The Story of

Mystery Mixers

(formerly Murder for Hire)

Mystery Mixers - ALL Your Guests ALL Play Parts!

Tom Denham

Founder, Owner, Author

Mystery Mingles

Many people ask me how I came up with the concept of Mystery Mixers since it is unique.  Although some people may have gone to dinner theater mysteries, nobody else that I am aware of does parties this size I do where it is a mixing, mingling socializing event.

It started out harmlessly enough.  Many years ago, I was part of a small dinner group that played a little game designed for six or eight people.  We went to someone’s house and played a game where everybody played a character.  But there were only three mysteries in the box, and once we had done that, we were done.  I was a reporter at the Tampa Tribune at the time, and somebody said “Gee Tom, you’re a writer, why don’t you write us one?”

So I set out to write a mystery for 10 people, but I kept imagining new characters, so I ended up with 16 characters.   I decided to invite 16 friends, it was fun, and then I put it away and didn’t think about it anymore.  Six months later somebody said they had heard about my party, and asked if I could a party for their group of 20.  So I did, and then it just took off.  Soon groups of 30, 50, 80, 100 people or more were asking me for events.  And that is how a company called Murder for Hire was born, which today has morphed into Mystery Mixers.

I wrote all the scripts and did the parties on my own for more than 20 years.  From 2011-2014 I collaborated with John Dunn for some new scripts and tweaks to the old ones.

I decided in 2016 to restart the company under the new moniker Mystery Mixers.  It is more reflective of what we do - we are in the group business, we don't sell single tickets to our events.  Plus, what makes our parties so much fun is that the mystery is really secondary.  The real reason people love our events is due to the unique socializing that happens when everybody in a large group is playing a character.  It is just like when we were kids playing in the sandbox.  Nobody told us what to say or do, we just pretended to be a princess or a cowboy and let our imaginations take care of the rest.  This is the adult version of that game.

Over the years, I have done teambuilding and corporate events for some of the largest employers in the Tampa Bay area and many of them were held at some of Florida’s most prestigious hotels and resorts, including the Don Cesar, Sheraton Sand Key and Wyndham Key West. 

The hundreds of characters I have created are my friends - I know them when they walk in the door at one of my events.  I am looking forward to meeting them again at future events.

I am looking forward to expanding Mystery Mixers into many other Southeastern markets during the upcoming year.  I am especially excited about introducing our tele-events for parties outside of Florida.

Next time somebody has a group that is looking for "something different" please have them contact me.

Tom Denham

Founder, Owner, Author

Mystery Mixers