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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.

    Good Murder by Robert Gott - Part Two

    Good Murder by Robert Gott - Part Two

    We discuss chapters 5-9 of Good Murder by Robert Gott. As William Power continues to get himself further and further into trouble, the situation is complicated by his relationship with Charlotte, whose husband is rumoured to be the father of the child Polly Drummond was pregnant with upon her death. With William now receiving pressure from both the police and Charlotte, will he be able to weasel his way around his circumstance, or charge headlong into them?

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    Good Murder by Robert Gott - Part One

    Good Murder by Robert Gott - Part One

    We discuss chapters 1-4 of Good Murder by Robert Gott. After Polly Drummond is found dissolving in the water tower of Maryborough, Queensland, the town is in upheaval. Chief suspect is our... hero? William Power leads the Power Players, his acting troupe, as they prepare to perform for the uninterested town. With the police on his tail and a poor attitude getting him in more and more trouble, Will Power's situation only gets worse as more deaths start to get hung on him. We're also joined by Robert Gott to talk about the origins of the character, the real incident that inspired the novel, and the importance of Collective Memory.

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    All The Tears in China by Sulari Gentill - Part Three

    All The Tears in China by Sulari Gentill - Part Three

    We discuss chapters 28-39 of All The Tears In China by Sulari Gentill. As Rowland is put to hell and back again by the bloodhound Inspector Randolph over the death of Bertie Middleton, hope of catching the true criminal seems to dwindle. Taking a gruesome look inside a British prison in 1930s Shanghai, will Herd's solution be enough to save Rowland from his grizzly death in the confronting conclusion. We're joined one last time by Sulari herself, talking about how to make an engaging mystery when the answer is implied in the context, and the future of the franchise and some insights on the latest Rowland Sinclair book, A Testament of Character.

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    All The Tears in China by Sulari Gentill - Part Two

    All The Tears in China by Sulari Gentill - Part Two

    We discuss chapters 15-27 of All The Tears In China by Sulari Gentill. As the scale of crime escalates drastically and Rowland finds himself on the receiving end of explosions and high-speed violins. Pressure mounts to cave to business demands from the traders he was sent to delay, Rowland begins to doubt that he'll be capable of carrying out the mission his brother sent him for. With the Police only getting more aggressive, can Rowland solve the crime before the police take him in, and will they even believe his solution? Herds is on the case with the broadest solution we've seen yet on the show. We're also joined by author Sulari Gentill herself to talk about the real criminal underworld of 1930s Shanghai, and the beautiful contradictions that led to the portrayal of the Butler Wing Zau.

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    All The Tears in China by Sulari Gentill - Part One

    All The Tears in China by Sulari Gentill - Part One

    We discuss chapters 1-14 of All The Tears in China by Sulari Gentill. Finding himself in political hot water with the Attorney General over his involvement with Egon Kisch on his last adventure, Rowland Sinclair is shipped off to Shanghai by his brother Wilfred to buffer a trade deal while the thread of trade embargoes to their buyers in Japan loom overhead. Seeing the opportunity for a break, Rowland's band of merry communists find themselves in the luxurious Cathay Hotel as they prepare to enjoy the sights and sounds of China. Before Rowland and his cavalcade of Watsons are able to enjoy Shanghai, Sinclair is nearly kidnapped, and a corpse is found unexplained in their hotel room. With an overzealous police inspector on their tail, and a guide with gangsters after him, can Rowland unravel the crime and escape unscathed? We're also joined by Sulari Gentill herself to talk about the importance of historical allegory, her experience in uncovering the culture of 1930s Shanghai, and how it shaped the cultures and characters in this book.

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    The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith - Part Three

    The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith - Part Three

    We discuss Parts 4 and 5 of The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith AKA J.K. Rowling. As the wild ride comes to an end we see inside a truly twisted psychopathic mind of the killer, and learn just what the definition of insanity really is. Herds is ready to just about lose his mind as he deep dives into the mindset of the Greco-Roman heroes of old, and Flex explains exactly how his mind has been changed from one part to the next. In writing about the cost of fame and fortune, has J.K Rowling finally managed to touch the heart of cold-blooded Flex? Listen in to find out.

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