WHODUNNIT: Murder in Mystery Manor by Anthony Zuiker

Posted: June 28, 2013 in Books
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Which came first, the chicken or the egg? So goes WHODUNNIT. The book released on June 18, 2013 and the first episode of the television series aired on ABC June 23, 2013. Both versions feature an unsuspecting butler hired by an anonymous employer to ready a massive estate for guests.  Each new instruction delivered to him on a note card left for him to find.

The story, told by Anthony Zuiker, is a fast-paced race to the finishline; there can be only one survivor and one murderer. Each guest believes he or she has won a prize to live as a billionaire for a week.  Posing as a guest, the killer meticulously executes the real guests one at a time, purposely supplying clues for the mystery to be solved.

Although an easy read, it was nice to sit back and try to solve the murders along with the characters. I will say this…the butler did not do it and I was surprised when the killer was revealed.

Have no fear of spoiling the show by reading the novel. Aside from Giles the butler, the players and crimes in this deadly game are all new. Reading the novel excited me to watch the show every Sunday night on ABC; I want to find out WHODUNNIT.

  1. Laura says:

    Did you get the ending? It was confusing to me, but I also enjoyed the book too!

    • RStorey says:

      I did get it…it felt incredibly rushed and unrealistic (in comparison to what, I’m not sure). It felt like the writer said “OK, I have three days to wrap this up. A little red herring here, a bit of WTF there and POOF”

  2. Lorraine says:

    I say the chicken came first.. maybe was born vaginally like mammals, then over time the chicken’s body started laying eggs with evolution and all.

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