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30th Jul '16 2:24:46 AM john_e
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* In Anthony Berkeley's ''The Piccadilly Murder'', Mr Chitterwick, the detective, is the key witness in the prosecution of a man for murder. The accused man's friends and wife urge Mr Chitterwick to investigate more thoroughly, saying they're sure there's been a miscarriage of justice. [[spoiler:The friends are genuine; the wife is the real killer. She only meant to reinforce Mr Chitterwick's determination to do his public duty and convict her husband. But she overdoes her pleading, he agrees to investigate, and the whole truth comes out.]]
30th Jul '16 2:06:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WhoCensoredRogerRabbit'': [[spoiler: Roger hired Eddie Valiant to investigate his boss - so that Roger would have someone to frame when he killed his boss. In the final chapter Eddie admits that the plan ''would have worked'' were it not for two complications that Roger had no way of seeing coming.]]

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* ''WhoCensoredRogerRabbit'': ''Literature/WhoCensoredRogerRabbit'': [[spoiler: Roger hired Eddie Valiant to investigate his boss - so that Roger would have someone to frame when he killed his boss. In the final chapter Eddie admits that the plan ''would have worked'' were it not for two complications that Roger had no way of seeing coming.]]
8th May '16 6:02:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* A weird one in ''MurderSheWrote'': The murderer is a DA, who killed one of the defendants in a major fraud case. Earlier, he tried to phone her and accidentally called Jessica's number. To cover this up, the DA subpeonas Jessica and refuses to believe she has no idea what it's about. So Jessica has to solve the murder to avoid being found in contempt of court.

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* A weird one in ''MurderSheWrote'': ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': The murderer is a DA, who killed one of the defendants in a major fraud case. Earlier, he tried to phone her and accidentally called Jessica's number. To cover this up, the DA subpeonas Jessica and refuses to believe she has no idea what it's about. So Jessica has to solve the murder to avoid being found in contempt of court.



* An episode of SimonAndSimon deals with the detectives being hired by a magician into a case, and they discover that the ex wife of the magician did it. Later, they discover it was all the magician ruse. Then he explains:

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* An episode of SimonAndSimon ''Series/SimonAndSimon'' deals with the detectives being hired by a magician into a case, and they discover that the ex wife of the magician did it. Later, they discover it was all the magician ruse. Then he explains:
24th Apr '16 8:29:30 PM TARINunit9
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* Usually not applicable to police, but ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' caught one once, when the murderer was the commissioner. He specifically requested Columbo for the case, having somehow failed to notice that the bumbling detective had only failed to close one case in his entire career.

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* Usually not applicable to police, but ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' caught one once, when the murderer was the commissioner. He specifically requested Columbo for the case, having somehow failed to notice that the bumbling "bumbling" detective had a nearly spotless track record, having only failed to close one ''one'' case in his entire decades-long career.
5th Apr '16 11:20:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* Taken to the extreme in ''SinCity'' where Eva Lord hires private eye Dwight [=McCarthy=] to get evidence on her supposedly abusive husband who may be plotting to kill her. [[spoiler: It ends up being a setup; she manipulates Dwight into killing her husband himself.]]

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* Taken to the extreme in ''SinCity'' ''ComicBook/SinCity'' where Eva Lord hires private eye Dwight [=McCarthy=] to get evidence on her supposedly abusive husband who may be plotting to kill her. [[spoiler: It ends up being a setup; she manipulates Dwight into killing her husband himself.]]
26th Jan '16 1:33:23 PM LentilSandEater
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** A VillainBall situation even by this trope's standards, since most people would have the brains to pin the crime on one of the many, many detectives who are ''not'' invulnerable.
14th Nov '15 5:45:49 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheRockfordFiles'' seemed to do this a lot, but all shows about private detectives will do one eventually.

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* ''TheRockfordFiles'' ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'' seemed to do this a lot, but all shows about private detectives will do one eventually.
9th Oct '15 9:43:48 PM azul120
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* {{Inverted|Trope}} in the ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' episode "Jackie Khones and the Case of the Overdue Library Book", when Mac hires Jackie Khones to find out who stole his library card to check out a book that has since become overdue. The culprit? [[spoiler:Jackie.]]



8th Oct '15 7:19:53 PM nombretomado
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* Randall Banticoff does this to [[LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]] in ''Luke Cage Noir'', hiring Cage to investigate his wife's murder while arranging for him to take the rap for the crime - and die before a trial could potentially expose it as a frame job.

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* Randall Banticoff does this to [[LukeCageHeroForHire [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]] in ''Luke Cage Noir'', hiring Cage to investigate his wife's murder while arranging for him to take the rap for the crime - and die before a trial could potentially expose it as a frame job.
1st Jun '15 7:35:11 AM DaibhidC
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* In the first ''Literature/SisterFidelma'' story, "The High King's Sword", the abbot is encouraged to request Fidelma by the murderers, who realise that unless a clever and scrupulous ''dalaigh'' is involved, one of them will be condemned as the most likely suspect without anyone really investigating enough to find their carefully planted frame-up.

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* In the first ''Literature/SisterFidelma'' story, "The High King's Sword", the abbot is encouraged to request Fidelma by the murderers, criminals, who realise that unless a clever and scrupulous ''dalaigh'' is involved, one of them will be condemned as the most likely suspect without anyone really investigating enough to find their carefully planted frame-up.
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