whydunnit

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whydunnit

(ˈwaɪˌdʌnɪt) or

whydunit

n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) informal a novel, film, etc, concerned with the motives of the criminal rather than his or her identity
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The gripping plot of this whodunit (or whydunit) unfolds in two disquieting scenarios, one detailing the group's hour-by-hour descent into physical and emotional hostility, the other following Falk and his new partner as they join the dread-drenched search for Alice.
From the start, Bloody January is less a whodunit than a "whydunit" as the jaded Detective McCoy, accompanied by wet-behind-the-ears new recruit Wattie, begins a murder investigation that will take him from the city's criminal underworld to the highest rungs of society.
WE LOVE DRAMA MURDER (BBC2, 9pm) IF you watched the original BAFTA-winning instalment of this clever and original show, or last week's series opener, then you'll know that it's not only a whodunit, but a whydunit.
We can't promise everyone will make it out alive WE LOVE DRAMA MURDER (BBC2, 9pm) IF you watched the original BAFTA-winning instalment of this clever and original show, or last week's series opener, then you'll know that it's not only a whodunit, but a whydunit.
"It was always a whydunit rather than a whodunit," says Jamie, 32.
Readers expecting a fast-paced thriller may be disappointed, as The Long Way Home is more of a whydunit than a whodunit, with slower-paced, less suspenseful action.
Black Coffee was first performed in 1930, and while it remains an efficient whodunit (as well, incidentally, as whydunit and howdunit) it certainly feels rather a period piece, a little hokey at times and, with an interval between each of the three acts, somewhat drawn out.
Be advised, and this isn't giving anything away, that "Night Must Fall" isn't a "whodunt," but rather a "whydunit." We find out early on that a young woman has gone missing, in the vicinity of Mrs.
Christie herself was more preoccupied with the 'whydunit' than the 'whodunit,' and this certainly comes across as the characters are explored in great depth.
Anton Diabelli Don Amendolia Mike Clark Greg Keller Gertie Ladenborger Susan Kellermann Beethoven Graeme Malcolm Clara Brandt Laura Odeh Katherine Brandt Mary Beth Peil Anton Schindler Erik Steele Pianist Diane Walsh Call it a whydunit. One of the classical music world's enduring mysteries is why Ludwig van Beethoven devoted four years of his diminishing life writing 33 variations of a mediocre waltz penned by a Viennese music publisher--all for a relative pittance.
"Usually I write a whydunit," said Rule, whose line of fans stretched out the door during her signing at the Cannon Beach Book Company on Jan.