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00:54 Oct 12, 2020
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Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
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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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4 +1pusseldeckare
Maria Hartman


  

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pusseldeckare


Definition from Aftonbladet:
På engelska kallas genren ”whodunit” (”vem har gjort det”), och det är just mordgåtan som står i centrum. Mordet ska gärna ha skett på en avskild plats där bara ett begränsat antal personer kan ha befunnit sig samtidigt – dessa utgör de misstänkta. Författaren placerar ut ledtrådar (och villospår) som läsaren ska kunna använda för att lista ut vem som är mördaren. Men berättelsen tar ofta oväntade vändningar och överraskar läsaren.

Example sentence(s):
  • Pusseldeckare har oftast detektiver som huvudpersoner, speciellt de från 1920-talet men det finns ganska många pusseldeckare som har en poliskommissarie som huvudperson (framför allt mer moderna pusseldeckare). - Deckarhuset  
  • ”Fiffig pusseldeckare med roliga ingredienser, överraskande likgömmor och intelligenta resonemang kring klass och familj” skrev Dagen [sic] Nyheter om Smultron, bröllop och döden. - Piratförlaget  

Explanation:
Pusseldeckare är lite mer övergripande än bara whodunits, då whodunits är ett slags undergenre till pusseldeckare. Många pusseldeckare är dock just whodunits.
Maria Hartman
Sweden
Local time: 20:19
Native speaker of: Native in SwedishSwedish

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