What You'll Get
- $49 for one general admission ticket with a commemorative mug (up to $79.90 value)
- When: any show from September 30 through February 3. Check-in begins at 6 p.m.
- Click here to see the show schedule.
The Dinner Detective Des Moines Murder Mystery Dinner
The Dinner Detective, an interactive murder-mystery show, intrigues and involves audiences as they enjoy four delectable courses, attempt to sleuth out the murderer in their midst, and solve comedic cases. During the cocktail hour, guests create alternate identities and mingle with potential friends, foes, and bears dressed in men-suits before settling down at tables of ten for a feast that includes hors d’oeuvres, salad, and an entree. A cast of colorful detectives and improv-savvy performers help set the stage for whodunits, as platefuls of chosen entrees—seared chicken breast, pork ribeye, and vegetarian pasta primavera—mysteriously vanish into stomachs.
The cast eschews themed-era period shticks in favor of comedy mysteries based on a combination of actual cold-case crimes. Sips of wine relax nerves as couples try to figure out the murderer and claim the evening’s undisclosed prize, and a choice of coffee, soda, or tea keeps eyes alert to potential clues and accidental admissions. Desserts, like justice, fill mouths with a sweet taste as three-hour evenings end with catching a criminal.
The Dinner Detective is recommended for ages 15 and up.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Feb 3, 2018. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4/person. Online reservation required one week in advance. Subject to availability. Present Dinner Detective-issued confirmation page and valid ID at the venue on the day of the show. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Merchant is issuer of tickets - discount reflects current ticket prices, which may change. ADA seating cannot be guaranteed; contact box office prior to purchase for availability. Must be 15 or older. Under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Tax and service fee per person not included and will be added at redemption online. No cancellations/no transfers once show date is booked. Entire value must be used in a single visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About The Dinner Detective
The Dinner Detective eschews campy costumes and plots for an exciting evening of food-accompanied mystery and paranoia, where actors hide among the diners, playing innocent and making everyone a potential suspect. To solve the crime, guests freely interrogate one another, chivvying out clues about the murderer and determining who has a bloodthirsty look in their eyes. Between dramatic deaths and simulated police involvement, guests dig into four-course meals, washed down with bottomless iced tea, coffee, and drinks from the cash bar. The diner who comes closest to solving the mystery through their snooping goes home with a prize basket to show off to their friends or split with the murderer as per their shadowy conspiracy. Prop guns and gunshot sound effects may be used during the performance.