I tried the "Please Tell Me More" game listed on this site, and made some modifications. I found the students wanted there to be a point, they wondered why they were asking questions, what they were trying to find out.
So, I made it a puzzle for them to solve. First, set the scene. I wrote the date, location, and setting on the board. Then I told them the police had been called, there had been a murder! Then I wrote a list of suspects on the board. That was all I gave them, from there I would only answer their questions. They immediately picked up on it, and I have never had the entire class so engaged.
A suggestion: if you're having trouble thinking of a story, think of the board game "Clue" (Mrs. Brown killed Miss Scarlett in the kitchen with the lead pipe). And a warning: don't make it up as you go along, you'll have a very hard time getting a clear motive that makes sense.
This game worked very well for junior high advanced english students. It takes about 30 minutes for a reasonably complex mystery. Enjoy!
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