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The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard

The Real Inspector Hound is a one-act play modeled as a ludicrous parody of a country house murder mystery, in the style of a whodunit. It is considered one of Tom Stoppard’s early works, and most closely resembles the storyline of Agatha Christie’s 1952 play The Mousetrap.

The play is actually a play-within-a-play: the main characters are theater critics watching a play, and the plot consists of both the narrative arc of the critics, and the narrative arc of the play they are reviewing.