Every chair in the Fireside Lounge was filled, with some people sitting on the floor, at the Franciscan University of Steubenville Murder Mystery Club event Friday at 7 p.m.
A new club on campus, the group read a short story by Agatha Christie at its second meeting of the semester.
While volunteers read aloud “Mystery of Hunter’s Lodge,” sophomore Gabriella De La Torre, the president of the club, would stop and ask for observations. These she wrote under categories on a whiteboard.
As the story went along, the club collected more clues. The participants stopped near the end to discuss who the killer might be. Then they read on to have Christie reveal it in the story.
After the mystery was solved, the group played a game of Mafia, where the narrator picked people to play certain roles. The game of Mafia had two members who were the “mafia” who voted on the person to “kill,” which eliminated that person from the game. In the end, the mafia won the game.
Freshman Evan Weber said that the club is a “great way to get to know other people who like murder mysteries and to see the structure of a mystery on the whiteboard.”
Sophomore Olivia Barry said, “Agatha Christie is a great way to start.”
“It’s super fun to be able to discuss murder mysteries with people,” said freshman Maria Brounstein. “It is also fun to have something like an interactive book club.”
The Murder Mystery Club has a Monday Mystery Game Night to play Mafia on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in the International Lounge.
Their next Friday meeting will be Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in the International Lounge. Follow them on Instagram @fusmurdermystery for updates and more information.