Show History


November 2nd, 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of our inception. Comical murder mystery dinner theater seemed like a passing fancy back in 1990.  In the decades since, our original murder mystery dinner shows have become a regular destination for Southland mystery lovers. It’s been a wild ride.

As we follow the trail of our dramatic journey, there's no mystery to our success.  Credit indisputably goes to our fabulous performers. True professionals, they are expert at co-creating the fun, hilarious "audience safe" environment we are known for. As they improvise and interact, they laugh with rather than at their teammates and the audience. 

The fun begins the moment you step into the restaurant. You become part of the scene, as characters reminiscent of the romantic films of the past greet you, seat you, and serve your dinner between acts of each intriguing mystery play. Is your charming hostess a murderer? Or soon to be victim?  It's up to you to find out!  Interrogate them at will, as you dive into the story and ferret out all the clues. Or, just sit back and relax as our talented performers whisk you away to a time and place far from the daily grind.

Here's a rundown of the Gourmet Detective's history of award-winning murder mystery plays, starting with our inaugural show, Murder at the Cafe Noir.

Murder at the Cafe Noir, 1990

Set in St. Vincent Island and the Caribbean’s finest club around… read more

Mumm's the Word, 1991

The story is set the day after the St. Valentine's Day Massacre inside the infamous... read more

Noir Suspicions, 1992

The Continuing adventures of Rick Archer, P.I. and the "Cafe Noir." Rick, now the... read more

Abra Cadaver, 1993

Magic, mystery and mayhem all conspire to make a plot with more twists than a snake on a hot plate... read more

Death Under Cover, 1995

This comical tale of allied espionage is set in Britain during the early days of... read more

Nancy Hardy and the Riddle of the Sphinx, 1998

This homage to beloved American sleuths Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys weaves a...  read more

Darling You Slay Me, 2000

Welcome to Broadway! It’s opening night and you’re invited to an exclusive... read more

Stay Tuned for Murder, 2002

It’s Hollywood, 1940, and radio is king. Tonight, join the in-studio... read more

Get Cartier, 2009

We’re in the French Riviera, 1962. Four former comrades-in-arms and their... read more