BEST OF 2021

The Deadbolt Mystery Society Monthly Box

by Deadbolt Mystery Society
Unbox a mystery! Solve a crime! Close the case! A new standalone mystery every month!
1120 reviews

Product Details

Elevate Game Night with a Murder Mystery Box!

Enjoy immersive scenarios, intriguing characters, and original compelling stories with your friends and family! Every month subscribers receive a new standalone investigation with everything needed to close the case. *New box theme and summary announced here at the beginning of each month.

  • Great gift for friends and family who love mysteries and puzzle-solving. Want to feel like you have stepped into an episode of your favorite crime or mystery tv show?
  • Solve the mysteries alone or with a group of up to 4 people. We recommend our mysteries for ages 13+. Parental discretion is advised since we are a murder mystery company.
  • Standalone mysteries that don’t require other boxes to complete. Start and stop each mystery at any point. There is no time component.
  • “The Deadbolt Mystery Society, the closest you’ll get to fulfilling your dream of being Sherlock Holmes, with a new mystery in a box shipped to you every month.” - BUZZFEED
  • Interactive, online components that bring each story to life. (Requires a QR code reader on a smartphone, tablet or laptop and internet access)

Sneak Peek

Photo of The Deadbolt Mystery Society Monthly Box current box The Gift

The Gift

As the holiday season approaches, the Valley Falls Police Department receives an early present: three dead bodies surrounded by toys and games. These “gifts” have been left by someone calling themselves The Tinkerer. Now, the killer has left a note at the Will Street Detective Agency claiming that more lives are on the line. Time is running out.

Order by November 30th to get this box!


Customer Questions (76)

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Q: Can you reused boxes? If my husband and I get one, can we pass it to our friends afterwards?Asked by Rebecca B., January 2021

Yes. Just make sure you supply copies of crossword, search word, or those you might have to solve.

by Lydia P., March 2021

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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

Yes, there are websites that allow you to use your webcam and scan QR codes. This is how we do boxes.

by Chris M., November 2021

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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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

Reviews (1120)

Awesome date night

Jun 11, 2019
Verified Purchase
Alexandra M.
1 Review
1 Picture
13 Helpful
Subscribed for 6 months

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!

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 :-)

Fantastic Experience!

Jul 20, 2020
Verified Purchase
Perry I.
1 Review
2 Pictures
4 Helpful
Subscribed for 2 months

After completing my first box (the 2020 June box “Behind the Wall“) I became an instant fan of the Deadbolt Mystery Society. I went on to learn more about the company and their previous boxes and I just continued to fall in love. I began my quest to solve all of their boxes! Rich story and smart intuitive puzzles make for such a fun and unique experience. The quality of the box and its content is top notch. From the moment you start reading the brief you are woven into an experience, not just a game. It was easily one of the coolest things I have done this year. Definitely worth a try! They sell single boxes as well if you want to try it all out before subscribing.

Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Jul 29, 2020

We are so happy you are enjoying our boxes... subscriptions and one time boxes! Thank you for sharing you experience with us!

Exactly what I was looking for

May 11, 2019
Verified Purchase
Clark P.
1 Review
53 Helpful
Subscribed for 1 year

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...

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!

Drowning in fun

Aug 09, 2021
Bailey T.
1 Review
3 Pictures

I picked this box because it really caught my attention. It was very appealing to my eyes and the design and colors of this box really popped out to me. The black and white picture was one of my favorites to do. Thanks Kamryn for sharing this with me

Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Aug 11, 2021

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Baily. Our creative teams work closely together to bring each box to life so we are glad you like it.

We had a Blast

Aug 09, 2021
Karon S.
1 Review
3 Pictures

Our group of 5 loved playing Museum Nocturnus. Everyone could participate as much (or as little) as they wanted. Since it was our first venture, we had a little trouble getting started, but things picked up quickly from there.
Took us 3.5 to 4 hours. An enjoyable afternoon with friends. Thanks, Eddie Smith, for introducing us to Deadbolt.
We were encouraged to pass the box along, but the "consumable" paper clue cannot be re-used. Perhaps, it could be available to re-print from the internet site?

Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Aug 10, 2021

Welcome to The Deadbolt Mystery Society, Karon! We are so proud of you for pushing through and closing your first case! We recommend using scratch paper or making a copy of items that require tracing, etc. I will pass along your suggestion regarding consumables to the creative team. Thanks so much for the 5-star rating and for sharing your photos with us, Detective! Well done!

Had a great game day!

Aug 08, 2021
Mike S.
1 Review
3 Pictures

Got Museum Nocturnus as a gift from my brother, GO TEAM EDDIE!,
We have a group that does TTRPG and decided this was a great change from our usual games. Mystery was well written, box was well organized, and easy to follow. The story wasn't easy to follow, you had to pay attention to it, which made is a good mystery. Clues were there, but you had to find them, they just weren't handed to you. Had to use the hint files once, near the beginning, to kid of get us into to grove of puzzle solving. Puzzles were engaging without being impossible to solve. Would recommend this series highly to anyone who likes mysteries and puzzle solving!
Mike S and friends!

Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Aug 09, 2021

Mike, welcome to The Deadbolt Mystery Society and thank you for sharing your experience and photos with us! Well done closing the Museum Nocturnus case, Detective. Thanks for the recommendation. We appreciate it!

From nurse to detective

Aug 04, 2021
Tiffany C.
1 Review
3 Pictures

I love the little pieces that are in the boxes. The stickers are adorable. I also like the little dog tag with the dogs name on it. Thanks Kamryn for showing us this. All the nurses loved it. It was something fun to do after our long shifts.

Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Aug 06, 2021

We are glad to hear you enjoyed Beneath the Surface, Tiffany! Thank you for the recommendation! We appreciate you.

Love Deadbolt Mysteries!

Jan 15, 2020
Verified Purchase
Candi C.
1 Review
1 Picture
3 Helpful
Subscribed for 9 months

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.

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!

The Terminal fun but beyond our skills

Jul 26, 2021
Cat F.
1 Review
2 Pictures
1 Helpful

Are you ready for a challenge? The Terminal Mystery Box was very difficult. One seasoned adult, two escape room experienced adults and a 12 year old had to call on Crystal for clues and hints. In the end we still failed. But had some laughs while working on family communication skills! Looking forward to the next box!

Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Jul 27, 2021

Many of your fellow detectives realize their puzzle-solving skills increase with each case closed. Hopefully, you will enjoy the next one more. We are glad to see you still made some fun memories, Cat!

Beautiful getaway

Aug 29, 2021
Talia B.
1 Review
2 Pictures

This box was not what I expected. A vacation from the bad place. Solving the mystery was a lot of fun though. The graphics were awesome. Thanks for sharing Crystal

Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Sep 07, 2021

Our creative team strives hard to create graphics that really bring the game to life! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed solving the Last Resort mystery, Talia! Thanks for helping us close the case!

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Past boxes from The Deadbolt Mystery Society Monthly Box

The Legacy Game

The Legacy Game

Six of Hillview Academy’s finest receive a mysterious invitation to participate in something called The Legacy Game. The game will begin promptly at midnight in the local cemetery at the gravesite of Jefferson F. Pritchard, one of Valley Falls' most infamous citizens. The invitation, sent from someone calling themselves The Headmaster, promises a life-changing reward for the winner. What is The Legacy Game and who is The Headmaster? Come play and find out!

Screamland

Screamland

Our October box, Screamland, is a mystery set at a haunted house attraction. Explore Screamland, interrogate the suspects who work there, and find out who is responsible for the disappearance of Bekah Rosenbalm. What better way to kick off October and the Halloween season than with a case at haunted attraction?

Blackout

Blackout

Summary: When Rob Evers gets a big promotion at work, a celebration is in order. After a wild night out on the town, Rob wakes up in a dark alley with no memory of his actions and the disturbing sense that he might have been involved in something. Only he can't remember what. Retrace Rob's actions from the night in question and determine all of the things he did during his Blackout!

Conspiracy

Conspiracy

A hidden message in The Valley Falls Observer leads to the conclusion that all is not what it seems. Is the message simply the result of a typo, a practical joke, or mere coincidence? Or is there a deeper conspiracy working behind the scenes of Valley Falls?

Last Resort

Last Resort

A group of co-workers employed by a Valley Falls travel agency have been given an incredible opportunity. What should be a week of paradise turns to a week of terror when one of the guests is found dead with a harpoon through the back. Trapped on an island with a bloodthirsty killer, the body count is certain to go up as the suspect list goes down. Pack your bags and grab your sunscreen for Last Resort. Sand. Sun. Slay.

Blast From the Past

Blast From the Past

Summary: The 80’s were a decade of big hair, MTV, video games, outrageous clothing, and fun. The Valley Falls High School “Class of ‘86” is having a Blast From the Past reunion to relive the glory days of their youth and see old friends that they’ve lost touch with over the years. The reunion is a roaring success until the principal is found strangled to death in his office. Only someone from the reunion could have killed him. But who? Solve the case and find out!

Scavenger

Scavenger

When an extreme scavenger hunt results in the murder of one of the participants, the remaining five players become the primary suspects. Play the game that has been set into motion and be prepared to go into the deepest, darkest spots of Valley Falls to find the killer. The Hunt is on!

Beneath the Surface

Beneath the Surface

Summary: A dog wanders up to the front steps of The Will Street Detective Agency. A note has been tucked into his collar. The note is written by a woman named Mary who has been kidnapped and is being held somewhere in town. Retrace the dog's steps, use clues that the dog may have picked up unknowingly, and find the house where Mary is being kept. But beware! There is more to this case than meets the eye. See if you can find what lurks...Beneath the Surface!

The Watcher

The Watcher

Coming March 2021: The Watcher Subscriptions will be taken from Feb 1 – Feb 28 at 6PM CST Allison Zeller has a secret admirer. She thinks the mysterious guy is sweet enough at first until his behavior escalates past simple admiration and spirals into full-blown obsession. Someone is stalking her and growing impatient that they can't have her. This infatuation culminates in a full-blown attack on Allison's life, leaving her at death's door. It's likely that whoever

The Inheritance

The Inheritance

When the McClain family's coat of arms is stolen, any of the thirteen family members could be the culprit? Can you determine the identity of the thief and recover The Inheritance?

The Old and Hidden Secret

The Old and Hidden Secret

Help The Will Street Detective Agency and mystery author, Rosemary Clark, solve a locked-room mystery that has ties to another unsolved murder at The Ambrosia Hotel that took place in the 1930's.

Framed!

Framed!

Description: The Valley Falls Museum is home to some of the world’s most exciting art exhibits and archeological finds. It has a wonderful ancient history curator in Albert McCain. However, a successful heist of the museum one evening also results in the death of McCain. Authorities arrest fellow museum employee, Noah Parker, and charge him with robbery and murder.  Parker calls you and proclaims he’s not guilty. Can you find the evidence to prove he was framed?


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