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What is The Deadbolt Mystery Society?

What is The Deadbolt Mystery Society?

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The Deadbolt Mystery Society is a monthly subscription box service for lovers of mystery and suspense.  With your subscription, a new mystery box filled with puzzles, evidence, and interviews will be delivered to your door.  Each box is a standalone mystery that requires no additional boxes to complete. 

What will my box contain?

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Our monthly subscription boxes will include a variety of items needed to solve the murder mystery.  No two months will be alike.  Imagine that you are a consulting detective tasked with solving a particular case.  The subscription box will contain all pertinent items needed to ensure your success.  Some boxes may contain interactive components that require you to go online (a smartphone should suffice).   


How does a subscription box work?

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By signing up, you agree to pay $24.99 monthly in addition to $4.99 shipping.  Each month we will ship you a new mystery.  There is no commitment.  You are free to cancel at any time.  We take subscriptions throughout the month and mail out to all active subscribers the first week of the following month. All renewals process on the 11th of each month.

What Should I Expect From a DMS Box?

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Original, interactive mysteries.

Stand-alone stories that don't require other boxes to complete.

Immersive scenarios, intriguing characters, and original compelling stories!

Puzzles written and designed by escape room creators.

A fun activity that is great for date night and for family game night.

Online components that bring each mystery to life!

The Secret of Easthaven Forest

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Taking subscriptions from Jan 1-31 (all boxes ship the first week in February)

Summary: When a group of mischievous kids sneaks into Easthaven Woods to escape the prying eyes of their parents and have some fun they are surprised to see a dark stranger dragging a body wrapped in plastic through the brush. They get closer to try and see what is going on and watch in horror as the killer meticulously covers the body up with leaves and scrub so that no one will see it. When one of the kids accidentally steps on a dry branch, alerting the killer to their presence, he gives chase, intent on keeping his secret a secret. The kids hightail it back to town on their bikes and head straight to the police station to report what they saw. After several hours of searching in the forest, the police finally locate the body. However, given a recent string of disapperances, they have a theory that more bodies may be hidden in the woods. You and your colleagues at The Will Street Detective Agency have been hired to consult on this case and dig deeper for evidence that will lead to the killer’s capture. The kids are reluctant to say much out of fear that the killer will be coming to silence them for good so you have your work cut out for you. Find out as much as you can from the kids and identify the mysterious stranger in the woods. Easthaven Woods is a place where many dark secrets live and thrive. If you investigate this case properly and turn over the right stones, you may learn what some of them are and they may change much of what you’ve come to believe about Valley Falls.

The Jester

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In medieval times, most kings had a court jester to entertain and amuse them. On the night of the annual Masquerade Ball, King’s Court Technologies discovers it has its own jester. While most of the partygoers are dressed in masquerade attire complete with mask and beads, one mysterious character is seen dressed in a fool’s motley and a jester’s cap with bells. However, this jester’s purpose is not to entertain but, rather, to exact revenge on the king’s behalf. Who is this jester and why have they murdered three company employees on the roof? What has really been going on at King’s Court Technologies? Unmask The Jester and find out!

The Dark and Stormy night (Back in stock)

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Rosemary Clark is one of the world’s most popular and enduring cozy mystery novelists. For the past two years, however, she has lived as a recluse in her hilltop mansion, cutting off contact with friends, family, and the public at large. The reason for her withdrawal from the public eye has been a subject of much debate until earlier this week when Ms. Clark emerged to announce that she had been writing her final novel, entitled “The Dark and Stormy Night.” To celebrate the completion of the book, Ms. Clark invited a small group of her closest friends and associates to Winterwood Manor with the tantalizing revelation that she had featured all of them as characters in the novel. Benjamin Baker, owner of The Will Street Detective Agency and your boss, is on the guest list because of years spent advising Ms. Clark on the finer details of being a private detective. After the guests arrive and dinner has been served, Rosemary reveals that she has spent the last two years leaving her estate in secret to investigate a very specific crime and that the novel contains hints about both the crime and the one who committed it. Poised to reveal more about the plot and the main players in her mystery, Rosemary has just taken a sip of her nightcap when the lights flicker suddenly and then go out for a period of approximately ten seconds. A scream rips through the night and then the lights come back on. Inexplicably, Rosemary is gone. All that’s left where she was standing are a few spatters of blood. After a thorough search of the house, Rosemary is nowhere to be found, and while it’s unclear whether any sort of crime has been committed, there is a definite feeling that something is wrong here. Benjamin immediately calls you to come and investigate, insisting that he can’t be the one to question the other guests since he is just as much a suspect as they are. Now, you are here at Winterwood Manor tasked with solving the type of serpentine mystery that Rosemary Clark was known for. Determine what happened to Rosemary Clark, search through the clues of her final novel to determine the nature of the crime and the identity of the criminal she had been investigating, and solve the mystery of The Dark and Stormy Night.

The Collector (Back in Stock)

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When someone doesn’t pay their mini storage bill, the unit is eventually auctioned off to the highest bidder. Retired detective Arthur Dukes just purchased one of these mini storage units in hopes of reselling the contents for a profit. Art was hoping for a big score, but was disappointed to find that he’d won a virtually empty storage unit aside from a single box. However, after opening the box and seeing some of the contents his heart began to race and his palms became sweaty. Instantly, memories from his career with the Valley Falls Police Department flashed before his eyes and he was taken back to the times of tracking down some of the city’s most notorious serial killers. It now appears that a new evil has awoken in Valley Falls.

The Last Laugh (Back in Stock)

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Fall is here, and The Wandering Monster Parade has come to town, bringing its variety show of teeth and claws to the town of Valley Falls. At about the same time, a strange clown has been showing up around town in various unusual places. Most people assume that the clown is a promotional tool used to help spread the word about the Monster Parade, and buzz for the event is high. That all changes when Savannah Pierce, reigning homecoming queen for the Valley Falls Druids, is found dead with smudges of greasepaint on her neck and cheeks. After repeated questioning, officials from the Monster Parade deny any knowledge of the clown and claim he isn’t part of their organization. The Pierces, one of Valley Falls’ wealthies families, has hired you and the other members of The Will Street Detective Agency to locate the mysterious clown, uncover his identity, and find out what really happened to their daughter. Will you be able to solve the mystery of Savannah Pierce’s murder before The Wandering Monster Parade leaves town...or will the fiend responsible get The Last Laugh?

Traitor! (Back in Stock)

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Summary:

Dead Men Tell No Tales...or Do They?

Pirates, plunder, and pleasure.  That’s what passengers who sign up to “Voyage Aboard the Black Dagger” will experience as they set sail on a 4-day luxury pirate-themed cruise in the Atlantic.  Those who book a spot aboard The Dagger will spend their time in full pirate regalia, enjoying the high seas as buccaneers of old did: imbibing on copious amounts of rum, feasting in the banquet hall, gambling, and lounging on the deck.   As part of a new promotion, guests aboard the ship will also have the duration of the cruise to search for clues aboard The Black Dagger that will lead to Captain Armstead’s treasure.  Whoever finds the treasure first wins $25,000.  Given your recent case load with The Will Street Detective Agency, you are eager for a break and book passage aboard the ship, thinking it sounds like fun...and a way to possibly win a nice stack of cash.  A group of history and English professors from Valley Falls University has the same idea and books spots on the cruise as a last hurrah before the fall term begins.  The voyage is everything the brochures describe and more. Everyone is having the time of their lives when the unthinkable happens and one of the professors, Dr. Alexander Gorman, is found stabbed in the back in his cabin.  Because the ship is hours from the nearest port and you have had some success with this type of case you offer to help with the investigation.  The captain readily agrees.  There is a killer aboard The Black Dagger, and it is up to you to uncover the motive behind Dr. Gorman’s murder and bring the killer to justice.          

Backstage Pass (Back in Stock)

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When the band, Voodoo Mary, comes to town the term 'killer tunes' takes on a whole new meaning!

Sanitarium (Back in Stock)

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If only the padded walls could talk...

Return to Saturn Hills Asylum, investigate the murder of Nurse Faith Edgarton, and peel back the layers on a case that isn't at all what it seems.  

Infected (Back in Stock)

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Some things just aren't meant to leave the lab. Patient Zero is one of them!

Copycat (back in stock)

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A new series of victims belonging to The Toymaker, The Seaside Strangler, and The Black Rock Butcher have been found.  The only problem?  Those maniacs are either incarcerated, institutionalized, or dead.  That can only mean one thing:  a copycat is on the loose!  

The Strange Case of Mr. Mindgame (Back in Stock)

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When a strange character calling himself Mr. Mindgame kidnaps five suspects in a recent murder, you must play his twisted game in order to determine who the killer is and set the innocents free.  But is his game everything it seems to be or is there a dark secret behind all the trickery? 

The Toymaker (back in stock)

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Late last year a series of grisly murders in the town of Valley Falls captivated the world.  A handful of victims were abducted at various points throughout the month, killed in gruesome ways, decorated to resemble popular children’s toys, and gift-wrapped for the police to find.  Among those “toys” that were created and left for the authorities:  a life-sized Jack in the Box that caused a spring-loaded victim to pop out of the top when the handle was cranked, a Nutcracker doll decorated with greasepaint and blood, a robot that was created from both human and mechanical parts, and a marionette whose movements could be controlled via a series of cables that were attached the victim’s limbs.  The gift cards attached to each one were all signed by someone calling themselves “The Toymaker.”  Police were closing in on the culprit when The Toymaker stopped killing, causing the trail to grow cold.  They have continued to pursue leads throughout the year, but they haven’t had any real breakthroughs in a while.  Earlier this week, a new “gift” arrived from the killer, and it is reasonable to assume that the murders will start anew.  If the pattern holds, there is only a very finite amount of time to investigate before The Toymaker goes underground again.  No doubt The Toymaker has more “toys” in mind to create so lives are at risk.  

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