I adored Agatha Christie as a teenager and devoured her books over and over – so it seemed to be pre-ordained that when I was working in a small chain of hotels in the North West of England in PR and Marketing, that I would suddenly have a lightbulb moment of inviting guests to come and solve a murder mystery! So here I am 35 years later, with over 132 plots under my belt, 40 years after Dame Agatha wrote her last book “Sleeping Murder”.
We’re still going strong, despite four recessions, quite an achievement in this day and age and a great tribute to all of our actors, our guests and dare I say, myself; after over a hundred thousand guests – we’re still standing, unlike our many many victims!
The ensuing worldwide TV, radio and press coverage propelled me in to a wonderful 35 year career, which has seen me travel all over the world, introducing the fun of my Original Murder Weekends and creating an International industry. On that first weekend, 30th October 1981, I never imagined that I’d still be murdering thirty five years on, but I’m so grateful, how else would I meet such lovely guests, have a wonderful extended family of terrific actors and have such great fun with so much laughter!
As well as running my Murder Weekends in the UK, I have also hosted events abroad, on P+O cruise ships all around Europe, in the Italian mountains and most fun of all were on ships down the Nile – ‘Death on the Nile’ was never so much fun.
I have written for television in the past, but most recently I wrote a two day interactive Murder Mystery on Japanese TV, which was aired, to much acclaim, in November 2013. We have created innovative Murder Mysteries Online and are currently working on an app.
Over the years I have personally supported over forty charities and have raised over £35,000 but my particular favourites, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Born Free, have benefited particularly from three major events. The first in 2005, when I jumped out of a plane (not something I will be rushing to do again). The second in 2007 when I power walked the London Marathon – my murder weekend friends were there to spur me on at every five mile mark and despite being the hottest marathon on record, it was a great deal of fun for everyone. But not nearly as many laughs were had doing the marathon, as when we produced our infamous ‘Murderously Naked Calendar‘ in 2011, which raised the amazing amount of £10,000.00 again for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
A couple of years ago we had a major charity drive and as our summer plot was all about a fictitious charity called “Help” which stands for Holding Every Life Precious” and was about helping all living things, including the planet we thought we would have fun on the Friday night with a raffle to raise money for both TUSK and Born Free, we raised £1500.00.
I do hope you will be able to join us on one of my Original Murder Weekends soon. You’ll give your brain a complete work-out; have great fun and lots of laughs. As we know so well – it’s just dead good fun! Don’t just take my word for it, why not take a look at the “What the guests say” page, to see what other guests have said about their experience. They loved their weekend and we’re sure you will too.
To celebrate our 35th Anniversary we hope to raise even more for Alzheimer’s and MND with special raffles and collections on weekends throughout 2017.
Lastly may I take this opportunity to thank everyone for all their hard work for Murder Weekends, Geri runs our office brilliantly and our fantastic team of actors are amazing. Thank you also to our wonderful guests for their company and custom. I don’t always manage to meet everyone at the end of the weekend to say this personally, but I can’t thank you all enough, without you, we wouldn’t still be going after all these years and still raising money for charitable causes.
We’re dying to see you soon!