A grand estate. Ten unsuspecting guests. A diabolical game of life and death.
A companion to the upcoming show Whodunnit? on ABC.
Ten excited guests arrive at the Westlake Estate, expecting a lavish retreat. They are the winners of a sweepstakes to "Live Like a Billionaire for a Week." But what was supposed to be a promising escape soon turns into a horrific nightmare. Within hours of arrival, the guests sit down for an extravagant dinner. When they pull their party poppers as instructed, a loud chorus of bangs resounds, followed by earsplitting screams as the guest seated at the head of the table bursts into flames and slumps to the floor. The others are told they must solve the crime or be the next victim. The killer, their diabolical host, is hiding among the frightened guests. Is the murderer the well-toned trophy wife, the retired deputy sheriff, the stoned college dropout, or perhaps the sweet, homely grandmother? The killer toys with them, inviting the guests to explore the lavish estate, from the stables to the hedge maze, in an effort to uncover the gory details of how the murderer pulled off such a gruesome murder. Alliances are forged carefully and information is shared warily, since none of the remaining guests knows whom to trust. The next to die a hideous death will be the one with the least accurate solution to the latest murder. In the end, only three guests will remain: the winner, the loser, and the killer.
Full of tricky plot twists and over-the-top schemes, Whodunnit? Murder in Mystery Manner is riveting required listening for mystery fans. Listeners are treated to an edge-of-their-seat thriller as they participate in solving the crime. It's Clue meets Ten Little Indians.
Anthony E. Zuiker is the creator and executive producer of the CSI franchise, which includes CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, and CSI: NY. His mystery reality show, Whodunnit?, is his first foray into unscripted television. He lives in Los Angeles with his three children and his wife, Michelle.
Whodunnit is performed by the show's host/butler, accomplished narrator Gildart Jackson.
©2013 Anthony Zuiker (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I watched the Whodunnit?: Murder in Rue Manor TV show earlier this year. That probably made stepping back in time to hear the pre-TV show story easier for me than maybe a reader who wasn't familiar with the setup of the "game". I enjoyed the overall story and I have to admit it becomes easier to follow as the cast of characters decreases. (Which for me is true with all reality-type game shows) One nice feature of the book over the TV show is that you get a glimpse into what the characters are thinking - including some of the manor staff. This book answers the question of how Giles the butler ends up in the middle of Whodunnit?. Gildart Jackson puts in a spectacular performance. Would I listen to another one? Yes - I'm going to listen to Murder in Mystery Island next.
I don't know
I was pleasantly surprised after reading some of the reviews. I listened to it on way to work and looked forward to the commute.
No. Sometimes it was hard to tell who was who, especially in conversation. He would change characters, but not voices.
No, it was barely one-dimensional.
It was BORING!. No story line, just a sequence of events like watching disjointed pictures flash on a screen. There was no motivation for what happened and no way for the reader to be engaged.The narrator needs to learn how to pronounce common words. There were many instances; one example is "salve" which is pronounced "sav" not "salv". This is true for US English, which is what everyone except the butler was supposed to be speaking.
The setup of a remote mansion and the psychology of the characters as each got picked off. I was rooting for the survival of one and others I couldn't wait to read them getting popped off! I made the mistake of listening to the second one before this one, so I already knew whodunnit. But I was still kept on the edge of my seat nevertheless.
Maybe Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" because of the remote mansion aspect.
A little pompous.
No reaction that extreme! It was good entertainment.
If you download this book, don't expect terribly clever writing. Just sit back and enjoy.
It's based on the tv show. If it wasn't free I'd return it. Don't waste your time.
When I found this book, I didn't know that "Whodunnit?" was a TV show, so I didn't know what to expect. But after listening it, I surely understand why was that way around... The format in which the story is presented is perfectly adecuated for television, but not for a book. Although the descriptions that the author gave were pretty neat, it would have required a book at least twice as long to fully develop each one of the crimes that were committed. A lot of explications were left off, and each case became less realistic as the story evolved.
I enjoyed the first half of the book, but now that I finished it is hard for me to think that those were 7 well spent hours. If you want a book to entertain yourself for a few hours (without spending a dime!) this might be a good choice, but don't expect a profound story.
However, I must say that Gildart Jackson does a remarkable work reading it!
THE STORY IS VERY POOR
I WILL NOT DOWNLOAD ANY OTHER WHODUNNIT BOOK. IT IS NOT WORTH THE TIME NOT EVEN FOR FREE.
I would probably try it again
I think what it lacks is that the characters are not endearing, you don't really like anyone. You sort of start off liking the "butler" but soon you change your mind about him as well.
It really is a disappointing book, from the very beginning you have to wonder how a supposedly top rate butler will except a job from an employer that he has never heard anything about and has no information on. How could you be sure that this new employer could even pay the promised salary. Then it goes on to try to make the reader believe that a staff that is trapped on the grounds couldn't think to wait until the guest start arriving by limo, and simply run through the opened gate!
Say something about yourself!
No satisfying resolution or explanation of the "mystery". Not even close to plausible.
With a more talented writer this could have been pretty enjoyable. Obviously the premise is contrived, nearly ridiculous, but I was willing to suspend disbelief. I just would have felt better about spending time listening to this if it was better written. However, if you need something to listen to and don't have a credit, it might be worth a try.
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