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Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor | [Anthony Zuiker]

Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    sienna Savannah, GA, United States 08-08-13
    sienna Savannah, GA, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Pretty Darn Good!"
    If you could sum up Free: Whodunnit? in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, Engaging, Suspenseful


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely one of those books you should get if you enjoy suspense. Its not gorey (not really). You can sort of play along! The narrator is a great fit, and really captures the mood/action in each scene.
    To sum it up- Its a definite chiller for all those who don't need to be all E.A.P. about it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-30-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-30-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "A free listen"

    This was an okay listen. The beginning was a little far fetched, but when the story got going not too slow but my advice is to imagine your own ending.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    dorothy adair, IA, United States 07-10-13
    dorothy adair, IA, United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2010
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    This book kept me guessing the entire time! The narrator was great. I so had the wrong person as the killer. Im going to listen agsin to see if I missed any clues. I am not normally a mystery reader but this is a great one to start out on.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jan H. Wolfe 08-27-13

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    "A waste of time!"

    The ending was awful: no explanation of how or why this was done. It was as if the author just ran out of interest. It was over the top and each murder became more impossible and implausible. I was irritated at the book halfway in but hung in hoping that the end would explain all. What a disappointment.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Tallahassee, FL, United States 07-31-13
    Mark Tallahassee, FL, United States 07-31-13 Member Since 2012

    esmarks

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    "Diamond in the rough! Not what I expected..."
    What made the experience of listening to Free: Whodunnit? the most enjoyable?

    The price was the main reason I downloaded title, but after I gave it a listen, I was pleasantly surprised....


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Much better than the TV show...


    What about Gildart Jackson’s performance did you like?

    Great for the subject matter, kept story interesting


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't shy away from title just because it is based on a reality TV show, get it now while it's free...

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 08-06-13
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 08-06-13 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "So glad it was free . . ."

    . . . because I just didn't like it well enough to even finish. It became clear very quickly that the tone of the story was very TV script-like with a central casting line-up of characters. No surprise because of its connection to the new reality show. I figured I could play along. But once the cardboard characters started to actually talk, the real weakness of the script and the narrator crystalized and I was out of there. I haven't watched the TV show - not a reality TV fan - but had hoped for a fun tongue-in-cheek mystery that didn't happen.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Brooks Colonial Heights, VA, United States 12-20-13
    Brooks Colonial Heights, VA, United States 12-20-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a truck driver who loves listening to audio books. I also play a music and some gardening when I can. I do really like to cook as well.

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    "Bring me More!!!"

    I had see a little of the TV show. Not liking it at all but these books are fantastic. I love the narrators voice. I would pay for these free books no problem!! Bring me some more!!!!!!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. S. Cohen New York, NY USA 11-05-13
    M. S. Cohen New York, NY USA 11-05-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Total Popcorn and Candy Mystery"

    I watched the Whodunnit? TV show this past summer. I enjoyed it and was able to spot the Killer well before the end.

    This one was just as enjoyable but a little harder to guess the killer.

    One thing that bothers me, though, in a TV show we don't get to hear the thoughts of each character. But in a book we do.

    The thoughts of the killer weren't truly fair to what a real killer would have thought.

    But otherwise it was just as much fun to put together the clues as they were dropped along the way.

    The performance by the same fellow who played the butler on the TV show was excellent even if his American accent and female voices were a little hokey.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-26-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Kinda Like "Ten Little Indians" -- Not for kids"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The author says at the beginning that people like to solve the crime along with the detective in the story. That, however, requires some clues to be dropped along the way. Some red herrings are expected, but not like thoughts described in the mind of the murderer that lead you to believe that he/she is truly sympathetic to the victims. Even assuming that the murderer is a sociopath, this is not quite fair play by the author. This may be acceptable for a TV script in which resolution is expected in an hour, but it doesn't play very well in a book.

    The book also comes through like a remake of the movies "Clue" and "Murder by Death". The main difference lies in some truly ingenious albeit lurid and contrived murder methods.

    I would NOT change the narrator -- he's great!


    If you’ve listened to books by Anthony Zuiker before, how does this one compare?

    N/A


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The resolution, which was left truly up in the air till the end, although how the murderer came to be able to afford the setup is truly mysterious.


    Did Free: Whodunnit? inspire you to do anything?

    Not particularly -- my background obviated the need to check the technologies in the murder methods, most of which I figured out before the textbook solution was revealed.


    Any additional comments?

    How can one complain about a free book? Not a waste of time, but I suspect that Zuiker, who showed some ingenuity in the murder methods, can do better by applying it to the plot as a whole. (He showed more in CSI in my opinion.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Loretta R. Cooper 09-05-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Redundant and Tedious"

    Sometimes, it's worth looking a gift horse in the mouth. It may have been a "freebie" but it wasn't a gift. I admire the idea of using Audible books to promote ABC's upcoming series, but if the television show is this uninspiring and dull--- well, I will leave that to the television critics.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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