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Monday, December 16, 2013

Review: Whodunnit? Murder on Mystery Island

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Murder on Mystery Island
Author: Anthony E. Zuiker
Genre: Murder Mystery
Publisher: Audible, Inc.
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Audiobook: 5 hours and 56 minutes
Narrator:  Gildart Jackson

Source: Free from Audible.com
Buy the Book: Amazon
Book Description
Ten excited co-workers arrive at the beautiful Avondale Resort on a remote island in the middle of the Caribbean, having been told that they are being rewarded for their hard work and productivity. But their relaxing tropical getaway soon turns into a murderous nightmare.
After an extravagant first night dinner, the guests retire to their lavish suites only to be awakened by an ear-splitting bang. They rush to the smoking parlor to find Jordan, the company's intern, dead - a massive hole in his chest. Giles, the consummate English butler who seems to be in charge, announces that they must solve the crime or be the next victim.
The killer, who has booby-trapped the island and cut off phone and Internet connections, is hiding among them. Is it the HR representative with a penchant for Bloody Marys, the twenty-two-year-old claims processor with the purity ring, or perhaps the head chef of the company cafeteria? The killer plays with their minds, inviting them to explore the beautiful resort, from the infinity pool with the high dive to the white sand beach complete with jet skis and snorkel gear.
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? Murder on Mystery Island is performed by the show's host/butler, accomplished narrator Gildart Jackson.

Review
This is the second book in the Whodunnit? series.  I did a bit of looking around and it seems like it is the last book as of the time of this review.  I listened to the audiobook of the first Whodunnit? Murder in Mystery Manor in October of this year.  I gave it top stars. 5 out of 5.  
In this second audiobook, Giles the perfect English butler finds himself in yet another evil plot to kill off 8 people in a game of life and death.  But this time it is taking place on a small tropical island.  Giles is forced by an anonymous killer to assist the contestants in playing the game to save his own life and the lives of the other resort staff members.
Don't worry there will not be any spoilers here at all.  
In this second book, Giles mentions several time this is the third time he has gone through this situation.  Say what?!  This is book two.  What third time?  In book one that was the first time.  Did I miss something.  I have looked and this IS book TWO!  Why would the author write that if there wasn't a third time.  I knocked one whole star for that.  Totally confusing! 
The narrator was AMAZING and carried the story extremely well.  I think I was just not into this one.  I know this might seems silly to say but this audiobook seemed darker than the first one.  I know there are people dropping dead in every single chapter but still.  There was a deep depression throughout this book that the other book did not have.  
The first book seemed like a game.  More like the CLUE game board and this one was more or less like a horror story.  Not funny at all! And yes there are moments when the author makes a joke or two.  This one was not really my cup of tea. 

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Recommendations
I recommend this to adult readers only due to the graphic violence.

Challenges
This book is number 29 in my Audiobook Reading Challenge
This book is number 46 in my Goodreads Challenge 

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