Review: Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show, Orlando, Florida

*I received a complimentary admission for review purposes. I was not financially compensated in any way and all opinions are my own.*

A dilapidated old Bed & Breakfast in the quaint country village of Clifton, England. A mysteriously broken-down tour bus in a one-mechanic hamlet – where said mechanic is a hopeless drunk. And a senile, decrepit ex-proprietor in his dressing gown and duck slippers.

Throw in audience participation and hilarity ensues!

Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows was kind enough to host our local lady bloggers’ group for an evening of intrigue, merriment, and an honest-to-goodness murder mystery (spoiler: the butler didn’t do it!).

The Sleuths Dinner Show, entertaining for almost 24 years, is the longest-running dinner show in the Orlando area. And don’t worry that seeing it once means you can’t go back again – they perform 13 different scripts – all original, so you can return over and over and not see the same show. Plus, the audience participation and improvisation means that no two shows are ever exactly the same!


As you’re ushered into the dining room, make sure to start paying attention right away – there are prizes for solving the crime! The note-taking sheet at your seat is a dead (har-har) giveaway that clues can come at any time.

Admission includes salad, dinner & dessert, unlimited beer, wine & soft drinks and a 2-1/2 hour comedy mystery farce that will have you chuckling over the unexpectedly clever humor all the way home.

Conveniently, intermission is perfectly timed for the arrival of your entree, so there’s no need to worry about missing anything while you savor your dinner. I enjoyed the glazed Cornish hen with stuffing  and sweet potato – unfortunately, I devoured it too quickly to get a picture, so you’ll have to take my word that it was beautiful and delicious. Other entree options include prime rib, four-cheese lasagna, or a child’s plate of chicken tenders and mac n cheese. One of my fellow bloggers is vegan and she assured us all that the dish conjured by the chef was delightful.

Interrogation of all suspects witnesses is conducted by the dinner guests. But each table is only allowed one question, so you’re encouraged to huddle up with your table-mates over dessert to select a spokesperson and to choose a question. 
Our “mystery dessert” choices were a “death by chocolate” cake, strawberry shortcake, or key lime pie. I always find a way to be ever-so-slightly difficult, and they were happy to give me chocolate cake AND strawberries. 🙂
On to the interrogations! Each table is given the opportunity to ask their questions – the resulting improv was so flawless, you would swear the whole thing was rehearsed. At our showing, none of the tables managed to ask the pertinent questions that would reveal the murderer, but the cast cleverly revealed the crucial details.
Finally, each diner is asked to write down their best guess of the guilty party and the culprit is revealed. Remember when I said prizes are involved for guessing correctly? Well, I didn’t. But the people that did got prizes.
If you’re living in or visiting the Orlando area, seriously go check them out. Either way, here’s where you can find them on the web:
Sleuths.com               Sleuths on Facebook               Sleuths on Twitter               Sleuths on YouTube

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