Mystery Game Book Coming Soon

Diane Rapp became an entrepreneur when she started her own dog grooming salon in Santa Barbara, California. She spent the next thirty years as a small business owner; she sold real estate, started an office supply/copy center, and performed free-lance advertising design.
I'm preparing to launch a Mystery Game Book and decided to republish the following blog that explains how I got the idea for the book.  We had a successful party and it was loads of fun. Since I had already done a lot of work, I decided to add two more games to accommodate smaller groups of people and publish a book.  All the games are based on books in my High Seas Mystery series.  It has been challenging but fun.  

The first game is based on Murder Caribbean-Style.  It incorporates questions about the Caribbean Islands, and during the play each player must answer a multiple-choice question to receive a clue.   I hope people will enjoy learning  something about the islands as they play.  The game is designed for 4-8 players.

The second game is based on Murder on a Ghost Ship.  The play moves individual players around a ship gameboard to find clues.  It can be played by 2-4 players.  I'll give you more details as I determine a launch date for the book.  

Would anyone care to try one of the smaller games and give me feedback?  I'm looking for a few volunteers.

Here is how it all started:

When I was asked to “write” a script for a mystery-dinner party to raise funds for a local charity, I almost turned them down.  Then I reconsidered.  Why not design a game loosely based on the old board game “Clue” and use characters and setting from one of my mystery novels?


The idea appealed to me, so I started organizing clues.  Using public domain clip art and photos I gathered during the research for my book, I designed a “meet and greet” game for the party.  I’m using the characters, paintings, and rooms from my novel