Satisfy Your Inner Investigator With Murder Mystery Subscription Service


by Bailey White


Anyone else find themself spending quiet, quarantined moments Instagram-investigating their friend’s latest Tinder match to get a lead? Or maybe digging through celebrity gossip to discover who’s quarantining with whom?


Wait … that’s just me? Maybe that’s my twentysomething way of satisfying my inner-detective, but luckily for all of us natural-born investigators, there’s a new case-solving alternative on the block. Skip the social media stalking and Netflix murder-mystery binges that characterize the quarantined lifestyle and instead explore the storytelling game, Hunt A Killer.

Viola Vane

The Hunt A Killer subscription box, sent conveniently to your doorstep, transitions everyday citizens into characters intertwined in a murder investigation. With a box filled to the brim with clues, it is up to the participant (or participants) to solve the Hunt A Killer’s latest cold-case story.


In the latest Hunt A Killer season, we are introduced to the “Curtain Call” mystery. After the corpse of 1930s Broadway starlet Viola Vane is uncovered in the attic of the Cadence Theatre, her mysterious death launches a series of modern-day implications for the theater. As a leading detective, one must decode the motives (if any) of Vane’s co-workers in her last show, The Strange Duo. While investigating details of overlooked police work and laying hands on Vane’s personal belongings, the new detective must decipher evidence in order to save the New York City theater.

Oh, and that is just the first episode.


To every Hunt A Killer season there are monthly “episodes,” or boxes. Each box serves as a building block for the next and ends at the six-month mark with a dramatic finale.


In the second episode, Vane’s complicated love life and relationships come to play. Did any, or all, of her relationships factor into her tragic death?


Although contemplating these questions will lead you to the next episode, it is up to you to uncover how they indicate a bigger-picture motive.


For the third episode of the season, the romantic tragedies of Vane’s life and her financial struggles come to light. Although Hunt A Killer provides evidence and clues, you will find that identifying leads is no straightforward task. The game involves critical thinking and careful analysis of everything sent your way. The mindset formulated by this problem-solving game frequently begs reflective questions.

Can you trust the letters? Were police documents overlooked? Was that typo just an oversight or does it have grander meaning?


Those answers are up to you, investigator.


When pieces of the puzzle don’t seem to fit, Hunt A Killer offers multiple resources. From Facebook forums to online hints, each game comes with a community that’ll help detectives explore the evidence received. Even if you decide to take on the cold case alone, you will always have a virtual investigative team to lean on for back-up.

Just as every discovered murderer will inevitably have a price to pay, so will the detective playing (sorry to burst your bubble, folks). But with prices starting at $25 a month, a night at home solving murder mysteries sounds like a much more frugal (not to mention livelier) option than spending face-masked nights out on the town.


Interested in solving cold-cases and quarantine boredom? Visit to learn more and start your adventure.


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