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19th – 20th September

Virtual Murder Mystery Weekend

Join Us For A Virtual Cruise…

The year is 1934. The great depression is over, the pound is competing with the dollar on the open exchange and there is a rise in business of all shapes and sizes.

It is a time of prosperity for the social elite, but the Great War has cut a swathe through the male population and there isn’t a family in England that is untouched. Fathers, husbands, sons… all were lost in the trenches, and there is a whole generation of women growing up without any prospect of marriage.

Families fortunate enough to have the resources or connections have begun sending their daughters to the colonies in the hope of finding a suitable match.

One of the ships making regular trips to the colonies is the S.S. Ranchi. Owned by the Pacific and Orient Steam Ship Navigation Company she sails a regular route between England, Bombay and Australia. 547 long and 71 feet wide, she carries both passengers and cargo and as well as civilians, her cabins are regularly occupied by military personnel and government officials who are travelling to and from the various outposts of the British Empire.

Join us for this virtual sailing as we depart for the colonies. Meet the characters from Cosykiller “An inheritance of murder” as they try to solve a murder most foul!

The Mystery Plot…

In June 1934 Brighton England, made the international news when dismembered body parts were discovered in a trunk at Brighton Railway Station. This discovery launched a national search and further dismembered parts were found at Kings Cross Station, London.

Dubbed “The Brighton Trunk Murder”– the victim was never identified and “the mystery of the Girl with the Pretty feet” – has never been solved…

When a suitcase containing a pair of severed legs is found within the luggage on board the S.S. Ranchi – the Captain and his crew do their best to disguise the smell and keep the passengers unaware of their discovery, enlisting the help of a travelling civil servant Roger Patrick to oversee the investigation and keep the passengers calm.

However news travels fast between the crew and passengers and it’s not long before the entire ship is aware of the discovery.

Join us on the voyage as we attempt to discover the murderer of the “girl with the pretty feet”.

And if you’re also playing “cosykiller an inheritance of murder” – enjoy meeting some real life versions of the characters you’ve come to know and love!

What's Included

  • Main murder mystery events – 7pm -9pm both nights

The murder mystery will develop over two evenings culminating in a solution on the second night.  You’ll be able to interrogate each suspect during the evenings, chatting to them about their whereabouts and what they know about the other passengers.

It’s a complicated plot, and loosely follows the story of Cosykiller series 1: An inheritance of Murder.  BUT you don’t need to have played that game to enjoy the murder mystery!  Everything you need to solve the case will be provided across both evenings and in the evidence box delivered directly to your door.

You will need a computer, tablet or phone capable of running zoom in order to access the murder mystery.  Being visible is optional, but you may enjoy getting to know the other passengers.

If you book as part of a group – please let us know and we’ll ensure you stay with your group during the event so you can exchange ideas easily.

  • Evidence box delivered to your door containing treats and puzzles. (Please let us know of any food allergies you may have).

Being unable to holiday abroad doesn’t mean you need to avoid ALL the fun.  Allow us to send you a carefully curated box of goodies to help you enjoy a cruise from home!  This evidence box will contain the material you need to help solve the case as well as some additional goodies and puzzles for you to work through during the voyage.  It will also contain your timetable and itinerary and more details of the optional activities you can take part in during the weekend.

It’s a complicated plot, and loosely follows the story of Cosykiller series 1: An inheritance of Murder.  BUT you don’t need to have played that game to enjoy the murder mystery!  Everything you need to solve the case will be provided across both evenings and in the evidence box delivered directly to your door.

You will need a computer, tablet or phone capable of running zoom in order to access the murder mystery.  Being visible is optional, but you may enjoy getting to know the other passengers.

If you book as part of a group – please let us know and we’ll ensure you stay with your group during the event so you can exchange ideas easily.

Also Included*

* These are optional events that are included in your ticket price

  • Cocktail hour

Often the best part of any cruise is meeting the other passengers.  So we’re creating a special cocktail hour where you can meet the suspects and the other guests.  We’ll help the ice breaking with a few games, and you’ll be able to recreate that cruise experience getting to know your fellow travellers during the voyage.  Who knows you might even make some new friends or meet some old ones!

You’re welcome at cocktail hour whether or not you upgrade to our cocktail pack.  Do join us for the atmosphere and a chance to mix and mingle with fellow guests and the suspects before the mystery starts.  Black tie optional.

  • Themed quiz

Our quizzes were very popular during lockdown and we’ll be joined by our special quiz master duos for an extra special quiz to get your brain cells buzzing.   

If you’re travelling solo – we’ll help you by teaming you up with some fellow passengers.  If you’re travelling as a group we’ll be able to team you up with your group.  Just let us know nearer the time!  Your evidence box will contain your quiz sheets and pen, as well as some puzzle sheets you can work on before and during the weekend!

You’re welcome at cocktail hour whether or not you upgrade to our cocktail pack.  Do join us for the atmosphere and a chance to mix and mingle with fellow guests and the suspects before the mystery starts.  Black tie optional.

  • Virtual escape room

These will be run in various sessions across the weekend.  As the virtual escape room capacity is limited – we will be running these at different times during the weekend, so do check your itinerary to see when you’re booked in.  If you’re travelling as a group for the weekend please let us know your fellow passengers so we ensure you’re booked in the same slot.

  • Art workshop with Marie Jones

Marie Jones is a fabulous artist and you are encouraged to join her one afternoon to learn the finer points of sketching.  Like all our activities, this workshop is optional, but whether you’re already talented in drawing, or have never lifted a pencil – Marie will provide some technical know-how and encouragement to help you while away the long voyage.

  • Crime Author Panel where you can pose questions to three well known crime writers.

As members of the Crime Writers Association – we’ve been able to find three talented published crime writers who are willing to join us on our voyage to india and provide us with some conversational entertainment.  If you have questions you’d like to ask about their books, characters or writing experience – this is your chance!   Details of the authors joining us and titles of their books will be provided in your voyage pack.  So if you wanted to grab some light reading to while away your time above deck, you’ll be able to purchase their books and meet the writers themselves during the trip!   (If you’d like a signed copy or any of their books – we may be able to arrange this for you – just ask!)

  • Indian cookery workshop

Join Ruchita Green – small business champion and owner of Masala Masters for a cook-a-long session as she brings Indian cookery to life for you in a virtual cookery demonstration you can enjoy in your own kitchen!   We’ll send you a list of ingredients to purchase in advance, and Ruchita will help you cook up your own meal to bring a taste of india to your house during the weekend.  You’ll need a laptop, tablet or mobile phone capable of zoom in order to join in, as well as the ingredients list and an equipped kitchen!  Ruchita will provide the know how!

The Suspects:

Marie Jones – Young and Eligible

Part of the British “Fishing Fleet” Marie has been sent to India to find a suitable match. This is her first time out of England and she’s understandably quite nervous.

Mr Patrick – Civil Servant

Returning to India to serve in the Raj, Mr Patrick is a natural leader, composed and dependable with a natural repartee and keen intelligence.

Mrs Patrick – Wife Of Mr Patrick

Gregarious and sociable, Mrs Patrick is used to socialising with the elite in India and is really quite charming.

Mrs Steele – A Bad Traveller

Returning to India after many years away, Mrs Steele suffers terribly with seasickness and is not very good company on board the ship.

Leonard Osbourne – Steward

Conversational and charming, Leonard Osbourne is a friendly, accommodating steward in charge of overseeing passenger comfort on the long voyage.

Bruce Wilson – Australian Farmer

Loud, brash and direct, Bruce Wilson is returning to Australia following a brief sojourn in England to tie up some family matters.

Dr MacIntyre – Taciturn Scot

Somewhat introspective but a kind and gentle man, Dr MacIntyre is heading to India with plans to settle there and has been providing consultations whilst on board.

Francesca Smythe – Mild Mannered And Observant

Travelling to Cairo to start her employ as Governess for a family in government service, Francesca Smythe is very self-sufficient and easy company.

Josephine Bell – Rich Widow

Flamboyant and unpredictable, Josephine Bell is not easy company, but she’s very entertaining.

Henry Sims – Returning Graduate

Studious and serious, Henry his returning to India after graduating from law school. He has a passion for India and it’s people and is a proponent of social reform.

Packages

First Class

Global Passengers

£40 Per Person

The year is 1934. The great depression is over, the pound is competing with the dollar on the open exchange and there is a rise in business of all shapes and sizes. It is a time of prosperity for the social elite, but the Great War has cut a swathe through the male population and there isn’t a family in England that is untouched. Fathers, husbands, sons… all were lost in the trenches, and there is a whole generation of women growing up without any prospect of marriage.

  • Main murder mystery events: 7pm-9pm both nights
  • Evidence box delivered to your door containing treats and puzzles. (Please let us know of any food allergies you may have).
  • Virtual escape room
  • General knowledge Quiz
  • Art workshop with Marie Jones
  • Crime Author Panel where you can pose questions to three well known crime writers.
  • Indian cookery workshop
  • Cocktail hour

Executive Class

Cocktails included

UK Passengers Only

£65 Per Person

In the early 19th century British officers stationed in India were given tonic water containing quinine in order to combat malaria. Made as medicine rather than for enjoyment this tonic water was incredibly bitter and so these officers began mixing gin and lime with it to make it go down a bit more easily. As is often the case what began as necessity became a tradition and now Gin and Tonics are consumed around the globe with very few of them being a medical necessity! This cocktail also contains bitters which gives a depth to the drink and the Campari rounds off this refreshing gin & tonic mix with bitter sweetness. A voyage to India would certainly be less daunting after a couple of these!
  • Main murder mystery events: 7pm-9pm both nights
  • Evidence box delivered to your door containing treats and puzzles. (Please let us know of any food allergies you may have).
  • Virtual escape room
  • General knowledge Quiz
  • Art workshop with Marie Jones
  • Crime Author Panel where you can pose questions to three well known crime writers.
  • Indian cookery workshop
  • Cocktail hour
  • Cocktail pack (UK ONLY)