Award-winning Grimsby murder-mystery company launches crowdfunding venture for solo sleuths

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 18 May 2017

AN AUSTRALIAN office, the recruitment of a local actress and a crowdfunding campaign to back a new venture for solo sleuths are the latest developments from Red Herring Games.

The award-winning Grimsby murder-mystery specialist is active on three fronts, and to cap it all, tomorrow evening, managing director Joanne Smedley could be crowned Business Person of the Year.

She is one of three entrepreneurs in the running for the accolade, but ahead of the Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards at The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe, she has launched a £40,000 Kickstarter campaign.

A decade in to the business, she said: "This is such an exciting time for the company and we've been supported along the way by some great people."

Cosy Killer, the idea is a new monthly subscription box murder mystery quest. The product will be delivered directly to the doors of hundreds of Red Herring Games fans around the world just in time for Christmas 2017 and over the course of the following 12 months players will be able to solve the murder of English socialite Marie Jones, sent to India to find a suitable husband.

Players will assume the role of detective and will be introduced to all the suspects over the course of the year via regular updates from an Indian-based heir hunter who is trying to track down their connection to the distant relation.

They'll receive endless clues and pieces of information, along with a notebook and pen to keep a track of their findings. The subscription boxes will be on general sale from late October 2017, although enthusiasts are being encouraged to sign up via Kickstarter as some great offers and discounts are available to early subscribers.

"We love the idea that on a monthly basis a box of clues, new suspects, trinkets and keepsakes will arrive through the letter box allowing our players to truly immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and smells of India in the 1930s," Mrs Smedley said, well aware not everyone has the space or time to host an evening with friends, and of a desire for flexible play.

"I must say a huge thanks to Alison Clynes and Steven Clynes of Kinetic Marketing & Design and Alex McCranor of Brink Media for getting Cosy Killers to this stage," she added.

Emma Fairhall, events manager for Red Herring Games, told how customers have been asking for a new format of game for a long time.

"We know that this ticks many of the development boxes we've been asked about," she added.

Della Brett, a Caxtons favourite who was once accepted to the New York Film Academy, joined in January. "It seems I arrived at the right time," Miss Brett said.

"This is such an exciting project to be involved with!"

The new Australian office is due to open in time for Christmas 2017, building on the strong mail order and web-based presence orchestrated from the Wellowgate office.

For details about the Kickstarter campaign click here.

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