I would object to the idea that most mysteries start with the murder having already happened. There is a huge section of mysteries that start by introducing a set of characters, puting them together in a Closed Circle
, and then having one of them end up being killed by another person. The classic example is a group of characters that are at a dinner party, and a chapter or two in, one of them suddenly drops dead. Agatha Christie
is famous for these types of stories, where all the players, including the victim to be, and the murderer to be, are alive and given a thorough introduction before the murder takes place. Detective Conan
does that sort of thing a lot too.
Therefore, during such a setup, the audience member will probably probably be asking himself not just who the murder is, but who will be the murder victim.
However... as the trope is written right now, not only does it have a confusing name, but it just really isn't something that inspires a lot of use, as what it describes is not an objective thing that can be pointed to in a story, but a personal audience reaction that lacks the punch of "tropes" like Crowning Moment of Awesome
Also, there is the fact that our mystery section in general has been sadly negelected. Not enough ponies, I guess.
edited 12th Jul '12 5:04:04 AM by Catbert