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Unravelling the mysteries behind classic detective stories

Unravelling the mysteries behind classic detective stories

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United Kingdom

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Unravelling the mysteries behind classic detective stories

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English

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Episodes

The Honkaku Mysteries

3/9/2021
Exploring the thriving tradition of classic Japanese whodunnits. Thanks to my guests, On Nomoto, grandson of honkaku writer Seishi Yokomizo, and Daniel Seton, commissioning editor at Pushkin Press. No major spoilers about clues or endings in this episode. However, there is some mention or discussion of the books listed below. Sources and further information: — The Early Cases of Akechi Kogoro by Edogawa Rampo — "The Spider" by Koga Saburo, translated by Ho-Ling Wong and John Pugmire —...

Duration:00:21:24

Queer Clues (Replay)

2/23/2021
First aired in November 2018, this classic Shedunnit episode is all about the coded gay characters and references in books from the golden age of detective fiction like Agatha Christie’s A Murder is Announced and Josephine Tey’s Miss Pym Disposes. Find more information about my guests and the books mentioned at shedunnitshow.com/queerclues.

Duration:00:19:49

The First Whodunnit

2/9/2021
What was the first murder mystery, really? No major spoilers about clues or endings in this episode. However, there is some mention or discussion of the books listed below. Sources and further information: — The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie — Partners In Crime by Agatha Christie — A Study In Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle — The Mystery Of A Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume — The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins — L’Affaire Lerouge by Emile Gaboriau — Lady Audley’s Secret...

Duration:00:24:25

The People's Pathologist

1/26/2021
Before there was CSI, there was Bernard Spilsbury. No major spoilers about clues or endings in this episode. However, there is some mention or discussion of the books listed below. Please be aware there is a brief mention of suicide at the end. Sources and further information: — The Florence Maybrick episodes of this podcast: part one and part two — Taylor’s Principles and Practice of Medical Jurisprudence by Alfred Swaine Taylor — Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers — The...

Duration:00:26:55

Poison Pen

1/12/2021
Nothing could bad could possibly happen here, the inhabitants of the peaceful English village say to each other. Until the first poison pen letter arrives. No major spoilers about clues or endings in this episode. However, there is some mention or discussion of the books listed below. Also, be aware there is a very brief mention of suicide. Books and sources: —The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie —“The Lernean Hydra” in The Labours of Hercules by Agatha Christie —Unnatural Death by...

Duration:00:22:24

A Christie for Christmas

12/16/2020
The original golden age of detective fiction in the 1920s followed on from a devastating global pandemic. Is it any wonder, then, that we’ve read so much crime fiction in 2020? And why do we find murder mysteries a comforting choice for Christmas? This festive season if you’d like to support the podcast and buy a gift for a murder mystery loving friend at the same time, you can purchase a discounted gift subscription for the Shedunnit Book Club at shedunnitshow.com/giftoffer or until 17th...

Duration:00:24:17

The Christie Completists

12/9/2020
I’ve read a lot of Agatha Christie, but I’ve never read all of her books in order. What insights are there to be had by doing so? Christie completists Catherine Brobeck and Kemper Donovan of the All About Agatha podcast join me to talk about the Queen of Crime’s clever way with characters, the “stuck in its time” elements of some of her plots, and how they rank her novels from best to worst. This festive season if you’d like to support the podcast and buy a gift for a murder mystery loving...

Duration:00:52:10

Spoiler Warning (No Spoilers)

11/25/2020
Is it still worth reading a whodunnit if you know… who done it? Thanks to my guests Jim Noy of The Invisible Event and Kate Jackson of Cross Examining Crime. Jim is on Twitter @invisible_event and Kate is @ArmchairSleuth. Thank you to everyone who supported the Shedunnit Pledge Drive, we did it! You can still join the Shedunnit Book Club if you’d like of course — and I’ll keep the discounted gift offer valid through until the end of the year — but the threshold is already met and there...

Duration:00:22:10

Death Sets Sail On The Nile

11/18/2020
To get to the bottom of why the Nile is a murder mystery location that has bewitched readers for decades, I decided to talk to an author who has just published an Egypt based whodunnit: Robin Stevens. We talk about how she finalised the plot of Death Sets Sail while on a Nile cruise, what it was about 1930s Egypt that held such a fascination for white British writers, and why the boat in Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile is a character in its own right. NB: There is some discussion of the...

Duration:00:28:06

Peace At Last

11/11/2020
The day the First World War ended, 11 November 1918, marked the beginning of a new era in which detective fiction would flourish. How did Britain go from “peace at last” to “whodunnit”? Thanks to my guest (and husband) Guy Cuthbertson. His book about Armistice Day is Peace At Last and he’s on Twitter as @guywjc. The Shedunnit Pledge Drive is still underway, and we’re over two thirds of the way to hitting the target already. If I can add 100 new members to the Shedunnit Book Club by the end...

Duration:00:23:19

The Butler Did It

10/28/2020
Snobbery and murder, all served up perfectly for you on a silver tray. This episode marks the start of the Shedunnit Pledge Drive! If I can add 100 new members to the Shedunnit Book Club by the end of 2020, I can start releasing episodes more regularly and expanding what the podcast covers. If you’d like to be part of that and feel able to offer some support, please visit shedunnitshow.com/pledgedrive. NB: There are spoilers in this episode! Please check the list of books mentioned below...

Duration:00:27:16

The Psychology of Anthony Berkeley

10/14/2020
He was one of the most influential crime novelists of the 1920s and 1930s, but has languished somewhat in obscurity since. A troubled, dark, incredibly innovative writer: to really get to know Anthony Berkeley, you need to dive deeply into his fiction. Thanks to my guest Martin Edwards. His latest novel is Mortmain Hall and he’s on Twitter as @medwardsbooks. Become a member of the Shedunnit Book Club and get bonus audio, listen to ad free episodes and join a book-loving community at...

Duration:00:27:02

The Telephone Call

9/30/2020
Why has the murder of Julia Wallace on the night of 20 January 1931 haunted detective novelists for decades? Well, it all comes back to the telephone call. Become a member of the Shedunnit Book Club and get bonus audio, listen to ad free episodes and join a book-loving community at shedunnitshow.com/bookclub. Books and sources: —The Nurse Daniels episode of this podcast —The Documents in the Case by Dorothy L. Sayers and Robert Eustace —The Edith Thompson episode of this podcast —The...

Duration:00:34:49

Locked Room

9/16/2020
A body is found in a sealed chamber, definitely murdered, but there is no way the culprit can have got in or out. How was it done? Special thanks to my guest Jim Noy. He writes about detective fiction at theinvisibleevent.com, makes a podcast called In GAD We Trust, and once compiled a useful list of his 15 favourite impossible crime novels. Become a member of the Shedunnit Book Club and get bonus audio, listen to ad free episodes and join a book-loving community at...

Duration:00:34:09

The Lifelong Fan

9/2/2020
Renée read her first detective novel in the 1930s. She hasn’t stopped since. Special thanks to my guest Renée. Her first crime novel is The Wild Card. Become a member of the Shedunnit Book Club and get bonus audio, listen to ad free episodes and join a book-loving community at shedunnitshow.com/bookclub. Books and sources: —These Two Hands by Renée —Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers —Wednesday to come by Renée —Setting the table by Renée —An interview with Renée from 2017 on...

Duration:00:24:45

The Detection Club

8/19/2020
It started with dinner and ended with a group of crime writers swearing an oath on a skull. Special thanks to my guest Martin Edwards. His latest novel is Mortmain Hall and he’s on Twitter as @medwardsbooks. Become a member of the Shedunnit Book Club and get bonus audio, listen to ad free episodes and …

Duration:00:27:24

A Room of One’s Own

8/5/2020
If a woman needs a room of her own and £500 a year to write fiction, what does she need in order to write crime fiction? Special thanks to my guest Francesca Wade. Her book is Square Haunting: Five Women, Freedom and London Between the Wars. She’s on Twitter @francescawade. Become a member of the …

Duration:00:28:29

43. Murder On Holiday

7/22/2020
This summer, you can still travel to the murderous destinations visited by your favourite detectives. Find links to all the books and sources mentioned at shedunnitshow.com/murderonholiday. Become a member of the Shedunnit Book Club and get bonus audio, listen to ad free episodes and join a book-loving community at shedunnitshow.com/bookclub. Books and sources: —Have His …

Duration:00:24:27

42. E.C.R. Lorac

7/8/2020
She wrote over 70 detective novels and won the praise of that most stern of critics, Dorothy L. Sayers. Yet golden age author E.C.R. Lorac is now a mystery to most modern crime fiction fans. What happened? Find links to all the books and sources mentioned at shedunnitshow.com/ecrlorac. Special thanks to my guest Sarah Ward. …

Duration:00:20:17

41. Mary Westmacott

6/24/2020
Sometimes, Agatha Christie didn’t want to be Agatha Christie. Find links to all the books and sources mentioned at shedunnitshow.com/marywestmacott. Become a member of the Shedunnit Book Club and get bonus audio, listen to ad free episodes and join a book-loving community at shedunnitshow.com/bookclub. Books and sources: —The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie …

Duration:00:18:55