BIG NEWS! With only a handful of tickets unclaimed, we’ve added a new date in February.

Costuming Options

Part of the fun of an immersive Murder Mystery experience is dressing up and getting into character. You don’t HAVE to wear clothing from the Roaring Twenties but it’s an option we certainly encourage.

To make that just a little easier, we’ve partnered up with Timid Rabbit in Kalamazoo. The owners, Tony and Laura, will not only help you pick out clothing and props that will be special and just for you, but they’ll also give you a discount if you tell them you’re going to River Lake Inn’s Murder Mystery Dinner.

There will a prize and free pictures for the best costumes of the night.

Timid Rabbit is located at 2011 W Main Street in Kalamazoo. Their hours are from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call Tony at (269) 343-7777 and he’ll set you up.

P.S. Please don’t bring any real tommy guns to the event. The owners at River Lake Inn have explicitly asked us to avoid putting any bullet holes in their walls this time.

River Lake Murder presents an experience unlike anything else in the world.

We combine a traditional murder mystery story with just a hint of theatrical magic (think “special effects”) and top it off with a sumptuous four-course meal that is unrivaled within the murder mystery industry.

So what is a Murder Mystery?

Essentially, it’s a fully immersive play centered around the death of one (or more!) participants. There is no stage, and the professional actors for the most part are hidden among the guests. The audience doesn’t just watch the play, they become an integral part of the play. Every guest assumes a character role in the on-going story. Some of them will be suspects. One of them (or more) might even unknowingly be the killer.

What happens?

  • Someone dies.
  • Suspects are gathered.
  • Clues and forensics are disseminated throughout the audience.
  • Teams are assembled to unravel motives, means and opportunities.
  • Accusations are made.
  • And the team who comes closest to solving the mystery wins the night’s grand prize.

The Magic

Our play is written and directed by professional magician Ron Carnell. Ron was inducted into the Michigan Magic Day Hall of Fame in 2018 and sits on the Board of Directors at the world-famous American Museum of Magic in Marshall.

The story takes place in the majestic home of a famous magician from the early 1920s. Many of his magician friends are in attendance, along with a bevy of politicians, gangsters and assorted celebrities.

It is, perhaps, inevitable that a few strange, very magical things will be experienced throughout the evening, all within the context of the on-going story.

Did we mention the mansion is said to be haunted?

The Dinner

What can we say? We might be just a little more expensive than other Murder Mystery venues, but that’s because the food we serve you isn’t just an afterthought.

You don’t get a small salad plate with a single choice of dressing. You get a full salad bar. You aren’t limited to entree choices of chicken and fish. No other Murder Mystery offers prime rib on their menu.

At River Lake Murder you get the superlative dining experience that has made River Lake Inn famous for over forty years.

The Venue

River Lake Inn has been known for their fine dining since Marv and Anita Bliss first opened the doors in 1976.

They have three dining rooms, as well as a beautiful deck where summer guests rub elbows (so to speak) with literally thousands of hummingbirds. River Lake Inn has a full salad bar, a full buffet and, of course, a full menu and wine list.

(For “Murder at the Magic Mansion” we will be serving a limited menu, which will include Prime Rib and Cordon Bleu. That’s the only way to serve 70 guests in a timely manner. You still get the full salad bar and wine list. Did we mention the open bar?)

The restaurant is open year-round, 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm Monday through Saturday and no one to 7:00 pm on Sunday.

Click for Directions to River Lake Inn, 767 Ralston Road, Colon MI 49040 (269) 432-2626