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.
Our February box tasks you, the detective, with finding out the fate of George Moralis who was last seen at The Velvet Curtain Casino. Follow the trail of clues George left behind and determine what happened to him. But beware! The stakes are high!
Order by January 31st to get this box!
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.
Yes, there are websites that allow you to use your webcam and scan QR codes. This is how we do boxes.
We like to use an iPad (tablet). You can even use a phone (or two).
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.
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.
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...
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.
No, each month is different.
Each box is a brand-new mystery.
Q: Do you ship to Canada?Asked by Jennifer S., October 2021
Thanks for your question.
We do not ship our subscriptions to Canada at this time. However, we do ship our one time boxes to Canada. You can find our one time boxes on our website under the "one time purchases" tab.
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
Hi Rebecca. Thank you for your question. Our boxes can be replayed as many times as you would like. I would advise not marking on any of the evidence so those who play after you get the full experience. We even have a contents page on our website that you can check to be sure everything is in the box before and after playing.
Yes. Just make sure you supply copies of crossword, search word, or those you might have to solve.
Super challenging, but not impossible! We loved it!!
We do our best to create challenging, but not impossible, puzzles with all of our subscription boxes. We are glad you are enjoying them and appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review! We look forward to working with you again, Detective!
Love the games and all the puzzles you gave to figure out in order to get to the next envelope. It’s like you get 3 games in 1 box.
Thank you for taking time to leave us a review! We are so happy to hear you love our mysteries. We do our best to produce a great product for our customers!
Love this box! We have been doing these boxes for about two years now (one a month) and are always delighted when the new one arrives. We even keep a bag of the boxes we have already completed and after resetting them as much as possible (taping the envelopes closed again and making sure all the parts are in the box), I take them in to work and hand them out with the one rule: I don't want this back, but I do want you to pass it on to someone else who will enjoy it. So, not only to we love this box, but a bunch of my coworkers do too!
We are so happy to hear you love our mysteries. We appreciate you and your business. We absolutely love that you pass your mysteries on to coworkers and in turn they pass them on to friends and family. Thank you for sharing this with us!
I love my box can’t wait for the next one!!
Hi Breanna, Thank you for your review! We are so glad you enjoying our mysteries! The next one is a good one! ;)
Challenging. Small group of creative people helps with input. Took about 2.5 hours to solve.
Thank you for taking your time to submit a review! We see an average of 2-3 hours to complete our mysteries! We hope you and your group enjoyed it!
My friends and I had a lot of fun solving the mystery!
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review, Christina.
We are so happy that you and your friends enjoyed the box. Be sure to check out all of the previous releases before they retire!
I have purchased almost every single mystery/puzzle solving box out there and this one is by far my favorite. Not only are the story lines fun and immersive but the puzzles and ciphers are great! The only thing better than their boxes is their customer service. They usually respond the same day which is amazing. I highly recommend trying their boxes, you won't be disappointed.
Hi Rachel. Thank you for this awesome review! We are so happy you are enjoying our mysteries so much! We do our best to not only produce quality products, but also to make sure we are doing our part to insure our customers are taken care of!
This was so fun! Challenging at times but we loved every minute of it! Took 4 of us about 3 hours to solve.
Thank you for the awesome review, Megan! We are happy to see you enjoyed it and were up for the challenge! We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we are happy to hear we hit the mark for you.
Very Entertaining. It was hard, but we didn't have to use hints. We did figure it out in the end and it took a lot of time.
Thank you for the recommendation, Katie! We are so glad you enjoyed the box. Our creative team works hard to create intriguing stories with challenging puzzles. Be sure to check out all of the previous releases before they retire and join the other detectives in The Deadbolt Mystery Society Hint Group on Facebook!
I received The Gift for Christmas and absolutely loved it so much that I've already ordered 2 more and plan to subscribe. The puzzles were interesting, challenging but not SO much that it took the fun away, and really enjoyable! I can't wait for my new ones to get here.
Thank you for the recommendation, Melissa! We are happy to see you enjoyed it. We do our best to create challenging, but not impossible, puzzles with all of our subscription boxes. If you haven't already, join us in The Deadbolt Mystery Society Hint Group. Our members are great at offering hints if you get stuck on a puzzle!
Our December Box (ships in January): Dapper Gentlemen's Shop is one of the most respected men's clothing stores in all of Valley Falls. Its reputation, however, has become tarnished after two recent murder victims were found dressed in Dapper Gentlemen's suits. Uncover what is actually going on behind the scenes at this esteemed haberdashery and find out who else might be Suited for Death!
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.
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!
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?
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!
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?
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.
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!
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!
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!
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
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?