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!

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 Follow the Leader

Follow the Leader

Something terrible happened 5 years ago in Valley Falls, and someone is out for revenge. Old scores will be settled. Old secrets will be uncovered. And the rules of an old game with deadly consequences will be exposed. Will you Follow the Leader and live to tell about it?

Order by September 30th to get this box!

Customer Questions (89)


Q: Do you ship to Canada?Asked by Jennifer S., October 2021

Deadbolt Mystery Society answered...December 2021

Hi Jennifer
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: 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

I only use my laptop, very rarely my phone. What I did was invested in a USB hand help scanner. If you go this route, make sure you read the description because you need the v2.0 version that scans the QR codes. You can find them on Amazon starting around $20. I have just about all the DMS boxes (just missing a handful from year one, hint, hint. LOL.) I have done about 1/3 of them, all from the...

by Annette C., September 2022

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


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


Q: We received the box and it says to go online to get the list of contents but I can't find anywhere online that lists that...can you help?Asked by Emma L., May 2022

Deadbolt Mystery Society answered...May 2022

Hi Emma
Thanks for reaching out.
Our contents list, hints, and solutions can be found on the "Files" page of our website. You can access this page from our home page by clicking the "Files" button in near the top right corner.
I hope this helps.
If you need further help, please reach out to us via the contact seller option.

It is on their website if you haven't already figured it out and it is under the files area.

by Tabatha Y., September 2022

Reviews (1205)

Love these boxes

Sep 12, 2022
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Tabatha Y.
1 Review
Subscribed for 4 months

I have 16 different boxes and I love their customer service. They also do great on the creation of their storyline for each box.

Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Sep 12, 2022

Thanks for the review, Tabitha! Our customer service team works very hard to ensure that every customer is happy with their experience, and we're glad to know that we hit the mark for you.

We love it for date night!

Mar 13, 2022
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Jordan R.
1 Review
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1 Helpful
Subscribed for 14 days

So much fun. Perfect for date night! Took almost 4 hours to solve, so it’s well worth the money!

Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Mar 14, 2022

Welcome to The Deadbolt Mystery Society! Thank you so much for your recommendation, Jordan. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us. If you have not already, please join us in The Deadbolt Mystery Society Hint Group on Facebook. Our members are great at offering hints if you get stuck on a puzzle and may give you insight as to which box to choose next!

The best box out there

Aug 28, 2022
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Alexandra F.
1 Review

This is by far the best. Love the stories, love the puzzles. Don’t try any other: this is the best !

Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Aug 29, 2022

Thank you for the amazing recommendation, Alexandra! If you have not already, we'd love to have you join us in The Deadbolt Mystery Society Hint Group on Facebook. Not only is it a great way to get a little extra help when you need it, but also to connect with our other Detectives!

Excellent Title!

Aug 25, 2022
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Kari J.
1 Review
Subscribed for 2 months

My parents love this! It was very challenging but they worked on it a little every night. It’s exactly what I wanted them to do.

Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Aug 29, 2022

Thank you for the awesome review, Kari! Our boxes are a great way to both exercise your brain and spend time with loved ones at the same time, and we are so glad your parents enjoyed it!

Love it, I might be obsessed.

Aug 14, 2022
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Morgan S.
1 Review
Subscribed for 3 months

Look forward to this every month! I usually solve the box myself; it is a nice escape from the real world. I can put some music or reality TV show on and immerse myself it whatever mystery awaits. I was concerned at the nice and figured I'd give it a shot and I am not disappointed in the slightest.

Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Aug 16, 2022

Thanks for the great recommendation, Morgan! We really appreciate you taking the time out to tell us how much the boxes mean to you. If you have not already, we would love to have you join the Deadbolt Mystery Society Hint Group on Facebook. It is a great way to connect with our other detectives!

Hands down BEST box I’ve ever purchased!

Aug 09, 2022
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Michelle B.
1 Review
Subscribed for 2 years

We really love this box. Both our friends and ourselves purchased so we could play via zoom during Covid to stay connected and we had so much fun on our mystery days!! Now my 10 year old and me do them too. Really great, well thought out product & each one so much different than the last. HIGHLY recommend.

Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Aug 09, 2022

Thank you so much for the great review, Michelle! We are so happy to hear that you were able to use our boxes to stay connected to your friends during Covid!

My addiction own all boxes but 1 missing

Aug 11, 2022
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Lisa B.
7 Reviews
1 Helpful
Subscribed for 5 months

Oh my word. This is where my addiction began. I came across Deadbolt on Cratejoy and it was my very first purchase. It was originally supposed to be for me and my husband as a date night thing but he didn’t seems interested. At first they sat for a bit since I was let down he didn’t want to participate but when my sister came to visit, that’s when the obsession began. I now own all but one stinking box which I am hoping the DB fairy would send me one day. Once I get the Sleight of Hand I will have every single box they created. Problem is they don’t make them fast enough!!! I tried some other boxes to keep me busy, even boxes that are 5-8x the price. I purchased a MBC which was a heck of a lot of money and let me tell you never even bothered to do it. It wasn’t explained well or written out. I was so frustrated I didn’t even know what to do. Then I tried others but honestly I never buy them again because they can’t compare. DB has it all. Love the mix of puzzles that gets your mind going. I have a dedicated notebook where I keep track of all the ones I’ve done. I’ve been so desperate waiting for new ones to come out I have started to go back and redo the older ones again. I wish they would come out with more in a...

Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Aug 12, 2022

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this awesome review, Lisa! We are glad you are enjoying the boxes and are so lucky to have fans like you. Hopefully your husband will give them a try soon! It would be perfect for a fun date night.

Gotta Get Them All!

Jul 08, 2022
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Misty O.
1 Review
1 Helpful
Subscribed for 30 days

From my very first box, I have been addicted to Deadbolt Mystery Society. I love the mysteries, the interactive nature of the games, and the tie-ins to other boxes and storylines. It adds another layer of fun to search for hidden Easter Eggs and to explore the Valley Falls universe that the writers have so meticulously created. The boxes are super creative and perfect for date nights. Out of the different mystery box subscriptions out there, Deadbolt Mystery Society is my favorite!

Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Jul 08, 2022

Thank you so much for the stellar review, Misty! We appreciate you taking the time to recommend us.

Love these monthly boxes

Aug 16, 2022
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Dawn H.
1 Review
Subscribed for 1 year

Love these boxes! New twists every box

Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Aug 17, 2022

Thank you so much for leaving a review, Dawn! We really appreciate it.

One of the Best Escape Room Boxes!

Feb 16, 2022
Verified Purchase
1 Review
1 Picture
Subscribed for 10 months

Me and my girlfriend play these escape room boxes on a monthly basis. Even going so far to get the older ones we missed. These boxes are great for anyone that loves escape rooms but here, you can do them at home with friends and family. The picture I posted is only a small amount of the boxes we have from them. We just got the mini-box for Valentine's Day and The Last Resort, which was the box of the year for them. The puzzles are fun and will have you thinking the whole way through each box! I cannot recommend them enough!

Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Feb 17, 2022

Thank you for the recommendation! We are thrilled to know that you and your girlfriend have been enjoying our boxes and we count ourselves lucky for our amazing customers like you!

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Past boxes from The Deadbolt Mystery Society Monthly Box

Murder at Cape Anna

Murder at Cape Anna

Vacations are rare for the Will Street Detective Agency staff. You've read a lot of interesting stories about the Founder’s Festival in Cape Anna and think it would be a shame to miss this opportunity. You reconsider your position on the matter when you arrive at the festival and see an all too familiar site at the end of a row of tents - police tape. Pull back the curtain and examine the dark heart that beats beneath this sleepy, seaside town.



Can you Flashback to an era of slap bracelets, Furbies, and floppy disks and find out which of your '90s celebrity friends is really a cold-blooded murderer on a '90s themed cruise?



Members of an archeological team set out to the jungles of Mexico in search of an ancient Mayan artifact known only in legends. For the members of the group who have dreamt of this sort of thing their entire lives, it feels like the dig of a lifetime. Or, at least it does, until members of the party begin disappearing during the night. Are the disappearances the work of man or could some of the darker Mayan myths actually be true? Dig deep and uncover the answers.

John Doe

John Doe

Once again, your job as a Will Street Detective has landed you in the middle of a strange case. The police have called you to help investigate the homicide of a John Doe. The victim was found in the trunk of a car at Lewis’s Junkyard just before the vehicle was scheduled to be crushed. Can you sort through the clues to identify this John Doe and find out who killed him?

The Strange and Twisted Game

The Strange and Twisted Game

Mystery author extraordinaire, Rosemary Clark, is back investigating another case. This time someone calling themselves The Hangman has challenged her to a battle of wits and sent her a strange package containing hints to their upcoming crime. Will you play "The Strange and Twisted Game" and stop The Hangman?

The Last Prey

The Last Prey

A journal purchased at a dead man's estate sale reveals that its previous own was a serial killer. Even more shocking is the last journal entry which indicates that the last victim may still be alive. Use the clues from the journal and clues found amongst the dead man's possessions to find the location of the final victim and see if you can rescue The Last Prey!

Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole

When a string of deaths strikes the Abernathy Retirement Community, your grandfather, Edgar Mirkowsky, contacts you to help him investigate. When you arrive at the retirement facility, you suddenly feel as if you've crossed into another world. Nothing seems to make sense, and the residents all feel like characters that stepped out of a book. You wonder if you have arrived at a retirement community or tumbled Down the Rabbit Hole...

High Stakes

High Stakes

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!

Suited for Death

Suited for Death

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!

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.

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!



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?

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