whydunit

whydunit
A type of detective story in which the focus is not on who committed the crime, but what were their motives for committing it.

1985, Laurence Urdang, Walter W. Hunsinger, Nancy LaRoche: Picturesque expressions: a thematic dictionary, p 420[


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