Some of the Characters

Three servants played by
Rosa Jones, Daryl Blakey, Sandy Coutes

The Host and the Butler
played by Heather and Darryl Blakey

Summer beach holidays

Christmas in Australia is synonymous with summer holidays. For lots of Australians Christmas is held in camping grounds, in parks and at beaches around the country. For years a group have gathered at Narooma. This group engages in lots of nonsense. Hosting a murder was just one piece of nonsense.

Narooma Nonsense

At Narooma in 2002 our group of campers, who annually camp on the cliff overlooking the ocean at the Surf Beach Caravan Park, joined in to play a host of murder. We prepared for days, with furtive visits to the local charity shop to purchase our evening wear. We had dinner under our awning and played the night away.

It has been an annual custom for me to provide an ice-cream cake. Themes have varied and included The Sinking of the Titanic, Who Killed Barbie, Death by Chocolate. On this occasion, given Luella's untimely fate drinking hot chocolate, fellow camper, Jean Liggett and I found sixteen china cups at the second hand shop and filled them with 'hot chocolate'. The cups were filled with chocolate ice-cream, chocolate mousse and had lashings of cream and more chocolate on top. They were stored in a cabin-van (thank goodness every one in our group is not a hardy tent dweller) freezer until the right moment, when the identity of the murderer was finally revealed.

You do not have to be Australian or camping at Narooma to play, but if you are holidaying with a group, or having a group gathering this summer, you can be certain that this murder mystery is a lot of fun.

Suggested Activities

1. The host a murder game that we played was actually written and sent to me by a friend. Consider writing your own. Having a group of friends or family come over to trial the event just makes it all the more fun.

2. You may not be up to building exotic sand sculpture like this but you can still try some sand art.

3. Try making a virtual message in a bottle rather than cluttering up the ocean with glass.

4. Shelling is still my favourite holiday activity. Alternatively you can try this guided imagery. It is my favourite.

Associated Links
How to Host a Murder Mystery Game
Episodes of Host a Murder
Murder Mystery Company
Resources for readers and writers of mystery novels