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Join Flex and Herds as they take you on a Murder Mystery World Tour in Death of the Reader. From classic British puzzles in the Golden Age of Detective Fiction to the weirdest of foreign detective fiction, explore everything in the grizzly world of the 'locked room'. Each week we'll feature academics, authors and more as we trace the influences of the genre around the world.

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Join Flex and Herds as they take you on a Murder Mystery World Tour in Death of the Reader. From classic British puzzles in the Golden Age of Detective Fiction to the weirdest of foreign detective fiction, explore everything in the grizzly world of the 'locked room'. Each week we'll feature academics, authors and more as we trace the influences of the genre around the world.

    The Ghosts of Paris by Tara Moss - Part Three

    The Ghosts of Paris by Tara Moss - Part Three

    We discuss chapters 25-36 of Tara Moss' new Billie Walker novel, 'The Ghosts of Paris'. Now in Paris, ready for the requisite showdown with the Nazis on her tail, Billie founds herself under the watchful eye over a resistance faction that has been tracking down war criminals on the run after the Second World War. Just her luck, it turns out, that one of them knows her perhaps a little too well. It's time to ponder over Dom's solution as we meet the Ghosts of Paris themselves.
    We're also joined by Lindy Cameron, Craig Sisterson and Vanda Symon to talk about 'Dark Deeds Down Under', a collection of some of the best of Australian and New Zealand mystery fiction, recently released by Clan Destine Press. With two more volumes in this anthology series already on the way, there's plenty to revel in as our local best get together.
    Thank you to Harper Collins for copies of the book.

    • 33 min
    The Ghosts of Paris by Tara Moss - Part Two

    The Ghosts of Paris by Tara Moss - Part Two

    We discuss chapters 13-24 of Tara Moss' new Billie Walker novel, 'The Ghosts of Paris'. Billie's journey through Europe in search of not one, but two, estranged husbands begins. Featuring uncomfortable run-ins with some men who think we're being too harsh on the Germans, to the altogether silly rules against women wearing pants in Paris, the post-war hustle and bustle is on full display. Billie finds out one of her friends has seen Jack, only to find a similar looking man on a morgue slab. Could it all be going awry?
    We're also joined by Nicolas Pleskof, director of French Murder Mystery Comedy 'Murder Party', to talk about playfulness and suffocation, the great game, and the Australian release of his film.
    Thank you to Harper Collins for copies of the book.

    • 33 min
    The Ghosts of Paris by Tara Moss - Part One

    The Ghosts of Paris by Tara Moss - Part One

    We discuss chapters 1-12 of Tara Moss' new Billie Walker novel, 'The Ghosts of Paris'. After her last showdown in 'The War Widow', Billie Walker has made quite the name for herself as a private inquiry agent in Sydney, with a unique clientele as the only woman in the country doing her line of work. One client leads to the next, until one Vera Montgomery comes with a blank cheque to find her missing husband. If Billie can prove he's dead, she is free to live her own life. Issues don't always disappear with their times, this intelligent, socially conscious novel sets an intriguing opening as we take to the skies on our way to explore the human stories often swept up in the theatre of war. Solving this one is 2SER's Sponsorship manager Dom Romeo, and if you want our help promoting your business, Dom tells us you should get in touch with him!
    We're also joined by Tara herself to talk about the all-seeing eye of a noir detective, the way we portray ourselves through fashion, and the heroics in the little things. Thank you to Harper Collins for copies of the book, and arranging our time with Tara.

    • 33 min
    Death of the Reader UNDEAD - 21 July 2022

    Death of the Reader UNDEAD - 21 July 2022

    Welcome to your Murder Mystery Detour! Once a whenever-we-can, Flex and Herds go live (or undead, as the case may be), to talk about their latest fixations in the crime fiction world, and we hear from you about yours! With Herds unfortunately unwell at the last hour, 2SER's own Sponsorship Manager Dom Romeo stepped in ahead of his trial-by-fire for Tara Moss' The Ghosts of Paris. This iteration, we spoke about:

    Murder Party - Directed by Nicolas Pleskof


    Dark Deeds Down Under - Edited by Craig Sisterson, Published by Clan Destine Press

    Peril at the Exposition - Nev March


    The Lost Man of Bombay (Out August 2022) - Vaseem Khan



    Denizen - James McKenzie Watson


    Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone - Benjamin Stevenson

    The Files of Young Kindaichi (2022) - Directed by Hisashi Kimura

    We also listened to 'Watching the Detectives' by Elvis Costello, but that's been excised for the podcast! Check out the YouTube page for live chat and a bonus discussion about 'The Quarry'.

    • 28 min
    The Body in the Library - Screen Special

    The Body in the Library - Screen Special

    We've simply not had enough of Miss Jane Marple, and so it was that we decided to watch all manner of adaptations of 'The Body in the Library' before continuing on the world tour. Featuring the chaotic South Korean 'Ms. Ma: Nemesis', and the staple BBC 'Agatha Christie's Miss Marple', we also challenged you to bring your favourite to the table.
    Ms. Ma: Nemesis, also known as 'God of Revenge', stars Yunjin Kim of LOST fame, and brings Marple to the modern day. It features convoluted overarching drama, tenuous links to the original novels, and some thrillingly bizarre performances from the supporting cast. Perhaps not one to dive in to part way, it's a competent but questionable reinterpretation of a truly classic character.
    Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, on the other hand, provides a more faithful adaptation of the story, occasionally to the show's detriment as they juggle the contradictions of a protagonist who knows the answers but hasn't yet spoken, taking it in a curious direction, and showing up their South Korean counterparts on how to do ludicrously blunt sound design.

    Let us know about your favourite when we go LIVE, Thursday 21st of July at 7:30PM AEST for Death of the Reader: UNDEAD

    • 33 min
    EXTRA: Margaret Hickey on Stone Town and Cutters End

    EXTRA: Margaret Hickey on Stone Town and Cutters End

    Flex was joined recently by Margaret Hickey to talk about the second Mark Ariti novel, 'Stone Town', and the recent Ned Kelly nomination for the previous entry in the series, 'Cutters End'. Mark Ariti's journeys through small-town crime often bring him face to face with harrowing fear and the many unknowns lurking in the underbelly of rural Australia. We spoke with Marg about how fear divides and unites us, how the most important things are often the most understated, and the harrowing cry of Australia's endangered Barking Owls.

    Thanks to Penguin Australia for providing us with copies for this episode.

    • 19 min

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