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There was one thing that Dorothy L. Sayers never told anyone. Find links to all the books and sources mentioned at shedunnitshow.com/dorothyssecret. Resources, donation links and diverse crime fiction suggestions are at shedunnitshow.com/blacklivesmatter. 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: —Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers —Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers —The Mutual Admiration Society by Mo Moulton —The Devil is an English Gentleman by John Cournos —Dorothy L. Sayers: Her Life and Soul by Barbara Reynolds —Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers —Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers —Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers —The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers, 1899-1936: The Making of a Detective Novelist edited by Barbara Reynolds —Gospel in Dorothy L. Sayers: Selections from Her Novels, Plays, Letters, and Essays edited by Carole Vanderhoof —Dorothy L. Sayers: A Careless Rage For Life by David Coomes To be the first to know about future developments with the podcast, sign up for the newsletter at shedunnitshow.com/newsletter. The podcast is on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram as @ShedunnitShow, and you can find it in all major podcast apps. Make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss the next episode. Click here to do that now in your app of choice. Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/dorothyssecrettranscript. Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details. Download the mp3 of this episode here.
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 —The Big Four by Agatha Christie —The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie —The Mysterious Mr Quin by Agatha Christie —Giant’s Bread by Mary Westmacott —“The Lady Vanishes” — episode 4 of Shedunnit about Christie’s disappearance —Rosalind Hicks’ article about Mary Westmacott —Unfinished Portrait by Mary Westmacott —The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie —And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie —The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie —An Autobiography by Agatha Christie —The Rose and the Yew Tree  by Mary Westmacott —Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie —Absent in the Spring by Mary Westmacott —Agatha Christie: The Woman and her Mysteries by Gillian Gill —“A Hidden Body in the Library: Mary Westmacott: Agatha Christie, and Emotional Violence” by Sarah E. Whitney from Clues: A Journal of Detection, Vol 29 Number 1, Spring 2011 —Agatha Christie: A Biography by Janet Morgan Thanks to today’s sponsor, Best Fiends. You can download Best Fiends free on the Apple App Store or Google Play. To be the first to know about future developments with the podcast, sign up for the newsletter at shedunnitshow.com/newsletter. The podcast is on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram as @ShedunnitShow, and you can find it in all major podcast apps. Make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss the next episode. Click here to do that now in your app of choice. Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/marywestmacotttranscript. Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details. Download the mp3 of this episode here.
The detective writers of the 1920s and 1930s weren’t working a vacuum. They took a keen interest in the crimes of their time, often weaving elements from actual murder cases into their plots or referencing them directly. And there was one case, a murder both infamous and domestic, that interested the likes of Agatha Christie, …
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 Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers —Vintage Murder by Ngaio Marsh —At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie —“Triangle at Rhodes” in Murder in the Mews by Agatha Christie —“The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan” in Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie —Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie —Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie —Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers —Spinsters in Jeopardy by Ngaio Marsh —Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers —Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie —Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie —Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie —Singing in the Shrouds by Ngaio Marsh —Forever England: Femininity, Literature and Conservatism Between the Wars by Alison Light —The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey —Calamity in Kent by John Rowland —The Cornish Coast Murder by John Bude —The Mystery of the Blue Train  by Agatha Christie —A Caribbean Mystery  by Agatha Christie —Death in Clairvoyance  by Josephine Bell —Tour de Force  by Christianna Brand —When in Rome by Ngaio Marsh —Crossed Skis by Carol Carnac —Dead Men Don’t Ski by Patricia Moyes —“The Erymanthian Boar” from The Labours of Hercules by Agatha Christie —Peril at End House  by Agatha Christie —Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers —“The Unsolved Puzzle of the Man with No Face” fromLord Peter Views The Body by Dorothy L. Sayers —Evil Under the Sun  by Agatha Christie —“The Blood Stained Pavement” and “The Companion” fromThe Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie —Resorting to Murder: Holiday Mysteries  edited by Martin Edwards —Murder in Midsummer: Classic Mysteries for the Holidays  edited by Cecily Gayford —Murder Takes a Holiday: Classic Crime Stories for Summer  edited by Cecily Gayford Thanks to today’s sponsor, Best Fiends. You can download Best Fiends free on the Apple App Store or Google Play. To be the first to know about future developments with the podcast, sign up for the newsletter at shedunnitshow.com/newsletter. The podcast is on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram as @ShedunnitShow, and you can find it in all major podcast apps. Make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss the next episode. Click here to do that now in your app of choice. Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/murderonholidaytranscript. Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details. Download the mp3 of this episode here.
The perfect collection is never complete. Find links to all the books and sources mentioned at shedunnitshow.com/thecollectors. 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. Support the podcast and get a free audiobook by signing up for a free 30 day trial at Audible via shedunnitshow.com/audible. Books and sources: —Dance of the Years by Margery Allingham —Mrs McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie —Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie —Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie —Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie —Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie —Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie —Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie —The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie —The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie —The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie To be the first to know about future developments with the podcast, sign up for the newsletter at shedunnitshow.com/newsletter. The podcast is on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram as @ShedunnitShow, and you can find it in all major podcast apps. Make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss the next episode. Click here to do that now in your app of choice. Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/thecollectorstranscript. Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details. Download the mp3 of this episode here.
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 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: —Square Haunting: Five Women, Freedom and London Between the Wars by Francesca Wade —A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf —Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers —Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf —Mutual Admiration Society by Mo Moulton —Dorothy L. Sayers: Her Life and Soul by Barbara Reynolds —Gaudy Night  by Dorothy L. Sayers —Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? by Katrine Marcal —Are Women Human?: Astute and Witty Essays on the Role of Women in Society by Dorothy L. Sayers —In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens by Alice Walker —Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral by Phyllis Wheatley Thanks to today’s sponsor, Sun Basket. Visit sunbasket.com/shedunnit and enter promo code shedunnit at checkout for $35 off your order. To be the first to know about future developments with the podcast, sign up for the newsletter at shedunnitshow.com/newsletter. The podcast is on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram as @ShedunnitShow, and you can find it in all major podcast apps. Make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss the next episode. Click here to do that now in your app of choice. Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/aroomtranscript. Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details. Download the mp3 of this episode here.
After the First World War, there was a great flowering of female independence as more women chose to live single lives. This change, and the backlash to it, is all there to be found in the murder mysteries of the period, if you just dig a little below the surface. From self-contained, professional women like …
On 3 December 1926, Agatha Christie left her home in the southern English county of Berkshire just after 9.30 in the evening. She drove away, taking a small suitcase and a fur coat with her. The following morning, the car was found 15 miles away on the edge of a lake called Silent Pool. The …
Is that smiling nurse in the pristine white cap here to save your life, or to bring it to an untimely end? Find links to all the books and sources mentioned at shedunnitshow.com/bedsidemanner. 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 Moonstone by Wilkie Collins —Shroud for a Nightingale by P.D. James —Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens —Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers —Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie —“The Blue Geranium” in The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie —The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie —Hilda Wade by Grant Allen —Miss Pinkerton by Mary Roberts Rinehart —Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers —Don’t Open the Door by Anthony Gilbert —Scales of Justice by Ngaio Marsh —The Nursing Home Murder by Ngaio Marsh —Cherry Ames, Student Nurse by Helen Wells —Green for Danger by Christianna Brand —The Nursing Home Murder by Ngaio Marsh Thanks to today’s sponsor, Best Fiends. You can download Best Fiends free on the Apple App Store or Google Play. To be the first to know about future developments with the podcast, sign up for the newsletter at shedunnitshow.com/newsletter. The podcast is on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram as @ShedunnitShow, and you can find it in all major podcast apps. Make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss the next episode. Click here to do that now in your app of choice. Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/bedsidemannertranscript. Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details. Download the mp3 of this episode here.
It’s not who, or how, but why. Find links to all the books and sources mentioned at shedunnitshow.com/cuibono. 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: —Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers —Heir Presumptive by Henry Wade —The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers —The Footsteps at the Lock by Ronald Knox —The Crooked Hinge by John Dickson Carr —Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey —The Belting Inheritance by Julian Symons —Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie —The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie —After the Funeral by Agatha Christie —The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne —Too Many Cousins by Douglas G Browne —Dead March for Penelope Blow by George Bellairs —4.50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie —Police at the Funeral by Margery Allingham —The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin —“The Fascinating Problem of Uncle Meleaguer’s Will” and “The Piscatorial Farce of the Stolen Stomach” by Dorothy L. Sayers, both collected in Lord Peter Views the Body To be the first to know about future developments with the podcast, sign up for the newsletter at shedunnitshow.com/newsletter. The podcast is on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram as @ShedunnitShow, and you can find it in all major podcast apps. Make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss the next episode. Click here to do that now in your app of choice. Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/cuibonotranscript. Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details. Download the mp3 of this episode here.
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. She is the author of several crime novels under her own name, and her Gothic thriller The Quickening comes out in August under the name Rhiannon Ward. You can pre-order that here or find out more on her website crimepieces.com. She’s on Twitter @SarahRWard1. 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 Organ Speaks by E.C.R. Lorac —The Murder on the Burrows by E.C.R. Lorac —Murder in the Mill-Race by E.C.R. Lorac —Murder by Matchlight by E.C.R. Lorac —Picture of Death by E.C.R. Lorac —Crossed Skis by Carol Carnac —Bats in the Belfry by E.C.R. Lorac —Fell Murder by E.C.R. Lorac —Fire in the Thatch by E.C.R. Lorac —Shroud of Darkness by E.C.R. Lorac —Masters of the Humdrum Mystery  by Curtis Evans —Curtis Evans’ blog The Passing Tramp —Martin Edwards’ blog Do You Write Under Your Own Name? Thanks to the sponsor for this episode, Shaker and Spoon. Get $20 off your first craft cocktail box at shakerandspoon.com/shedunnit. To be the first to know about future developments with the podcast, sign up for the newsletter at shedunnitshow.com/newsletter. The podcast is on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram as @ShedunnitShow, and you can find it in all major podcast apps. Make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss the next episode. Click here to do that now in your app of choice. Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/ecrloractranscript. Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details. Download the mp3 of this episode here.
One chilly night in November 1912, a group of young women gathered together to share their writing with each other. From that meeting, we got Peter Wimsey, Harriet Vane, and so much more besides. Find links to all the books and sources mentioned at shedunnitshow.com/mas. Special thanks today to my guest Mo Moulton, you can …
Meet Maud West, a real life lady detective from the golden age of detective fiction who lived a very colourful life — as well as sleuthing, she liked to dress up as Charlie Chaplin and once threatened to shoot a ghost. But who was she, really? Find links to all the books mentioned and more …
By any definition, the New Zealand crime writer Ngaio Marsh lived an extraordinary life. But who was she really, this globetrotting blockbuster author who divided her life between opposite sides of the world? Find more information about my guest Joanne Drayton and links to the books discussed at shedunnitshow.com/ngaiomarsh. To be the first to know …
Murder mysteries: if you believe the clichés, they all happened in the 1920s and 1930s, surrounded by flappers and butlers.  But let’s take a second to wonder — why is it that detective fiction is so closely associated with this period style? Find more information about my guest Jacqueline Winspear and the Maisie Dobbs books …
Today, we have the final episode in my summer break guest series: ‘Golden Age Detective Fiction’ from Words To That Effect by Conor Reid. It first appeared on his feed in May 2019, and if you listen very closely you might recognise his interviewee. Find Words To That Effect at wttepodcast.com and in all good …
 All the best murder mysteries start with a scone laced with arsenic. Find links to all the books and sources mentioned at shedunnitshow.com/thehaypoisoner. 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 Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards —A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup —Exhumation of a Murder by Robin Odell —Dead Not Buried by Martin Beales —Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles —The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley —Detection Unlimited by Georgette Heyer —Murder Is Easy by Agatha Christie —Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers —Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers —Bernard Spilsbury: His Life and Cases by Douglas E Browne and EV Tullett To be the first to know about future developments with the podcast, sign up for the newsletter at shedunnitshow.com/newsletter. The podcast is on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram as @ShedunnitShow, and you can find it in all major podcast apps. Make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss the next episode. Click here to do that now in your app of choice. Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/thehaypoisonertranscript. Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details. Right click here to download the mp3 of this episode.
To download the mp3 of this episode click here. On Philip Larkin, a reptilian sleuth with a mellifluous voice, and a small amount of witchcraft. Find links to all the books and sources mentioned at shedunnitshow.com/thegreatgladys. Special thanks today to my guest Lee Randall. You can follow her on Twitter @randallwrites and read her writing …
What would Peter Wimsey be without Harriet Vane? Find links to all the books and sources mentioned at shedunnitshow.com/happilyeverafter. Thanks to today’s sponsor, Best Fiends. You can download Best Fiends free on the Apple App Store or Google Play. Become a member of the Shedunnit book club and get bonus audio, listen to ad free …
I’m taking a summer break from making the podcast, but I’ve roped in some friends to keep you entertained while I’m gone. Today, we have Helen Zaltzman of The Allusionist, with three pieces about alter egos in an episode that first appeared on her show in April 2019. Keep your ears peeled until the last …
For a couple of decades between the first and second world wars, something mysterious happened. A golden age of detective fiction dawned, and people around the world are still devouring books from this time by Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers, Margery Allingham, Anthony Berkeley, Gladys Mitchell, Ngaio Marsh, Josephine Tey and more. In this new …
Reading crime fiction from the early twentieth century is a really popular activity at Christmas. It’s nice to curl up with a good whodunnit by the fire, but if we stop and think about it, reading about complicated ways for people to die is not exactly the most festive thing to do. So why is …
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? Find more information about this episode and links to the books discussed at shedunnitshow.com/therules. The podcast is on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram as @ShedunnitShow, and you can find …
Writing is usually a solitary pastime, yet a group of detective fiction authors in the early 1930s decided to work together on murder mystery stories. Is it possible to construct a compelling whodunnit this way, or do too many cooks spoil the broth? Fill out the audience survey and have your say in the future …
A shipboard romance that somehow became one of the most notorious domestic poisoning cases in British history. This is the story of Florence Maybrick. Check back for part two of this story on 12 June. Find links to further information and sources at shedunnitshow.com/florencemaybrick. Become a member of the Shedunnit book club and get bonus …
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Started
Oct 24th, 2018
Latest Episode
Aug 5th, 2020
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48
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