On television, criminal investigators are slick and relentless, which explains why most kids want to grow up to be cops, actors, or sunglasses. Shine like a snooping star with today’s Groupon: for $66, you get a whodunit outing for two at The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show (up to a $132 value). Shows are currently scheduled on Saturdays throughout the fall.
Ranked among the Denver 7 A-List’s Best Theater Groups in 2009 and 2010, The Dinner Detective treats patrons to a four-course menu, riveting mystery, and improvised dialogue that unfolds further as each plate is served. The killer and other suspects are hidden in the crowd, with detectives striving to ferret out the guilty party before the chocolate cake arrives, encouraging attendees to do their own investigating with neighbors and spouses to perform background checks on each other. Diners choose from flat-iron steak, chicken marsala, or potato gnocchi while deciding which suspect they think hides a guilty conscience. Whichever audience member comes closest to solving the night’s mystery wins a Top Sleuth prize package, a round of applause, and congratulatory bits of steak from the crowd.