Deadbolt Mystery Society

Unbox a mystery! Solve a crime! Close the case! A new stand-alone mystery every month!

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Product Overview
  • Subscriptions are taken from the first day of the month through the last day of the month. Then, boxes ship to subscribers during the first week of the following month. (Ex. Subscriptions from June 1 - Jun 30. Boxes ship first week of July). Subscription renewals take place on the 11th of every month. Shipping rates applied when address added.
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Unbox a mystery! Solve a crime! Close the case!
Enjoy immersive scenarios, intriguing characters, and original compelling stories with your friends and family! Every month subscribers receive a new stand-alone case file with everything needed to close the case & SOLVE THE MYSTERY! Give the gift of quality time!
  • Stand-alone stories that don't require other boxes to complete. Start and stop each mystery at any point.
  • Interactive, online components that bring each story to life (Requires a QR code reader on a smartphone, tablet, or laptop and Internet access)
  • Great gift for friends and family who love mysteries and puzzle-solving (recommended for age 13+)
  • Crack the case alone or with a group of up to 4 people.
  • Brought to you by the creative minds behind Deadbolt Escape Rooms!

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Q: This is a gift. can 1st box be sent to me in time for Christmas and then rest sent to them at different address?Asked by Gina A., December 2019

Were you able to have this done? I am curious as I am giving as a Christmas gift

by Matt D., December 2019

Yes, that can be done. You would just need to contact us via email and we can set that up for you.

by Jason B., December 2019

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Q: Is this something that would be good for a group of 4-6 people? Not sure if it is better for just 2 people or can be adapted for a larger group. Asked by Megan H., May 2019

4 to 6 people could do it... Sometimes there is a bit of up front reading involved. We take turns reading / overacting those parts out loud (as well as the final solution) which is super fun... Then everyone could work on one of the many puzzles and report their findings to the group....
Buy one and try it!

by Donna D., May 2019

I think 2-3 is best since you are reading from a device (laptop or tablet). We have had more people and then used 2 devices.

by Toni C., November 2019

A group of 4-6 people could definitely do this. We have quite a few people who have monthly mystery dinners and enjoy good food and company while solving our mysteries.

by The S., October 2019

We have done it with 3 and 4 people. I think more than 4 may be too many especially if everyone wants to be really involved. 3 was a great number, it also depends a little on the box and the skill level of who you are working with.

by Joslin H., May 2019

4-6 people could play just fine as most of the mysteries aren't linear.

by Wendy F., May 2019

I think you could do it with more than 2 people or a group. You could assign certain people to different puzzles (tasks, etc.). You may want to make copies of everything for all that are playing

by Kimberly S., May 2019

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Q: The description reads "some Internet access required via smartphone or tablet". Can it be accessed through a laptop? Also, is this something that one person can do on their own?Asked by Laura W., November 2019

As some other people have answered, there are QR codes that must be scanned. Once scanned they have you download a file or sometimes redirect to YouTube. Recently they had us send an email to a specific address that provided some answers and more clues.

And yes this is totally doable on your own.

by Megan C., November 2019

We like to use an iPad (tablet). You can even use a phone (or two).

by Toni C., November 2019

There are QR code’s that need to be scanned to follow a link. It wouldn’t work with a laptop I don’t believe. You could solve it as one person if you wanted to.

by Danielle S., November 2019

This is definitely something one person can do on their own. A laptop could be used as long as it has a camera and the ability to scan and read QR codes.

by Jason B., November 2019

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Q: Does each mystery box build on the last, or are there new mysteries every time?Asked by Michelle J., April 2019

Each box is it's own self-contained mystery, requiring no knowledge of prior boxes. However, there are some very minor references and easter eggs that are fun for people who have done multiple boxes (and they are so minor that you miss nothing if you don't even get them). Again, no knowledge of prior boxes is needed. Each stands alone. That was a big concern for me, too, when I was deciding on what box to subscribe to, so I understand...

by Clark P., August 2019

Each of our boxes are stand-alone mysteries. They all take place within the same universe so you will see characters or locations appear in multiple boxes. But they are not written where you have to solve one box before solving another.

by The S., October 2019

No, each month is different.

by Melinda S., May 2019

Each box is a brand-new mystery.

by Angela J., April 2019

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Awesome date night

Jun 11, 2019
Alexandra M.
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WOW! Simply wow! We LOVED this. What an awesome date night game! Perfectly put together, lasted a couple of hours. We were NEVER bored and guessing until the very end. We ordered Sanitarium as a trial and we are for sure going to be monthly subscribers! Thanks for the fun!

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Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Sep 30, 2019

That's awesome! We love hearing about quality date night time. Thank you for the review and for being a subscriber! I am sure Nurse Edgarton would be appreciative of your efforts :-)

Exactly what I was looking for

May 11, 2019
Clark P.
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If you're here reading this then you, like I was, are probably trying to sort out which subscription mystery box to sign up for among the many ones out there. I did the research you are most likely doing now and I settled on Deadbolt Mystery and I am glad I did. Deadbolt was everything I was looking for. Hopefully, my comments here will help you with your decision.

I've done three of their boxes so far (WANTED, COPYCAT, and INFECTED), so I thought I have seen enough of their content to have an informed review. I am doing their monthly subscription box. I have not ordered any of the one-off specialty boxes.

It's not that helpful to just say I love the box. Because you need to know what I was looking for. Let me explain that a bit.

I wanted something cooperative, of moderate difficulty (not too hard, not too easy), self-contained, professionally done with quality components, good writing, not a lot of hand-holding, and I wanted a mystery more than an escape room vibe. DMS delivered on all of those. And on top of that they are really professional, have a great online community and their shipping is timely and like clockwork. No waiting for boxes, they run like a well-oiled machine.

My brother and I are older now and live in different states. We both love puzzles and we wanted a fun way to keep in touch each month. We had tried Mysterious Package Company and...

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Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Oct 01, 2019

Thanks a million for your detailed review of The Deadbolt Mystery Society! We do our best to create intriguing stories and challenging puzzles with each of our subscription boxes. We are glad you are enjoying them and appreciate you taking the time to share your experiences!

Amazing fun, enjoyment and satisfaction.

May 18, 2020
Clifford B.
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Just figured I would drop by and give my praise (Easthaven Forest Box). My wife and I cracked into our first box of many last night and were both glad we did. With four kids and busy work schedules date nights are impossible, so this was our way of having one. Upon opening the box and laying out the contents we thought it would be to challenging but after beginning and finding our first clues and linking together puzzles we were both smiling big and high fiving. We were not able to complete it in one sitting of course but we had a blast and can not wait to figure out who is the murderer. So thank you for taking my wife and I on a much needed date. I personally can not wait for more now that we have a date night activity!

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Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Jun 05, 2020

We are so happy you chose to spend date night with the Deadbolt Mystery Society! Sending smiles and high fives back at you helping the Will Street Detective Agency bring justice to Valley Falls! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience Clifford!

Best mystery subscription box!

Apr 22, 2020
Sean O.
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DMS is easily the best mystery box subscription. We have tried several and settled with DMS as our favorite. We have completed 6 (and have several more to go). Each box has been well crafted and challenging. You can tell this Company care about their product and customers. Try a box today, you won't be disappointed.

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Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Apr 23, 2020

Awesome review, Sean! We really do care a lot about story lines as well as the box contents but even more so about our customer experiences. Thank you for taking the time to share yours!

Love Deadbolt Mysteries!

Jan 16, 2020
Candi C.
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I can’t say enough about how much I love the deadbolt mystery boxes! My sister bought me 3 of them for my birthday last year. I ended up buying myself three more boxes as well as a subscription. Fun for the family, with friends, or even to do on your own. No regrets with these at all!! Looking forward to more boxes in the future.

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Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Jan 31, 2020

Thank your sister for us for getting you hooked on our mystery boxes! So glad to hear you are enjoying them. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on The Deadbolt Mystery Society. We really appreciate it!

Best Mystery Box Experience Available!

Apr 22, 2020
Rachelle C.
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I was first introduced to the Deadbolt Mystery Society during a murder mystery night at my local library. After a few months of doing the monthly boxes at the library I began buying all the previous boxes available. They make great date nights with my husband or a fun night with friends. I have subscribed to other murder mystery boxes, but Deadbolt is by far the best in quality and price.

Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Apr 23, 2020

Mystery night at the library sounds like fun! So glad to have you on board with The Will Street Detective Agency, Rachelle! Thanks a million for your review!

Awesome Box

Jun 20, 2020
Meighann C.
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I bought this as a gift for my step-father. It is a lot of fun & well put together. The first box, The Jester, was the one we liked the least as we felt it didn't make as much sense as we would have liked. However, from there they just kept getting better. If I could change anything at all, it would be that the only help group is located on Facebook & the few times we were directed to a phony Facebook profile. Some people do not use Facebook for various reasons & I am one of them. Other than that - this subscription was great fun & well worth the money. I am hoping to get my kids involved when they are a bit older.

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Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Jun 22, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review about your experience with us. We are very happy to have you with us at DMS! With each month being a stand-alone mystery, if one month isn't your favorite then maybe the next month will be of more interest. We do our best to provide a nice variety. Some of our cases do include going to Facebook pages but you should be able to access the needed information through your web browser without having a Facebook account. We do have a hint group on Facebook but we also have hint files and solution files on our website for every box. Also, feel free to email us at the email address on...

Best subscription I’ve ever done!

Apr 15, 2020
Chloe H.
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My fiancé, friends, and I love the Deadbolt Mystery Society boxes! We often get stuck in the chill and sit on our phones routine, and this is something that gets us all working together and actively focused on solving the crime at hand. I like that the boxes have variety, and that each mystery presents new challenges. I also like that this is a great date night at home option, as we have children and cannot easily travel to go to physical escape rooms. These usually take 2-3 hours for us to solve, and for such an experience the price is totally worth it. I have bought many of the bundle packs to beef up our stock in between the monthly shipments and I have no regrets. So glad I stumbled upon this company!

Also, I have to add: this company is family based and they have a Facebook group where you can interact with other “detectives” and the company themselves. It is a very supportive and fun group, and speaks mounds about the pride and passion of the company. Buy this: you won’t regret it!

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Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Apr 21, 2020

Welcome Chloe! So glad to have you as part of our mystery family and appreciate all the kind words! We love hearing about friends and family getting in some quality face to face time!

Totally Worth It

Mar 02, 2020
Bobbi F.
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These boxes are a blast. My husband and I really enjoy spending time together and working through the clues. We used this as our date night in time. He thinks of things I don't and I think of things he doesn't so we made a great time. Would totally recommend this to anyone!

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Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Mar 16, 2020

You two make a great detective team! Thank you for the recommendation Bobbi! We appreciate it :-)

FABULOUS

Feb 15, 2020
Hilde J.
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I wrote a previous 5-star review after doing my first box. I have to give an even more glowing review after having done over half a dozen.

Deadbolt Mystery Society is by far my husband and my favorite boxes (and we open 3-4 different mystery boxes each month). They are challenging and fun providing us lots of laughter and thought. We toss around what methodology is best to solve the case and we use logic to move from one puzzle to the next. It challenges our ability to decipher clues and codes.

I have cancer so going to actual escape rooms has become an impossibility, but these boxes allow me to have even more fun comfortably sitting at home by the computer with my husband. It usually takes us 2-3 hours to complete each one while in an actual escape room you only have one hour. Also, with Deadbolt Mystery boxes we don't have to compete with other people for the hands on experience to solve puzzles.

I would give them a 10 star review if I could. Don't hesitate to try one!

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Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Jan 30, 2020

Hello Hilde! Thank you so much for your feedback. We really appreciate you taking the time to provide detailed information about your experience with DMS. If you haven't already, please join us in The Deadbolt Mystery Society Hint Group on Facebook where you can meet other investigators and share experiences.

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Past boxes from Deadbolt Mystery Society

Hacked (June's Box)

Hacked (June's Box)

Hacked When famous Valley Falls hacker, Fluk3, infiltrates the computer database of The Will Street Detective Agency, the act doesn’t follow the usual pattern of anarchy and rebellion. After discovering information in a cold case that relates to the murder of a relative, it becomes necessary to make amends and enlist the agency’s services. Now offering assistance instead of resistance, Fluk3 offers to be the eyes an

Behind The Wall (May's Box)

Behind The Wall (May's Box)

Uncover what dark secrets lie behind the shiny facade of Fairmont Estates and investigate the mystery of what's found...Behind The Wall. The box we will ship in June is a whodunit that involves detective skills, puzzle solving, and deductive reasoning. Perfect for amateur detectives and skilled investigators alike. Can you solve the mystery?

Prison Break (April 2020)

Prison Break (April 2020)

Brutality, violence, an attempted prison break, death….or, in other words, just another day at Valley Falls’ most infamous correctional facility. In a place filled with criminals and guards who are just as vicious as the inmates they supervise, anyone could be a killer. The only question is who is responsible for the newest murder…and why did they do it?

Duel (March 2020 Box)

Duel (March 2020 Box)

Box Description: One city. Two killers in competition. A twisted game that can only end in bloodshed.

The Pretender (February's Box)

The Pretender (February's Box)

A group of fans have won a weekend with their favorite horror writer, Bradley Raymond, but one of them is not who they claim to be. Who is The Pretender and what are they hiding?

The Secret of Easthaven Forest (January's Box)

The Secret of Easthaven Forest (January's Box)

Explore our January box and discover The Secret of Easthaven Forest.

The Jester (December's Box)

The Jester (December's Box)

Our December's Box theme will focus on one of the most mysterious characters that has ever walked the streets of Valley Falls. A murderer calling himself The Jester is about to reveal a series of secrets that will shock the town to its core!

 The Dark and Stormy Night (November's Box)

The Dark and Stormy Night (November's Box)

Find out what happens when a famous mystery writer invites several of her closest friends to spend the weekend at her manor and one of them winds up dead. A Dark and Stormy Night is our November box and will put even the most skilled of amateur detectives to the test! Ships out the first week in December!

The Collector

The Collector

A serial killer is on the move in Valley Falls. Follow the clues and see if you can solve the case! The Collector is our November box and one serious detectives won't want to miss!

The Last Laugh

The Last Laugh

Solve a Halloween mystery! The Wandering Monster Parade has come to town, bringing with it a host of sideshow freaks & shadow folk. Soon after their arrival, the homecoming queen is found murdered with smudges of greasepaint on her neck and cheeks. It can't be a coincidence that a clown has been spotted around t