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00:54 Oct 12, 2020
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English term or phrase: whodunit
Definition from Merriam-Webster:
A detective story or mystery story.

Example sentence(s):
  • A good way to kill the suspense in your whodunit is to make your antagonist predictable and cartoonish. Alyssa Mackay
  • Are we in a new Golden Age of the whodunit? Telegraph
  • While Agatha Christie is still the first to spring to mind when thinking of the ultimate ‘whodunit’ books, detectives, murderers and victims have changed a lot since then; the breadth of crime, thrillers, detective and psychological novels out there, keeping us on tenterhooks until the last few pages, is vast. WH Smith
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Definition from Wikipedia:
Rikosromaani, jossa rikoksen selvittelyyn osallistuu ratkaisevasti tai merkittävässä määrin yksityisetsivä eli salapoliisi

Example sentence(s):
  • Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie (o.s. Miller; 15. syyskuuta 1890 Torquay, Devon, Englanti – 12. tammikuuta 1976 Wallingford, Oxfordshire, Englanti) oli englantilainen kirjailija, joka tunnetaan parhaiten Agatha Christien nimellä kirjoitetuista dekkareistaan. - Wikipedia  
  • Ensimmäinen suomeksi julkaistu Agatha Christie -dekkari on Odottamaton ratkaisu vuodelta 1927. - Dame Agatha Christie - Jyväskylän ylio  
  • Dekkari, jonka kirjoittamisen Christie aloitti vuonna 1916, ilmestyi mutkien kautta tammikuussa 1921. - Kulttuuriroimitus  

A more formal expression would be salapoliisiromaani (cf. Wikipedia s.v.), but the everyday term used e.g. in the media is dekkari.
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