First of all, I would like to say a huge thank you to Jo from Cosy Killer for sending this over.
This box is different to anything we have reviewed before- it is a murder mystery box! There are 2 stories, and each story runs for one year (12 boxes, 1 per month) and each month, you collect more and more clues and items to help you solve the case. One story is set in Egypt and the other, the one I got, is set in India.
The box was confusing at first, as it looked official! The heading ‘Fairhall and Brett Inheritance Recovery’ made me think I was quids in for a minute! Then I remembered about cosy killer and realised that this is all part of the story- very clever!
If you missed me unboxing this very intriguing box, you can catch it here on our YouTube channel:
This box is letterbox sized and here is the exciting bit- I am unboxing this for the next 3 months, so we can follow along with the story a little longer!
So this boxes contents were a little different than the usual beauty products we are used to. But different in a good way, of course! As you can see from this picture:
There was a welcome letter, which was addressed to me from Fairhall and Brett, the company from the address label. They spoke about me being the last living relative of a Miss Marie Jones, who I feel this story is going to centre around. The letter explains that they are working on an inheritance recovery case of the Godlington Family, of which I am the legal beneficiary to the estate. It goes on to say that they are investigating the case further and have sent me personal items from Marie Jones that were discovered during renovations of a property in India.
From the letter, it is unclear how Marie Jones and the Godlington Family are linked, but I have a feeling this will become more obvious as the case develops!
The personal item, or clue, for this month was a journal, belonging to Miss Jones, which was full of entries, starting on the 18th June 1934, when Marie left England behind and set sail for India to make something of herself and try to change her family’s fortunes. As we read on, we learn more about the other passengers on board the ship with her, as well as more about Marie herself. She describes her journey and I was almost transformed there with her, experiencing every wonder along the way. She does describe a few interesting, and slightly odd things such as hearing something heavy being dragged on the boat, a strange smell in her cabin and finding a strange note with cryptic symbols, which made me want to read more of her journal to find out what they were. The journal also details Marie’s first few months in India, staying with her aunt and uncle, where she finds yet more cryptic symbols! I don’t want to give too much away for those of you who want to subscribe yourself and solve the mystery, but the journal gives us a valuable insight into who Marie is and starts the story off perfectly, setting the scene for what is to come.
The last entry in the journal is the 30th October, just before the festival of Diwali, when Marie has been in India for a few months. The journal has a very old feel to it- some of the ink came off on my fingers! There was also the note with cryptic symbols described above, which was on a separate piece of paper, as well as a leaf, which all fell out from between the pages as I read through it- very intriguing indeed! I am sure these items will have a big part to play as the story deepens and develops over the next few months. Marie becomes fascinated with the notes and trying to crack the code in her journal, and I definitely think there is more to come with that!
Very simple options here- as each story runs for 12 months, you pay £25 per month or you can prepay for the full story, which is £275.
They are developing other stories and they do have a facebook group specifically to discuss the cases and swap notes and ideas.
I love this idea- I have always been fascinated with crime, having specialised in Criminal Psychology during my final year at university, and the idea of a murder mystery subscription box, where you get new clues every month to solve the crime from your living room is something that really appeals to me! I am looking forward to the next 2 boxes to see how this story unfolds a little more!
If you want to become an armchair detective and solve your own murder mystery, here are the links you need: