One of the main reasons we love great detective and crime stories is because deep down we all fancy ourselves as a bit of a super sleuth. We love to read or watch and try and figure out who committed the grizzly crime.

We like to think that we would have the nouse and wherewithal to spot a criminal in our midst. It’s the reason that detectives like Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple and Father Brown continue to be popular to this day. It’s also the reason why Midsomer Murders is one of the most successful and enduring British TV shows of all time.

For 15 series and just as many years, we have sat down in front of the box and tried to figure out alongside DCI Barnaby (both of them) whodunit. Sometimes we get it right (either by chance or sheer luck) and sometimes we are way out. But the fun is all in the drama.

But that’s just what it is: drama. It’s not real, no matter how convincing the performances might be. It’s perhaps just as well. If there really had been close to 300 murders in a town the size of Causton, there would be some serious questions asked.

Coming up in Southern Oxfordshire, however, might be your chance to be part of a real murder mystery. Ok, not a real one, that would be awful but this could be the next best thing. ‘Murder on the Watlington Flyer’ is an evening of murder mystery with the great Sherlock Holmes himself.

The evening starts at 6.30pm at Chinnor Station on both 18 August and 15 September, with canapés and bucks fizz (nothing too strong, you don’t want your instincts to be impaired). You’ll then be invited to your seats where you will enjoy a three-course meal while the story unfolds in front of you.

You’ll have to put your sleuthing skills to the test to help Holmes and Watson solve the crime. It is set to be an unforgettable experience and a chance to finally put all the skills you have learned from Barnaby to the test. Tickets cost £43 and are available in advance from

Murder on a train is nothing new, of course. With Wallingford’s own Agatha Christie having penned perhaps the most famous train novel of them all, Murder on the Orient Express. This is your chance to experience it for real.