Murder Mystery Westin

One way to stay cool on these hot summer nights is to get the chills—and no, I don’t mean via air conditioning. On July 16th, the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa is debuting its “Evening of Mystery and Mayhem” murder mystery dinner series. There will be four crime soirées in all, each replete with a three-course meal prepared by Mission Hills Executive Chef Joel Delmond. Accompanying these dinners will be a side order of delicious drama supplied by the Murder Mystery Company, the country’s most popular dinner theatre company. For three hours, as guests dine, they will be both suspects and sleuths as they attempt to solve whodunit at the crime scene.

July 16th kicks off the series with “A Dance with Death,” featuring a 1950s’ sock-hop backdrop. An Earl Grey Steamed Halibut is on the menu.

On August 13th’s “Of Sound Mind and Dead Body,” smoke and mirrors collide in a most magical way. This evening’s entrée is Seared Branzino.

“Totally 80s, Totally Murder” is the theme of the October 10th party. Spiced Buttermilk Cod will be served up.

December 3rd will ring in “The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year,” where a Maine Lobster Pancake will be presented to those naughty or nice.

Each Murder Mystery Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. in one of the Westin’s ballrooms, and the cost is $59 per person (plus tax and gratuity). For more information about each night’s specific menu—or to make reservations, which are mandatory—please call 760-770-2150 or email

All I have to say about these events—other than everyone is urged to “dress the part” based on the evening’s theme—is that they sound killer!

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