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8th Dec '17 1:56:13 PM Lullabee
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** ''Discworld/TheTruth'' is similar, except with reporters as the protagonists.
18th Nov '17 2:46:12 AM GigaHand
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* The first murder in ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' is an unintentional example, as the victim literally [[CouldntFindAPen writes the killer's name in their own blood,]] but upside-down, and in enough of a way that the non-native English speaking cast mistakes it for something else entirely (as a Japanese audience would most likely assume as well.) Western players, however, would see the clue for what it is right away, and thus the mystery for them is more about ''how'' the killer did the deed.

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* The first murder in ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' is an unintentional example, as the victim literally [[CouldntFindAPen writes the killer's name in their own blood,]] but upside-down, and in enough of a way that the non-native English speaking cast mistakes it for something else entirely (as a Japanese audience would most likely assume as well.) Western players, however, would see the clue for what it is right away, and thus the mystery for them is more about ''how'' the killer did the deed.deed, [[TropesAreNotBad which is a far more compelling mystery]].
30th Oct '17 1:53:36 PM Premonition45
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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': In "The Mind's Eye", it's obvious early on that [[ManchurianAgent the Romulans are manipulating Geordi]] to do something against the Klingons, and before the final commercial break we learn the endgame of the plot as well as who their [[TheMole inside]] [[TheQuisling man]] is. The question is whether our heroes figure it out in time.
13th Oct '17 1:21:38 AM PaulA
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* The third book of the Literature/DreamPark series, ''The California Voodoo Game''. The first two books were Whodunits; in this one, almost at the start, we see the villain kill someone to help cover up a theft, but we're not told what the theft is. So not only do we read to see how the heroes figure him out and catch him, but to discover what was stolen. Has two brilliant {{The Plan}}s colliding one from each side.

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* The third book of the Literature/DreamPark series, ''The California Voodoo Game''. The first two books were Whodunits; in this one, In ''Literature/TheCaliforniaVoodooGame'', almost at the start, we see the villain kill someone to help cover up a theft, but we're not told what the theft is. So not only do we read to see how the heroes figure him out and catch him, but to discover what was stolen. Has two brilliant {{The Plan}}s colliding one from each side.
30th Sep '17 7:57:03 AM Thande
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* ''Literature/DrThorndyke'' was one of the first to do this; several of his stories will show the killer performing an apparently perfect coverup in the first half, then following it with scientific deduction through the second half.

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* ''Literature/DrThorndyke'' was one of the first to do this; several of his stories will show the killer performing an apparently perfect coverup in the first half, then following it with scientific deduction through the second half. R. Austin Freeman stated that such stories were an experiment in whether it was possible to eliminate what he felt were implausibly melodramatic numbers of possible suspects in detective stories by making it clear from the start who did it and how, but the tension instead coming from whether the reader has spotted ''how'' a detective could find out by studying what evidence the criminal left.
** There are also variations such as ''The Shadow of the Wolf'', in which the narrative cuts between the murderer (a skilled engraver and forger) creating a false trail to try to show his victim has absconded but is still alive, and Thorndyke using [[RevealingCoverup the faked evidence itself]] to trace it back to the murderer.
31st Aug '17 5:57:38 PM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': The episode "Jewel Robbery" see a criminal break into a jewelry store and flee when the alarm sounds. Miss Brooks, standing around the corner, sees Mr. Boynton look into the broken window. The episode then follows Miss Brooks as she suspects Mr. Boynton, and then catches the actual villain.
6th Jul '17 12:03:02 PM Omeganian
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* The Isaac Asimov short story The Singing Bells opens with the murder, and then introduces the detective and proceeds to the investigation.

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* By Creator/IsaacAsimov:
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The Isaac Asimov short story The "The Singing Bells Bell" opens with the murder, and then introduces the detective and proceeds to the investigation.investigation.
** "The Dust of Death", set in the same continuity, follows a similar pattern.
29th May '17 12:16:07 PM nombretomado
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* ''WhiteCollar'' has shades of this. The protagonists usually figure out who the bad guy is pretty quickly, and the rest of the episode is spent on how they catch him.

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* ''WhiteCollar'' ''Series/WhiteCollar'' has shades of this. The protagonists usually figure out who the bad guy is pretty quickly, and the rest of the episode is spent on how they catch him.
13th Feb '17 2:34:57 AM Statzkeen
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Sometimes called a "pocedural" (not to be confused with the PoliceProcedural), because its focus is on the ''procedure'' rather than the ''solution''.

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Sometimes called a "pocedural" "procedural" (not to be confused with the PoliceProcedural), because its focus is on the ''procedure'' rather than the ''solution''.
15th Jan '17 9:54:03 PM ElodieHiras
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* How to run investigation adventures with mediums or other character with psychic powers: Sure, we know who did it since our resident psychic/medium/necromancer asked the dead guy who killed him/had a psychic flash and saw the crime happen just as if it had happened in front of his very eyes/is a LivingLieDetector and saw right through the lies of the culprit, but WeNeedToGetProof if we want to avoid an innocent character to whom we have a connection becoming victim of a MiscarriageOfJustice.
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