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  • n. A type of detective story in which the focus is not on who committed the crime, but how they have done so.


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  • A 'howdunit' from one of the best in the mystery business

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  • Mystery and sub genres cozy mystery detective mystery hardboiled mystery police procedural mystery whodunit mystery howdunit mystery locked room mystery historical mystery humorous mystery noir

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  • So there's no whodunit, no howdunit, and no compelling why-he-dunnit, and no need for a detective as brilliant as Clouseau to be assigned to the case, let alone for a "Dream Team" of brilliant detectives.

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  • Sometimes I go back and pick up where I left off for the whydunit or howdunit.

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  • Many of the more recent stories are gems, including a pair from _EQMM, _but so is the 1973 _AHMM _tale "To Hide a Tree," combining a unique and devilishly clever howdunit with a sharply observed reflection of its time.

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  • It was fast developing into a pathetic, and disturbing howdunit.

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  • In the howdunit stage the so - called "medical mystery" gained much popularity, and after the turn of the century the comparatively simple "medical mystery" matured into the more complex "scientific detective story."

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  • Suddenly, instead of simply whodunit, solving crimes was a matter of howdunit, and with what size shoe, and whether anyone left behind traces of evidence that the blue ALS light could pick up.

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  • Similar terms that have appeared in the media in recent years are who'll-do-it, whatsawit, whodunwhat, and howdunit.

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