A Murder To Die For

By Stevyn Colgan

A darkly comic farce about a murder at a murder mystery festival

Sunday, 3 January 2016

It's 2016!

It is indeed 2016. And I saw it in with some style at a black tie dinner in a rather nice country pub called The Full Moon in Little Kingshill, just a couple of miles away. I dressed accordingly.

There was a 'Casino Royale' theme to things with tables laid out like gaming tables, chocolate dice and poker chips etc. and waitresses handing us vodka martinis at the door. Interestingly, there was no phone signal there and, but for the kindness of the landlords, Bran and Petra, there would have been no wifi either. It struck me as the perfect setting for a classic country house murder mystery. And that got me thinking ...

Have you ever been to a properly orgnised Murder Mystery evening? I have. They are great fun; it's like being in a live version of Cluedo (or Clue if you're American). And I think it would be great fun to stage such a thing at the launch party for this book, whenever that will be. Assuming I get fully funded of course!

I know a few drama types. Watch this space ... :)

18% funded as we entered the New Year and my first major milestone - 20% - is on the horizon. Keep plugging the book - I certainly will! - and, hopefully, we'll get to 100% sooner rather than later. The sooner we're funded, the sooner you get your book!

Oh, and if you enjoyed the BBC's excellent adaptation of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None over Christmas, do have a look at the Radio 4 website here. All sorts of goodies on offer to celebrate the 125th birthday of the Queen of Crime. Well worth a listen.

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Julian Williams
 Julian Williams says:

Loved "And there were none". Mind you I love all period crime drama (especially Sherlock but also Agatha's creations). I think it's the allure of a lack of modern technology - individual investigation based on hunch and deduction. Nothing wrong with mobile phones or DNA though (and not trying to second guess the period your murder mystery is set in). However, your out of range of a mobile signal thought is a delicious appetiser to what may come :)

posted 5th January 2016

Aven McMaster
 Aven McMaster says:

Sudden thought, inspired (in a contrary manner) by the no-signal comment -- a version of a Murder Mystery Evening that incorporated online stuff as clues might be fun; e.g. a twitter account for the victim (and maybe for the potential murderers?) that gave clues about relationships with the other people, or location, or selfies...
Also, I've always loved the Agatha Christie that incorporates a "Murder Mystery" parlour game (though it's actually in a village fete) as part of the plot (it's an Ariadne Oliver one that I can't quite remember the title of, at the moment; Dead Man's Folly, maybe?)

posted 6th January 2016

Stevyn Colgan
 Stevyn Colgan says:

Julian - I wasn't sure about 'And then there were none' to be honest. Enjoyed it as a piece of drama but I like my Christie a little less 'realistic' and visceral and a little more camp maybe! As for my book, it is set in the present day but the fun comes from the clash between modern policing and a bunch of fans who are all locked into a 1920s detective fiction mindset. It's going to be fun!

Aven - I like that idea a lot! Maybe as we get closer to 100% I'll set something in motion for the pledgers to say thanks :)

posted 15th January 2016

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