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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 Long Shadow of Edgar Allen Poe

5/17/2022
The grandfather of detective fiction still has a lot to teach us. Many thanks to my guest, Jim Noy. You can find out more about his work at his blog, theinvisibleevent.com. His book The Red Death Murders is available only from Amazon worldwide (link for UK; link for US). To support the podcast, be part of a superb bookish community, and get two bonus episodes a month, become a member of the Shedunnit Book Club now at shedunnitbookclub.com/join. Books mentioned: — The Murders in the Rue...

Duration:00:26:00

Death By Chocolate

5/3/2022
A box of chocolates can conceal a poisonous secret. Find out more at shedunnitshow.com/deathbychocolate. To support the podcast, be part of a superb bookish community, and get two bonus episodes a month, become a member of the Shedunnit Book Club now at shedunnitbookclub.com/join. Books mentioned: — The Case of the Chocolate Cream Killer by Kaye Jones — The Invention of Murder by Judith Flanders — The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley — "The Chocolate Box" in Poirot...

Duration:00:28:13

The Detective's Best Friend

4/19/2022
Please join me for a long-awaited guided tour of the role that dogs play in detective fiction. I am running an audience survey for the podcast at the moment to find out more about who my listeners are and what they like and don't like about the show. If you'd like to help me make the podcast better, please head to shedunnitshow.com/survey to fill it out — it only takes a couple of minutes, and while you're there there'll be a chance to enter a raffle to win a second hand detective novel...

Duration:00:25:54

An Encounter With Father Brown

4/5/2022
Let's spend some time with G.K. Chesterton, the first president of the Detection Club. I am running an audience survey for the podcast at the moment to find out more about who my listeners are and what they like and don't like about the show. If you'd like to help me make the podcast better, please head to shedunnitshow.com/survey to fill it out — it only takes a couple of minutes, and while you're there there'll be a chance to enter a raffle to win a second hand detective novel...

Duration:00:47:38

Agatha's Archaeologists

3/23/2022
Agatha Christie knew more than most about digging up corpses. There are no major spoilers in this episode, but be aware that there are mentions of plot points from the books listed below. Books and sources: — The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie — Murder in the Mews by Agatha Christie — An Autobiography by Agatha Christie — Mallowan’s Memoirs by Max Mallowan — Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie — The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie — Death on the Nile by...

Duration:00:29:34

The Rules (Remastered)

3/9/2022
A good detective story has a recognisable rhythm and plot points. But how did these tropes come about? And what happens when you break the rules? This episode of Shedunnit was first released in February 2019 and is repeated here in a rerecorded and remastered version. Find more information about this episode and links to the books discussed at shedunnitshow.com/therules. The podcast is on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as @ShedunnitShow, and you can find it in all major podcast apps....

Duration:00:19:51

A Second Century of Whodunnits

2/22/2022
Reading my way through the last hundred years, from the 1920s to the 2020s, one mystery at a time. My previous attempt at this reading project can be found in the episode A Century of Whodunnits. Books mentioned: — Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L Sayers — Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles — Laurels are Poison by Gladys Mitchell — The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey — The Belting Inheritance by Julian Symons — Tied Up in Tinsel by Ngaio Marsh — A Fatal Inversion by Barbara...

Duration:00:30:18

The Whodunnit in India

2/8/2022
India has a long and deep tradition of storytelling and mythology. What happens when this heritage is combined with the tropes of golden age detective fiction? Thanks to my guest R.V. Raman. His first whodunnit is A Will To Kill and you can find more information about upcoming books in his Harith Athreya series at rvraman.com. Thanks to today’s sponsors: — Mystery Match Village, which has a special Death on the Nile season pass available at the moment. The game is available by searching...

Duration:00:25:57

The Tichborne Claimant

1/25/2022
The golden age of detective fiction was obsessed with identity. The reason why? An extremely melodramatic Victorian legal case involving shipwreck, Shetland ponies and a tangled aristocratic inheritance. For more details on the Shedunnit Production Assistant job, visit shedunnitshow.com/productionassistant. The deadline for applications is 30th January 2022. Please be aware that there may be spoilers for the following books in this episode. Books referenced: — The Claimant by Michael...

Duration:00:33:26

A Mysterious Glossary

1/11/2022
Do you know your ack emma from your pip emma? Would you wear the cat's pyjamas? Are you, in fact, a goop? Helen Zaltzman joins me to delve into some baffling language from golden age detective fiction. Thanks to my guest for this episode, Helen Zaltzman. She is the host of The Allusionist, a marvellous podcast about language, which I strongly recommend that you support on Patreon now. A bonus episode with 20 minutes of extra material will be published later this month just for Shedunnit...

Duration:00:41:17

Murder Isn't Easy

12/8/2021
How much did Agatha Christie really know about dead bodies? Thanks to my guest for this episode, Carla Valentine. She is a trained mortuary technician and the technical curator at Barts Pathology Museum in London. She's also the author of Murder Isn't Easy: The Forensics of Agatha Christie. I'm doing a festive livestream on December 15th at 6pm GMT just for members of the Shedunnit Book Club. If you'd like to join, visit shedunnitbookclub.com/join. There are no major plot spoilers in...

Duration:00:37:58

Dorothy L Sayers Solves Her Mystery (Queens of Crime at War 6)

11/24/2021
Why did she stop writing detective fiction as WW2 approached? This is the sixth and final episode of Queens of Crime at War, a six part series looking at what the best writers from the golden age of detective fiction did once that period came to an end with the start of the Second World War. The Pledge Drive gift offer is now over, because we have smashed the 100 member goal already! But if you'd still like to join the Shedunnit Book Club members, and get access to the special Christmas...

Duration:00:29:09

Ngaio Marsh Goes Home (Queens of Crime at War 5)

11/16/2021
Caught between two very different worlds, WW2 forced this queen of crime to become better acquainted with her homeland. This is the fifth episode of Queens of Crime at War, a six part series looking at what the best writers from the golden age of detective fiction did once that period came to an end with the start of the Second World War. Thanks to my guest, Gail Pittaway. You can find out more about her work here. The Pledge Drive gift offer is now over, because we have smashed the 100...

Duration:00:31:52

Josephine Tey's Golden Age (Queens of Crime at War 4)

11/9/2021
Something happened to the Scottish writer during WW2 that made her want to write mysteries again. This is the fourth episode of Queens of Crime at War, a six part series looking at what the best writers from the golden age of detective fiction did once that period came to an end with the start of the Second World War. Visit shedunnitshow.com/josephineteysgoldenage for more details. Thanks to my guest, Jennifer Morag Henderson. You can find out more about her work at...

Duration:00:31:02

Margery Allingham Waits For The Invasion (Queens of Crime at War 3)

11/3/2021
For Albert Campion's creator, the war was her salvation. This is the third episode of Queens of Crime at War, a six part series looking at what the best writers from the golden age of detective fiction did once that period came to an end with the start of the Second World War. The Shedunnit Pledge Drive continues. I'm aiming to add 100 new members to the Shedunnit Book Club by the end of 2021. You can get some great perks, like bonus episodes and extra audiobooks — if you’d like to be part...

Duration:00:28:48

E.C.R. Lorac Rises Through The Ranks (Queens of Crime at War 2)

10/26/2021
Her WW2 mysteries are best of all. This is the second episode of Queens of Crime at War, a six part series looking at what the best writers from the golden age of detective fiction did once that period came to an end with the start of the Second World War. The Shedunnit Pledge Drive continues. I'm aiming to add 100 new members to the Shedunnit Book Club by the end of 2021. You can get some great perks, like bonus episodes and extra audiobooks — if you’d like to be part of that and feel...

Duration:00:27:25

Agatha Christie Writes Alone (Queens of Crime at War 1)

10/19/2021
Agatha Christie had a very productive WW2. This is the start of Queens of Crime at War, a six part series looking at what the best writers from the golden age of detective fiction did once that period came to an end with the start of the Second World War. This episode also marks the start of the Shedunnit Pledge Drive! I'm aiming to add 100 new members to the Shedunnit Book Club by the end of 2021, with the aim of producing more mini series like this one. If you’d like to be part of that...

Duration:00:30:08

At Home With Shedunnit

10/5/2021
Who would be the Hastings to your Poirot? What kind of mystery would you like to write? What would you do if you came across a corpse? In this special episode to celebrate Shedunnit's third anniversary, Caroline's husband Guy takes the mic and asks her all these questions and more. Guy is on Twitter as @guywjc and you can find out more about his work at guycuthbertson.com. Caroline is @cacrampton on Instagram. There are no spoilers in this episode. My new map and guide, Agatha Christie’s...

Duration:00:42:56

Double Trouble

9/21/2021
What happens when two people write a whodunnit together? Thanks to my guests, Cordelia Biddle and Steve Zettler. They write separately under their own names and together under the pseudonym Nero Blanc. The whole Crossword Mysteries series can be found at crosswordmysteries.com, where there are links to buy each title. There are no spoilers in this episode. My new map and guide, Agatha Christie’s England, is available now in physical form at shedunnitshow.com/map or as an audiobook at...

Duration:00:24:38

The Theatrical World of Agatha Christie

8/24/2021
Agatha Christie was the most successful female playwright of all time. She also wrote some detective novels you might have heard of. Julius Green is the author of Agatha Christie: A Life in Theatre, available in paperback now at all good booksellers. You can catch him at the International Agatha Christie Festival in Torquay on 18th September giving a talk about "Poirot on Stage" and the staged reading of The Stranger that we talked about is on 17th September at the Palace Theatre in...

Duration:00:26:04