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This month we’re discussing The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens. Dickens’s last — and unfinished — novel introduces an unforgettable array of characters, from the sinister to the comic, and moves to a haunting climax in an atmospheric murder mystery that features the seemingly benevolent John Jasper, a secret opium addict, and his relationship with his newly engaged nephew, Edwin Drood. Writers have been speculating and opining on the correct solution to the mystery ever since Dickens’ death in 1870. 

WhoDunnits is a discussion group devoted to mysteries that follows a yearlong program of books and movies around a single topic. This year it’s Sherlock Holmes’ big brothers — who were the authors who created the detective genre before Conan Doyle came along?

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