Whodunnit? Murder in Mystery Manor [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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 a riveting page-turner--required reading for mystery fans. Readers 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401305918
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 6/18/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 36,843
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Great Book For All WhoDunnit? Fans!

    I recently became addicted to the show WhoDunnit? and after finding out about the book I bought it immedietly. This book was so interesting I could not put it down! I literally finished the book in 4 hours! Something I liked about the book was that the characters had similarity traits with the contestants from season 1 of WhoDunnit?. For example, Jaqualine was a cardiaric nurse and a grandmother. On the show, Dana is the same exact thing. In my opinion adding the character traits was the cherry on top because fans of the show could connect who was portraying who in the show. Overall I enjoyed te book very much and I am extremely excited for the next book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Ahh so excited for this book!!!

    I love the show and the dead bodies looked so reallll!!! And the plot is so good i love melinas sweet innocent girl appearances. HMM maybe shes the killer!!!!! { ;

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    Decent writing, but repetitive storytelling

    I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the writing. The dialogue and phrasing was all very good. Unfortunately the repetitive nature of the story didn't work nearly as well for a book as it did for episodic TV. Not bad, but I probably wouldn't read any more of this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    Must have!

    I became very addicted to this book towards the end. It is a must have!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Great

    Had me intrigued from the first chapter

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    Not a very good book let alone mystery

    The book is not suspenseful, nor is it exciting. Nothing is answered or explained. I can deal with a book that leaves questions unanswered....this was just sloppy.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    I love

    Hey this is nicki manaj and this story,show is sad.(also to all my little lady bugs try fto stop bullying people and stop smoking.

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2014

    I liked the TV show for the most part which is why I wanted to r

    I liked the TV show for the most part which is why I wanted to read this book. I'd say it's a fairly quick read which will make you want to go from chapter to chapter as fast as you can. But that said, I can't say this was the most professionally written book I've ever read. Much like the show, I found the characters to either be forgettable or annoying. The murders and puzzles were interesting, much like in the show, but the conclusion I also found disappointing. There just didn't seem to be enough facts to piece together who the killer was and the killer's reveal just felt like a letdown. But all of that said, I'd say this was at least worth an afternoon read for mystery lovers. Just don't expect too much. I'd give it a C, passable, but it should have been better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Who dunnit

    Whoa

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Am I too young to read this?

    Ok, I REALLY want to read this book! I watched the TV series and everything, but the thing is im only about a 12 or 13 year old boy and I was wondering if I was too young to read this? If someone thinks so or doesnt think so, just write another review telling me what you think!

    -CGC

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  • Posted September 7, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    50 ways to kill your house guests! I was a little bit trepidati

    50 ways to kill your house guests!

    I was a little bit trepidatious reading this during the TV version because I was worried it would give away the plot--it didn't, but it was the same basic mystery style. A group of guests think they won a fabulous vacation only to find they're prisoners of a diabolical killer who is there among them. The method of killing is different (often more gruesome), although it did see some similarities--like this book was a test case for the show. Of course in the book, people are actually dying, unlike on the show, so there is a bigger sense of tension.

    There is more background on Giles and the staff and how they ended up there, which was nice. However, it's the same basic plot of picking off the guests one by one until the killer is revealed. The ending (not the who, but the followup after the killer is revealed) is similar enough to the show, which really doesn't make sense in a story murder plot than a murder game show. One thing that's annoying is, also like the show, you get to follow along to figure out how each victim was killed, but other than the eliminations, you don't get actual clues which fairly point to the killer. I see there's a sequel, but I don't plan to purchase if it's just a rerun of new murders. I'd recommend instead reading Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None," where the masterful Christie weaves together an actual connected plot to figure out the killer's identity.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    I LOVED IT! I LOVED IT! So, I was admittedly a fan of the TV ser

    I LOVED IT! I LOVED IT!
    So, I was admittedly a fan of the TV series, that led me to buy the book. I was spell-bound by the murderous action and the complexity of the diabolical murders. I was haunted by the book, as I couldn't stop thinking where I was in the book and who was left and who the murder was....and I never did come to the correct conclusion! I am still freaking out about the gruesomeness I could picture in some of the crime scenes.
    The book made me want to go back and read Agatha Christie's "10 Little Indians", which I read probably 35 or more years ago!




    I'm not going to say it was the best written book I've ever read in that the writing style was simplistic (and that's ok) and there wasn't enough detail for adequate character development; however, you can clearly see I enjoyed the story. I'm going to have to buy the sequel....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    Mysterious page turner

    A really great read for fans of the CSI franchise( this is written by the creator!) This book has you hanging on until the end to see who the killer is. Lots of twists and turns and reminiscent of the Clue board game, this novel is exciting and darkly humorous. Loved it!

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

    Ten guests arrive at Westlake Estate expecting a week of pamperi

    Ten guests arrive at Westlake Estate expecting a week of pampering and leisure. What they do not realize until it is too late...there is a killer among them. On their first day, during a wonderful dinner to kick off their week, one of the guests suddenly bursts into flames. The guest slumps to the floor dead, leaving the rest of the guests in horrored shock.
     
    They are soon given the rules to a horrific game of life and death. A game that forces them to use their imaginations and their deductive reasoning skills to figure out how each grisly murder was committed. The cost of getting it wrong: becoming the next victim.
     
    Each guest is pushed to their emotional limits as they deal with the killers ruthless attitude toward human life. They also begin to show their own true colours in the face of each tragedy. 
     
    Sometimes, keeping your enemy close is the only answer.
     
    Since I watched the show Whodunnit in its entirety, I was definitely intrigued and excited to read it in book form. The book does work like the show, but with one wonderful twist. Each death in the book can go so much farther than the individual deaths in the show could. Some of the bodies are actually dismembered! YAY! That is one point that made me extremely happy. I mean, you can only kill someone so many times while keeping their bodies whole, am I right?
     
    Anyway...I actually listened to the audio book of this. Most likely because Giles the butler () was the one reading it. He was my favourite in that entire show!
     
    Also, the audio book has some features that cannot be applied to the regular book. Mainly, the creepy music at the end. *Do not listen to at night if afraid of the dark.
     
    So...I totally recommend this for fans of the show, and murder mystery buffs everywhere.
     
    P.S.:
    I CALLED THE KILLER FROM THE BEGINNING!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    LOVE!!

    I loved the T.V show and this book is the same! One of my best reads of the summer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    Whodunnit

    Whodunnit is an excellent book, very much recommended. This book also sheds light into the backstory of Giles.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Leaves You On The Edge of Your Seat!

    I couldn't put this book down! Murder after murder, the suspense was killing me. If you want a good read, make sure you go and grab this book. If you want to enhance the experience watch "Whodunnit" on ABC.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    GREATEST BOOK EVER!

    U have to get this book its soooo good!and this is coming from a elevan year old. If u liked the hit series whodunnit u will luv this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Hey great

    I wrote the one under you

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

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