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America’s appetite for highbrow whodunits, tabloid true crime, noir reprises, miscarriages of justice may be benign enough as a pastime.
Curious Theatre Branch presents the world premiere of Matt Rieger's overloaded whodunit about underworld struggles with a lot of hand-wringing over morality.
Book by book, Balliett has created her own genre: whodunits with a heart, featuring kids at the helm.
Murder on the Orient Express An all-star cast keeps this classic whodunit steaming down the train tracks, steered by Kenneth Branagh, who directs and stars as handlebar-mustachioed detective Hercule Poirot.
Louisville and Adidas now play starring roles in a Department of Justice production, equal parts taut thriller and whodunit centering on alleged widespread and systematic bribing of basketball recruits.
Dan Brown's 'The Lost Symbol' Mark Twain’s A Double-Barreled Detective Story is a novella-length parody of whodunits.
Great Lakes has faced the thriller conundrum before, particularly with its run of Agatha Christie whodunits, the outcomes of which many of us have known since high school English class.
Christie's adaptation of her popular short story premiered in London in 1953, and the whodunit has been keeping audiences guessing ever since.
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Did You Know?
In 1930, Donald Gordon, a book reviewer for News of Books, needed to come up with something to say about a rather unremarkable mystery novel called Half-Mast Murder. "A satisfactory whodunit," he wrote. The coinage played fast and loose with spelling and grammar, but "whodunit" caught on anyway. Other writers tried respelling it "who-done-it," and one even insisted on using "whodidit," but those sanitized versions lacked the punch of the original and have fallen by the wayside. "Whodunit" became so popular that by 1939 at least one language pundit had declared it "already heavily overworked" and predicted it would "soon be dumped into the taboo bin." History has proven that prophecy false, and "whodunit" is still going strong.
WHODUNIT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of whodunit for English Language Learners
: a novel, play, or movie about a murder where you do not know who committed the murder until the end
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