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Private Parties



Whodunnit for Hire is a traveling company. You choose the date time and place and we come to you. Morning, afternoon or evening is fine. We travel throughout central Maryland, all of Washington DC including northern Virgina (NOVA) and parts of southern Pennsylvania. Check out the map.


Whodunnit for Hire Theme Ideas
Are you looking to have your guests come as gangsters and flappers, as cowboys and saloon gals or as pirates and wenches? Perhaps you'd like a roomful of Rockers, Zombies or Spies? Click here to check out several theme ideas for your party.

Entertainment for Private Parties & Social Events


  • Family Reunion
  • Milestone Birthday Party
  • HOA Party
  • Retirement Party
  • Anniversary Dinner Party
  • Bachelorette Party
  • Neighborhood Block Party


We'll turn your social gathering into a Murder Mystery Party if you are in Maryland, Washington DC, northern Virginia or southern Pennsylvania (see our MAP). You choose the date, time and place. We come to you.


This event will be family friendly. The mystery will be a comedy. The focus is on the fun suspects, understanding their crazy clues and solving whodunnit. The point is to have your guests laughing from the moment we begin. There will be no mistaking this for an actual crime scene and your guests will not ever be confused or frightened at any time. We ask that you think of these like Sherlock Holmes stories or the board game CLUE. Yes, we need a victim in our mysteries. It will be a funny scene and it will set up your guests as our detectives.


Picture this...your family has gathered for your Uncle’s retirement party, your Cousin’s Big 4-0 Birthday, the annual Family Reunion or another private celebration. They are catching up with one another and enjoying each other’s company when suddenly a stranger comes into the party and falls to the floor dead. Oh my! That turns the party into a crime scene and your family is told they must stay put until the police arrive. An investigation will take place and everyone will be asked to help (even the kids). But whodunnit? Was it one of the caterers? A stranger? Perhaps one of the distant relatives? Your family members will be the armchair sleuths interrogating suspects and searching for clues. At the end of the party, a winner will be given the Super Sleuth Award for having used their deductive reasoning skills to come up with the most insightful correct response. They will also have the distinct honor of putting handcuffs on the killer!


We bring everything we need for the mystery (like costumes and props). We bring everything your guests will need to be detectives (like notebooks and pencils). We bring everything the place will need to be transformed into a crime scene (like mystery mood music and dead body outline tape). You can sit back and relax. We’ve got it all handled. If you hire caterers we will coordinate the timing with them so the event operates smoothly. We’ll keep your family informed every step of the way so there is no question about what to do next. We bring our own audio equipment (if it is not provided by the establishment) so that we can be heard. We bring a backdrop, awards and more. Once you’ve hired us, you won’t have to worry about a thing.

We will take complete responsibility for keeping your guests laughing and entertained.

We also create a customized PDF invitation to get your family and friends excited about the party.

Additionally, we will take several photographs during the murder mystery party and will share a link with your guests so that they may download, save and share any of the photos that they like for free.




We ask that you cover parking expenses for our team members and include them in your meal count.


Do you want to keep this event a surprise? Love it! Yes. You can do that. The postcard that we create for you will not mention the murder mystery entertainment.

Do you want to choose your own dead guy? Excellent! This role is very easy and fun and is the star of the show. This person will not miss a thing.

Would you like to throw a theme party? That's wonderful. Choose something which encourages costumes. Everyone may not participate by dressing up, but enough will to set the scene for your event. And, we'll write the murder mystery around your theme and will coordinate a costume contest. Do you want a theme but have not yet chosen one? We have several ideas on our THEME IDEAS PAGE.


Plan on three hours for your event. While we do not include food, our mysteries are written assuming that you will be feeding your guests. Do not plan other activities (such as casino tables or dancing) until after we have finished. You may have your party begin at any time. We've used 4-7 pm for this example.

Example Timeline
4:00 Doors Open for Guest Arrivals and Mingling
4:45 Salads Pre-Set, Guests Seated
5:00 Mystery Begins with Dead Body Scene
5:30 Buffet Opens or Entrees Served followed by Interrogations
6:30 Desserts Made Available followed by Wrap-Up, Curtain Call and Awards
7:00 End of Mystery (will take us 15-20 minutes to break-down and vacate)
7:30 Evening Could Continue with Dancing or other Entertainment, etc.






> Option One: 

Production Format

The Production Format includes a full team of actors and actresses to entertain your guests. This is like going to see a play only we bring the show to you. You may provide the "dead guy" but the other roles are provided by us. Your guests will be asked to solve whodunnit but they will not be accused of the crime.

We recommend the Production Format if you will have more than eight tables at your event, if you are having 65 or more guests, or if you do not want any of your guests to be accused of the crime.

You get to sit back, relax and enjoy the show, we will keep your friends laughing.

> Option Two:

Party Format

If you are throwing at an home party and you will have your guests gathered in your living room or are having a gathering of 64 or fewer guests, we recommend our party format.

The murder mystery will be all about your event. Your guests will be the stars and the storyline will be customized specifically for you.

A number of your friends and family members will be the suspects accused of the crime. There is no prep work involved for your friends and you do not need to tell them in advance. We bring everything they will need including costuming and props and it will be easy for you and fun for your family. Our Party Format is interactive and all of your friends will be able to play as suspects or sleuths.


The cost is determined by the guest count. Check out FAQs and Pricing for more information.
Here are some fun photos from previous Murder Mystery Events at Birthday Parties, Family Reunions and Private Events


Are you looking for engaging, fun entertainment for your private event or family party? Then don’t take chances. Your party is only going to happen once. It is important. So check reviews. Ask if the person to whom you are speaking is going to be at your event. Whether or not your family has good time is crucial. You want them to have fun. You want them to remember this party and think “Wow! That was a blast!” You want everyone to be involved and laughing. We will give you that. Book Whodunnit for Hire.