whodunits

whodunit

[hoo-duhn-it]
noun Informal.
a narrative dealing with a murder or a series of murders and the detection of the criminal; detective story.

Origin:
1925–30; jocular formation from question Who done it?, for standard English Who did it?

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whodunit
"murder mystery," 1930, U.S. slang, originally a semi-facetious formation from who done it?
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