My "Tomb of the Pharoahs" box was just a collection of papers to read + one phone number to call. No ciphers, just one "call this number for a message" type clue that had me visit a certain URL. Kept me busy for exactly so long as to read everything. Once I read all the materials, there was nothing else to do, I had eliminated all the suspects but one. Some of the things mentioned in the newspaper did seem interesting, though, and I like the idea of a continuous story.
The box was pretty short and very ... direct... as these things go. Their other mysteries might be more in-depth. I immediately canceled after this box because I didn't think the value was great.
Shipping was pretty fast, though, and the box showed up in good condition.
This box is super fun, but it's not for me. I would resubscribe if there were an option to opt-out of books written in the present tense. I've been subscribed three months and all three months--present tense books. The problem with present tense fiction is that most authors can't flow into and out of present tense in relation to what other people are doing or have done very well, so the grammar is awkward and it brings me out of the immersion often. It's not worth the cost of this subscription if you don't like the texts you're reading, so it's time to unsubscribe.
The customer service was very good when I asked questions etc.
The stuff that comes with the book is also A+++ and I feel like I was "meant to find" this subscription box because there was an UP! pillow cover last month, and that was the first movie my husband and I watched together.