'The Hatchet, Esquire'  Game Synopsis

8 - 11 guests

Madelyn Hatcher (a.k.a. the “Hatchet”) is a prominent Houston attorney known for butchering witnesses in the courtroom. Madelyn is preparing for her biggest case yet—the defense of oil tycoon Rush Skillay, accused of murdering his wife. But even Madelyn’s fervid trial preparations can’t keep her from hosting her posh annual office ball. This year, Madelyn’s got something up her sleeve. Her invitations promise a “shocking revelation by a mystery guest.” As the guests arrive, Madelyn is nowhere to be seen. The party moves into full swing without her—until her body is found strangled and hidden underneath her desk. Now all the guests are suspects. No one’s leaving until the identity of the murderer is discovered.

A present day murder mystery for 8 to 11 people set in a posh downtown lawyer's office. Great for lawyers, students, colleagues or anyone who likes to dress up.

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  • Host Instructions
  • Guest Instructions
  • Character Descriptions
  • Character Motives
  • Game Clues
  • Print-able Invitations
  • Email-able Invitations
  • Invitation Tracking
  • Name Tags
  • Pre-Game Clues
  • Suggested Recipes
  • Tips from Other Hosts
  • Bulk Emailing Tools
  • Scripts (Large Group Games Only)
  • Cast Materials (Large Group Games Only)

Team-Building Features (Available only in Team Building version)

  • Facilitator's Instructions
  • Team Assignments Tools
  • Team Building Activities
  • Table Tents
  • Team Building Tips and Suggestions
  • Questionnaires and Team Review Tools
  • Awards

Murder Mystery Reviews

We are a mystery reading group in Denton TX. We played the game for our Christmas party. It went very well except I had more female cast members than male. Even those parts that indicated that either sex could play turned out to be quite awkward during play. It was funny, though. It was a good stretch for us and about a third of the group guessed the outcome.
Terri S. - Denton, TX
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
My office staff had so much fun during this game! we all dressed up (hysterical) and tried our best to get through the night without busting out laughing. You do have to embelish though as many people have more information about your character than you have. Often you did not get the info until the next round. It was enjoyed by all and a repeat for next year was suggested. I think I'll work in advance to do a custom game. Michael
Michael G. - Littleton, Colorado
Saturday, January 05, 2008
The party was excellent. Can't wait until the next one...
Mystery G.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006