Gratify gastronome and gumshoe desires with today’s Groupon. For $35, you’ll get sips, savories, and sleuthing at Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show, a whodunit dinner party voted best dinner theatre by A-List 7 voters ($53 to $61 value, depending on the night and location).
Put your detective skills and Jessica Fletcher tendencies to good use as the show unfolds between four courses at the Embassy Suites hotel in Denver or the Millenium Harvest House Hotel in Boulder. A troupe of actors (theater, TV, and film-industry vets) pose as average patrons in the audience, so even the most instinctually astute will be left throwing around false accusations and making citizen arrests.
Slyly scope out the scene while amusing your bouche with mini Asian spring rolls, quiches, or other appetizers upon arrival. Guests will enjoy a mixed green salad before selecting from the entrée menu, which includes chicken, fish, and vegan options. Options vary slightly between the Denver menu and the Boulder menu, but your choices may include a classic London broil, chicken picatta, ginger salmon, or Tuscan penne pasta (vegetarian, but can be made vegan). Strategize potential suspects between forkfuls of dessert or sips of complimentary iced tea and coffee. Other beverages and libations are available for a nominal fee.
Shows take place almost every Saturday and start promptly at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are based on availability; call the box office to confirm seating.
Boulder’s Daily Camera appreciates the show for its surprising twists and secret thrills:
- What distinguishes The Dinner Detective from other local murder mystery shows is the audience members don't know who most of the actors are. That means that couple sitting across from you at your table may or may not have deadly motives. – Mark Collins, Daily Camera
CityVoters on Denver’s A-List voted it as the Best Theatre Group in the Denver Area:
- I've seen several murder mysteries, and this one tops them all! – Yunie M.
Mystery, They Solved
Since the success of Murder, She Wrote, about a writer who solves mysteries, the television detective genre has tried to replicate the success of the show by finding other, non-detective livelihoods for amateur crime solvers. Here are some of the less-popular attempts:
Monday Morning Detective: Pro quarterback Jake LaBeau has all the right moves on the field. But when he’s not avoiding sacks and completing passes, he’s training to become a licensed private detective. Unfortunately, his two worlds frequently collide, forcing Jake to solve football-related crimes. Also unfortunately, there were just not that many football-related crimes, and the show only lasted four episodes.
The Barker: Carnival barker Percy “Barker” Barksdale has a sideline in solving crimes, but he’s got his work cut out for him each episode because the carnival is going to move in a few hours. America did not like the idea of a person getting murdered at the carnival every week, and the show was quickly cancelled.
Dr. Detective: The idea of a doctor solving crimes is a great one, but most of the scripts were merely recycled episodes of Parker Lewis Can’t Lose and featured an abundance of synchronized Swatches instead of crime solving.
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