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Monday, March 30, 2009

Batman: Murder at Wayne Manor, An Interactive Mystery Book Review

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Written by: Duane Swierczynski
Illustrated by: David Lapham

The Story: When a construction crew at Wayne Manor discovers a long-buried corpse, all the evidence points to Bruce Wayne’s late father, Thomas, as the murderer. Torn between the need to protect his father’s honor and his thirst for dispensing justice, Batman sets out to solve this coldest of cases, using police reports, his father’s private journal, maps of Wayne Manor, news clippings, forensic samples, and photographs from family albums (all included throughout the book as removable facsimiles).

Was Dr. Wayne-whom young Bruce Wayne swore to avenge on that bloody night in Gotham City-actually a killer? It’s up to you to sift through the clues and solve this thrilling whodunit. When you’ve identified the culprit, you can open the final signature of the book (sealed at the printer) to read the remainder of the story. Complete with eye-popping illustrations and first-rate production values, Batman: Murder at Wayne Manor will appeal to mystery buffs of all ages

Our Review: From the moment this bad boy arrived in the mail, I was impressed. This premium format, interactive book is a gem. The story is solid, but the real fun comes in the interactive pieces of evidence that you get along the way while trying to solve this mystery. Everything from documents to a coaster from a fake restaurant…its really above and beyond what I expected.

I sat down with my kids and read through this one and we all enjoyed it. It also makes a great piece in the ol’ Batman collection. I have to highly recommend this one. Its a lot of fun. Its high quality and looks great on the shelf, I can’t say enough about this book.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Bats!

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