Law & Order fans will absolutely love this.

By Katie Holdefehr
September 20, 2017

If your favorite tv shows include Law & Order, Sherlock, CSI, and Father Brown, the murder mystery subscription box Hunt a Killer was made for you. By taking the drama off the television and turning it into an interactive experience, Hunt a Killer is like a giant game of Clue that will help your family spend less time staring at screens and more time sleuthing this Halloween season.

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Here’s how it works: Once you sign up for the subscription service, you’ll receive a new box of clues each month—things like an old newspaper clipping, a letter, medical records, a flashlight—that help you unravel an intricate murder mystery. If you order the subscription ($30 per month), the story is continuous, and each package is appropriately called an “episode” because it continues the plot. Woven throughout the boxes are longer and shorter storylines, so while some mysteries may be solved within just a couple episodes, others take much longer to figure out. Similar to your favorite Netflix show, you don’t have to worry about catching up, because each new subscriber begins with episode one.

Some compare Hunt a Killer to escape rooms, in which players have to solve a puzzle based on clues. But while escape rooms tend to be more fun with a group, Hunt a Killer can be played either individually or with a team—and you don’t even have to leave your living room. Launched in October 2016, the company now has almost 20,000 monthly members, so you’ll never be alone in the hunt. If you get stuck, you can turn to Hunt a Killer’s online community and Facebook discussions for help. The forum is organized according to the month you joined, so you can work out the clues with fellow detectives who are at the same stage in the game. Just be careful—don’t let spoilers ruin the suspense. Many customers report that they play the game with their families, but like CSI, this psychological drama is better suited for teenagers than young children.

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If you’d like to see what it's like to be a crime investigator, but don’t want to commit to months of sleuthing, you can order the premium one-time boxes “Hunt a Killer: 1934” or “Hunt a Killer: 1968,” both recommended for those 18 and older. These boxes are ideal for a murder mystery dinner party or a Halloween bash. Happy hunting!

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