Sep 30, 2015

Review | Whodunnit? Murder in Mystery Manor by Anthony E. Zuiker

This was such a fun book to listen to. I downloaded for free on Audible and wasn't exactly that interested in listening to it at first, but I finished off the book I had chosen with my book credit for the month, so I decided to give it a go, and I am glad I did. Whodunnit? takes place on Mystery Manor where, similar to Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, guests are trapped in a manor and must find the killer before the killer gets to them. Although very similar in the plot, Whodunnit? had quite a few differences that made it entertaining.

The book opens up with our main narrator, Giles, arriving as a new butler to Mystery Manor and while we don't get to learn too much about him other than a brief work history, I really liked him as a character. Or maybe it was his voice (narrated by Gildert Jackson who plays the butler in the companion show as well.) But he was ultimately the one taking care of business at the manor while people died left and right. The victims all died unique deaths, some more gruesome than others, and the way the whole thing was set up really had the guests actively participating in figuring out who the killer was and how each person died. The killer was definitely playing a very sick game with everyone and I thoroughly enjoyed following along.

I've always loved a good mystery, and I usually try to solve it by figuring out who the killer is beforehand, but the way this book was written, it was sort of impossible. I'm not sure how I feel about that but it didn't bother me too much when I was finishing it off. I was shocked at finding out who the real killer was at the end, and there might've been little clues I could've missed here and there to figure it out beforehand, but I don't think so.

There are a lot of unsolved questions left at the end, and while other readers might mind this, I thought it added to the creepiness. I was a little freaked out when I finished listening to this in my car, at night, and had to walk a few houses to my home. Then in my room, I was sitting there thinking about, and got chills while wondering what would happen next...