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A visually spectacular contemporary Indian reservation whodunit set in Wyoming.
The dollhouse is one in a series of model whodunits used to train generations of police detectives in crime scene investigation.
LONDON — After 56 years and many investigations, there is new hope that secrets lurking in Western intelligence archives could solve the biggest whodunit in United Nations history: the mysterious death of Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold.
The first issue (out now) introduces a modern and diverse take on the classic murder-mystery board game, and Allor gives us the scoop on the whodunit.
In addition to being a page-turning whodunit, The Child is also a subtle exploration of the relationships between mothers and their children, their bonds and battles.
As any armchair detective or avid Investigation Discovery channel viewer can tell you, such grim scenarios are standard fare for true-crime television, fodder for an endless stream of whodunits flooding the market.
As any armchair detective or avid Investigation Discovery channel viewer can tell you, such grim scenarios are standard fare for true crime television, fodder for an endless stream of whodunits now flooding the market.
Aug. 9-27, Kansas City Actors Theatre: The company of venerable local actors launches its new season with this classic Agatha Christie whodunit.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of whodunit
First Known Use: 1929See Words from the same year
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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