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Literature / Whodunit Mysteries

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Whodunit Mysteries is a novel featuring multiple short mysteries, only a few pages long each, which the reader is told to solve based on what they've learned from the experiences of three sleuths the book revolves around. They then turn to an answer page at the back of the book, where they read about the deductions made by the character that particular mystery focuses on and the aftermath of the reveal. The 'crimes' are as severe as solving murders or as minor as exposing little white lies.


Each mystery features one of the three main detectives as a leading character:

  • Inspector Parnacki: The only professional investigator of the three. He is a veteran who is stoic and good at his job.
  • Miss Mary Miller: A playful yet cunning socialite who solves her friends mysteries.
  • Joshua Cole: A young journalist who'd do anything to dig up a new scoop to compete with rival newspapers.

The novel contains examples of:

  • Be as Unhelpful as Possible: A few witnesses are usually consulted in nearly every case. Many of them purposefully mislead, can't accept something has happened enough to recount it or refuse to say anything at all.
  • Da Editor: Josh's editor at the Sentinel is loud and demanding in forcing him to go and dig up new info on stories.
    Editor: Now get out there before I make you into the next big murder case!
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  • The Don: Benny Lucas, a notorious crime boss who often turns up as a Red Herring.
  • Great Detective: Inspector Parnacki, with his stoic personality, independent streak, and reliance on deductive skills.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Joshua often has to go out and search for new information about news stories that have already been reported on, which more often than not, leads to him needing to solve some mysteries for himself.


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