Murder & Music Mystery: Murder at the Manor


South Australia’s History Festival has officially kicked off, and what better way to celebrate than with a Cluedo-themed murder mystery at a real-life castle in the Adelaide Hills!

Murder and Music Mystery: Murder at The Manor took over The Manor Basket Range for an exclusive one-night-only performance on Monday 6 May, offering guests a glimpse into the ethereal heritage building.

Once known as Camelot Castle, the Medieval-inspired grand structure was originally established in 1935 and has since undergone rigorous multi-million dollar refurbishments to become The Manor Basket Range as it is known today. Boasting multiple indoor and outdoor event spaces, an expansive parlour room and a garden chapel, it’s no wonder The Manor Basket Range has become one of the most unique wedding and events venues in the Adelaide Hills.

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Image sourced from The Manor Basket Range website

On a dark and gloomy Monday evening at dusk, guests from all walks of life were transported back in time to the 1930s, gathering together to solve a mysterious crime that has rocked The Manor Basket Range.

It’s 1935, and Lord of The Manor Albert Pinchbeck has completed building his grand masterpiece for his love in order to convince her to make the big move from England to Australia. To his utter dismay, she takes one look at it, shrugs, and abandons him to return to her authentic Medieval castles back in Europe. After years in hermitage and sensing his own untimely demise on the horizon, Pinchbeck has invited his quarrelsome relatives, staff and rare friends for a reading of his last will and testament. Surrounded by suspects and potential victims, little do the group know that this meeting could possibly reveal a murderer amongst them.


Guests were treated to the whimsical vocals of acclaimed cabaret performer Michelle Nightingale and enchanting piano by Emma Knights, who performed a variety of musical numbers that each contained hidden clues.


As the mystery began to unfold right before their eyes, we were also spoilt with a three-course country continental dinner that was generously included in the ticket price.

As we each shed our former identities to don that of our assigned characters, we were treated to an entree of smoked duck breast with verjuice and blood orange.


Whilst each act progressed and we delved deeper into the mystery, we were served a main of slow cooked lamb with creamy mash and charred green jus.


As conclusions began to be drawn and suspicious revealed, we indulged our sweet tooth with a dessert of raspberry panna cotta with honeycomb.


By now the suspense must be killing you, but unfortunately you’ll find no spoilers in this review. To find out the answer as to who was the infamous murderer, you’ll have to don your detective caps and solve it yourself at another Murder and Music Mysteries event coming soon!

Emma Knights Productions also hosts a broad variety of music-based immersive experiences, such as their Floating Melodies series. Be sure to snap up tickets to tonight’s Floating Melodies: Burlesque on a Boat here before it’s too late!

South Australia’s History Festival is running from April 27 – 31 May, boasting a program packed to the brim with events showcasing our glorious state’s rich history. Take a peek at their extensive program here, or pick up a hardcopy at a local library or Visitor Information Centre near you.

Catch you at another cafe,


Tayla x



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