By, Yohana Desta
May 28, 2013
CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker has found a new way to thrill audiences.
After announcing a new mystery reality TV series titled Whodunnit?, Zuiker is creating an interactive book series based on the show, called Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor (Hyperion).
It will give audiences more backstory on the TV series, so they can watch the show and read the books, filling in details as they go along.
The first book will be digitally released on June 18; the TV series premieres June 23 on ABC at 9 p.m. ET. The second book, still untitled, will be released in August, coinciding with the show’s season finale.
The plot of the first book follows the classic murder mystery setup: 10 guests will travel to a remote mansion, whose only resident is Butler Giles. The unsuspecting guests soon discover that there is a murderer among them, picking them off one by one. They are forced to discover who it is, before they succumb to a grisly fate.
On the show, the players won’t be killed off, but will get kicked off week by week if they can’t solve the mysteries placed before them. The show will continue until there is one winner, who will collect a $250,000 prize.
Zuiker, in a news release, says he’s had “a passion for mysteries and crime solving” since he was kid.
“The best part for fans is that once you’ve finished the first season of the show, you’ll be able to transition back into not just the second book, but a whole series,” Zuiker said.