Sullivan King had only heard whispers about a new criminal group – until their reign of terror made things personal for him. The group – filled with self-proclaimed zombies, vampires, and other monsters – has its hand in everything from selling drugs to abducting people. Although they have police baffled, Sullivan is sure of one thing: he’s going to do whatever it takes to stop them. Can you help Sullivan uncover the group’s monstrous secret and bring them to justice?
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Brian Knight, a self-proclaimed time traveler, needs Sullivan’s help to save the future. Although he can’t go into detail about his mission, Brian tells Sullivan that it all begins with finding a lost dog. The rest of the mission is a secret, but the consequences are not. if they fail, the repercussions will be disastrous for the world. Can you help Sullivan uncover Brian’s true mission and stop a global catastrophe before it has a chance to start?
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Q: Do you need the Internet to solve the cases?Asked by Zayani M., June 2019
Since you work with the detective via email, you do need an Internet connection as well as an email account. Some cases also include websites that you'll have to visit. That said, you will never need to use Google or any other web resource that isn't a part of the case.
Q: Is each month a case that can be solved without the next box? There is another subscription that is similar and you have to get 6 boxes to be able to solve the case.Asked by Shelly G., September 2019
That's a great question - thank you for asking!
All of our cases are stand-alone, so you'll get a new, independent mystery to solve each month.
Q: I want to give this as a gift but want to designate a finite time. Do you offer that or do I have to sign up and then remember to cancel when the "gift" is over?Asked by Sharon S., December 2020
Thanks for reaching out!
Our subscription options are set to last 4 months and then automatically end. While the subscription cases make up a 4-part series, each case is also its own complete mystery, so you can cancel at any time without worrying about your gift recipient being able to complete the mystery.
Currently, to my knowledge Cratejoy does not offer the ability for you to purchase a subscription with a customized end date, which means you would need to cancel your subscription if you'd like to send your recipient fewer than our 4 cases. Alternatively, we do sell our past cases in the "Archives" section of our website. Those may be a better option for you if you'd like to purchase a specific number of...
Q: If we don't like the box for the month could we pick a previous one? Or would just have to wait? Clowns kind of freak us out, but would hate to wait until next month to order a box! Asked by Deedee C., April 2020
Thanks for reaching out!
We're not able to substitute cases for subscription orders, however, we do sell past cases on our website. I'm not able to provide website URLs here, however, our website is our box name, SleuthKings (dot) com.
If you're interested in purchasing a past case from our Archives, we send those out each Wednesday!
This just didn't hold our attention but the quality was good. The story was suitable for all ages.
I tried a few boxes but decided not to keep up my subscription. The mysteries are cute and the puzzles are sometimes sort of fun, but I found too many to be weirdly frustrating, and the e-mails with Sullivan take too long--I'd rather the entire hint system was on a website instead of just the first part. The last box I got had an error in a puzzle that caused multiple "I'm lost" e-mails, with waits for answers...only to find out that I was on the right track from the start but they'd made a mistake. Also, minor point, but the introduction letter is like 3 pages long. It seems unnecessary--every other puzzle box seems to be able to explain itself in short order. Anyway, I have multiple mystery box subscriptions, and I decided that this wasn't going to be one of the ones I kept. Too many headaches.
This is a great box for the 10-13 age range. Everything is very family friendly. It is really just a puzzle game than a mystery box. The case we received, case 032, was missing a line from the circus flyer, I assume. When we emailed, the hint explained it should say something about Rena the elephant and Blaze the ring master. However, those names were no where on the circus flyer. I assume someone cut off a line or something. That made the mystery impossible to solve on your own without being able to email or cheat. So all in all, we didn't enjoy it. Except when you unscramble one of the words you can spell "Penus" and that made us laugh haha
Update: After the response below, it does seem we were missing a document. We had 4 clues and a yellow crystal ball paper. But like Brandon said, you could email him and get a copy if you realize it is missing. We emailed the stock account and got the answer to the puzzle which made us realize something was missing. But we already had the answer by that point so it wouldn't have mattered much. Also, nothing wrong with being family friendly, just wouldn't recommend it for a date night like the site listing does.
I appreciate your feedback - thank you!
We do strive to keep all of our cases family friendly, so they tend to be quirky and often focus on non-violent crime.
In regards to the document issue you mentioned, I think you actually may have been looking at the incorrect document. For the puzzle you referenced, you need to look at multiple documents. The elephant and ringmaster are named on the poster that was included with your case file, not the the flyer.
Of course, if there are ever any issues with the documents - which is pretty rare - I'm always more than happy to send a replacement physical and digital copy as long as I'm contacted about the issue. Unfortunately, I didn't hear from you, so...
I've tried 4 other subscription boxes of the same genre and Sleuth Kings is the only one I decided to stick to. Clever puzzles, great stories, lots of interesting materials to work with.
I’ve tried quite a few “mystery boxes” and Sleuth Kings’ definitely at the top. The stories are great and the puzzles are challenging and fun...if you ever need help Sully’s always there for you. The e-mail exchanges with Sullivan are what makes this box unique. We’ve gotten close enough where he doesn’t threaten violence when I call him Nancy Drew. Or Holmes. Or Sugar Britches. 10% of the fun is coming up with absurd nicknames for Sullivan.
If you like single box closure and intriguing stories this ones worth a try. I know I’m hooked. I just need to figure out my plan to work through all the archived cases. 😁
My husband and I wanted an activity to do with our fourteen year old son. He loved and we loved it!! It was so much fun figure it out the clues and email the detective. The clues were challenging but not to the point of frustration. It took us two days to solve and we are excitedly waiting for our next case!
It's taken me too long to write a review, since I've been subscribed for so long now, but this is my favorite subscription box by far! I always have a great time trying to solve each month's case with family and friends, and the "interactive" element with Sullivan adds a fun immersive twist to the experience. Cases could probably be solved alone, but it's a lot of fun to work with others. I really like that some cases have callbacks to previously encountered characters or events, and that the puzzles and clues are always fresh and different. Sometimes the difficulty of the puzzles can vary from month to month, but there's a good hint system built into the box, and the team behind Sleuth Kings is very helpful and responsive. I was missing something in a box once and the issue was solved quickly and professionally. I also appreciate that if you're on a month-by-month plan you can skip a renewal if needed without otherwise adjusting your subscription. Overall, a fantastic experience that you should try if given the chance!!
My daughter, Zoey, and I love these boxes from Sleuth King! She wants to be a K9 Police Officer/Detective and these cases are right up her alley! We have a blast trying to figure out the clues. She can't wait for the next box to come!
So this was our first mystery subscription and the experience has been terrific. I ordered one case just to try it out first; received the case quickly and Detective Sullivan was always quick with a reply to help when we asked for it. Signed up for the subscription and we completed the second case on our own. So there are varying levels of challenges, which is great to keep things different each time. The packages have been well made, complete, and very detailed. If you are looking for a new activity this is a great subscription to try.
Great fun for our family to share!
Renea Evans' dream home suddenly became a nightmare when she began seeing apparitions and receiving terrifying messages. Convinced that her new home is haunted, she's asked Sullivan to investigate. If he can figure out the ghost's identity, Renea hopes that she can make it move on before she loses everything she’s worked for. Can you help Sullivan get to the bottom of the ghost's otherworldly messages before Renea is forced to abandon her home? Sign up to find out!
Celest St. Claire never expected that she’d be targeted by a dangerous stalker dressed as a giant mascot. Little is known about the stalker other than the fact that they’ve put multiple people in the hospital. With only three days to play their game and meet them face-to-face, Celest needs your help before she becomes their next victim. Can you help Celest and Sullivan find the stalker and put an end to their masked mayhem before it’s too late?
Asuna Yukimura has been kidnapped by Krampus the Christmas Devil. Now, being held for ransom, Asuna intends to make Krampus regret ever targeting her. She has only one option - create as much trouble as she can. Luckily, she still has her cell phone, and Sullivan is only an email away. Can you work with Sullivan to help Asuna beat Krampus at his own game and escape? Sign up today to find out!
Spencer Dye is being targeted by the serial arsonist known only as "The Cat," which means one thing – her life could go up in flames at any moment. To save herself, Spencer has only one option: find the connection she shares with The Cat. Then – and only then – will she stand a chance of stopping them. Can you help Sullivan and Spencer extinguish a burning grudge that spans decades? Sign up today to find out!
John Malvone broke his ex-girlfriend’s heart, and now she intends to break him. The problem is, he’s not sure which ex is coming after him. John has survived three attempts on his life so far, but his luck won’t hold out forever. If he doesn’t figure out who wants him dead – and soon – he won’t survive his spiteful lover’s next attack. Can you help John stop his ex before she decides he can’t live without her? Sign up today to find out!
Mina Yen, a Magician's Assistant, was murdered on stage during a performance. Although it's clear that the illusion was sabotaged, the police aren't sure who is responsible. Sullivan has been hired to clear the lead suspect's name, but he's not convinced that the man is innocent. If he can't find evidence that will help put the real murderer away - and fast - he's afraid it's only a matter of time before they kill again.
Jack Hill, the owner of Dark World - an interactive sci-fi museum - has gone missing. Sullivan is afraid he's been murdered, but Jack's wife believes that the museum holds the key to bringing her husband back. With no other leads, Sullivan's last hope is to search Dark World for any trace of Jack's whereabouts. If Jack really is still alive, Sullivan is afraid he's running out of time. Can you help Sullivan navigate Dark World's six kingdoms and bring Jack home?
Dave Talbot’s life took an unexpected turn when he woke up with a strange bitemark and no memory of the night before. A mysterious note claiming that Dave has been turned into a werewolf is his only clue about what happened. Luckily, the note claims that there is a cure for Dave’s new condition, but there’s a catch – it’s $30,000. Can you help Sullivan uncover the truth about the curse and find the cure before Dave is howling at the moon?
Candace Stone’s diamond store went from incredibly successful to on the verge of collapse after the Moretti crime family robbed her. Afraid of retaliation if she goes to the police, Candace has come to Sullivan instead. Her plan is desperate, but it’s all she’s got: she wants Sullivan to steal the diamonds back before the Moretti family sells them. Can you help Sullivan infiltrate the crime family’s hideout and recover the diamonds without being caught? Sign up today t
Stephen Li is out of time and options. He’s been forced to join an underground fight club, but he doubts he can survive his first match. With his fight only days away, he’s come to Sullivan for help. His only chance of walking out alive is if Sullivan can expose the fight club’s mastermind and put an end to the vicious blood sport. Can you help Sullivan uncover the truth behind the fight club and dismantle it before Stephen becomes its next victim?
Helena Kyle’s brother has gone missing, and she’s afraid he’s almost out of time. Helena has come to Sullivan for help with the only clues she has: cryptic messages from her brother’s stalker. If she can’t find him soon, it’s only a matter of time before his stalker decides to dump him – permanently. Can you help Sullivan rescue Helena’s brother and put an end to the stalker’s “happily ever after” before it’s too late? Sign up today to find out!
Terra St. Claire is in trouble – a museum’s $450,000 painting has been stolen from her studio. If Terra can’t get the painting back within three days, not only will her career be over – she’s afraid she’ll be framed for the theft. The problem is, she’s not sure where to start looking. Can you help Sullivan track down the painting before it disappears forever? Sign up today to find out!