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.
While you found out WHO-dun-it, you never found out WHY, and that is a critical piece for this genre. I am disappointed in the author. None of his crime series would have lasted a year if the view didn't discover the motive.
The performance was very good and really carried the story.
I won't be downloading any others in this series, free or not.
Didn't read print version.
Finding out who's scared or spared!
From chapter 52 on and any scene with Frank LOL
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
From the beginning this is a game for the reader to discover who is the killer. In fact, it is a self described primer for a television series upcoming on ABC. I give it 2 stars simply for keeping me guessing till the end.
Another reason for 2 stars is the five star performance of actor Gildart Jackson. I am confident his reading made me feel like I was listening to something worthwhile. Sadly this was not the case.
The story begins with the introduction to Jeeves. He is of all things a modern day butler. He is lured into employment by money and a mysterious, anonomous employer who answers to the name of X. However, no sooner does he arrive on the California estate, than he discovers he is imprisoned along with the entire staff.
Of course he is to direct 10 duped guests in a deadly game of whodunit? Nine of the guests think they've won a contest where they will spend a week living like a billionaire. They are told immediately the killer is one of the 10 guests. Only they are not to discover who did it, but only how the murder was accomplished. Those who come to false conclusions are slated to die next. Thus, one by one each guest is murdered in the most gruesome and imaginative way.
The story is simply a made for TV farce. There is no character building. We know almost nothing about Jeeves in the introduction and though the story revolves around him, we learn little else. The guests are truly innocent people who get slaughtered for no reason whatsoever. In the end we learn nothing at all about the killer. Nothing about his/her background or why he/she chose his/her victims or even why play the game at all.
So here is a story with no hero, weak characters, a game instead of a plot, and full of innocent people being murdered in preposterous ways. It's a setup for a weekly show full of guest stars much like Fantasy Island or Love Boat. Or maybe it will be set up like Lost and 24. Regardless, this book is more like a TV show than literature.
Though my husband and I love the TV series which is kooky but not actually lethal, we did not like the book. The book has the butler still cracking his terrible punny jokes, but the people are actually dying. There is not saving grace for any of the characters. The end is abrupt and, again, has no saving grace. Frankly, it creeped me out!
This Whodunnit starts out very promising. A Butler, Giles, is offered a job he can't refuse at a huge estate for a salary he could only dream of. He never meets his employer until the end, as all communication is done in writing. He is to greet 10 guests at the Westlake Manor and be their butler as well as their guide through the rules of the murder games.
Don't expect any great character development, as the guests backgrounds and personalities are brushed over quickly--the focus is to get to those murders as fast as we can. We are rushed through each murder at breakneck speed, and then the guests must solve each one--or be the next head on the chopping block. The riddles, clues, and challenges each guest must decipher are fun, and it's challenging to figure it out with them. Some are a pretty far fetched, but if you stretch your imagination just a little- - - -
I was listening non-stop as I wanted to race to the end to see who the murderer was--so the time went by quickly. Even though this is not a not notch mystery/thriller, it is well worth the price --which is FREE. Hard to complain about that--but I was slightly disappointed in the very end after the murderer is revealed---unless this little add-on is setting up more murder mysteries to come.
This book is by Anthony E. Zuiker, who is also the producer of the made for TV show of the same name. Similar layout, but the murders are not the same, and the people are different. The book does give you an idea about what to expect from the TV production, but only in a general way.
Father of three
I couldn't pass up the free book but wish that I had. It was a collection of puzzles tied together by a completely unbelievable and unrealistic story. There was very little character development and no attempt to explain why the game was put together nor why these contestants were chosen. I'm embarrassed that I kept listening to it--somehow I hoped that it would make sense. It never did.
At least the narration was well done...
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.
I noticed there was a second book in the series, also free. Based upon the first book I'm not interested even at the price of free. The book started out with interesting possibilities but never came close to fulfilling them. There were some interesting puzzles to solve but the story which these puzzles were in was poorly constructed, had virtually no character development, there was zero explanation of motivation, especially for the killer and the story just didn't make sense. In general it felt like I was trapped in a bad game of Clue.
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.
The zombie apocalypse is coming... Hopefully I'm a wizard by the time it gets here.
Interesting, Engaging, Suspenseful
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.
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