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whodunit (plural whodunits)
- A novel or drama concerning a crime (usually a murder) in which a detective follows clues to determine the perpetrator.
- 1946, Josephina Niggli, Pointers on radio writing, Boston: The Writer, Inc., page 25:
- Actually, an whodunit is a mystery story. The hero is generally a detective, although sometimes he is a gentleman (apparently a mild mannered worm) who sallies forth at night to become Public Enemy No. One of Crime. Otherwise, the formula is exactly the same as that of the Cliff-hanger and follows the same rules.
(A fictional story of a crime which a detective solves): thriller
a crime novel or drama
- Oxford Dictionaries