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?
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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.
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.
Fun, challenging, and always perfect!
.Challenging, stimulating, Fun with the Family!
Thank you for the review, Melissa! We are thrilled that you are enjoying our mysteries.
My daughter and I received a monthly subscription as a Christmas gift: we have been enjoying them immensely. They can be a little tricky, but all the clues are there, if you pay close enough attention. And, we appreciate that if we do get stuck (because we overlooked something), the hints are just that - they don't give away the secrets, they mostly tell you where to look for them. It generally takes us a good 3 to 4 hours to complete a box (multiple layers to each mystery), which gives us quality time together with little or no frustration. LOL
Thank you for the recommendation, Micky! We are thrilled to know that you and your daughter have been enjoying the mysteries so much. They are great for creating quality time together with friends and family!
I am in love with this company! I have enjoyed their boxes for months but recently had some financial hardship and needed to cancel my subscription but forgot. I emailed the company directly and they were willing to work with me and even gave me a refund. As soon as things resolve on my end I will 100% renew my subscription.
Thank you for the awesome review, BB! Customer service is a top priority of ours and we are glad to help in any way that we are able. We look forward to solving mysteries with you again soon!
So much fun. Perfect for date night! Took almost 4 hours to solve, so it’s well worth the money!
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!
Ordered this as a family night activity for my husband and I to do with our teens. What we thought would be a quick hour of eat some pizza and solve a puzzle, turned into a 3 hour adventure! Some spots were tricky and we had to use a hint (I love that it wasn’t so easy and boring) however; we all enjoyed it and are looking forward to the next box! This was a great way to reconnect with each other do something other than stare at a screen! If you are not into puzzles but know someone who is, this would be a great gift!
Thank you for the awesome review, Soli! We are so glad your family had fun and it is great to know that people are using our boxes to connect with others and spend quality time together.
Good family fun! Complicated enough- we had a work out. Good adult fun for all adult aged! Looking forward to the next 1
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, Angela! If you have not already, we would love to have you join us on The Deadbolt Mystery Society Hint Group on Facebook. It's a great way to connect with other detectives.
This is a great mystery box. The puzzles are diverse and appropriately challenging and the story lines are fun. The online hints are also useful when in a pinch.
Thank you for the great review, Elizabeth! We are glad to know that you have been enjoying the boxes.
Love these products. Have tried a few different brands / companies and deadbolt is my favorite so far. Puzzles are clever and challenging but not too confusing / unspecific, and as a paper nerd and graphic designer I appreciate the quality and variety of the materials. Very fun and renewing my gift subscription soon!
Thank you for the recommendation, Dayle! Our team works very hard to ensure that each box we release is of the highest quality possible. If you have not already, we would love to have you join us on The Deadbolt Mystery Society Hint Group Facebook page. It is a great way to connect with other detectives!
My fiancé and I love these games. They are so complex and really make you think! We have tried many different mystery / escape room boxes and these are by far our favorites. Just received Down the Rabbit hole and we cannot wait to finish it.
Thank you for the great review, Sierra! We are so glad to hear that you and your fiancé are enjoying our mysteries together and we hope you have a lot of fun with Down the Rabbit Hole!
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?
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!
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...
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!
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!
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