A Killer Mother's Day Outing

Updated: May 23, 2021

My family usually does a good job with celebrating Mother's Day. Last year they created an entire afternoon tea, from scratch. This year, they leveled up again with a very unique experience: a virtual murder mystery around Tokyo.

I've been watching 'Murder, She Wrote' since I was a very young child. I still have DVD's of all 12 seasons and the TV movies. I LOVE this show, adore Angela Lansbury, and when my husband suggested we sign up for CluedUpp Games" Jack the Ripper" murder mystery game back in March I giddily signed our family up.

Are you unfamiliar with CluedUpp? If you're on Facebook you might know who they are-their advertisements are seen pretty often-but in case you don't, CluedUpp is the world’s biggest outdoor detective adventure. Through technology, over 1200 towns and cities in more than 51 countries worldwide have been transformed into settings for fun and intrigue. Costumes are encouraged.

It's all done virtually-meaning you use an app on your phone to find your informants and suspects as well as chase down the clues. It's pretty nice for COVID times.

We decided to dress as the four main characters from 'Murder, She Wrote' : Sheriff Amos Tupper, Dr. Seth Hazlitt, and nephew Grady Fletcher. You now what that means y'all! I got to be J.B. Fletcher and it was a dream come true!

Look at that intensity! That double strand of pearls, the flashlight, the on point J.B. Fletcher ensemble and THE WIG! I ROCKED my moment in Jessica Fletcher's shoes, and my family were such amazing sports. Even Shannon-who avoids wearing costumes like the plague-wore one and was all for it.

We had a blast! There were some initial hiccups as we learned how to use the app, but overall it was really fun and a great experience. We've already decided to do it again the next time we're together, but as the cast of 'Castle'. IYKYK.

Now for my review. Much as I loved it, like I said, there were hiccups and observations I took away from the experience.


  • The sign up fee for a team of 2-6 people is around $60.

  • These games are not always in play, they're set for several times a year so it keeps the crowding to a minimum. Go here to see if there's one near you or one coming up!

  • It is a fun family activity, though they recommend anyone under 16 be accompanied by an adult. Jackson was a pro at it!

  • ClueddUp provides wonderfully detailed emails explaining the game, how it's played, how to activate the app the morning of your game, how to register.

  • The actual game is not all over a city, but within the parameters of one area. For Tokyo, it was a 5 block radius within Shinjuku.

  • It is completely virtual, meaning you have no contact with anyone outside of your group.