In this original interactive story by #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, it’s up to you to solve a murder case in the secretive town of Cainsville. Your choices will either help struggling private investigator Jenn McCoy find justice – or doom her to a number of gruesome fates.

In Cainsville Files, you have the power to learn the secrets of the town’s mysterious residents, dodge dangers both real and otherworldly, embark on a romance, and solve the case of Jenn’s missing ex-boyfriend – possibly a victim of the notorious Valentine Killer.

This fully illustrated interactive story features:
- Hundreds of choices and numerous, memorable endings – both good and bad
- The first interactive story from a top bestselling author – Kelley Armstrong
- A complete audio experience of music and sound effects
- Secrets and reveals from Armstrong’s new Omens series

Penguin partnered with the developer inkle, creators of the acclaimed app Sorcery! to make Cainsville Files, which is written by Kelley Armstrong and fully illustrated by Julie Dillon, World Fantasy and Hugo Award nominee for Best Professional Artist.

Apple has featured Cainsville Files in New & Noteworthy.

What’s New

Version 1.1

Small fixes, plus a new icon.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

GoodGrlGamer ,

Great interactive mystery / thriller story

I am a fan of Cause of Death, which is an EA game similar in format. This game is more of an interactive novel with excellent artwork, music and sound effects. I was thoroughly entertained, I just wish it was longer! In fact, if you could make this a series, I would continue to purchase additional episodes to learn more about Cainsville. It also reminded me a little of the fictional town from the television series - Gilmore Girls - Stars Hollow. Even the main character looks like Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. Oddly enough, the love interest and Writer character look like a mix of "Luke Danes" and "Jess Mariano". I'm onto you producers, but I'm loving it!!!

SGS1234 ,

Fun and worth the price of admission

This is a fun little interactive murder mystery. I got through easy enough, solving the crime and with a personally pleasant outcome. Now, I’m going to have to go back and figure out how the main character ends up dead in other versions (I just acted sensibly and didn’t do anything too stupid). I have just discovered Inkle products, and I’m not a “gamer” in any sense of the word, but these are a blast. I heartily recommend them. Also, this is alluring enough that there’s a decent chance that I’ll read the author’s actual books.

Isabasil ,

This is really great.

I bought this one on a whim and I'm really impressed. Sometimes the answers seem like they are fed to you a little ("am I 100% for real absolutely certain I want to shoot this guy?") but I like that when you get a bad ending Jenn reflects on "stuff I probably should've done to prevent, y'know, dying ..."

Ahaha, I've died a lot so far. Sorry, Charlie.

The story is pretty entertaining and I do feel like I'll get mileage out of going through the different routes and responses. I wish there were more games like this, you know?


Pearson PLC
57 MB

Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Frequent/Intense Profanity or Crude Humor
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
Text copyright © K.L.A. Fricke Inc, 2013. Inklewriter technology copyright © inkle Ltd, 2013. Artwork and all other visual elements copyright © Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2013.


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