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Deadbolt Mystery Society Review + Coupon – Backstage Pass

Carol Castaneda
ByCarol CastanedaAug 17, 2019 | 5 comments

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Deadbolt Mystery Society
2 overall rating
1 Ratings | 1 Reviews

Deadbolt Mystery Society is a monthly subscription box for lovers of mystery and suspense.

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Each box is a standalone mystery with puzzles written and designed by escape room creators with immersive scenarios, intriguing characters and original, compelling stories. Imagine yourself as a detective consulting on specific cases.

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out our review process to learn about how we review boxes.)

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About Deadbolt Mystery Society

The Subscription Box: Deadbolt Mystery Society

The Cost: $24.99/month + shipping. Save with longer subscriptions

ACTIVE DEAL: Save 20% off your first box!

The Products: Clues and puzzles to help solve a murder mystery

Ships to: the US for $4.99, Canada for $16.99 and worldwide (excluding the UK) for $24.99

Deadbolt Mystery Society “Backstage Pass” Review

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The first item in my box was an introduction page that gave a general explanation of the contents in the box. It starts off with a link to a checklist to ensure we have everything in the box to solve the mystery, then it instructs us to read everything, look for things that connect to each other and to solve all the puzzles in order to solve the mystery. It also has a link to the hint files (which is very resourceful). It also explains that there are QR codes in most of the boxes, so I made sure to download a QR scanner on my phone before starting the mystery. Lastly, it tells you what any good detective tells you: follow your instincts. Let’s dive into the mystery!

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Having clues to actually look at and feel makes this mystery feel even more real. This month, I received a really cool backstage pass, a coaster, a room key and a guitar pick.

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Every month, I also receive some sort of Collector’s Card. This month I received a First Edition Dolly. It has a description on the flip side that relates to the case I am working on for a band called Voodoo whose primary member is Mary. Dolly was her voodoo doll she has that she cherishes because she claims it is her good luck idol. While these cards are pretty neat and offer some background to the cases, they aren’t necessarily required to solve the case.

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This case file included interviews conducted right after the murder of Voodoo’s manager, Reg. Each interview is on the backside of the interviewee’s photo. There is a lot of good information here.

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My case file also included more cards with QR codes. I love these; they always include some sort of audio or images that help me get closer to solving the case. This file included QR codes from Voodoo’s tour bus, a band member’s dressing room and we even had a fingerprint lifted from a car that was used to take Mary to some interview.

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Super helpful on where to start, Deadbolt Mystery Society included a “Start” card and an “End” card. We scanned the start card as soon as we sat down to begin the investigation and put the end card aside as we worked through the case.

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We received some additional interviews from the bartender at the club where Reg was found. On the other side, there are a series of bottles with letters. We also received some weird card with Dolly and a lot of “x’s” as well as an interview from a hostile witness at the club.

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Fingerprint Chart from Bar

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Schedule for the Day

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Notes from fellow Detective, Benjamin.

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Wrinkled Setlist

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Tour Dates and Locations for Voodoo Mary

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Laptop Image

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Lyrics to Jigsaw Heart

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Band Case, Band Photo and Playlist at the Carbon Underground

How I Solved The Case:

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This month, I decided to host Murder Monday. I made a sangria and a taco bar and invited some of my local detectives (mom friends) and we set out to solve the case. I set up in my dining room and hung up the interviews and set out the clues. On the table, I had a pad of paper and some pens. As people showed up, they grabbed a drink and started reading through the case file for some clues. Once everyone read through everything and ate a bit, we sat down to work the case. It took us a couple of hours to solve, but that is from the moment they showed up to when they left. This was definitely a lot of fun! I loved the way our minds worked in different ways to solve the mystery. We only got stumped once at the end but worked through the case and solved it! We are looking forward to the next case.

Verdict: Deadbolt Mystery Society is by far the coolest interactive box I have ever subbed to. The way this box is put together is very thoughtful and really, really fun. I have been a couch detective since I was 12, through Nancy Drew books, Law & Order cases and probably every Forensic Files episode ever made. This box really brings the thrill of solving a case to life. The box isn’t cheesy and is genuinely fun! I am so excited to start my next case!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the August box. However, this box is available for a one-time purchase. From Deadbolt Mystery Society:

We take subscriptions through the month. The cutoff is the last day of the month. We then mail out all boxes by the 4th of the following month.

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Carol Castaneda
Carol Castaneda
I am a mother of 2 going on 3 soon and enjoy the little things in life, especially in surprise form! Monthly subscription boxes give me that surprise every time I see the mailman delivering them! My favorite boxes include beauty boxes, lifestyle boxes and anything pregnancy-related boxes; my all time favorite is my FabFitFun subscription.

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I feel bad about leaving a bad review but I would find an alternative box. They were not clear on all the charges and only revealed there would be an extra shipping fee after the order was complete instead of having a review page. When I gave feedback
That it should of been upfront about the extra shipping cost they told me it did say that, so I went to make another order and it does not mention the price of shipping until the order is already confirmed passed the credit card payment page, no review order page like most check out processes. Very shady and top of it you have to really struggle hard to get it cancelled and if it is a gift for an older relative it does require getting a QR code reader and spending extra money. Not
The best experience.

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I just had the same experience. I bought two one-off games and there was no indication there was extra for shipping until I finished the checkout. I was surprised to see an extra $10 tacked on. Oh well, maybe they just didn’t set up the flow correctly on their store.

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I have Not had this problem with them before. I went to look at the ordering page and it does give you the shipping cost and taxes as soon as I put in the the shipping address. Which makes sense since where it is shipping to will will affect the cost of shipping. This was done before putting in any payment info, so I don’t see what is shady.
Also QR code readers are free. There are a ton of different ones you can get as an app on any smart phone. Pretty sure they also tell you that you need a QR code reader on the website if you read the info. So it is not like they are hiding that fact. It sound like this is either a user error or maybe you just need to update your browser?

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Maddie in PA

I am always looking for unique gift ideas for family members and this sub looks like lots of fun! We’re all at the point in our lives where we don’t want more “stuff” and we’ve played out most food gifts. This seems like an experience in a box and the price is great. Thanks for sharing your review!

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This looks so fun!! And reasonably priced for the entertainment value too. Makes me want to host a murder mystery night myself. Thanks for the review!

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