges around the cheek or redness growing around the neck. Blushing is often caused when people feel anxious, this could be a key indication when a suspect is questioned.

Rapid blinking

Look carefully at the person’s eyes when you ask a guest at a murder mystery party a question. Do they suddenly start blinking rapidly as they provide you with an answer? This means their brain is running at a million miles an hour as it tries to think of a plausible answer. It’s a sure sign that somebody is telling you an untruth.

Lip nibbling

This is another nervous giveaway. People often chew their lips when they are concentrating hard or feel uncomfortable. Look for lip nibbling if you want to get to the truth.

Defensive body language

Crossed legs or folded arms tell you to stay away.  They’re a natural defence mechanism and they show you a person is feeling uncomfortable.  Other body language ‘tells’ include pulling arms to the side or tucking hands behind the back so you can’t see a person twitching their fingers.

You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to detect if a person is telling a lie. Just look for the signals the next time you attend a Murder Mystery dinner and the killer should give them self away.

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