What it is – and whodunit – remains the overall plot that carries an electric current throughout the plot. And unlike most whodunits, no one gets what they deserve in the end. These sample sentences are automatically selected from various online information sources to reflect the current use of the word “whodunit”. The opinions expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us your feedback. I can imagine that in criminal and police proceedings, you need to know in advance who it is? In 1930, Donald Gordon, a book critic for the News of Books, had to say something about a rather low-key detective novel called Half-Mast Murder. “A satisfying thriller,” he wrote. The relatively new term (introduced only a year earlier) played quickly and vaguely with spelling and grammar, but Whodunit still prevailed. Other writers tried to rewrite it who did, and one of them even insisted on using whodidit, but these cleaned versions didn`t have the punch of the original and fell into the water. Whodunit became so popular that in 1939, at least one language expert declared it “already heavily overloaded” and predicted that it would soon be thrown “into the taboo trash.” History has proven that prophecy is false, and Whodunit is still strong. A traditional forensic investigation begins with a classic question: Whodunit? An unfortunate but sympathetic cop, PC Calvin Bridge, is put on the case, and Bauer continues to shoot a great thriller from the angles of the two men. Joshua Stamper`s theme music Â2006NewJerusalemMusic©/ASCAP In a modern thriller, a woman struggles to identify the real culprit of these mysterious iTunes credit card fees. Christine Pelisek talks to the locals about this incredible thriller.