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The Narrator Did It
The narrator of the story did the murder.
(permanent link) added: 2011-06-28 06:27:46 sponsor: StrangeDwarf (last reply: 2011-07-04 10:33:28)

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So here you are, reading your Whoddunit. Fascinating book. It's written from the point of view of some random guy who has gotten very close to the detective. You like the guy, he seems like your average dude (it's usually a dude), with a sense of humor. The detective never tells him anything, darn him. Finally, you reach the last chapter. The Reveal is about to be made! Holding your breath, you run through the pages, read, read... and the murderer is...

... the narrator?

Alternatively, the story may not be a whoddunit. It could be the confessions of a criminal, a diary, or something similar. In such a case, you would (probably) know the murderer's identity from the beginning.

This could use a better description, but I hope you get the idea. Needs More Examples.

Spoilers ahead, obviously.


  • Agatha Christie uses this two times:
    • The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd
    • Endless Night

  • In Edgar Allan Poe's The Telltale Heart, the narrator is a deranged criminal.

  • Happens in Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett.

  • A Confession found in a prison in the time of Charles the Second by Charles Dickens in a confession about a committed murder.
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