'Murdle': A Murder-Mystery Book Inspired By Wordle Just Won Book of The Year

The newest British Book Award winner is a fascinating blend of Wordle and murder mysteries. Check out what makes this puzzle book so unique!
'Murdle' A Murder-Mystery Book Inspired By Wordle Just Won Book of The Year, Image Credit - Instagram

'Murdle' A Murder-Mystery Book Inspired By Wordle Just Won Book of The Year, Image Credit - Instagram

The British Book Awards recently announced winners across several categories on May 13. Among these was a surprise winner, ‘Murdle’, a non-fiction entry that won in the Lifestyle & Illustrated Category. The name might sound familiar since it’s wordplay on the New York Times game ‘Wordle’ that took the internet by storm over the past year. 'Murdle' itself had a similar rise since its release in June last year, to eventually take over the UK charts in December.
What Is Murdle About?
Unlike Wordle, 'Murdle' is a mystery-logic puzzle game where players are given a set of clues, weapons and locations to figure out what happened and at what time to place a murderer on the spot. It’s very neatly wrapped up in the style of a graphical novel that is very reminiscent of the old board game, Cluedo. It’s a delightful little puzzle-solving story that includes around 100 mysteries to uncover.
'Murdle' is the brainchild of computer programmer GT Karber, who’s a self-proclaimed Agatha Christie fan, many of whose classic story tropes you might pick up in the story too. When coming up with the idea, he said that he saw the potential to blend an interactive experience within his literature could have.
The reviews suggest he’s right too. Many critics have lauded ‘Murdle’ for the clever way it builds up the mystery piece-by-piece. It’s not just about simply figuring out the final reveal of who the suspect is, ‘Murdle’ excels by enthralling its readers with simply the process of figuring out how to pin the alibis and the clues to the killer. The success has even led to G.T. Karber alluding to a possible sequel for its enthusiastic readers.
What Is Its Connection to Wordle?
The best part is that if you’re curious about the idea but not sure if mystery’s the right pick for you, you can even check out ‘previews’ of the novel digitally on the Murdle website. Although the puzzle design of the novel is already taken up from Wordle’s basic design, albeit with less of a focus on diction, the inspiration is made much more clear from Murdle.com.
The website version features a new mystery every day, although they’re less constructed and built up than the novel’s version. However, it does help you get a hang of things a lot faster. It even has a built-in hands-on tutorial for those who want to get better. So why not give it a shot?
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