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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (July 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419663631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419663635
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book provided me with ideas that helped to make it more interesting and fun.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A. Schwickerath on November 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book was a bit of a mixed bag. My goal is to provide a bit more depth than the others reviewers or the synopsis did.

_How To Create Your Own Murder Mystery Party_ proposes a significantly different approach from the box games that I have played. Rather than having the guests play characters, the guests are themselves and one of them is a murderer. Rather than the players having books of things that they are to say each round, each player is given limited information at the beginning (and one is informed that he is the murderer and is told the whole story). As the game/party progresses, the players talk to each other and share or hide information. They also find "clues" that the host spreads around the party. The guests collect these clues and try to determine who among them is the murderer.

While that is happening, the murderer is trying to thwart their attempts by collecting clues and hiding them, lying to them, etc. Basically anything but destroying evidence.

I definitely like this more organic style of murder mystery better than the heavily scripted boxed games that I have played.

That said, this book is not without its faults. First, this is a self-published book. As is often true with this sort of arrangement, the book could have been helped significantly by an editor. The author consistently wrote "allowed" rather than "aloud", "your" instead of "you're" when meaning "you are", etc. There were also sections early on in the book which could have been fleshed out a bit more and which a publisher might have helped the author to expand. The diagrams and layout are by no means professional. Given the price of this slim volume, I was expecting more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Gaffney on September 9, 2007
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I have used other planned party products before, and found them very constrictive. This is nothing like those. It is much more fun. What is great about this book is that it gives you choices - you can lean on the fab ideas in the book, but you also gain the tools and the confidence to make your own party. A great book for everyone who loves throwing parties with a twist.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Wilkins on July 31, 2007
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I've read Mr. Franco's book and I'm excited about hosting my first Murder Mystery Party. There are tons of ideas and suggestions and lots of help with getting started and personalizing your party. A must to own and a great gift.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By hometeacher on September 1, 2013
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Between this and the other book I purchased (Suspects & Sleuth's Murder Mystery Design Guide: A Guide to Creating, Writing, and Hosting your own Murder Mystery Dinner Party Games), I got all the ideas I needed to host a fantastic murder mystery party. Well worth it when you think about all the money you can spend on party decor, plates, etc. that just get thrown away. This can be used again and again as a resource for many future parties. If I ever have the energy to do it again. It was very elaborate and the most time-intensive party I've ever held. But I think the most memorable as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By taaj VINE VOICE on July 4, 2012
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I am writing this from the perspective of someone who hasn't yet thrown a murder mystery party. I may have more feedback later, but my point of view comes from trying to create it, not how successful it was.

I bought How to Create Your Own Murder Mystery Party and The Official Suspects & Sleuths Murder Mystery Design Guide to try to help create my first party. They compliment each other well. If you have never done this before, I recommend getting them both as they will fill in the blanks each book leaves.

This book (How to Create Your Own Murder Mystery Party) looks like a self-published book. The cover is unexciting. There is no back matter.

What it does well is give lots of examples. There are five sample games in the book. They are all very different. They have different levels of difficulty. There are lots of ideas on how to incorporate clues and wrong turns and also how to disqualify people so that your guests have a reasonable chance of guessing the real culprit. What is best about it is that it doesn't rely on elaborate scripts. Each person plays himself. There is no required role playing and no scripts. This really works well for me.

I am glad I got the other book though because although this one is full of ideas, I didn't feel I had enough information on the step by step implementation to run with it.

Update: The mystery was a hit. This book provided me with ideas that helped to make it more interesting and fun. I am glad that I used the two books together. It is geared more to the independent thinker and has lots of creativity. I recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maria N. Kelly on August 21, 2007
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I found this book to be extremely entertaining reading. I will be having a Murder Mystery Party this year for sure. I am also thinking of buying a few for gifts for my closest friends and family. This is a original gift idea especially for the avid party throwers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura E. Riggs on September 13, 2011
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This book is self published and the author is a guy that decided to start hosting his own annual murder mystery party. He creates a new one every year, and this book goes into detail about the first five. He has some very interesting ideas, and if you are the creative type you can be inspired on how to create your own. He also tells you the different elements you need and fun ways to get your guests involved. Unlike the generic murder mystery party kits, his ideas do not involve scripts.
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