A Speakeasy Murder

(7 customer reviews)


A Speakeasy Murder is a 1920s gangster murder mystery game for 15 to 32 guests and one or two hosts. It is set Fat Stan’s Speakeasy, Chicago, at the height of Prohibition. Written by Becky Channon. Recommended for ages 18+.


A Speakeasy Murder is a murder mystery game for 15 to 32 guests and one or two hosts. It is set in a Chicago speakeasy, in the 1920s. Download the free introductory pdf file.

A Speakeasy Murder is a dazzling evening of evening of Prohibition, showgirls, gang-wars and murder! Your guests will be in the middle of the action, and it will be up to them to wheel and deal to get what they want. Will they achieve their goals, keep their secrets hidden, and survive A Speakeasy Murder?

“The story was so much fun! We had close to 30 people and all were praising the event all night. It was a great interactive experience that we would definitely do again!”
Taylor Coleman, United States

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Read the
Chicago Courier

Anybody who is anybody is here at Fat Stan’s Speakeasy tonight. Al and the band are desperately belting out their jazziest tunes, Lola and the girls are singing and dancing like their lives depended on it, and Tony the barman is handing out Stan’s Specials like there’s no tomorrow.

Which there won’t be, for poor Scabface Martins. He was one of Fat Stan’s pals, and a very popular guy down at the Speakeasy. A masked hoodlum in a long black cloak burst into the room during the interval after Lola’s big number, and the poor sap was peppered with so many bullets he looked like a swiss cheese.

The only way in or out of the Speakeasy is through the secret door from Dora’s Dress Shop, and the doorkeeper swears that nobody has come through that door in either direction for over an hour. So it figures it musta been someone in the Speakeasy that plugged Scabface, and even worse: they’re still in here now!

Officer Pilkington is one of the regulars, so everyone’s waiting for him to work out who dunnit. Too bad he’s as dumb as a sack of bricks. The only thing he’s managed to do right so far is to lock the exit and search the back rooms for hidden hoodlums. He found nobody.

Fat Stan is determined that everything should carry on like there ain’t no problems: so the remains of poor Scabface have been put in the Janitor’s cupboard and, after a quick cleanup by Pickles the cleaner, the show is carrying on with fevered intensity. But who coulda wanted Scabface dead? Which one of the crooks, bums and no-hopers that make up the Speakeasy’s staff and guests is the filthy lowlife that plugged him? And do they plan to strike again?

A Speakeasy Murder lasts for about four hours and is suited to an evening. It is often played over a meal – a finger buffet if possible, to allow guests to circulate and talk in private.

Note that A Speakeasy Murder is a bit more complex than some of our other games. If you’ve not hosted one of our games before, you might want to allocate a bit longer to prepare for it and to read through how it’s going to work.

“Ever since playing Cluedo as a kid I have wanted to be in a ‘real’ murder mystery. I made it a goal within my 30 before 30 bucket list, and so for my 28th birthday was able to live out my childhood dream!
A Speakeasy Murder did not disappoint- it was all of our first times playing a game like this, and we all got a bit confused (doorkeeper included – whoops!) but everyone had so much fun and we are planning on doing murder mystery every winter. Thanks for the twists and turns! A great evening!”
Laura Dallaston, New Zealand

Suitable for expert hosts.
Includes rules for the use of poison.
Includes rules for the use of poison.
Includes rules for combat.
Includes rules for combat.

The free introductory pdf file contains an introduction to the game, a cast list of all the characters, and a copy of the Chicago Courier.

Cast of characters

The Management

  • Fat Stan Belluccio – the big boss and speakeasy owner
  • Florence Belluccio – his wife
  • Jimmy ‘The Weasel’ Smith – Fat Stan’s right-hand man
  • Alicia ‘Angel-Face’ O’Riley – Florence’s sister
  • Tommy ‘The Horse’ Davies – one of Stan’s cronies

The Staff

  • Pickles – the all-around dogsbody
  • Tony – the bartender
  • Sammy Snake-Eyes – the poker-faced head croupier
  • Al – the pianist
  • Sasha White – the double-bass player, always wears shades
  • Bobby White – the saxophone player, also wears shades
  • Lola – a singer, the star of the speakeasy
  • Mitzy – Lola’s backup singer and dancing girl
  • Tillie – a dancing girl
  • Phyllis – a dancing girl

The Clientele

  • Officer Pilkington – a Rotten Cop
  • Velma Du Bois – a notorious socialite and good-time girl
  • Alfonso ‘Linguini’ Marino – a well-known gangster
  • Sugar Sands – a famous singer and Linguini’s current squeeze
  • Benny ‘Ankles’ Johnson – Linguini’s right-hand man
  • Mayor Trelawney – a politician
  • Kit James – the Mayor’s very tidy and serious secretary
  • Sofia Meers – the Mayor’s companion
  • Trilby Madison – a smart, fashionable writer, here to research a biography on Stan
  • Laurie Evans – Trilby’s equally fashionable co-writer
  • Oswald Murphy – a famous Hollywood film producer
  • Ava Monroe – a star of the silent pictures in Hollywood
  • J. D. Oakey – Oswald’s personal assistant
  • Sly Swanson – a debonair gambler: a big hit with the ladies!
  • Reno Edwards – a newcomer on the scene
  • Roxy MacDougall – a rich client, owns a department store
  • Lady Patricia Fortescue-Smythe – an ageing English aristocrat

A Speakeasy Murder is for 15 to 32 guests:

  • 15 guests (6 male, 5 female, 4 any)
  • 16 guests (6 male, 5 female, 5 any)
  • 17 guests (6 male, 5 female, 6 any)
  • 18 guests (7 male, 6 female, 5 any)
  • 19 guests (7 male, 6 female, 6 any)
  • 20 guests (7 male, 6 female, 7 any)
  • 21 guests (7 male, 6 female, 8 any)
  • 22 guests (7 male, 6 female, 9 any)
  • 23 guests (8 male, 7 female, 8 any)
  • 24 guests (9 male, 8 female, 7 any)
  • 25 guests (9 male, 8 female, 8 any)
  • 26 guests (9 male, 8 female, 9 any)
  • 27 guests (9 male, 8 female, 10 any)
  • 28 guests (9 male, 8 female, 11 any)
  • 29 guests (10 male, 10 female, 9 any)
  • 30 guests (10 male, 10 female, 10 any)
  • 31 guests (10 male, 10 female, 11 any)
  • 32 guests (11 male, 11 female, 10 any)

You also need one or two hosts, to organize the party and ensure everything runs smoothly. (We recommend two hosts, particularly if this is your first Freeform Games murder mystery party.)

How Freeform Games murder mysteries work

A Speakeasy Murder is unlike other murder mystery games. Although the game starts with a murder, each character has several goals they must try to accomplish. While they may want to solve the murder, A Speakeasy Murder contains plenty of other plots and secrets to keep everyone busy. A Speakeasy Murder isn’t scripted, and lets the players decide how to achieve their goals and thwart their enemies.

“I would love to play again!”
Bez (playtester)

On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer, the Doorkeeper, and welcomed to Fat Stan’s Speakeasy.

They then receive their detailed backgrounds – including dark secrets, objectives and money. The fun then begins as they form alliances, blackmail each other, steal items and maybe even try to murder one another! Along the way they may uncover some of the mysteries of A Speakeasy Murder. Who is smuggling hooch, and who is brewing moonshine? Who are The Chimera and Balthazar? Who carried out the St Swithin’s Day Massacre? Who wants to be a Hollywood talkies star, and who once robbed a train? And, of course, who killed Scabface Martins?

Finally, the game concludes and everyone finds out how they did, and what secrets everyone else was concealing.

Recommended for ages 18+

We recommend A Speakeasy Murder for those aged 18+, as it is themed around drugs, alcohol, gambling, and affairs.

Extra characters

Sometimes you have too many guests and need more characters. So most games have free extra characters (written by us or previous hosts) included in the download when you purchase the game.

  • ‘Ginger’ Roberts – freelance reporter in search of the Big Story. (Any)
    (by Freeform Games)

Please note that we haven’t always tested these – and they may not tie in exactly with our games.

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Cast Iron Guarantee

We offer a Cast Iron Guarantee on all our murder mystery games. If you’re not completely satisfied with A Speakeasy Murder then please let us know within 30 days and we will refund you. See our full terms and conditions, and our refund policy.

Trouble downloading? If you have trouble downloading the game files, please first check your spam folder. If you still can’t find the download email, drop us a line at info@freeformgames.com with the name of the game and the email address you used to purchase it, and we’ll resend it.

7 reviews for A Speakeasy Murder

  1. Ryan Jacobs (verified owner)

    We had such a great time playing A Speakeasy Murder! It was admittedly pretty complex and took the first-time players some time to really catch on, but once they did, everyone had a really great time. I would suggest to anyone thinking about playing this game to have as many players as possible! It got a little confusing keeping track of which characters WEREN’T there, but still enjoyable nonetheless. We will definitely be getting more games from Freeform!

  2. Audrey (verified owner)

    Our group had a blast playing this game! We knew it would be an undertaking since this is advertised as a more complex game but the info is presented in a way that’s easy to understand. Our whole group got into character, which really helped. Everything you need to play is provided and it’s a complex story that helps keep everyone involved.

  3. Janet G. (verified owner)

    It’s a bust. A group in our park wanted to do it, and after reading the instructions and “part” they said no it was too confusing and would not participate. Didn’t even print it off. Would love a refund as it was expensive. Thanks

    • Freeform Games (store manager)

      We’re sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy A Speakeasy Murder, and in particular that you didn’t have time to prepare for it. We’ve refunded your purchase in full, as requested – and we’ve suggested some games more suitable for first-timers, for any future event. While some other publishers offer a more pick-up-and-play type of experience, ours require advance preparation (printing, stuffing envelopes, etc), and we generally recommend purchasing our games at least two weeks before your party so you and your guests have enough time to prepare.

  4. Angela James (store manager)

    My husband & I completely rented an old hotel, converted its lobby into a speakeasy, involved the staff in our game, and ran A Speakeasy Murder all weekend! Guests loved that they always had things to do, that there were ‘easy’ parts as well as more challenging roles, and that even if people didn’t figure out how the murderer was, they could still talk smack about accomplishing other goals (like killing a rival, finding a lost heirloom, or making some money…)

  5. Jesse Felzien (store manager)

    Over the last couple years since our friend invited us to a play-through of Curse of the Pharaoh we fell in love with your games and have since gone to two more of your mysteries run by our friend. Last year my girlfriend hosted Dead Man’s Chest and for our New Years Eve party last year I hosted A Speakeasy Murder Mystery. I just wanted to thank you for writing up some awesome games, I’ve never seen a person frowning by the end of any of your mysteries (well if you don’t count excessive drinking).I could tell you all of the escapades in our mysteries, but mostly I just wanted to thank you all again.

  6. Amy Diaz (store manager)

    We ran A Speakeasy Murder last weekend with 22 guests and 1 host. This was our fourth Freeform Game and the largest one yet. A great time was had by one and all, including our brand new guests. I think this one was my personal favorite for the creative costumes our guests came in.
    I asked each of our guests for their “mug shot” before we started play and put together this compilation. I thought you would enjoy it!
    Thank you for another excellent game.

  7. Mark Wolff (store manager)

    My wife and I just did A Speakeasy Murder (Halloween 2014) in our home for 32 guests. We had a BLAST. We are already planning to do another of these games next Halloween. Our friends are still talking about the party. We have a huge list of things we will do differently next time to make it even more fun for them and easier for us.

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How soon will I get my game? asked on 15 December 2020

You can download your game immediately after making your purchase. We will also send you an email message containing a download link and password so you can download your game later.

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Where's my password? asked on 13 December 2020

Please check your email (including your junk folder). If you're sure you haven't received it, then please get in touch. It helps us if you tell us when you purchased the game and what email address you used.

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How do freeform murder mystery games work? asked on 11 December 2020

Most of our games have an impartial host who organizes the party. Hosts don't solve the murder with everyone else – they have already read the game and instead watch the game unfolding.

Guests use their wits and negotiate, scheme, and plot with other guests to get what they want. Nobody needs to learn complicated backgrounds or memorize lines – character backgrounds are little more than a side or two of paper – which can be kept to hand for reference during the game.

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Have you got any games for beginners? asked on 9 December 2020

Yes! If this is your first time hosting a Freeform Games murder mystery, we suggest choosing one of our more straightforward games. Click here for our 'games for beginners' page.

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Do you have any games suitable for all-male or all-female groups? asked on 7 December 2020

Yes! We have several games where all the characters are ungendered and can be played by anyone. Click here to see our ungendered games.

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