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)

Customer Questions (67)


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: Can I have the first box of a gift subscription sent to me (so I can give it as a gift) and then have the others sent directly to gift recipient?Asked by Ann-marie C., November 2022

Deadbolt Mystery Society answered...November 2022

Sure, you can make changes to your account at anytime or our customer service department will be more than happy to help you with this.


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 (1213)

Amazing Mystery Boxes!!

Taylor B.
1 Review

Deadbolt mystery society is AMAZING! The amount of detail they put in the storyline and evidence is incredible. Many times they provide "real" evidence, like a poker chip with a code on it, so you truly feel emersed in the world. The riddles and puzzles are a great challenge and they do provide hints for the more tricky ones.

Best Murder Mystery Box

Nov 18, 2022
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Kenley C.
1 Review
Subscribed for 1 month

DMS is hands down my favorite murder mystery box. Not only do they have intriguing storylines and amazing puzzles, they are second to none when it comes to their fans. They are completely interactive with fans and provide the best customer service. I look forward to by box every month and can’t wait to see what else DMS can come up with. Thank you, DMS!

Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Nov 18, 2022

Thanks for the awesome review, Kenley! We appreciate you taking the time to detail what makes DMS so great to you. We absolutely have the best fans in the world!

Deadbolt is the way to go!

Nov 17, 2022
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Nichole Z.
1 Review
Subscribed for 9 months

Me and my crew have done a ton of different murder mystery boxes. Deadbolt Mystery Society is by FAR our favorite. The plots are engaging, the puzzles are challenging without being ridiculously hard, and the items/characters are always interesting. Even better than that is the fact that their customer service is really second to none. Every single person I've interacted with on behalf of this company has been spectacular. Add that to more than fair pricing and prompt shipping? It's really a no Brainerd.

Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Nov 18, 2022

Thanks for the review, Nichole! Our customer service team works very hard to ensure that each and every customer has an amazing experience, and we are so lucky to have them! We appreciate you detailing all the other things about DMS that make it #1 for you.

So much fun!

Nov 18, 2022
Alexandria W.
1 Review

My family and I have been doing these mysteries for years now and they’re always so much fun! Whether you do then as a group activity or on the weekends by yourself to pass the time, it won’t be time wasted.

Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Nov 18, 2022

Thank you for the recommendation, Alexandria! We love to hear that you and your family have been enjoying our mysteries for so long and are so grateful for our amazing customers!

Simply the Best!

Nov 10, 2022
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Sabrina D.
1 Review
Subscribed for 2 years

I absolutely love these boxes. I've done other murder mystery boxes but DMS is by far the best! I look forward to receiving my subscription box every month and make sure to buy the ones that are not part of the subscriptions as well. To date, I am only missing two and hope that DMS will re-release them again. Keep up the amazing work DMS!!!!

Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Nov 16, 2022

Thank you very much for the kind words, Sabrina! We are so grateful for you taking the time out of your day to leave us a review.

Love it

6 days ago
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Penny M.
1 Review
Subscribed for 1 year

Love the mystery boxes- they do a great job with making sure the puzzles are challenging

All The Stars!!

Oct 07, 2022
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Apryl C.
1 Review
Subscribed for 10 months

Deadbolt not only has an amazing product with great puzzles, in-depth stories, and interactive components, but they have top notch customer service as well as being extremely interactive with their audience. Your not just buying a mystery box with Deadbolt Mystery Society, you are getting a full interactive experience! Screw the 5 star rating system, these people deserve the whole galaxy!!! They are amazing!

Deadbolt Mystery Society said...Oct 10, 2022

Thank you so much for the kind words, Apryl! Our customers are our top priority and we are glad to know it shows!

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
3 Pictures
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!

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Monster Mash

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Follow the Leader

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Murder at Cape Anna

Murder at Cape Anna

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John Doe

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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

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The Last Prey

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Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole

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High Stakes

High Stakes

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Suited for Death

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