The Norwich Public Library’s first Murder Mystery Party was held on Friday, November 3, 2017.
The Murder Mystery is geared towards adults, but teens were welcome to participate. Anyone interested was asked to RSVP and to pick up a character booklet at the library before the party. Each booklet gives them a little bio and some simple costume suggestions.
On Friday night an audio presentation was given. Everyone wore a name tag and had a diagram of the family tree posted so people can start to understand the family dynamics of these characters. Everyone mingled, and each participant shared 10 statements about themselves to other party-goers.
Everyone had a great time at the party. At the end of the evening and after refreshments there was time to ask each character three questions. The hope was that the shared statements and the answers would solve the Mystery.
Paper and pencils were given to everyone and they wrote down who they thought was the murderer. Four people were accused, with most of the votes going to two of the characters. Several people were correct in their assessment that Patrick was the killer, since he had access to the fishing line.
This was the first time NPL held a party of this nature. But people were so enthused about the library's Harry Potter party this summer, they asked if the library would provide them with similar opportunities to dress up and spend another evening at the Library.
The next Murder Mystery will be announced at a later date.